History of wildlife reserves at a glance
In the early 1960s, access to wildlife and forests on Crown land in Québec was limited due to the presence of many private hunting and fishing clubs. At that time, there were 2,200 clubs on over 78,000 km2 of public land. These private clubs were generally owned by non-Quebecers, while Quebecers only had access to these hunting and fishing grounds if they worked as wardens, support staff, or guides.
During the 1960s and 1970s, public pressure to make wildlife accessible to the public increased. The government therefore accelerated the creation of "hunting and fishing reserves" and began a major phase of dismantling private clubs.
In the following years, a unique government network of hunting and fishing reserves was created. Quebecers developed a strong sense of connection to these reserves, thanks in particular to the privileged access to wildlife that they offered.
The network of wildlife reserves was created to preserve and enhance wildlife in various regions of the province so that people could visit them and future generations could come into contact with the wildlife resources found there.
Réserve faunique Mastigouche: already 50 years old!
In 2022, Réserve faunique Mastigouche celebrated its 50th anniversary. In terms of the legacy left by the private clubs on this territory, the quality of the heritage built by the Commodore Club is noteworthy. In fact, several large log cabins have stood on the shore of Lac Shawinigan for a century. Located on an exceptional site and built with the dovetail technique, they are the jewel of this reserve. They are available in fishing or vacation packages.