Canoe-camping in a state of grace

After more than forty years of existence, La Mauricie National Park is still captivating lovers of the — very — great outdoors. The park protects 536 km2 of land covered with hills, vast forestland and 150 lakes and streams. From your car or a lookout, the exciting panoramic views provide a preview of what you will actually experience during your outdoor adventure.

It’s not surprising that the park has become an invaluable canoe-camping destination. Whether you’re new at the sport or experienced, whether you have equipment or not (canoes and/or tents can be rented in advance or on site), you can paddle at your own pace on the peaceful waters of Lakes Wapizagonke, Édouard or du Caribou before stopping at one of the 150 rustic campsites located alongside these waterways. You will be able to continue paddling the next morning until you draw alongside beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for a swim. Adventure lovers can portage between the different lakes of the park in order to reach less-popular areas. And of course, hiking, cycling and recreational fishing (licence required) can also be enjoyed throughout the summer. For couples, families and groups of friends who would like to extend their stay in the park, several types of accommodations are available: camping in tents and/or recreational vehicles from the beginning of summer to fall, the Wabenaki and Andrew lodges, or oTENTik tents, a cross between a tent and a rustic cabin (for up to 5 people), available year-round. The promise of a memorable immersive experience in the great outdoors of the Mauricie region, with access to all the park’s activities, without worrying about carrying your equipment over a distance! And for an immersion in history, a visit to the Forges-du-Saint-Maurice National Historic Site, the other Parks Canada attraction in the area, is a must.