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Explore the La Mauricie National Park in Canada’s Quebec with Kids

What to do in La Mauricie National Park with kids.
Take a hike in La Mauricie National Park to see the lakes and streams. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Located in the Laurentian Mountains in-between Montreal and Quebec City, La Mauricie National Park offers an opportunity to explore a park with a 150 different lakes. In the boreal forest, hike among the dense evergreens and deciduous trees along the Canadian Shield of the St. Lawrence lowlands. Read on for what to do inLa Mauricie National Park with kids.

What to do inLa Mauricie National Park with Kids

  • Naturalists Programs
  • Hiking
  • Find a Red Chair
  • Picnic
  • Kids Programs
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
Explore a lake. What to do in La Mauricie National Park with Kids.
Kids love to explore along the lake’s shore, finding small fish. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Naturalist Programs

La Mauricie National Park offers seasonal naturalist programs during the summer and fall season. Take a hike or attend an evening program at the campground. Learn to track animals or enjoy a guided canoe trip with the Parks Canada naturalists.

Check in at the Saint-Mathieu Visitor Center for the weekly schedule. All programs are in French only.

What to do in La Mauricie National Park with kids.
During the summer season bears and cubs look for berries. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Hiking in La Mauricie National Park

Explore La Mauricie National Park with a family hike.

Trail Distance
Ruisseau Brodeur 1.4 km
La Tourbière 300-meter boardwalk
Les Cascades 2 km
Lac Gabet 3 km
La Caché 1 km
what to do in La Mauricie National Park with kids.
Find wildflower meadows while exploring La Mauricie National Park. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

The Parks Canada Red Chairs

Find a pair of red chairs in La Mauricie National Park. Sit down and savor a special view handpicked by the park. Find the special chairs at the following locations.

  • Lac aux Chevaux Lookout
  • Le Vide-Bouteille Point
  • La Rosoy Lookout

Where to Picnic in La Mauricie

Kids love a picnic so pack one for your trip. Find picnic areas at the following spots.

  • Shewenegan Picnic Area
  • Esker Picnic Area
  • Wapizagonke Picnic Area
  • Lac Edouard Picnic Area (closed for 2018)

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Kid Fun in La Mauricie National Park

La Mauricie Naitonal Park offers several programs for kids.

Nature Biokit

Developed for teens, the Nature Biokit combines hikes, observation and games to explore the park with all five senses.

Parks Canada Xplorers

Similar to theNational Park Service’s Junior Ranger Programsin the U.S., Parks Canada offers the Xplorer Program. Kids receive a booklet at the visitor center to complete. It takes about an hour and kids receive a collectible dog tag charm with the park’s name imprinted on it.

Pick up an Xplorer booklet at the Saint-Mathieu Visitor Center, Mistagance Campground or the Wapizagonke Campground.

Club Parka

Grab a Club Parka booklet for the younger kids to explore La Mauricie National Park. Each booklet offers age-appropriate activities for kids to do while enjoying the park with their families.

Where to Canoe in La Mauricie

With 150 lakes, La Mauricie National Park is perfect for canoeing. As a bonus the park offers a boat rental. Find the following boats at several locations.

  • Canoes
  • Kayak—single and double
  • SUP (stand up paddleboard)
  • Rowboats
Got camping. What to do in La Mauricie with kids.
La Mauricie’s oTENTiks are a family favorite. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Lodging in La Mauricie

On the edge of the Lac à la Pêche, Le Chalet Wabenaki or La Maison Andrew used to host the American elite, like the Kennedy family. Now find basic accomodations for groups with lots of lake activities nearby.

Camping in La Mauricie National Park

Find 500 campsites across the La Mauricie Naitonal Park for your getaway. The majority of the campsites are open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October.

All the campgrounds feature an amphitheater along with a bathhouse with showers and toilets. Each campsite features a picnic table, a fireplace and a tent pad.

Rivière à la Pêche Campground

Find 223 sites at the Rivière à la Pêche Campground, with a beach, café and boat rental close-by. This campground is closed for the 2018 summer season.

Mistagance Campground

Find 91 sites at the Mistagance Campground that features a playground, a beach, café and boat rental nearby.

Wapizagonke Campground

Find 190 campsites at the Wapizagonke Campground that features a kitchen shelter, a corner store and boat rental nearby.

Canoe Camping

Take camping to the next level and canoe to your site. La Maurice National Park offers a campground only accessible by canoe.

Find some sites with a fireplace, some without. Each site offers a picnic table and a bear-proof food hanger nearby. This campground features vault toilets only.

oTENTiks

An oTENTik is A-frame structure featuring sleeping for five or six with a series of platform beds. Find a table, four chairs and a bench inside along with solar lighting. Each sites provides a lantern, a woodstove and a coffeemaker along with the majority of utensils for cooking.

The oTENTiks feature a picnic table, a fire place and grill for outdoor cooking. Bathhouses are a short distance away. All cooking is done outside.

Find 13 oTENTiks at the Rivière à la Pêche campground (closed for the 2018 summer season).

Another 12 oTENTiks can reserved at the Mistagance campground.

Be Bear Aware

La Mauricie National Park is home to black bears but not Grizzly bears. Stay safe in bear country.

  • Make noise while hiking.
  • Look for fresh tracks or scat.
  • Hike in groups.
  • Give bears 100 meters if you encounter one.
  • Keep a bare campsite by storing food and equipment when not preparing or eating food in a bear-proof storage container.

Lyme Disease

The Black-legged tick is found throughout the eastern Canada. To prevent Lyme disease use the following precautions.

  • Wear light-colored clothing, including long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Use insect repellant with DEET.
  • Stay on trails and avoid long grass and brush.
  • Take a shower shortly after hiking.
  • Put clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to kill ticks.

Where’s La Mauricie National Park

Located in-between Montreal and Quebec City, La Mauricie National Park is two hours from each. It’s north of Trois-Rivières.

Admission Cost
Adult–18 and over $7.80CAN
Senior $6.80CAN
Youth—17 and under Free for 2018
Family—Up to seven people in one vehicle $15.70CAN

 

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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