Discovering Lanaudiere-Mauricie, Quebec
Located near central Quebec between the Saint Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains is the wild, untamed Lanaudiere-Mauricie. Three wildlife sanctuaries, seven regional parks and national parks such as the La Mauricie National Park, the Biosphere and Mont-Tremblant National Park, make this a natural paradise.
Visitors, especially French-speaking Europeans, love to vacation in the wild beauty of this region. Winter brings in snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog-sledding. Great snowfall and icy frozen lakes along with vast stretches of pine forest make this a perfect place to be alone with nature. Summer is the time to camp along one of the many lakes. Indulge in trout fishing for supper over a campfire. Canoe along the pristine waters. Hike the trails. Photograph bears, moose and sheep (from a safe distance, of course.)
In Mont-Tremblant National Park, visitors can experience a cross between hiking and climbing called Via ferrata du diable. The immense cliff face is easily accessible now, where once only experienced hikers could enjoy its beauty. The park also rents canoes for a self-guided tour of the Diable River. Canoe rentals include safety kits and a 1-liter waterproof container. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on one of the many sandy beaches. Take a swim. Enjoy the scenery and get lots of photos. There is also a guided tour available.
La Mauricie National Park offers rental bikes and designated mountain bike routes or road bike routes. Visitors can also bike the access roads to the three campgrounds. Or try some recreational fishing in one of the many lakes. Smallmouth bass puts up a good fight. Line fishing is the only fishing allowed in the parks.
Hikers will enjoy Wabenaki trail which runs alongside Lac a la Peche. Through a forest corridor, this hike is approximately 6 hours of easy walking. For a moderate hike through the mountains with stops at Lac Solitaire and beside Bouchard Creek, take the Lac du Pimbina trail. If you prefer a challenge, the hard trails of Mekinac and Deux-Criques wait with demanding climbs and creeks to cross- but, oh the pay off! Vistas of Ruisseau du Fou Falls and Lac Rosoy Lookout and Saint-Maurice River make these worth the struggle.
Camp in one of three campgrounds within the park. oTENTiks are a cross between a tent and a cabin and are perfect for any weather. With bunkbeds and a woodstove, a table and solar lighting, these are great for families of up to five people. Of course, if you choose to pitch a tent that is fine, too. You can also choose from lodges or tiny cabins, resorts or private B &B’s.
Whether your family comes to experience snow mobiles on the back country, outstanding camping, or the historic sites of the Amerindians and their cultures, the regions of Lanaudiere and Mauricie are ready to give you a memorable time. Come and see why visitors from around the world head to this region to recharge and relax. Visit Lanaudiere and Mauricie with your loved ones and feel the difference personally.