Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose is the largest goose seen in Quebec. It spends the warm season in the Montreal area, and breeds along the rivers and lake shores. Quite territorial and defensive during breeding season, the geese join themselves in large flocks for migration in autumn.

How To Identify

Clearly distinguishable from other geese species with its brown body, black neck and head with white cheeks. The only similar species is the Brant, which is smaller and doesn't have the white cheeks but a white ring around the neck.

Where and When to Spot

In Montreal area from spring to autumn. Canada geese arrive as soon as the lakes and river shores are not frozen anymore. They group up in large flocks during autumn before migrating South late October, early November.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

    NIKON Z 6
    70-200mm f/2.8

    Focal Length 200mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f2.8
    ISO 180

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f9.0
    ISO 360

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 250

  • Mont Saint-Bruno

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 70mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 200

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 164mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 125


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