One of the most well known and used features of Parc de la Mauricie is the Laurentien trial, which runs through the northern section of the park. Those interested in a true wilderness experience will enjoy the backcountry hike. After checking in at the Centre de la Mauricie, visitors may embark on the 75 kilometer hike, which offers breathtaking views of the Laurentian forest. An experienced hiker usually completes the journey in five days, hiking an average of 15 km a day. Dotted along the trail are nine campsites for the visitor to use during the four overnights the hike generally requires.
Another prominent feature of the Parc de la Mauricie is, of course, the Saint-Maurice river. It is a must see for any visitor, and a first glance is provided at the Centre de la Mauricie. Besides a picturesque hike, one can take along the Makinac trail, there are also cruises available, offered by Parc de la Mauricie in partnership with Croisieres del Piles.
In the center of a deep valley, the Wapizagonke river is one of the main attractions of Parc de la Mauricie. It is suitable for both travel and relaxation: canoe trips through its waterways can be broken up by walks on its sandy shores. There are also three lookout points from the valley above, and at these extreme heights the visitor would be hard pressed not to find the sight of the river below, winding through the valley, breathtaking.
There are, of course, other highlights to Parc de la Mauricie. Many a visitor chooses to take a day trip to Waber falls, an ideal spot for not only canoeing and hiking, but picnicking and swimming as well. Imagine the feeling of finishing off a long day of hiking with a swim at these gorgeous waterfalls!
Naturally, with so much to offer, a visitor to Parc de la Mauricie may be overwhelmed. Not to fear: there are many tours and activities offered by the friendly park staff. Highly trained, the naturalists on staff at Parc de la Mauricie will allow you to get the most out of your experience, pointing out the subtleties of the natural landscape and providing you with a knowledgeable historical background to allow you to better enjoy your journey.
Also not to be missed is the spectacular display of fall colors to be seen in Parc de la Mauricie. This begins around October and continues for about a month. You can either hike or drive to get a peek, you will be rewarded both ways: some of the finest nature has to offer in the form of the red, golden, and auburn leaves from the deciduas forest surroundings.
Parc de la Maurice is open year round, although in the winter only the southeast area of the park is acceptable. Except for the most hardened on naturalists, most visitors will enjoy the park most in the summer months, when all facilities are open.
With its wide range of activities, including canoeing, hiking, swimming and back country camping, Parc de la Maurice makes an excellent choice for a family excursion. Whether you choose to stay for a day or a week, you rarely run out of things to do at this wonderful natural park.