Covering an area of about 300 km2 (120 sq. mi.) and home to 774 inhabitants, Colombier is a small village located about 20 km (12 mi.) east of Forestville. The village is noted for the variety of its marine and land environments as well as for the rich biodiversity of its flora and fauna. Having always depended on the forest for survival.
Colombier residents turned to peat harvesting at the turn of this century. At the same time, the municipality is working to enhance its greatest resource: the natural environment. In the heart of the village, visit the La Mère Michèle factory (at 569, rue Principale), where you will learn about how local wild berries such as sea berries, cloudberries, lingonberries, blueberries and strawberries are made into jams and fondants used in La Mère Michèle chocolates.
Nearby, along Route 138, the Anse-à-Norbert beach is a perfect place for travellers to stop for a picnic or relax for a while. About 10 km (6 mi.) further east, a lookout over the Hickey salt marsh offers a unique vantage point over this fragile yet rich environment. It is also a must-see for birders during the fall migration when thousands of birds find refuge here. If you are quiet and attentive, you may be rewarded by wonderful surprises!