La Mauricie

La Mauricie

In a coureur des bois kind of mood? Explore the many lakes of La Mauricie National Park by canoe (or rowboat for the slightly less adventurous). This park is a 4-season winner for mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing.

Activities

Canoeing or Rowboating

Canoing and kayaking are the best ways to enjoy the lakes. You can glide quietly, closely observing the natural world on and around the water.

Look for a blue heron stepping elegantly along the shore. Slip alongside the marshes and maybe catch a glimpse of a busy beaver or a turtle. Have you ever heard a loon call? Watch for these amazing birds as they dive below the surface and pop up in the most unexpected places. These birds are environmentally protected so we must respect their space.

Beautiful cliffs and forests surround the lakes, all to be enjoyed from the water. Look for the grass-fringed bays and lake outlets because that's where you'll find the aquatic wildlife.

And if you have the energy after a paddle on Wapizagonke Lake, a 6 km hike will take you to Waber Falls where you can cool off under the rushing water. It's so refreshing!

How much time will I need?

  • Plan to spend the day

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Canoe, camera, water, food, proper clothing, life jacket, navigation equipment, rope, bailer, whistle.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, but entrance fees to the park must be paid. There is also a cost if you need to rent a canoe. There are 3 canoe rental shops that are open in the park all summer.

When's the best time to do this?

  • May-October

Go Mountain Biking

Hop on your bike and ride the roads that loggers have used to bring wood from the forests since long ago. You can ride for about 30 km, sharing the trail with hikers.

While you're riding, don't forget to take in the beauty of the old maple forests and the crystal clear lakes. Stop at one of the picnic areas to refresh and rehydrate. And keep a watch out for woodland flora and fauna. We share the park with countless birds, beasts and plants. They're fascinating to watch but be sure to leave their habitat the way you found it.

You will be riding on old logging roads bordering pristine lakes and across rich maple forests. Enjoy yourself, but be careful to look out for hikers and service vehicles! And it's always wise to wear your helmet – trails are more difficult to ride than roads.

How much time will I need?

  • A day, but can vary with your experience

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Bring proper clothing, shoes, water, a snack, bike, helmet, and camera.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes, but entrance fees to the park must be paid.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from June through October.

Cross-country Skiing and Snow Shoeing

Winter is a wonderful time to experience the park!

Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or an expert skier, you will really enjoy the network of marked and groomed trails. Start by waxing your skis at the well-equipped Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre, then glide away on the trail. There are heated shelters approximately every five kilometres or so.

If you are lucky enough to be able to stay overnight, there are lodges nearby. But for a real adventure, try staying outdoors at the Rivière à la Pêche campground. Bring a tent and a warm sleeping bag! Or try a Parks Canada oTENTik. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, this type of accommodation offers a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. There is so much skiing and seeing to do, you can't do it all in a day.

How much time will I need?

  • A day, but you can stay close to the trails overnight if you reserve accommodations at the Wabenaki or Andrew Lodges or if you sleep in Parks Canada oTENTik. Local innkeepers will be pleased to welcome you and can meet your needs with a range of package deals.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Bring proper warm clothing, skis, food, water, and camera. There are no rental shops open during the winter so you must bring your own equipment.

Is this activity free?

  • Activity fees are required for skiing and snowshoeing and there is a cost if you stay overnight.

When's the best time to do this?

  • December to March, although the season can be longer or shorter depending on the weather.

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