Cross-country skiing

La Mauricie National Park

Grab your skis and explore 80 km of trails in a protected natural area. La Mauricie National Park provides a network of marked and groomed trails for classic and freestyle cross-country skiing. A number of trails have even been specially prepared for ski skating.

Heated shelters can be found approximately every five kilometres.

The trail network is maintained from mid-December through the end of March. Weather conditions can affect the length of the season and the condition of the trails.

Entrance and activity fees are required to access the cross-country ski trails. Visitors must stop at the perception kiosk to make the purchase from their car.

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Trail suggestions

Please note that the departure of all circuits suggested below start at the Rivière-à-la-Pêche Service Centre.

Classic style

Young couple skiing in a snowy trail

Easy level

10 km round trip: take trail #3 - North to the Isaïe Shelter. Take a few minutes to warm up and retrace your steps.

Intermediate level

25 km loop: along your route via trails #3 - North, #7 and #6, you will come across four shelters, perfect for refuelling with a snack.

Difficult level

20 km loop: use your maximum energy to cover the 11 km of trail #2, then enjoy the ease of trail #3 - North that will bring you back to your starting point.


Young family freestyle skiing on a groomed trail

Easy level

11 km round trip: between the Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre and the Pimbina Shelter, trail #6 offers beautiful views of the Bouchard and Pimbina lakes.

Intermediate level

34 km loop: Take trail #6, stop at the Marie shelter, then continue along Lake Edward on trail #9 and return to the Service Centre via the trail #10.

A few tips

  • Don’t overestimate your abilities, choose a trail that matches your skills.
  • Don’t forget to bring plenty of food and water.
  • The Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre is a must, whether you want to get advice or prepare your skis.
  • Keep a map of the trails with you so you can take stock when you stop at one of our wood heated shelters.
  • Everything you need to light a fire is available at the rest stops. Firewood available free of charge on site.
  • Shelters: Is the fire going out? Throw a log in the stove before you leave: the next visitors will be happy to warm up in turn.
  • As you explore the trails, look out for diseased trees as a reminder of the importance of protecting the park's magnificent landscapes.
  • Have you seen wolf tracks on the trails? Report your sightings on the website and notify park staff to help us monitor their population status.

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