La Mauricie National Park

At La Mauricie National Park, we have been actively working on understanding, protecting and restoring the park’s ecosystems for 50 years.

Human activities that took place in the area before the creation of the park have had a profound impact on the forest and aquatic environments.

Managing the park with ecological integrity is our goal; managing ecosystems is the process we use to achieve it.


Two Parks Canada employees place a transmitter collar on a sleeping black bear.

Conservation and protection over time

The way we manage and protect land has evolved over time. New scientific and technical knowledge has made it possible for us to take a more informed look at the ecological challenges we face in the park.

A Parks Canada employee looks underwater in a boat using a specialized device.

Ecological integrity monitoring

The conservation service monitors the health of the park closely. Monitoring makes it possible to take concrete action to protect plant and animal life. Find out more about our work.

A Parks Canada employee holds a bag full of water and young fry in his hands.

Conserving and restoring ecosystems

Find out how human activities have changed the forest, lakes and other waterways and what we are doing to help them.

A wood turtle on the sand carrying a transmitter.

Protecting species

Of the hundreds of species in the park, 33 are at risk. Protecting them is central to our mission.

Find out more about these species and the way in which we are helping them.


The “La Mauricie National Park 50 years 1970-2020” logo appears on screen above a foggy lake. “50 years of conservation” floats above the body of water.

An oar plunges into the water.

“536 sq. km” appears to the left of a boater.

“1500 animal and plant species” appears above a marsh lined with conifers. A person wearing a white coat and wool hat walks along a wooded trail.

“An area visited for centuries” appears above a lush forest. Visitors sitting on a bench overlooking a body of water look at the scenery before them.

A man smiles at the camera and fixes his cap. It is Marc-André Valiquette, Chief Ecologist. He is in front of a lake.

Two people wearing backpacks walk across a thick forest before following a lakeshore. Later, a man holding a turtle in one hand speaks with a colleague sitting in front of him.

“150 lakes and waterways, 20 endangered species, 300 scientific research reports” appears on screen above a thick forest.

Pierre Magnan, Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology (UQTR), is interviewed by a bridge.

A man holding a small plastic bucket puts his hand into a plastic container. Small fish swim around his palm. Later, in a body of water, a turtle swims slowly. A small waterfall wets dark rocks.

“20% of lakes restored” appears on screen next to a yellow canoe docked to a wooden wharf next to a misty body of water.

A black and white picture shows two men sawing a log. Another picture shows two log drivers standing on logs in water.

“100,000 logs were removed from 20 lakes” appears on screen.

“Since 1991, more than 30 prescribed fire operations were conducted to restore the forest” appears above a forest full of plumes of smoke.

Two firefighters burn twigs. A forest slowly burns. Burned trees criss-cross the ground. Green shoots emerge from the soil. A waterway flows through a forest.

Retired biologist Michel Plante talks to the camera.

Recreational boaters walk on a shore lined with canoes and rowboats. Two people canoe on a lake. Three people holding trekking poles walk across a sunny forest.

Resource Conservation Manager Caroline Cormier walks across a lawn towards a body of water. She stops on the shore.

A log lays parallel to the shore, next to a body of water surrounded by forest. A great blue heron wades around in a marsh. A small island full of conifers sits in the middle of a body of water. Fog hovers above calm waterways.

“Celebrate with us half a century of conservation” appears on screen above a lake. appears on a black screen followed by the Parcs Canada | Parks Canada logo.

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