COVID-19 and your visit to La Mauricie National Park
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for July 13, 2020 - Re-opening of some national historic sites
As of July 13, some national historic sites will re-open with limited visitor services. Locations may reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time, to ensure physical distancing. Some areas, rooms or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons.
Plan ahead by checking the location’s website before you travel.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
As of June 1, La Mauricie National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.
Important information about your visit to La Mauricie National Park
Since June 1, La Mauricie National Park offers limited access and services to visitors.
Since June 22, access fees apply. It is possible to buy seasonal passes or pay daily fees at the entry kiosks at Saint-Mathieu and Saint-Jean-des-Piles Entrances. We encourage you to favor contactless payment methods.
There can be a high number of visitors in certain sectors, like on the beaches of Lake Édouard and Shewenegan Picnic Area including the Cascades. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk to the Canadian population, visitors and employees, Parks Canada may close certain areas or reduce their capacity to limit the number of visitors.
In order to prevent gatherings and limit contacts between visitors and employees while complying with the resource conservation mandate, Parks Canada has implemented a new electronic draw process. This is a trial period and we are counting on the cooperation of the fishermen. Note that there will be no draw at the campgrounds.
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.
Due to COVID-19, infrastructure and preparatory work on the land and on the trails have been delayed in La Mauricie National Park. Major construction works still continue at Saint-Mathieu Visitor Reception Centre and Mistagance campground.
What's open (update: July 15, 2020)
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles, Saint-Mathieu and Saint-Gérard Entrances
- Parking lots of available sectors
- Pit toilets of available sectors
- All the canoe-camping sites
- Recreational fishing
- Domaine Wabenaki-Andrew
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor reception and interpretation centre
- Information desk and the washrooms located in the lounge of the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre
- Rivière à la Pêche Camground
- Lac Edouard picnic area, including parking lot and beach
- Lac Edouard picnic area boat rental
- Lac-Solitaire, Ruisseau-Bouchard, Lac-du-Pimbina, Mekinac, Deux-Criques, Chute Parker, La Cache and Lac Étienne trails
- Trail #3 accessible for trail bicycling
- À la Pêche, Isaïe (with portage), Bouchard, du Fou and Écarté lakes (canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle)
- Saint-Mathieu Visitor Reception Centre
- Mistagance and Wapizagonke Campgrounds
- Shewenegan, Esker and Wapizagonke picnic areas
- Boat rentals at Shewenegan and Wapizagonke picnic areas
- Beach of Shewenegan picnic area
- Ruisseau Brodeur, Les Falaises, La Terrasse, Lac Gabet, Lac Reid and Les Cascades trails
- Waber Falls
- Le Passage Lookout
- Wapizagonke and Caribou lakes
What stays closed (update: July 15, 2020)
- Amphitheatres of Rivière à la Pêche, Wapizagonke and Mistagance campgrounds
- Lounge, dining room, change rooms and showers at the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre
Camping during COVID-19 (update: August 3, 2020)
- Visitors must have booked their stay via the Parks Canada Reservation Service to be able to camp in La Mauricie National Park.
- Starting August 3, it will again be possible to reserve a stay in an oTENTik tent. Reservations can only be made by phone at 819-531-2493 from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Until further notice, cooking and service items (tableware, pots and pans, cutlery) are not provided in the oTENTik.
- Service buildings, including washrooms and showers, are open in every campground.
- To allow visitors to respect physical distancing measures and our teams to ensure proper maintenance of the facilities, Parks Canada has decided to limit the number of campsites available.
- No effective reservation beyond the opening dates of the campgrounds will be cancelled.
- Parks Canada will put in place various measures to ensure health and safety, particularly in terms of maintenance procedures for service buildings. As for visitors, it is requested and expected that they respect the physical distancing and assembly restrictions.
Your safety when visiting
- The cellular network could be limited or even non-existent and rescue could be considerably delayed.
- Visit the website for information on the distance and difficulty of the trails before leaving home in order to choose a trail that is appropriate for your level.
- Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Quebec public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
- Security is a shared responsibility. Bring your own hygiene supplies (hand sanitizer, wipes, table cloth, etc.) and enough water and food.
- On the Parkway, adapt your driving, be respectful with the other users and pay attention to animals.
- Practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when in public spaces where you must touch surfaces.
- Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Dispose of waste by using appropriate garbage containers or taking your waste home. For more information, consult the Leave No Trace Canada program.
- Abide by all travel advisories.