Two young sisters jumping in the water at Aboiteau Beach 
Two young sisters jumping in the water at Aboiteau Beach 
Aboiteau Beach dunes
The dunes of Aboiteau Beach are significant natural barriers to our ecosystem. They fulfill critical roles such as wave attenuation during storms, coastal erosion control, protection of natural dwellings, and the sustainable development of a species-rich living environment. Their survival concerns us all; discover how to protect them!

What are dunes, and why are they important?

Dunes are landforms, like small sand hills, that are a few meters high and are formed by the wind. In other words, a dune is an accumulation of sand formed by wind and ocean waves. Vegetation usually covers the dunes. The dunes of Plage Aboiteau, like all other dunes on Earth, are vital to the survival of the ecosystem they shelter. They are full of plants and vegetation that maintain the stability of the dune. At the same time, they allow certain animal species to feed and reproduce. By protecting structures and buildings, dunes also constitute a significant natural barrier during storms and high tides.

The fragility of the dunes and the threat to their survival

Many factors threaten the dunes. Among them, we find natural elements, such as storms and high tides, that seriously damage the dunes and increase the erosion effect. But humans also participate in their destruction when they walk on the dunes and trample the vegetation.

Beachgrass largely covers the dunes of Plage Aboiteau: This is a plant that forms the structure of the dune. It retains all the dead leaves and holds the sand to stabilize the dune. Without Beachgrass, the dunes would not exist! Beachgrass is very fragile; the repeated passing of humans can cause its loss, as only ten tramplings are enough to destroy a plant. The plant's death leads to the release of the sand it retained and the slow destruction of the dune.

An entire ecosystem depends on the health of the dune; this ecosystem includes foxes, goldfinches, swallows, crows, song sparrows and many other animal species that feed on the vegetation found there.

How can we help protect the dunes?

The best way to fight for the survival of the dunes is to follow the instructions displayed on the informational signs at Aboiteau Beach.

  • Do not play or walk on the dunes.
  • Always throw your garbage in a trash can or carry it out with you when you leave.
  • Avoid disturbing animal species that nest near the dunes.
  • Do not damage the vegetation on the dunes.

Living in harmony with your environment is the best way to preserve our dunes.

Discover and enjoy the dunes of Aboiteau Beach

The dunes of Aboiteau Beach are a peaceful oasis that provides a great experience for all nature lovers! Why not take a walk after swimming in the ocean to discover and appreciate them more? Use our trails, which are specially designed to respect and protect our dunes. You can watch butterflies, bumblebees and ladybugs fly around dozens of varieties of flowers and observe the many birds that rest in the surroundings.

Aboiteau Beach commitment

Aboiteau Beach makes the protection of its dunes a priority! You may have noticed small wooden fences along the beach shoreline. Vision H2O installed these fences to help the dunes retain their sand and regenerate themselves. You will sometimes see restorative structures made from Christmas trees installed at the base of the dunes. These techniques help reduce erosion and promote natural dune regeneration. The use of plant materials has the advantage of not leaving non-biodegradable debris.

The Groupe du bassin versant, in collaboration with the Village of Cap-Pelé, is initiating projects intended to develop techniques to preserve the dunes of Aboiteau Park. With this support, tools can be designed to raise public awareness of the dunes' vitality and fragility and encourage people to adopt responsible behaviours! 

Dunes are an essential part of our ecosystem, and we must do everything we can to preserve them. By understanding the fragility of our dunes and taking steps to protect them, we can help ensure their survival for generations to come.