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Parc national de Frontenac

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Open in the winter

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: 156.5 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 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 (Southern sector) 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 (Southern sector) via route 263 South until the iron bridge.
  • OPTION B - Take highway 20 East until exit 228, then route 165 South until Thetford Mines (Black Lake sector). Turn right on route 112 West towards Disraeli. From there, follow the directions for parc national de Frontenac (Southern sector) via route 263 South until the iron bridge.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: The park's roads leading to the activities and services are gravel roads. The park is accessible year-round, but during fall and winter, there is no service on site. Outside the regular season, traffic is restricted on certain roads in the park. Cyclists and hikers having paid the entry fee can access the trail network from the following parking lots:

  • Southern sector: Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre
  • Saint-Daniel sector: Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and La Tourbière

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: 

  • June 15 to 21, 2018
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • June 22 to August 18, 2018
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 19 to September 3, 2018
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Monday, September 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • September 4 to October 4, 2018
    • Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 5 to 8, 2018 (Thanksgiving)
    • Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration centre
Reception and information, payment of entry fee.

Periods:

  • June 16 to August 18, 2018
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 25 and 26, 2018
    • from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 1 to 3, 2018
    • from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 9, 2018
    • from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Self Registration
When the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and the registration post are closed, customers must pay their entry fee using the self-payment terminal.

*The schedule of services may change without notice depending on the weather or the number of users.

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

Periods:

  • May 18 to June 21, 2018
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 22 to August 18, 2018
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 19 to September 2, 2018
    • Saturday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 3 to October 15, 2018
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Self Registration
When the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and the registration post are closed, customers must pay their entry fee using the self-payment terminal.

*The schedule of services may change without notice depending on the weather or the number of users.

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

Periods:

  • June 12 to 21, 2018
    • Tuesday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 22 to August 18, 2018
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 19 to September 3, 2018
    • Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 4 to October 4, 2018
    • Monday to Thursday: closed
    • Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 5 to 8, 2018
    • Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 12 to 14, 2018
    • Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*The schedule of services may change without notice depending on the weather or the number of users.

Notes:

  • The administrative office is at the entrance to the southern sector and is accessible from Monday to Friday.

Universal Access

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

  • Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre
  • Shower in the washroom facility in the Rivière-aux-Bluets campground
  • Shower in the washroom facility in the Baie Sauvage campground
  • Trails into and out of the Saint-Daniel peat bog
  • Labbé cabin
  • 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 recreational kayak
  • Pedal boat (double or quadruple)
  • Rowboat (Baie Sauvage campground)
  • Canoe
  • Stand Up Paddle
  • Bike and helmet (adult and child*)
  • Child trailer for bicyle*
  • Child carrier bag*

Please note that the last rental must be made at least 75 minutes before the closing of the rental centre.

* 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. Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

Services for families

To better plan your activities, please consult our family services.


Nearby Services

Near south sector (municipality of Lambton located 11 km from the entrance of the sector)

Accommodations

  • Cabins, campgrounds, and motels

Shops and services

  • Food services, dairy bar, grocery store, bakery, gas station, ATM machine, pharmacy, hardware store, and other retail outlets

Tourist attractions

  • Le Winslow centre équestre (horseback riding)
  • Péché Mignon farm
  • Bowling alley
  • Parc municipal du Grand Lac St-François
  • Galerie d’art du Presbythère (art gallery)
  • Patrimoin'Art
  • Maison du Granit
  • Moulin Bernier
  • Des 3 Monts hiking trails
  • Town of Lac-Mégantic

Near Saint-Daniel sector (town of Thetford Mines 21 km from the entrance of the sector)

Accommodations

  • Cabins, campgrounds, and motels

Shops and services

  • A great many restaurants and food-service outlets, dairy bars, grocery stores, bakeries, laundromats, movie theatres, gas stations, ATMs, pharmacies, hardware stores, and other retail outlets

Tourist attractions

  • Public market
  • Le Chemin des Artisans (artisan trail)
  • Golf, mini-putt
  • Mont Adstock
  • Des 3 Monts hiking trails
  • Mineralogical and mining museum
  • Centre historique de la mine King KB3 (mine history centre)
  • Arts centre
  • Historical circuit and discovery circuit
  • Theatre
  • Diving
  • Biking trail
  • Thetford on horseback
  • Curling, go-karting, and paintball
  • Spa

Contact Information

Administrative Office
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 sector
Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre

177, route du parc de Frontenac
Saint-Daniel (Québec)  G0N 1S0
Open from June 15 to September 3, 2018 (as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Thanksgiving weekend)

Southern sector
Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre

599 Chemin des Roy
Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0M 1H1
Open from May 18 to October 15, 2018

Telephone : 418 486-2300, ext. 270

Sainte-Praxède sector
9001 Rang A
Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0N 1E1
Picnic area, washroom, and sandy shore. There is no visitors centre at this location. In operation as of mid-June Friday until September 30, 2018.

Important

Regulations

Regulations are in effect in Québec national parks. Before going to a national park, check the main rules and recommendations to better plan your visit. Details

Domestic animals

Dogs are allowed in the national parks having participated in the pilot project, i.e. Aiguebelle, Frontenac (Saint-Daniel sector), Jacques-Cartier, Lac-Témiscouata, and Oka national parks. However, they are only allowed in certain areas. Check out the applicable rules and authorized sites.

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed everywhere. Other pets are still prohibited in national parks.

Documentation

Discovery Guide Careful by nature Boating Regulations (in French only) List of authorized activities (in French only)

Fishing

Fishing Results, 2018 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2017 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2016 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2015 Season (in French only) Regulations associated with fishing from the shore and in lakes (in French only)

External Links

Tourisme Chaudière-Appalaches QuébecOriginal Camping Québec Tourisme région de Thetford Tourisme Région de Mégantic Route des Sommets Tourisme Cantons-de-l'Est Parc régional des Appalaches Parc régional du Massif du Sud Les Sentiers pédestres des 3 monts de Coleraine

QuébecOriginal (Online reservation)

Sector: Sud Sector: St-Daniel

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