La Mauricie National Park

Mosaic of three photos: rock paintings, lumberjacks, and members of a sportsman’s club. 
Mauricie National Park is witness to five millennia of human presence. © Parks Canada

Human History

Ten thousand years ago, the last great glacier moved away from La Mauricie, and life slowly came back to the area. Some thousands of years ago, nomad hunters, who followed the wildlife as it gradually moved north, reached the Laurentian region. It was then that human occupation began in this part of the country. More recently, explorers, fishermen and forest workers, each in their turn, have exploited the resources of this territory.

The human history of La Mauricie National Park is that of men and women who travelled through, but never stayed for long. A few traces hidden in the forest are a discreet reminder of former times.