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The forest welcomes you

Get to know the Laurentian forest with over 110 km of hiking trails. Visit the lookout points for majestic views, stand in awe of how the sun reflects on the lakes, listen to the sound of the wind moving through the leaves...

Hiking is the perfect way to enjoy nature, no matter what your ability level; you just have to choose the right trail!

Respect and courtesy

Even outdoors, respect and courtesy are essential to an enjoyable experience.

  • Animals need shelter and food, and hikers need natural landscapes. Don’t pick up or gather anything along your way.
  • You are not the only one on the trails. Make your presence known, let faster groups pass and keep distance between you and the others.
  • To avoid damaging the vegetation, stay on the designated trails at all times.
  • Pit toilets are located at various points along the trails. Please make use of them..
  • Do not leave behind any trace of your visit; bring back all of your waste with you.
  • Domestic animals are not allowed on the trails.
Wildlife and you

At La Mauricie National Park, the wildlife is at home and you are the visitor. Although wild animals tend to keep their distance from humans, an encounter cannot be ruled out.

  • La Mauricie National Park is home to many species of animals and if you are lucky enough to observe one, stay away and do not attempt to approach it. If possible, report your observation to a Parks Canada staff member or by email at : lamauricie@pc.gc.ca.
  • Be considerate and do not try to attract animals with food or noises. Feeding the animals is prohibited and subject to a fine under the Canada National Parks Act.
  • Read about the appropriate behaviour to ensure your safety and that of the animal in the event of an encounter with a black bear.
Safety first

Safety is a shared responsibility. Although the trails have been carefully developed and pose little risk, there are always dangers associated with outdoor activities.

  • Don’t overestimate your physical fitness. Consult the trail map to choose a route that suits your abilities. Do not hesitate to ask our staff for advice.
  • Let a friend or family member know your itinerary. Note that there is not cellular telephone service throughout the entire park.
  • Dress appropriately for the season and bring water and food.
  • Volunteers from the Canadian Ski Patrol are out on the trails. Do not hesitate to approach them in case of a problem.
  • More tips on how to stay safe.
 

Some suggestions for the family

A young family hikes in the forest
  • The Tourbière (300 m) and Ruisseau-Brodeur (1.4 km) trails are perfect for introducing little legs to hiking.
  • The In search of Morix fun trail offers five fun challenges for the whole family.
  • The Lac-Étienne, La Cache, Familial (#11) and Terrasse trails as well as the multipurpose trail (#3) are accessible with a jogging stroller.
  • Baby carriers are available for rent at the Rivière-à-la-Pêche Service Centre ($).

There are a variety of interesting lookout points in the park. See the Capture your moment section for the location of the red chairs and our suggestions of favourite sites!