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La Mauricie National Park

A young woman is snowshoeing in the park's trail.
Snowshoeing in La Mauricie National Park © Parks Canada / Michel Julien

Snowshoeing Trails

La Mauricie National Park offers eight marked wilderness trails. Whether beginner, intermediate or expert, you’ll find a snowshoe trail that matches your skill level.

Maps of snowshoeing trails

Lac-Parker - Trail no. 4

This linear trail, punctuated by climbs and descents, runs along lac à la Pêche and Trail no. 3 to the Wabenaki and Andrew lodges and then continues on to Parker Lake. Along the way, snowshoers will discover spectacular viewpoints overlooking the surrounding mountains and they will be able to access the National Trail (Le Trappeur).

Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance, in km: 11.8 km round trip
Approximate time: 5:30

Lac-à-la-Pêche - Trail no. 4A

Built to accommodate the guests of Wabenaki and Andrew Lodges, this trail travels along the rivière à la Pêche and the falls along this river, leading to a spectacular panorama. Next is a series of climbs and descents offering a variety of perspectives out over lac à la Pêche. The last stop is the ski shelter. Only the segment leading to the lac à la Pêche canoe-camping site no. 1 qualifies as difficult.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Distance, in km: 8.8 km round trip
Approximate time: 4:00

Du Camping - Trail no. 1

Designed for beginners and families, this trail begins at the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre. It circles round the campground and features a first stop at the heated shelter of the D loop. The outing can be continued along either of two return routes. The first route goes directly back to the point of departure, while the second extends the outing by 1.4 kilometres, offering pleasant views out over the Saint-Maurice River.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance, in km: 3.1 km and 4.5 km
Approximate time: 2:30 

Lac-Solitaire - Trail no. 13

This trail begins with a few kilometres of ascent, which lead to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Solitaire Lake. The hike continues with some climbs and descents around the lake and ends in a continuous descent to the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Distance, in km: 5.5 km
Approximate time: 3:00

Ruisseau-Bouchard - Trail no. 14

This loop trail starts out along the first portion of the Lac Solitaire trail. It then travels downhill, offering a range of views overlooking Lac aux Chevaux and Bouchard Creek, and winds up back at the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Distance, in km: 8.3 km
Approximate time: 4:00

Lac-du-Pimbina - Trail no. 15

This trail, which starts out along the first portion of the Lac Solitaire and the Bouchard Creek trails, leads to the spectacular lookout at Lac Solitaire. It then descends to the south end of Lac aux Chevaux, offering a range of views overlooking  Benoît Lake, Lac du Pimbina and Bouchard Creek, and finally returns to the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Distance, in km: 13.1 km
Approximate time: 5:30

Mekinac

The Mekinac Trail follows the Saint-Maurice River for a few kilometres before climbing steeply to the Rosoy Lake Lookout where a stunning view awaits. The trail then returns to the Mekinac Parking Lot. Snowshoers should be in good shape.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Distance, in km: 11 km
Approximate time: 5:00

Deux-Criques

This is one of La Mauricie National Park's most challenging trails. The Deux-Criques Trail, which intersects with part of the Mekinac Trail, features superb viewpoints and a number of interesting sites. Snowshoers should be in good shape in order to tackle the climbs and descents.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Distance, in km: 17 km
Approximate time: 7:00