Due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of visitors and employees, the summer activities program with the naturalists is cancelled until further notice.

Activities are presented in French only. Everyone is welcome to participate.

From June 20 to August 23, 2020

Summer is an ideal time to take part in the various naturalist activities scheduled during your stay. Our varied program of free events will enable both younger and older visitors to have fun while learning more about our natural treasures. Our naturalists are as enthusiastic about nature as they eager to share their knowledge with you!

Evening programs

A talk in an amphitheater
Evening talks

Evening talks, quiz, special guests…, an original way to make the most of your evenings and to discover the park’s natural and cultural treasures. 

Days: Thuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Meeting locations: At the three amphitheatres on Thursdays and Saturdays
Hour: 7:30 pm
Duration: 1 hr 

NOTE: Consult the schedule at your campground’s amphitheatre or ask a staff member for information.


150 feet from the beaver!

Beaver in the water eating a stem
You would like to know more about Parks Canada's emblem?

Are you fascinated by these ingenious rodents? Come discover the world of these tireless builders who have shaped the park’s landscape and who have made their mark on North America's history.

Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
Meeting locations: Mekinac parking lot
Hour: 10 am
Duration: 1.5 hrs

NOTE: No reservation required. Be at the meeting place 15 minutes before the beginning of the activity.


Drawing of an attikamekw older woman

The Nature of the Atikamekw

Discover the material culture of the Atikamekw and see how nature has influenced their way of life.

Days:Tuesdays and Fridays
Meeting locations:Lac Edouard picnic area (Thuesday) / Shewenegan picnic area (Friday)
Hours: 2:30 pm (Tuesday) / 10 am (Friday)
Duration:2 h


A hike to the bear’s domain

Group of people around a baby bear

Are you curious about black bears? Come take a peek in their vast domain.

Days: Tuesdays and Thursday
Meeting location:Lac-Gabet parking lot
Hour: 3 pm
Duration:1.5 hrs

NOTE:No reservation required. Be at the meeting place 15 minutes before the beginning of the activity


Butterfly moment

A young girl holding a monarch on her fingers

Colourful and fascinating, the monarch is a fragile species that needs your support. Meet the naturalists and take part in “Mission Monarque”.

Days: Wednesdays and Sundays
Meeting location: Shewenegan picnic area
Hours: 1:30 pm (Wednesday) / 1 pm (Sunday)
Duration: 2 hrs


Charming reptile at risk

Baby turtle

A number of actions have been taken to protect the wood turtle, considered a threatened species. Find out how you can help protect it.

Days: Wednesdays and Sundays
Meeting location: Lac-Edouard picnic area
Hours: 1:30 pm (Wednesday) / 2:30 pm (Saturday)
Duration: 2 hrs


Free as a bird

Two young women bird-watching

Are you passionate about bird watching? Take part in conducting an inventory of the parks’s bird species. Bring your binoculars!


Days: Thursdays
Meeting location: Esker parking lot
Hours: 7 am
Duration: 2 hrs

NOTE: No reservation required. Be at the meeting place 15 minutes before the beginning of the activity.


Pond life

A Parks Canada guide showing a frog to a group of kids

The pond is home to all kind of surprising creatures. Discover their way of life.

Days: Saturdays
Meeting location: Shewenegan picnic area (pond)
Hours: 12:30 pm
Duration: 2 hrs


Wildlife Connection

A mother and her son raise a moose antler

Do you have a special interest in wildlife? Meet the naturalists to enhance or share your knowledge.

Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Meeting location: Shewenegan picnic area (Saturday) / Lac Edouard picnic area (Sunday)
Hours: 2:30 pm (Saturday) / 1 pm (Sunday)
Duration: 2 hrs


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