La Mauricie National Park is a beautiful protected area located in Quebec. Established in 1970, the park spans over 536 square kilometres and offers countless activities to explore and discover. The picturesque Laurentian Mountains, surrounding lakes, and abundant wildlife create a unique landscape and atmosphere.
La Mauricie National Park is considered one of the most accessible parks in Canada due to its close proximity to major cities. It is an ideal destination for day trips and family vacations with plenty to offer all types of visitors.
The park is full of adventure from camping and hiking, to exploring the various trails and observing the animals in their natural habitat. Those looking for more of a thrill can enjoy backcountry canoe camping, kayaking on the Shewsbury and Ouatchouane Rivers, and fishing for numerous species. Visitors can go whitewater rafting on the namesake Mauricie River where they may see wildlife such as beavers, otters, moose, wolves, eagles, and mink.
Other activities include swimming in the lakes and ponds, biking, standup paddleboarding, relaxing at the spa, and visiting the visitor's centre. At night, campers can cozy up by the fire or stargaze and spot the many stars, planets, and constellations in the dark sky. The park is also home to the Balcons de Coaticook, an aerial adventure and zip-lining park.
For those interested in history, the park features several archeological sites and First Nations artifacts providing insight into the culture, history, and traditional way of life. Visitors can learn about the region, its people, and the park’s other recreational facilities like the magnificent waterfalls, breathtakingly beautiful forests, and astonishing lakes all within the comfort of La Mauricie National Park.