Just a few steps from the Parkway or a few strokes of the oars, a multitude of beaches and lakes are waiting just for you. Please note that there is no lifeguard service available, that glass containers are not allowed and that docking on the islands is prohibited.

In addition to the beaches, several picnic areas are located along the Parkway. You will be able to stop there to have a bite to eat, depart on a hiking trail or simply enjoy the lovely vistas. It’s a great way to discover less crowded areas!

In the summer season, some areas, such as the Shewenegan and Lac-Édouard picnic areas may be full. You will then be redirected to another area in the park. Plan ahead and arrive early!

These are the four most popular picnic areas:

Shewenegan

Near the Saint-Mathieu entrance is the Shewenegan picnic area. This is where you will cross the iconic “M” bridge and cool off in the Cascades.

people strolling through the Shewenegan picnic area.

Available facilities

Snack

You will find there:

  • Pre-packaged sandwiches and wraps
  • Salads
  • Various snacks (fruits and vegetables, chips, ice cream, etc.)
  • Beverages

Hours of operation

May 20 to June 17

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

June 18 to September 6

  • Every day: 8 am to 8 pm

September 7 to October 11

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
Esker
A child with floats is bathing

This picnic area, located near the Saint-Mathieu entrance, is noticeable for its more private aspect. On the shores of Lake Wapizagonke, it offers several water accesses, through small beaches and a dock.

This is where the Tourbière interpretation trail is located. Can you identify carnivorous plants?

Available facilities

Wapizagonke

The Wapizagonke picnic area is located north of the lake bearing the same name. For many, its small beach is the starting point for the iconic hike to Waber Falls.

Available facilities

People wandering on the Wapizagonke picnic area

Convenience store

You will find there:

  • Pre-packaged sandwiches and wraps
  • Various snacks (fruits and vegetables, chips, ice cream, etc.)
  • Beverages
  • Base products (bread, pasta, canned food, etc.)
  • Commonly used products (insect repellent, fire starter, charcoal, etc.)

Hours of operation

May 20 to June 17*

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

June 18 to September 6

  • Every day: 8 am to 8 pm

September 7 to October 11*

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

* Restricted food supply

Lac Édouard

Located halfway between the two entrances, the Lac Édouard picnic area offers something for every member of the family. A beach, children’s playground, volleyball court, shaded areas for a bite to eat, there’s something for everyone!

Available facilities

Two children playing ball at the Lac Édouard picnic area

Convenience store

You will find there:

  • Pre-packaged sandwiches and wraps
  • Various snacks (fruits and vegetables, chips, ice cream, etc.)
  • Beverages
  • Base products (bread, pasta, canned food, etc.)
  • Commonly used products (insect repellent, fire starter, charcoal, etc.)

Hours of operation

May 20 to June 17

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

June 18 to September 6

  • Every day: 8 am to 8 pm

September 7 to October 11

  • Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm