Fun in the Fall
All the ingredients for a great winter experience...
For small and big legs. © Parks Canada
For beginning snowshoers
Would you like to introduce your children to snowshoeing? Or would you like to ease into the season when you first hit the trail? If so, the Du Camping trail is the ideal choice. Featuring two courses (3.1 or 4.5 km), this flat trail enables users to enjoy the great outdoors but also provides a heated shelter for a welcome break along the way. It’s the perfect place for breaking into this sport!
Grandiose landscape included. © Parks Canada
And now for a real challenge!
Children and parents with energy to burn will like the Lac-Solitaire trail, which offers 5.5 km. of snowshoeing or Nordic walking adventure. The trail begins with a few kilometres of ascent, and some of the steeper descents require using ropes. It all adds up to some serious fun for the more active snowshoers. Be sure to bring along your crampons! The spectacular panoramas afforded by this trail are well worth the effort!
La Mauricie National Park : THE family winter destination! © Parks Canada
Family cross-country skiing
“Little-legs-that-could” and their active parents will find trail #11 to be the perfect circuit for a short cross-country skiing outing as a family. This easy trail, designed for both classic and skate skiing, also includes a heated shelter for a break before dashing to the finish line. Who will get there first, the parents or their kids?
To enjoy the great outdors. © Parks Canada
For seasoned skiers
Are you someone who likes a trail that features different levels of difficulty along the entire circuit? Do you prefer a few kilometres of challenges to long flat stretches? Try the combination of trails #6, #5 and #3 for 15 kilometres of skiing pleasure that is certain to meet your expectations. The recently re-routed trail #5 will make for a totally new experience. Skiers who once used it will want to rediscover it.
Just slide along on winter! © Parks Canada
A breathtaking circuit for expert skiers
With the reopening of trail #2, seasoned skiers will be able to once again enjoy this unique area of the park. Featuring a twisting, turning course replete with ascents and descents, this trail crosses through several mature forests and offers a number of breathtaking landscapes. For experienced, technically proficient cross-country skiers.
Fun in the Fall
The 5 best fall activities at La Mauricie National Park:
Solitaire Lake in the fall: A favourite hiking destination.
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Discover the Solitaire Lake trail
The first stretch of your hike will lead you to the Solitaire Lake Lookout. Catch your breath while admiring the vibrantly coloured forest from an almost bird’s-eye view. As you continue your hike, the trail will take you along several uphill and downhill sections around the lake. You’ll connect with nature for roughly three hours while hiking this 5.5 km trail.
Le Passage Lookout provides a breathtaking view of Wapizagonke Lake. © Parks Canada
Marvel in the vast expanse at the Île-aux-Pins and Le Passage lookouts
Wind your way along the Parkway to the Le Passage and Île-aux-Pins lookouts. Enjoy the spectacular view from each of these viewpoints. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can change your desktop background when you get home!
Autumn oTENTik style: Give in to the urge to try a unique camping experience. © Parks Canada
Sleep in an oTENTik tent
Fall is the perfect season to try an oTENTik tent. You’ll be enchanted when you awaken in spectacular surroundings featuring nature’s stunning colours. The tents are well-equipped: they are perfect for a glamping experience in Mauricie.
The pergola at Bouchard Lake is the perfect place to admire the fall scenery. © Parks Canada
Picnic at Bouchard Lake
Head to Bouchard Lake for an unforgettable picnic. You’ll see a spectacular autumn scenery, close to a peaceful lake. Stop at the pergola to admire the nature at its finest. Success guaranteed for your fall picnic.
Choose the Lac Gabet Trail for a hike in an enchanting setting. © Parks Canada
Explore Gabet Lake
Using an Explora device that you can rent at low cost, discover the secrets of a typical Laurentian forest. Take a break at the blind overlooking the lake and enjoy nature’s wonders while hiking the 3-km Lac Gabet Trail. Allow about an hour and a half to cover this intermediate trail.
In the Park, we say that you can «enjoy water in a 1000 ways». Here are some:
The whole family will enjoy cooling off for a few minutes.
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A short, refreshing getaway
Feeling like you need an easy, fun nature break? Then walk the 2-km length of Les Cascades trail near the Shewenegan picnic area, and then wind up your plunge in nature with a swim in the falls’ fabulous waters. A sand beach and a picnic area are located nearby. Would you be interested in giving canoeing a try? A boat rental service is only a few steps away. Hungry? A snack bar is right nearby. It doesn’t get easier than that!
A half day of fun on the beach. © Parks Canada
An afternoon of family fun
Do the kids need to get outdoors and get moving? But do you feel like relaxing? Then the beach at Édouard Lake is the perfect choice! The young fry can wade or paddle around, and you can keep an eye on them while basking on the sand. Keen to take your little ones on a bike ride? There’s a level path close by. Are your kids eager to go on a walk in the forest and satisfy their curiosity? The 1.4-km-long Lac Étienne trail is a stone’s throw away. Then, why not end the day’s outing with a stop at the snack bar to enjoy an ice cream confection?
A day of exceptional discovery. © Parks Canada
A stimulating expedition
Are your children looking for a challenge? Would you like to offer them a day of adventure? Then get in a canoe and paddle off to Waber Falls, located in the back country. Combining canoeing, portaging and hiking, this one-day expedition offers you the opportunity to discover an amazingly beautiful corner of the park. Plan on leaving early in the morning, packing a lunch, and getting the lead out as you climb the 3 kilometres leading to the scenic Waber Falls. It’s well worth the effort! The adventure, the landscapes, the falls: it all makes for guaranteed “WOW!” – even for teenagers!
It’s a date with calm and beauty…
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A visit for a quiet adventurer
Have you got the urge to be completely off on your own? Are you ready to experience a quiet, solitary adventure to remember? Then a canoe-camping outing on Caribou Lake is for you. Once you’ve set up camp on your site, paddle off and discover the numerous lakes nearby. The portages will give you access to seldom visited areas of the park. You’ll have only the water and quiet for companions…