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“Dazzling fall colors in a lovely national park”

Parc national du Canada de la Mauricie
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Owner description: Entrée Saint-Mathieu: quitter l'autoroute 55 à la sortie 217 et suivre les indicEntrée Saint-Jean-des-piles : Autoroute 55, sortie 226 Nad 83 Long 72°46'3,04"O Lat 46°43'36,77"N UTM Nad 83 zone 18 670586,64 5177234,47 Entrée Saint-Mathieu : autoroute 55, sortie 217 en direction de Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc Nad 83 Long 72°57'57,08"O Lat 46°38'54,38"N UTM Nad 83 zone 18 655656 E 5168107 N Parc national du Canada de la Mauricie Bureau administratif 702, 5e Rue C.P. 160 Succ. Bureau-chef Shawinigan (Québec) Canada G9N 6T9 Réservation camping : 1-877-737-3783 Réservation longue randonnée : 819-538-3232 * Aucune réservation pour le canot-camping. Tél : 819-538-3232 Téléscripteur (ATS) : 1-866-787-6221 Téléc : 819-536-3661
Reviewed October 17, 2013

One of the nicest surprises of our trip to Quebec was Mauricie National Park and the vistas of fall colors which turned early this year (2013). Approximately 15 minutes from Shawinigan, we drove in and around the loop, stopping at several hiking areas and overlooks. An easy yet lovely hike is the Cascades, taking you very close to running streams and waterfalls. Plan for a full day if you take it slow with time to appreciate the natural wonders. Tip: 3rd week in September mid- week had the park almost to ourselves with just a handful of fellow tourists.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Spent a wonderful afternoon at the Cascades (falls). These weren't waterfalls as you would see, say at Niagara. The flow of water (in July) was gentle enough in some areas for little kids to play in yet strong enough in other areas that a man could be knocked off his feet. The water flowed such that it formed small, shallow pools for one to sit in and cool off. Careful, some of the rocks are slippery. Bring insect repellant for the mosquitoes and horseflies. Also watch out for leeches. Bring water and something to eat or you'll have to return to the snack bar near the parking lot.

8  Thank H M
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I've made a number of trips to this national park and each time I come away with great memories, particularly on the incredibly friendly and helpful staff. I recently traveled to Mauricie for a cross-country ski race (Le Yeti) with my kids and left one pair of skis behind. The Parc Canada employee took the time to find my phone number from the race registration list and offered to package and ship them back to me by bus -- on his day off! Certainly not the often typical not-my-job attitude I've faced at some of the provincial parks. And make sure to stop in Shawinigan for some finger-lickin' good french fries on the main strip -- calorie-watchers and cardiac patients should abstain.

2  Thank Seat11A
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

The parkoffers possibilities for everyone: long or short hikes, canoeing, ... We especially liked the hike to Chute Waber: first canoeing, then walking to the waterfalls, then returning by canoe.
The people in the visitor centre are extremely gentlly and helpful.

3  Thank WendyvD
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you have the time and enjoy camping and canoeing you could not ask for a better place. We drove through the park and enjoyed the views but if we had more time we would have rented canoes. We were Bed and Breakfast guest with a couple from France who were doing a 4 hour canoe trip that day after doing one the day before. Kayaking is also popular here.

2  Thank David M
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