Parc national de Frontenac

Winter period: important instructions before your visit Details

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

GPS coordinates

  • Southern sector: 45o50'37,8'' N 071o09'23,9'' O
  • Saint-Daniel sector: 45o59'32,8'' N 071o09'09,4'' O
  • Sainte-Praxède sector : 45o56'17,7'' N 71o15'35,5'' O

Get directions

Saint-Daniel Sector (Baie aux Rats-Musqués, Baie-des-Sables and Rivière Aux-Bluets campgrounds)

Location

From Thetford Mines:

  • Take Route 267 South. At the Saint-Daniel intersection, go straight ahead on Route du Parc-de-Frontenac and follow the directions to the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre.

From Disraëli:

  • Take Chemin du Barrage towards Route 267 South. Turn right on Route 267 South. At the Saint-Daniel intersection, go straight ahead on Route du Parc-de-Frontenac and follow the directions to the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre.

Southern Sector (Baie Sauvage and Lac Egan campgrounds, canoe-camping and accommodation)

Location

From Lambton :

  • Take Rue Principale/QC-108 Ouest/QC-263 Nord towards south. Turn right at Principale/QC-263 North. Turn left on Chemin des Roy and continue to the Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre.

From Disraëli :

  • Take Rue Principale/QC-108 Est toward nortg. Turn left on Chemin des Sources. Turn left at Route QC-263 Nord. Turn left on Chemin des Roy and continue to the Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Sainte-Praxède sector (picnic and light boat launching)

This sector is located halfway between the Southern and Saint-Daniel sectors. To access it, follow the directions to Parc national de Frontenac (Sainte-Praxède sector).

Bornes de recharge publiques pour véhicules électriques

As of summer 2024, level 2 charging stations will be available at the following locations: the Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre parking lot (2) and the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre parking lot (2). Details

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:

Saint-Daniel Sector

Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre 
Located at 2 km from the sector entrance. Services: reception and information, payment of entry fee, camper registration, boutique, mini-convenience store, provincial fishing licence and nautical equipment rental

Periods: 

  • October 9, 2023 to May 16, 2024
    • closed
  • May 17 to October 13, 2024
    • every day, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • October 14, 2024 to May 15, 2025
    • closed

Self Registration
When the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and the registration post are closed, customers must pay their entry fee (cash only) using the self-payment terminal or by purchasing their daily access online.

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

Southern Sector

Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre
Located at 800 m from the sector entrance. Services: reception and information, payment of entry fee, camper, canoer/camper, and cabin user registration, provincial fishing licence, boat rental, boutique and mini-convenience store

Periods:

  • October 16, 2023 to May 16, 2024
    • closed
  • May 17 to October 20, 2024
    • every day, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • October 25, 26 and 27, 2024
    • Friday, from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 28, 2024 to May 15, 2025
    • closed

Self Registration
When the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and the registration post are closed, customers must pay their entry fee (cash only) using the self-payment terminal or by purchasing their daily access online.

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

L'Escale Visitors Centre (Baie Sauvage campground, Southern sector)
Located at 12 km from the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Services: boutique, mini-convenience store, provincial fishing licence, boat and bike rental

Periods:

  • October 9, 2023 to May 16, 2024
    • closed
  • May 17 to June 13, 2024
    • every day, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • June 14 to September 8, 2024
    • every day, from 8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • September 9 to October 13, 2024
    • every day, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 18 and 19, 2024
    • Friday and Saturday, from 12 p.m to 6 p.m.
  • October 25 and 26, 2024
    • Friday and Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 27, 2024 to May 15, 2025
    • closed

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


Universal Access

See the full description of facilities and services available for persons with restricted mobility in order to plan your next stay.


Services

Boutique

Come take a look at our wide range of souvenirs, clothing for adults and children, as well as outdoor items offered at the Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre and the Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Equipment rental

  • Solo or tandem recreational kayak
  • Pedal boat (double or quadruple)
  • Canoe
  • Stand Up Paddle
  • Bike and helmet (adult and child)
  • Child trailer for bicyle
  • Child carrier bag*
  • Personal flotation device*

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

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

Food 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 at the Discovery and Visitors Centre (Southern Sector) and at the Visitors Centre (Saint-Daniel sector). Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

Visitors must bring their own lunch when visiting the park. A convenience store is available on site.

Services for families

To better plan your activities, please consult our family services available in all visitors centers.


Nearby Services

Accommodation, restaurants and other stores and services.

  • Minimum distance from the entrance to the Southern sector: between 8 km and 12 km
  • Minimum distance from the Saint-Daniel sector: between 3 km and 21 km

Contact Information

Southern sector (Baie Sauvage campground, Lac Egan, canoe-camping and accommodation)
Southern Discovery and Visitors Centre

1179, Chemin des Roy
Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0M 1H1
Open from May 17 to October 20 and from October 25 to 27, 2024

Telephone : 1-800-665-6527 (reservation)

Saint-Daniel sector (Baie Aux Rats-Musqués, Baie des Sables and Rivière aux Bluets campgrounds)
Saint-Daniel Visitors Centre

175, Route du parc
Saint-Daniel (Québec)  G0N 1S0
Open from May 17 to October 13, 2024

Telephone : 1-800-665-6527 (reservation)

Sainte-Praxède sector
9001 Rang A
Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0N 1E1
Picnic area, washroom, and sandy shore. There is no services offered at this location and no stays are permitted. In operation from mid-June to the end of September.

Administrative office mailing address
599 Chemin des Roy
Sainte-Praxède (Québec)  G0M 1H1

Telephone : 418-486-2300

parc.frontenac@sepaq.com

Tourist accommodation
Cabins: registration number 080113
Campgrounds: registration numbers 202786 (Saint-Daniel sector) and 206496 (Southern sector)

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

Pets

Since May 17, 2019, dogs are allowed. 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.

Companion Leisure Card (CAL)

Companion Leisure Card (CAL) holders may be accompanied free of charge by one person during a visit in a Québec national park. Find out more

Documentation

Discovery Guide Camping guide - Saint-Daniel sector (in French only) Camping guide - Southern sector (in French only) Accommodations guide (cabins and rustic shelters) - Southern sector (in French only) Canoe-camping guide (in French only) List of activities offered (in French only) Careful by nature

Fishing

Fishing Results, 2023 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2022 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2021 Season (in French only)

Map Library

Summer Activities

Winter Activities

Maps of the lakes

(in French only)

According to the available data, the lakes maps may present various information such as bathymetry or sites favorable to fishing.

Lac Saint-François

Lac à la Barbue

Lac des Îles

Lac des Ours

Complementary tool: Avenza Maps

The mobile app allows you to geotag your location on our territory maps. To read one of our maps using Avenza Maps, download the maps from the Avenza Maps mapstore.

Several other maps of Sépaq (including lake maps) are accessible via the mapstore of Avenza Maps. You can access the maps directly in the application or via their website.

External Links

Tourisme Chaudière-Appalaches Bonjour Québec Camping Québec Tourisme région de Thetford Tourisme Région de Mégantic Route des Sommets Tourisme Cantons-de-l'Est Les Sentiers pédestres des 3 monts de Coleraine Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines Les vélos rails de Beaulac-Garthby Ranch Winslow

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