Located midway (180 km) between
Quebec's two largest cities, Quebec City and
Montreal, and 50 km. north of the St. Lawrence
River, La Mauricie National Park encompasses 544
square kilometres in the heart of the Quebec Laurentians.
is a vast rolling plateau broken by numerous lakes
and rounded hills and etched by waterfalls, streams
and narrow valleys. Its dense coniferous and deciduous
was, for 8000 years, home to a sub-group of the
native Algonquin people
known as Attikameks. Wildlife
typical of the boreal forests is abundant here.
Established in 1970, the park protects a representative
sample of the Canadian Shield - the central
portion of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence
Precambrian region - one that exhibits a continuous
transition with many species meeting either a
northern or southern limit here.