La Mauricie National Park

Since the park's creation in 1970, La Mauricie National Park's conservation team has been actively working to understand, protect and restore the ecosystems of this natural treasure to maintain their ecological integrity. Learn more about the team’s efforts and how every visitor can help.

Monitoring ecological integrity

The conservation team closely monitors the health of the park. It makes it possible to take concrete action to protect plants and animals.

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.

Protecting species

The conservation team is committed to protecting the park's species, such as the wood turtle, the eastern wolf, the common loon and three endangered bats.

Conservation in action

With our multimedia stories, follow the conservation team as it protects the park's ecosystems. For example, it conducts prescribed fires and removes logs and dams.

Preventing the spread of invasive alien species

Help us prevent the spread of invasive species. Clean, drain and dry your personal watercraft before boating at the park. Buy your firewood in the park and burn it on site.

Maintaining and restoring ecological connectivity

The conservation team works in consultation with regional stakeholders to maintain and restore the pathways animals use to move on land or in water.

Keep the "wild" in wildlife

Wildlife needs its space. It's important to always keep a safe distance from animals and avoid feeding them, for everyone's safety.


Over 50 years of conservation


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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