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With more than 150 lakes, Parc national de la Mauricie is one of Canada's biggest national parks, located in the province of Quebec. La Mauricie National Park is one of the most important protected areas in Quebec. This park, home to an impressive array of wildlife and plant life, is a pristine wilderness with unspoiled forested landscapes and beautiful streams and lakes.
La Mauricie National Park is also home to a variety of activities for visitors who wish to experience the wilderness close-up: kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking along well-maintained trails or lighted paths. You are also able to rent canoes or paddle boats for an unforgettable day on the water.
3:35 mins video of La Mauricie National Park
1. The park is located in the Mauricie area of Quebec, Canada and was established on 22 August 1970.
2. Annually, the park welcomes about 145,000 visitors.
3. The park is made up of six different zones which represent a variety of ecosystems including rivers, forests, lakes and wetlands.
4. One of the most popular tourist activities inside La Mauricie National Park is canoeing down the Saint-Maurice River which meanders through bedrock and clings to steep banks with lush vegetation along its shores.
5. La Mauricie National Park also has many species of vegetation which are considered rare, some being found only in this region such as the black spruce, tamarack and balsam fir.
6. Old-growth forests cover an area of over 2,320 hectares, which contains trees estimated to be more than 150 years old.
7. The park is also home to around 350 vertebrate species including mammals like moose, and deer as well as birds such as the loons and hawks. The area also features more than 800 insect species, including bumblebees, cicadas and dragonflies.
8. La Mauricie National Park offers many camping sites across the park for visitors to choose from. Each individual site has its own unique features including its distance from any major highway and its distance from campground facilities. It is important for visitors to consider these factors before making their choice of where to camp within the park. Each site varies in its amenities such as showers, hot water, toilets, cooking facilities and more.
9. The park has one of Canada's longest trail systems with about 84 kilometres (52 miles) of well-maintained trails.
10. The park has many waterfalls, but the Waber falls are the most popular.
11. Dogs are allowed in certain areas but must be kept on a leash at all times. You will notice well-marked signs telling you what is allowed and what is not.