Parc national de Frontenac

Location

Parc national de Frontenac straddles the Cantons-de-l'Est and Chaudière-Appalaches tourism regions. Its  3 sectors are spread over nearly 30 km around Grand Lac Saint-François.

Area: 155.3 km2

MontréalQuébecSherbrooke
Saint-Daniel Sector 255 km 134 km 120 km
Southern Sector 251 km 156 km 100 km

 

Parc national de Frontenac is also on the tourist route called the Route des Sommets.
Consult a map (in French only).

 

Access and Operating Period

Get directions

Saint-Daniel Sector

From Québec city:

  • Take Highway 73, then Route 173 up to Vallée-Jonction, the Routes 112 and 267.

From Montréal and the Eastern Townships (2 choices):

  • OPTION A - Take Highway 10 E to exit 143 (Fleurimont), then Route 610 to Route 112. Take Route 112 to Disraeli. From there, take Chemin du barrage Allard (Rang 6), then Route 267 S.
  • OPTION B - Take Highway 20 E to exit 228, then Route 165 S to Black Lake. After, take Route 112 E to Thetford Mines. From there,  turn right on Route 267 and follow the directions to secteur St-Daniel.

Southern Sector

From Québec city:

  • Take Highway 73, then route 173 up to Beauceville. From there, take route 108 west up to Lambton. At the exit of the village, follow the signs to the parc national de Frontenac (secteur SUD) via route 263 North until the bridge.

From Montréal and Eastern Townships (2 choices)

  • OPTION A - Take highway 10 East. Bypass downtown Sherbrooke via highway 610 East by following the directions for Thetford Mines. At the end of highway 610, take route 112 East until Disraeli. From there, follow the directions for the parc national de Frontenac (secteur SUD) via route 263 South until the iron bridge.
  • OPTION B - Take highway 20 East until exit 228, then route 165 South. Before arriving at Thetford Mines (Black Lake sector), take the detour of route 112 via Chemin de Vimy until Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine. Turn right on route 112 West towards Disraeli. From there, follow the directions for parc national de Frontenac (secteur SUD) via route 263 South until the iron bridge.

Additional Information

Saint-Daniel Sector

Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre 
Services: reception and information, payment of entry fee, camper registration, Boutique Nature, mini-convenience store, provincial fishing licence and equipment rental (boat and bikes)

Periods: 

  • Low season (June 12 to 18, 2015): from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • High season (June 19 to August 15, 2015)
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • High season (August 16 to September 7, 2015)
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Southern Sector

Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre
Services: reception and information, payment of entry fee, camper, canoer/camper, and cabin user registration, accommodation and campsite reservation, provincial fishing licence, boat rental (boat and bikes), Boutique Nature and mini-convenience store

Period: May 15 to October 12, 2015

Schedule:

  • Low season (from May 15 to June 18 and from September 7 to October 8, 2015)
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Friday, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • High season (from June 19 to August 15, 2015)
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • High season (from August 16 to September 7, 2015)
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

L'Escale Visitors Centre (Baie Sauvage campground)
Services: Boutique Nature, mini-convenience store, provincial fishing licence, boat and bike rental

Period:

  • Low season: Victoria Day 2015
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Low season (May 23 to June 18, 2015)
    • Monday to Friday: closed
    • Saturday: from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • June 19 to September 7, 2015
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Low season (September 8 to October 9, 2015)
    • Monday to Friday: closed
    • Saturday: from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving 2015
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Notes:

  • The administrative office is at the entrance to the southern sector and is accessible year-round.
  • Low season: from Sunday to Thursday, from May 19 to June 18, 2015, and from September 7 to October 8, 2015
  • High season: Fridays, Saturdays and every day from June 19 to September 6, 2015
  • The schedule of services may change without notice depending on the weather or the number of users.

Universal Access

Several park sectors have been designed to make it easier for people with reduced mobility:

  • Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre
  • Washroom facility in the Rivière-aux-Bluets campground
  • Washroom facility in the Baie-Sauvage campground
  • Trails into and out of the Saint-Daniel peat bog
  • Labbé cabin
  • L'Escale Visitors Centre
  • Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre

Services

Boutique Nature

Boutique Nature offers a wide range of souvenirs, clothing for adults and children, discovery products for youngsters and outdoor items. It also has educational products like puzzles, colouring books and star finders. The mini-convenience store sells essential items such as wood and ice, frozen products and beverages.

  • Saint-Daniel sector (Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre)
  • Southern sector (L'Escale Visitors Centre and Southern Visitors Centre)

Equipment Rental

  • Solo or tandem kayak (for sea or recreational kayaking)
  • Pedal boat (simple or double)
  • Rowboat
  • Canoe
  • Bike and helmet (adult and child)
  • Stand Up Paddle
  • Child trailer for bicyle*
  • Snowshoes (adult and child)

* Subject to availability, equipment for children may be borrowed free of charge (one day rental maximum).

Additional Services

Parc national de Frontenac, in collaboration with Happy Yak meals, offers a ready-to-eat food service. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, Happy Yak meals are delicious, easy to prepare and lightweight for transport. They provide enough calories to meet the nutritional needs of fans of the great outdoors and the portions are very generous.
 
Discover Happy Yak products (about ten main dishes and five meal soups) at the Discovery and Visitors Centre in the Southern Sector. You can even reserve your Happy Yak products and pick them up when you register for your stay. To reserve your meals, To reserve your meals, fill the order form (in French only) and send it at sepaq@happyyak.ca. Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

Services for families

  • 3 child playing tables (Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre)
  • Waterer
  • Baby changing tables in sanitary blocs
  • Big shower in sanitary blocs

Nearby Services

You'll find nearby a full range of services:

  • Cinema
  • Coin laundry
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Fast food
  • Fine dining
  • Gas
  • Golf
  • Motel
  • Shopping
  • Tourist attractions

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address
    599 Chemin des Roy
    Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0M 1H1

    Telephone : 418 486-2300, ext. 221

    Fax : 418 486-2226

    parc.frontenac@sepaq.com

    Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre
    177, route du parc de Frontenac
    Saint-Daniel (Québec)  G0N 1S0
    Open from June 12 to September 7, 2015

    Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre
    599 Chemin des Roy
    Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0M 1H1

    Telephone : 418 486-2300, ext. 270 (mid-May to Monday of Thanksgiving)

    Important

    Regulations

    Regulations are in effect in the Parcs Québec network. Before going to a national park, check the main rules and recommendations to better plan your visit. Details (in French only)

    Domestic animals

    In all the Québec national parks, pets are prohibited, except for guide dogs. Condition and regulation

    Documentation

    Visitor's Guide Careful by nature Discovery Activities Calendar Boating Regulations (in French only) Photography Contest ZOOM in on the Park - Rules (in French only)

    Fishing

    Fishing Results, 2014 Season (in French only)

    Map Library

    Summer Activities

    Winter Activities

    Camping and accommodations

    Complementary Tool: Avenza PDF Maps

    Download the mobile app Avenza PDF Maps  free of charge to geotag your location on our territory maps. A useful technological tool that will delight nature lovers!

    To read one of our maps using Avenza PDF Maps, just copy the map’s URL into the mobile application or open the map (PDF file) on the Sépaq Web site and read it with the mobile app.

    External Links

    Association touristique Chaudière-Appalaches Bonjour Québec.com Camping Québec Tourisme région de Thetford Tourisme Mégantic Tourisme Cantons-de-l'Est

    Bonjourquebec.com (Online reservation)

    Sector: St-Daniel Sector: Sud