Closure of Arthabaska sector (for the winter season) Details


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




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.


  • March 27 to May 18, 2023
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 19 to September 4, 2023
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 5 to October 9, 2023
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 10 to 29, 2023
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 30 to November 30, 2023
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • December 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024
    • 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.


  • May 26 to September 4, 2023
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to  p.m.
  • September 5 to October 9, 2023
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 10, 2023 to May 31, 2024
    • closed

Universal Access

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


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

Additional Services

Parc national des Grands-Jardins, 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 a few Happy Yak products at Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes Visitors Centre and at Arthabaska Discovery and Visitors Centre. Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

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.

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



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


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


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


Day Fishing Plan 2023 (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 (2023 season)

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



Caribou and René-Richard


Day fishing (2023 season)

Day fishing

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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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