Pied-des-Monts campground: available for rustic camping from May 17 to 30, 2024 Details

Modification of the catch and keep limit (brook trout) and mandatory catch-and-release (arctic char)

Please note that the Ministère de l'Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec (MELCCFP) is reducing the catch and keep limit from 15 to 10 brook trout for fishing activities. This measure applies as of the 2024 season and is intended to protect brook trout populations. Find out more

Location

Parc national des Grands-Jardins lies in the Charlevoix tourism region. You can access it from the village of Saint-Urbain or La Baie, via Route 381.

Area: 318.9 km2

Montréal

Québec

Baie-Saint-Paul

La Malbaie

Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Center

387 km

125 km

32 km

43 km

 

Acccess and Operating Period

Get directions

Parc national des Grands-Jardins is situated east of Québec and one can reach it from two towns, St-Urbain and La Baie, along Route 381. Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Center is located at Km 21 along Route 381. To get to Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre, take Route 381 to km 31, take Route 60 to km 9, turn left and drive for 1 km.

Camper for Pied-des-Monts and Étang-Malbaie wishing to obtain wood, ice or who have any other need must go at the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre. Camper for La Roche and Arthabaska must go at the Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre.

In the winter, the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes sector and the backcountry skiing and snowshoeing trails are open daily from mid-December to the end of March (depending on snow conditions). When the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Center is closed, day passes are payable at the self-registration posts by the park’s entrances.

Tranport Service

A transportation service is offered by Navette Nature from Quebec.

Additional Information

Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre

Services: reception and information (camper for Pied-des-Monts and Étang-Malbaie, fishermen registration for Pied-des-Monts), Boutique Nature, convenience store, ready-to-eat food (dry sausage, local products), wood, ice, via ferrata circuit.

Important: The days and hours of operation of the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre may vary without notice due to a lack of staff.

Periods:

  • April 1 to May 16, 2024
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Monday to Friday: closed
  • May 17 to June 13, 2024
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • June 14 to September 2, 2024
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 3 to October 14, 2024
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 15 to 27, 2024
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 28 to November 29, 2024
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Monday to Friday: closed
  • November 30, 2024 to March 30, 2025
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre

Services: reception and information (camper for La Roche and Arthabaska, fishermen registration for Arthabaska), Boutique Nature, convenience store, equipment rental, wood and ice.

Periods:

  • October 10, 2023 to May 23, 2024
    • closed
  • May 24 to 30, 2024
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 31 to September 2, 2024
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 3 to October 14, 2024
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 15, 2024 to May 29, 2025
    • closed

Universal Access

Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Center and Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre offer access to the mobility-impaired.


Services

Boutique Nature

A wide range of souvenir items, adult and children's clothing, heritage discovery products for young people, and outdoor items are available at the Boutique Nature. Also available are educational items and fishing items.

Equipment Rental

  • Canoe
  • Recreative kayak
  • Stand up paddle

Food Services

A convenience store at the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Center and at the Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre offers the most common food items.

Transport Services (winter)

We offer a baggage transport service on request. 

Self-Registration Posts

  • Thomas-Fortin
  • La Galette Hut
  • Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre
  • Pied-des-Monts Campground

Services for families

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


Nearby Services

The Charlevoix region has an excellent reputation for hospitality and service. You'll find a wide array of choices in accommodation and restaurant services.


Contact Information

Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre:
To get there: Route 381, at km 21 (through Saint-Urbain or La Baie)

Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre:
To get there: Route 381(through Saint-Urbain or La Baie), drive 7.5 km on Route 60, turn left and drive for 1 km.
(Québec)

Geographic coordinates of the Mont-du-Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre:
47°40' 01"N 70°37'41"W

Geographic coordinates of the Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre:
47° 39' 44'' N 70° 46' 48'' W

Geographic coordinates of Thomas-Fortin (closed):
47° 42' 17 N -70° 42' 44 W

Thomas-Fortin (closed)
To get there: Route 381, at km 31 (through Saint-Urbain or La Baie)

Administrative Office:
25 Boul. Notre-Dame
Clermont (Québec)  G4A 1C2

Telephone : 418 439-1227

Fax : 418 439-1228

parc.grands-jardins@sepaq.com

Tourist accommodation
Cabins: registration number 176094
Campgrounds: registration numbers 198752 (Lac-des-Cygnes sector) and 627460 (Arthabaska 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

Filming

A private individual or production company must obtain prior authorization to carry out a video shoot or photo session on Sépaq-managed territories. Find out more

Documentation

Discovery Guide Camping guide (in French only) Winter trail guide (in French only) Careful by nature List of activities offered (in French only)

Fishing

Day Fishing Plan 2024 (in French only) 2024 Fishing plan (in French only) 2023 Fishing plan (in French only) 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

Fishing sectors

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. For an easier consultation, they have been grouped by sector.

Accommodation sectors (2024 season)

Beaumont, Benjamin-Simard, Joseph-Girard and Sainte-Anne

Bois-Verts

Camping

Caribou

Family-fishing

Day fishing (2024 season)

Day fishing

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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

Association touristique régionale de Charlevoix Bonjour Québec Camping Québec La Traversée de Charlevoix Parks Canada Réserve de la Biosphère de Charlevoix

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