Summary of main regulations
PARKS CANADA PROTECTS CANADA’S NATURAL TREASURES
YOU TOO CAN BE THE PROTECTORS OF YOUR NATIONAL PARK!
RESPECT OTHER USERS
Fishing, camping, canoe-camping, overnight hiking and scuba-diving are all activities that you are free to enjoy, the only condition being that you get your ACTIVITY PERMIT beforehand. You can get your permit at the Saint-Mathieu and Saint-Jean-des-Piles Reception Centres. (Saint-Jean-des-Piles Reception Centre is closed for the 2018 summer season.)
By limiting your outings to the above-mentioned places, you help to prevent the degradation of other trails, which were not designed to handle bicycles.
Glass containers are permitted, EXCEPT on beaches and in the Cascades sector. Glass containers can shatter and cause injury to yourself and other users who often walk about barefoot at these locations.
PETS MAY accompany you if they are kept on a leash, in a cage or in a vehicle. When on campgrounds, your pet must be kept inside the tent, trailer or vehicle overnight.
On the other hand, they MAY NOT ACCOMPANY YOU:
- in trails
- anywhere in the backcountry
- in watercraft
- on beaches
- in canoe-camping areas
- in all public buildings
In order to avoid conflicts with other visitors and to aid in efforts to protect wildlife, we request that you not take your pets along with you in these places.
PROTECT THE FOREST AROUND YOU
So that everyone can enjoy these beautiful natural surroundings for many years to come, we request that you DO NOT CUT, DEBARK, MUTILATE OR REMOVE any tree, bush, flower, mushroom, berries, or any other plant or natural material, whether living or dead.The forest requires its own fertilizer, animals require food and shelter, and hikers need natural landscapes. Imagine what condition the forest would be in if each one of the park’s 160,000 annual visitors did not pay it all the respect it is due.
Everyone produces waste. At La Mauricie National Park, we kindly ask that you collect it and leave it in the bins designed for that purpose. Cleanliness is the best way to ward off undesirable visitors such as raccoons, bears and skunks.
POWER boats – whether equipped with gas engines or electric motors – are not welcome on park lakes. Lakes, ponds and marshes must remain calm, peaceful, pollution-free places. Sailing, rowing and paddling all constitute types of navigation that protect wildlife, particularly the common loon.
The ISLANDS are beautiful. To preserve their beauty, they should be admired from some distance! The common loon nests on islands that are also home to vulnerable species of flora and fauna. Mooring at or coming ashore on islands would prove seriously detrimental to them all.
DO NOT HUNT, TRAP, DISTURB, CAPTURE or destroy any animals.
FIREARMS, INCLUDING AIR GUNS, are not authorized anywhere in the park. The chance to observe wildlife in its natural environment makes for unforgettable experiences. By respecting wildlife, you’ll be giving your children and grandchildren – and yourself – the opportunity to enjoy real nature.
In La Mauricie National Park, wild animals are quite able to feed themselves. Feeding animals or leaving food out for them can make them more dependent, more brazen and, ultimately, more dangerous for you.
Fire grates have been provided for your enjoyment. Use only these places for lighting or maintaining a fire. Root fires can smoulder for days or weeks, re-surface and then blaze into action long after your departure. Not to mention that so-called “dead” wood and all plant life are vital to the health of forest ecosystems. In addition, sand is soiled by the accumulation of ash and charcoal remnants from beach fires.
LEAVE YOUR DRONE AT HOME
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) are increasing in popularity for hobbyists, photographers, and businesses. However, subject to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations, take-off and landing a drone in a national park is prohibited without a Parks Canada Restricted Activity Permit. Please leave them at home when you visit us!
Commandments for campers
RESPECT OTHER CAMPERS
La Mauricie National Park may expel you or fine you if you:
- Disturb other users
- Make an excessive use of devices that can disturb the peace and quiet of other users (radio, generator, etc.)
- Do not comply with the 11:00 pm curfew
- Fail to keep your site in a satisfactory condition
For listening to music in the park, only the use of personal headphones is allowed.
The kitchen shelters and other park buildings may not be used as sleeping quarters.
Skateboards and in-line skates are forbidden throughout the park, including in the Mistagance, Wapizagonke and Rivière-à-la-Pêche campgrounds. Skateboards and in-line skates are risky for both you and other visitors in the narrow camping loops, where visibility is poor.
RESPECT THE SCHEDULE
Your guests must leave the park by no later than 10 p.m.
Quiet time (curfew) is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Your site must be vacated – and left as clean as when you arrived – by no later than 11 a.m. on the day of your departure.
With a view to protecting the surrounding plant life, your site is designed to accommodate a maximum of:
- 6 people
- 2 vehicles, including a tent-trailer, trailer or motorized recreational vehicle
- 2 pieces of equipment, including a tent, tent-trailer, trailer and motorized recreational vehicle
- Only one tent is allowed per site on the pedestrian camping.
You must set up your tent on a gravel-covered surface in order not to harm plant life. If you are the owner of a trailer or tent-trailer, you are kindly requested to set up your equipment in the parking area. The stop blocks used to mark off the parking area must not be moved.
It is much more enjoyable to camp on a site surrounded by shrubs and featuring ground cover than it is on a site that has been trampled over or that is devoid of vegetation.
Note: this is only a summary of all park regulations.