When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
The Mauricie region is an excellent green tourism destination, with its national park and its forests, lakes, mountains and rivers.
La Mauricie National Park is a lush wilderness in one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the southern Laurentian Mountains, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.
WHAT TO DO
* = Interesting ** = worth a detour *** = worth a trip
This 62-kilometre parkway winds its way through the park and along the 16 kilometre long Lac Wapizagonke, offering spectacular views of its beaches and cliffs. The Parkway also leads to a lovely natural sandy beach and picnic area on the shores of Lac Édouard.
Be sure to stop at Le Passage* lookout, which affords some of the best views of the park.
Excursion to Waber Falls**
This excursion combines an 8-kilometre canoe trip, a 9-kilometre hike, a picnic lunch (which you bring with you) and a chance to swim in the park's most beautiful waterfall. It is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise in magnificent natural surroundings.
The entire excursion takes take 5 to 6 hours and is of medium difficulty. Arrive early in the morning to make the most of your day.
What should you bring on your excursion?
- A picnic lunch
- 1 to 2 litres of water per person
- Insect repellant
- Walking shoes
780 5th Avenue, Grandes-Piles 819-538-7895
Bel Air Aviation: 1341 Avenue Tour du Lac, Lac-à-la-Tortue 819-538-8623
1000 Ave. Melville, Shawinigan 1 866 900-2483
Where to eat
- $ Économique
- $$ Budget moyen
- $$$ Bonne table
- $$$$ Gastronomique
WHERE TO EATCRÈPERIE DE FLORE ($)
Located in the countryside in Grand-Mère, this charming small restaurant offers a warm atmosphere and an enjoyable dining experience that features fresh local produce.
3580 50th Ave., Grand-Mère 819 533-2020
LE TROU DU DIABLE ($$)
Le Trou du Diable micro-brewery is a lively Shawinigan hangout where you can sample in-house brews and enjoy meals prepared using fresh regional ingredients. Must-try menu items include the bison tartare, the Saint-Alexis trout and the house sausage. Only open in the evenings.
412 Ave. Willow, Shawinigan 819 537-9151
MAISON CADORETTE ($$)
Situated in Saint-Jean-des-Piles, close to La Mauricie National Park, Maison Cadorette is a B&B and a restaurant offering gourmet dining and a very friendly atmosphere. House specialties: dished of game including pheasant, caribou, venison, ostrich and guinea fowl. Only open in the evenings.
1701 Rue Principale, Shawinigan (Saint-Jean-des-Piles) 819-538-9883
AUBERGE LE BÔME RESTAURANT ($$$)
Located in an ancestral home in the heart of the village of Grandes-Piles, the restaurant of Auberge Le Bôme B&B serves quality French/Italian cuisine featuring local ingredients. The hospitable Chef Mathilde makes her own smoked salmon, caribou sausages and potted meat; her specialties include roast quail and Arctic char. Pure joy! Only open in the evenings.
720 2nd Avenue, Grandes-Piles 819 538-2805
Où dormir ?
- Very Favourable