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
From April 1 to May 19, 2021, the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre will be closed. However, trails and pit toilets remain available. Note that emergency services could be unavailable or considerably delayed.
What's open (update: April 1, 2021)
- Parkway (between Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance and Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre)
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles and Saint-Gérard Entrances
- Shelters: Restricted capacity and access limited to 15 minutes to warm up only
- Pit toilets
- oTENTik of the Rivière à la Pêche Campground
- Lac-Solitaire, Ruisseau-Bouchard, Lac-du-Pimbina, Mekinac, Deux-Criques, Chute Parker 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: April 1, 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
- Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre
- Backcountry winter camping
- All areas affected by normal seasonal closures
Camping during COVID-19 (update: April 1, 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 9:30 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. You must bring your dishes and all the necessary items to prepare your meals.
- 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.
- Should Parks Canada need to cancel a reservation due to COVID-19 closures, the reservation holder would be reimbursed in full. Similarly, should a visitor need to cancel a reservation due to new COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were unforeseen at the time the initial reservation was made, they would be reimbursed in full. However, should an individual need to cancel their reservation for other reasons, including existing COVID-19 travel restrictions and health measures that were in place at the time the reservation was made, regular cancellation fees will apply.
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.