Location: La Mauricie National Park, Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
Distance: Roundtrip: 445 km

Take a well-deserved break from everyday life with this 3-day getaway near Montreal. Experience the tranquility of La Maurice National Park, explore the magnificent waters of Wapizagonke Lake, bask in sublime waterfalls and admire picturesque panoramas. On the way back, meet the devil of the Forges du Saint-Maurice!


Two visitors rest on the red chairs enjoying the forest landscape.

Day 1


Location: Saint-Jean-des-Piles, La Mauricie
Distance: 190 km from Montréal

Take a break from everyday life and make the park your base camp for outdoor adventures! Let the tranquility and breadth of the site inspire you.

Stretch your legs on a spectacular hike to Lac-Solitaire and enjoy breathtaking views. Continue your hiking experience on the many trails around Rivière-à-la-Pêche. Love biking? Take advantage of the 55 km network of gravel cycling routes through wooded areas. Dip your toes in Bouchard Lake and enjoy an evening around the fire.


Recommended accommodation: oTENTik, Rivière-à-la-Pêche campground


A couple is sitting by the lake near canoes.

Day 2


Location: La Mauricie

Already up? Check out Édouard Lake and immerse yourself in nature! Enjoy the sandy beach or rent a canoe and go for a serene paddle on the lake. Have fun playing the new giant board games in the picnic area and meet new people while making memories! Prefer going treasure-hunting? Paddle the crystal clear waters of Wapizagonke Lake to Vide-Bouteille Beach. Red chairs await in a peaceful atmosphere perfect for quiet reflection.


Recommended accommodation: oTENTik, Rivière-à-la-Pêche campground


Two young girls are sitting next to the waterfalls.

Day 3


Travel through the park along the magnificent Parkway. Be sure to make stops along the way for all the scenic vistas. Don’t miss Le Passage Lookout, a must-see. Explore the majestic Cascades (waterfalls), one of the park’s iconic features. Dip into the cascading falls or take to the beach. Next, try the Aqua Trek, a self-guided canoeing activity that explores the southern part of Wapizagonke Lake. On the way back, visit the Forges du Saint-Maurice and discover what everyday life was like in this early industrial community.


Distance: Return to Montréal, 190 km


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