La Mauricie National Park
Parks Canada administers sites that are a source of pride for all Canadians. By following a few rules, you are helping to preserve cultural and natural treasures for future generations.
Breaking the law in a National Park can result in consequences including evictions and/or tickets, or in more serious cases, court appearances and/or large fines.
1. Commercial activites and special events
See Permits and licences.
2. Area closures and restrictions
Area closures and restrictions are sometimes needed to protect natural or cultural resources or for visitor safety reasons. Closures are enforceable by law. Closure notices will be posted at the trailheads, access points and information centres. Information on closures is also available on our Important bulletins page.
Use of gas motors or electric motors is not allowed on any waterbody in the park.
All types of craft (eg paddle board, inflatable boats) are considered boats when used for navigation. A life jacket for each occupant of the boat and safety equipment must be easily accessible. Drinking and boating is illegal, similar to drinking and driving.
When you travel on the lakes and in order to protect these fragile environments, it is forbidden to access or move around the islands, including their shores.
5. Cannabis, smoking and vaping
- Smoking or the use of an electronic cigarette is prohibited on the ferry, in the fortification and within 9 metres of any open doors or windows or air intakes that are connected to an enclosed area.
- For more information on the regulation of cannabis in Parks Canada sites, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/regles-rules/cannabis.
6. Commercial film and photography
To film or photograph in the national parks, an application must be submitted to Parks Canada minimum twenty working days prior to activities. If approved, a Film/Photography Permit will be issued which outlines conditions and supplementary requirements associated with the production. This information will assist in the preparation of a film/photography application.
Please submit the filming application (PDF, 418 KB).
In Canada’s national parks, the landing and take-off of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) – also known as a drone – is prohibited.
In Canada, a UAV is considered aircraft. Their use is governed by Transport Canada and regulated under the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations , which prohibit a person to take-off or land an aircraft in a national park.
Anyone wishing to use a UAV in La Mauricie National Park must submit a written proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly indicating how the intended use of the UAV supports the management of the park. If approved, a Restricted Activity Permit will be issued.
As per Section 3 (1) of the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations, the Superintendent can issue a Restricted Activity Permit for a UAV for the purpose of (a) natural or cultural resource management and protection directly related to the administration of the park; (b) any other management or control function directly related to the administration of the park; (c) public safety; or (d) law enforcement.
A Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) may also be required from Transport Canada for the UAV depending on its weight.
If you witness the use of a UAV in La Mauricie National Park, please report the incident to an employee or contact the emergency service at 819 536-3180.
8. Fires and BBQs
Fires are only allowed in designated fire boxes. Random fires are not allowed in National Parks. Please keep your campfire safe for you and the environment by following these rules:
- Keep fires small – To reduce their impact on the environment, fires must be contained within the designated metal fire boxes provided and be kept to a reasonable size.
- Use firewood purchased at the park only – Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive insects and disease. It is forbidden to burn garbage or collect deadfall from the surrounding forest for burning. More details here.
- Never leave a fire unattended – Fires must be attended at all times.
- BBQs – Charcoal barbeques are permitted. Please dump cold ashes into a fire pit. Only charcoal briquettes are allowed as fuel in the hibachis available on the park's picnic areas.
Backcountry camping – Fires are allowed in areas with designated metal fire boxes only.
Use of, selling, or purchasing fireworks, or any other type of explosive, is not permitted within a National Park.
10. Garbage and litter
Never litter.Good times in the great outdoors are safer and more rewarding when you Leave No Trace of your visit. A good rule of thumb is to leave “no trace on the place” and “no trace on others’ space”.
Leaving food out in a campsite can attract wildlife. Wildlife is also attracted to non-food items that smell like food including garbage, dishes, pots, coolers and even toiletries.
In the backcountry, all food and garbage must be packed out.
11. Hunting and fishing
- Hunting is prohibited in La Mauricie National Park.
- Consult the Recreational fishing page for the specific regulations.
12. Motorized vehicles (off-road driving, snowmobiles, ATV)
Vehicles must remain on hardened surfaces, paved and gravel roads. The use of ATVs, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, or other off-road vehicles is not allowed. Scooters are considered motor vehicles for these purposes and are not allowed on trails or areas closed to motor vehicle traffic.
Please park only in designated areas and areas where you do not pose a risk to others. If a parking lot is full, find the next closest lot and walk to your destination.
15. Pets and service animals
- Pets are not allowed in most areas of the park. More details here.
- Service animals clearly identified and kept on a leash or wearing a harness are permitted everywhere in La Mauricie National Park.
16. Scuba diving
Scuba diving is permitted in the Wapizagonke, Caribou and Edouard lakes. However, it is mandatory to stop at a welcome centre on arrival to obtain a permit and on return to confirm departure.
Swimming is unsupervised at all park locations. You are responsible for your own safety.
18. Wildlife and flora
- You are not allowed to entice, pet or attempt to pet, harass, or feed wild animals.
- Stay on the trails to preserve the surrounding flora.
E-bikes (exception of pedal assist electric bicycles) are prohibited on the following trails: 3, 5, 6A, 7, 8, 9, 11, Vallerand and between Lac Bouchard Parking Lot and Du Pimbina Shelter.
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