Canoe-camping expedition at Wapizagonke Lake © Parks Canada/Jacques Pleau
WARNING: The Matawin-Des Cinq and Dauphinais-Houle portages are closed from now on. Sites #1 and #2 of the Matawin River and site #1 of Houle Lake are no longer available.
Canoe-camping, the ultimate challenge for nature lovers, is available from mid-May to mid-October. All sites are accessible by canoe; some, situated near trails, can be used by hikers and mountain bikers.
Fees and schedule
Equipment and facilities
Equipment to bring
A few rules concerning canoe-camping
- On sites with fireplace: $24.50 per night, for three people (including firewood)
- On sites without fireplace: $15.70 per night, for three people
- From May 17 to Octobre 14, 2013
- La Mauricie National Park has three boat rental offices where you can rent boats for your stay.
- Departure for an outing should occur between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., depending on the location of the site.
NEW - Check-in time: from 2 p.m.
NEW - Check-out time: by 11 a.m.
Canoe-camping reservations are not accepted. You must register at either of the two receptions centres. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Some 150 canoe campsites are scattered around a dozen lakes. Wood fires are permitted only at certain lakes, in the fireplaces provided for this purpose. Each site is equipped with a maximum of four tent platforms, which are quite spread out, as well as a dry toilet and a bear-proof food hanger.
Various modifications have made to sites in order to enhance the experience of canoe-campers. The tent platforms have all been replaced and are now accompanied by a picnic table and a fireplace.* Firewood shelters have been added, and planting, trail restoration and ground leveling work have all been performed. Thanks to these changes, canoe-camping sites now offer greater privacy and while blending with their natural environment.
*Please note that sites 14 and 15 of Wapizagonke Lake do not have fireplaces or firewood shelters, as fires are prohibited at these sites.
Canoe-campers must see to bringing whatever other supplies and equipment are required for their entire length of stay. The following is a non-exhaustive list of things to bring:
- Sleeping bag, blankets and ground sheet
- Canoe, paddles and life jacket
- Food, drink and container for water
- Dishware, cookset
- Coolers, for outings that do not involve long portages
- Rope for hanging food
- Matches or lighter
- Insect repellent
A few rules concerning canoe-camping
In addition to the national park’s general rules, canoe-campers must follow a few additional rules:
• The holder of an activity permit and the members of his/her group must comply with the activities, duration and places specified on the permit as well as with park regulations. In addition, they must have this permit on them when travelling throughout the park.
• The following schedule must be complied with:
-NEW - Check-in time: from 2 p.m.;
-NEW - Check-out time: by 11 a.m.;
-quiet time (curfew) is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
• Subject to fine and/or expulsion, it is forbidden to:
-behave in a way that disturbs others (partying, etc.);
-keep one’s site in a condition deemed unsatisfactory by the park superintendant.
• Canoe-camping is permitted only on designated sites.
• No pets are allowed in boats or in the backcountry.
• Motorboats are prohibited on all park lakes.
• It is forbidden to light or maintain a fire anywhere except in fireplaces. It is forbidden to use dead wood or wood taken from the forest to light or maintain a fire.
• You must collect your garbage and leave it in the receptacles designed for that purpose.