Parks Canada is continually working to increase accessibility so all visitors have the opportunity to enjoy Canada's natural and cultural heritage.

Support and assistance

Access is free for the companion accompanying the person with a disability at La Mauricie National Park. For the free access, the special needs person must present, for each visit, a valid card from a recognized association or institution.

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted everywhere in La Mauricie National Park. They must be clearly identified and be kept on a leash or wear a harness at all times.

For more information, contact our information line at 1-888-773-8888.

Visitor centers and facilities
Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre

Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre

The Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre is located five kilometres from the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance.

You will find:

  • Accessible and inclusive toilets
  • Outdoor terrace accessible in summer
  • Parking for people with reduced mobility

Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Reception and Interpretation Centre

You will find:

  • Accessible toilets
  • Adapted counter
  • Parking for people with reduced mobility

Saint-Mathieu Visitor Centre

You will find:

  • Accessible and inclusive washrooms
  • Adapted counter
  • Parking for people with reduced mobility
Camping
A young family in a semi-serviced camping

Rivière-à-la-Pêche campground: sites D9, E11 and E13

You will find:

  • Adapted picnic tables
  • Adapted paths leading directly to service buildings D and E
  • Accessible and adapted service buildings A, B, C, D and E, including the shower facilities

Mistagance Campground: sites A14

You will find:

  • Adapted picnic tables
  • Adapted pathway to the service building in Loop A
  • Accessible and adapted service building
oTENTik
oTENTik tent with a wheelchair access ramp

oTENTik tents

Halfway between a tent and a rustic cabin, the oTENTik tent welcomes you in the comfort of nature. It's the perfect opportunity for families or friends to experience the joys of summer and winter camping without the hassle. The F7 site is adapted for people with reduced mobility.

You will find:

  • Inclined access ramp
  • Adapted interior
  • Adapted picnic table
  • Adapted pathway between the oTENTik and the service building
  • Accessible service building
Picnic areas

Picnic and rest areas

Within walking distance of the Promenade Road, there are many picnic spots. You can stop for a snack, take a trailhead or simply enjoy the view. It's a great way to discover less crowded areas!

A young family having a picnic

Mekinac picnic area

You will find:

  • Adapted picnic table
  • Accessible pathway
  • Accessible outhouses

Edouard Lake picnic area

You will find:

  • Adapted picnic tables
  • Accessible toilets
  • Parking for people with reduced mobility

Esker picnic area

You will find:

  • Adapted picnic tables
  • Accessible toilets
  • Parking for people with reduced mobility
Lookouts

Lookouts and Lac-Étienne Trail

Lookouts, such as the Vide-Bouteille Lookout, offer spectacular views of the various bodies of water of La Mauricie National Park.

Accessible lookout with a panoramic view
  • Vide-Bouteille Lookout
    • Accessible directly from the road
  • Le Passage Lookout
    • Accessible via a paved trail
  • Lac-Étienne Trail
    • Accessible from the Lac Édouard picnic area
    • Dirt road
    • 1.4 km loop
Beach
A family plays in the wakes, including a young boy in a beach wheelchair

Edouard Lake beach

Located halfway between the two entrances, Edouard Lake has everything to please, including easy access to the beach for people with limited mobility.

A man rolls toward the beach on an universal access mat
Mats with a firm, non-slip surface (photo: Forillon National Park)

Universal access mat

Universal access mats (Mobi-mat®) are special mats installed at the base of the entrance ramp to the beach that extend over the sand and allow access to the compacted and wet sand at the water's edge. These mats provide a firm, non-slip surface nearly 2 meters wide. This makes access to the lake and beach easier, regardless of the type of wheels.


Beach wheelchairs

Parks Canada offers a floating wheelchair for rent free of charge. The wheelchair is specifically designed to allow users to get into the water. Users can adjust the backrest to one of three positions, allowing them to choose the position that best suits them. We strongly recommend that a personal flotation device (PFD) be worn when using the chair.

The chair is available for free rental at the convenience store of the Edouard Lake Picnic Area during hours of operation. Reservations are recommended by email at lamauricie@pc.gc.ca.

Specifications

Descriptiive plan of a Parks Canada's beach wheelchair
Parks Canada's beach wheelchair

  Dimensions and mesures of the chair     Width  
  106 cm
  Length  
  152 cm
  Height  
  127 cm
  Weight  
  30 kg
  Dimensions and mesures of the seat   Width
  45.7 cm
  Depth
  43 cm
  Height
  48 cm
  Max load capacity  
  136 kg