COVID-19 and your visit to La Mauricie National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to La Mauricie National Park
Since December 5, the trail network accessible by the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance is open and the cross-country ski trails will be groomed depending on the snow conditions. This winter, the capacity of the buildings, including the heated shelters, are reduced and wearing a mask will be mandatory inside. The lockers and showers of the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre are not accessible.
Visitors are asked to obey all signage in place and instructions in effect. In addition, we strongly encourage visitors to eat their lunch before or after their visit and get their skis ready prior to their arrival at the park.
Due to high numbers of visitors and for security reasons, La Mauricie National Park could be temporary closed.
Daily and seasonal cross-country skiing and snowshoeing/winter hiking passes are not available online. Visitors must stop at the perception kiosk to make the purchase from their car. Parks Canada encourages visitors to use contactless payment methods.
For more details about fees: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/tarifs-fees
What's open (update: January 14, 2021)
- Parkway (between Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance and Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre)
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles and Saint-Gérard Entrances
- Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre
- Information desk, lounge : restricted capacity
- Heated shelters: Restricted capacity and access limited to 15 minutes to warm up only
- Pit toilets
- oTENTik of the Rivière à la Pêche Campground
- Cross-country skiing trails (subject to trails conditions – in French only)
- Snowshoeing trails
- Domaine Wabenaki-Andrew: We recommend that you contact Info-Nature to find out about the terms and measures in place (819-537-4555 or email@example.com)
What stays closed (update: January 14, 2021)
- Parkway (between Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre and Saint-Mathieu Entrance)
- Saint-Mathieu Entrance
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor reception and interpretation Centre
- Waxing room, changerooms, showers and lockers of the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre
- Backcountry winter camping
- All areas affected by normal seasonal closures
Camping during COVID-19 (update: January 8, 2021)
- Booking is mandatory via the Parks Canada Reservation Service for a stay at the Rivière à la Pêche oTENTIK. Only one family bubble per oTENTik tent is allowed.
- The curfew in effect, between 8 pm and 5 am, must be observed.
- Until further notice, cooking and service items (tableware, pots and pans, cutlery) are not provided in the oTENTik.
- Washrooms and showers of the oTENTik loop service building atRivière-à-la-Pêche campground are still open.
- Common kitchen shelter: Restricted capacity and access limited to 30 minutes for users of one oTENTik at a time.
- Parks Canada puts 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.
- If visitors want to cancel their reservation for reasons related to COVID-19, such as unscheduled inter-regional travel or the onset of symptoms, they may do so by contacting the National Reservation Service directly at 1-877-737-3783. They will be fully reimbursed.
Your safety when visiting
- Parks Canada is asking visitors to follow provincial measures in place to limit the spread of COVID 19 and to follow public health experts' advice, including using good hygiene practices, maintaining two metres' physical distance, following restrictions on gatherings and observing the curfew in effect.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory inside buildings. Scarves, neck warmers and balaclavas cannot replace the mask.
- 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.
- 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.
- Respect your family bubble and 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.