COVID-19 and your visit to La Mauricie National Park
Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.
Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.
Opening details will differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Parks Canada and COVID-19 (updated May 27, 2020)
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.
Being outdoors and in nature brings a number of health and wellness benefits., It is important that people have access to natural spaces where they can go to get exercise and fresh air in settings that facilitate physical distancing.
On June 1, 2020, Parks Canada will begin a safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
- Starting June 1, visitors will be permitted to access some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations. Until then, all suspensions of visitor services and closures of facilities announced in March remain in place.
- For their own safety, visitors should not try to access locations that are closed.
- All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events will be prohibited until further notice. All existing reservations set to take place prior to June 21, 2020, will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
Important information about your visit to La Mauricie National Park
Since June 1, La Mauricie National Park offers limited access and services to visitors. Until further notice, there are no access fees. However, you must stop at the entry kiosk for security and statistical purposes, as well as for information.
Due to COVID-19, infrastructure and preparatory work on the land and on the trails have been delayed in La Mauricie National Park. We are tackling the last stretch of the Parkway rehabilitation by finishing work such as lineage. As for the St-Mathieu-du-Parc sector, work still needs to be done to the reception centre, the drinking water system in the picnic areas and the ramp of the famous "M"-shaped bridge, among others.
Our teams are working hard and are continuing the preparatory work (opening trails, cleaning, security inspection) to reopen the areas safely for visitors. New areas will be accessible soon.
All existing reservations for canoe-camping, a stay in semi-serviced campground or oTENTik for dates before June 21, 2020, will be refunded in full.
No camping reservation (semi-serviced campground, canoe-camping and oTENTik) will be allowed until June 22, 2020. If you have a reservation after June 21, 2020, you do not need to cancel this reservation. You are encouraged to check back closer to your arrival regarding cancellations.
Recreational fishing remains prohibited until further notice. Although fishing appears to be a very low-risk activity in general, the fact remains that, in a national park, fishing is a privilege that requires rigorous monitoring of catches to prevent overfishing of the resource in order to be sustainable. Because the entry kiosks and visitor centres are closed, we cannot sell or validate fishing permits or conduct surveys to manage the resource.
Parks Canada is working to find a way to allow a gradual resumption of fishing activities that will reduce interactions between visitors and employees and respect the conservation mandate of the resource. In the meantime, we ask Canadians to respect the signs and closings.
What's open (update: June 1, 2020)
- Parkway, from the Saint-Jean-des-Piles Entrance to the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre.
- Parking at the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre is at 50% capacity.
- The washrooms located in the lounge of the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre. Note that the water is currently not drinkable.
- Lac-Solitaire, Ruisseau-Bouchard, Lac-du-Pimbina, Mekinac and Deux-Criques trails.
- Trail #3 is accessible for trail bicycling.
- Lac à la Pêche and Isaïe Lake (with portage) (canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle, with personal watercraft).
What stays closed (update: June 1, 2020)
- The Parkway, from the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre at the Saint-Mathieu entrance, including the facilities and lakes along this portion of the route.
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles and Saint-Mathieu Visitor reception centres.
- Information desk, lounge, dining room, change rooms and showers at the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre.
- Pit toilets.
- Rivière à la Pêche, Wapizagonke and Mistagance camppgrounds, including oTENTik tents.
- All canoe-camping sites.
- La Clairière group camground.
- Domaine Wabenaki-Andrew.
- Lac Edouard, Wapizagonke, Esker and Shewenegan Picnic Area.
- Boat rental kiosks (Shewenegan, Wapizagonke and Édouard Lake), including row-and-go canoes.
- Recreational fishing.
- Le Passage Lookout.
- Île-aux-Pins Lookout.
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.
- 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. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
- Abide by all travel advisories.