The SEBKA is a riverside park in Kamouraska, on the Northern Coastline of the St-Andre Bay, on the St. Lawrence. The park provides access to the river and the salty marshes commonly called the “battures” in French (sandbanks).
The SEBKA is one of these oases of peace and quietness that revives the souls of all walkers. Six kilometres of the trails of the Amphitheatre give the hikers the chance to walk through a mixed forest to reach the belvederes that offer an amazing landscape, a unique panorama, uniting sea and mountain. On the site, guests will find a Reception and Information Pavilion, nine belvederes with a 360 degree view, three observation terraces and picnic and relaxation areas.
Tourists enjoy the odours of the underwoods while admiring the plants of this fragile but very rich ecosystem. The greying sun and the caressing breeze are elements which make the paths of the Monadnock and the Amphitheatre a unique walking experience, making it possible to appreciate the Lower Saint Lawrence to its maximum. The pedestrian trails on the site cross the Monadnock which is the rocky mass that overhangs the St Lawrence River.
On these trails, sometimes wooded, sometimes open, you will discover the diversity of fauna and maritime flora. Moreover, information about the ecosystem of the sandbanks is dispersed along the path so that you can learn while relaxing. Several installations facilitate access to the exceptional panoramas of the islands of Kamouraska. Semi-wild camping sites and a few cabins are designed so that one can fully enjoy the beauty of the sandbanks and the mixed forest that make up the exceptional environment of the SEBKA. Several of these sites are situated near the St. Lawrence River. At night, it takes on a sapphire hue just after sunset, one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
In fact, campers also have access to the 12 kilometres of the ecological footpaths of the SEBKA. The sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire places and are easily accessible to showers and washrooms. The SEBKA Park offers as well guided excursions around the Kamouraska archipelago on the majestic Saint Lawrence River on sea kayak, for periods of time from half a day or 2 to 4 days. It is possible to start at sunset.
The SEBKA is situated three kilometres from the St Andre-de-Kamouraska Village. From Montreal and Quebec visitors can access the site by the Autoroute 20 (highway Jean Lesage) to the 480 Exit, direction north. At St-Andre you take the route 132 west.
From New Brunswick take Autoroute 2 (highway) and Route 185, then Autoroute 20 west (direction of Quebec) and take Exit 480 direction north. At St-Andre, take Route 132 west. To access local parking, you must have a parking ticket issued by the SEBKA. The annual membership card and the daily ticket that give access to the trails of the Amphitheatre are on sale at the Reception Pavilion.
To contact the SEBKA park :
Société d'écologie de la batture du Kamouraska
273, Route 132 Ouest
Saint-André-de-Kamouraska Québec Phone : 418 493-9984 or 418 493-9985
Web Site: http://www.sebka.ca
Sebka park as seen from the air