Information - Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie - National Parks - Sépaq

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Parc national des Hautes‑Gorges-
de-la-Rivière‑Malbaie

Partial opening

This establishment is partially open. Certain health and safety measures to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.

IMPORTANT! Only those who purchased their daily access rights in advance online or who hold an annal card can access the park. Please note, however, that for security reasons, access to a parking lot, a sector, a trail or an activity could unfortunately be refused if the maximum capacity is reached. Arrive early!

Consult the list of activities and services offered

Location

Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is in the Charlevoix tourism region. You can get there on Route 138 via the village of Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs.

Area: 224.9 km2

 

Montréal

Québec

La Malbaie

Baie Saint-Paul

Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre

414 km

162 km

48 km

75 km

 

Access and Operating Period

Get directions

Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is situated on the north shore, 170 km from Québec in Charlevoix's countryside. One can reach the park along Route 138 by driving through the village of St-Aimé-des-Lacs, via rue Principale. It takes about half an hour (27 km) to arrive at Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitor Centre.

Additional information

The park is open year-round. The park entry fee must be paid at the self-registration posts.

Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre

Periods: 

  • December 2, 2019, to May 14, 2020
    • closed
  • May 15 to 18, 2020
    • Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 19 to June 12, 2020
    • Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • June 13 to August 30, 2020
    • every day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 31 to October 12, 2020
    • Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 13 to November 1, 2020
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 2 to 29, 2020
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 30, 2020, to March 31, 2021
    • closed

Le Draveur Visitors Centre

A comprehensive food service offers local Charlevoix products. Why not treat yourself to a delicious smoked salmon panini, a smoked pork sandwich, or smoked trout pasta, topped off by a beer from the Charlevoix microbrewery? We’re looking forward to your visit! Other services: convenience store, dining room, outdoor terrace, Boutique Nature and locker rental. The food service is closed from October 15, 2019 to May 15, 2020. During this period, various frozen meals are available, along with perfect food to put in your backpack.

Convenience store

Periods: 

  • April 1 to May 15, 2020
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 16 to June 19, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 20 to July 3, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • July 4 to August 16, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • August 17 to September 4, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 5 to 7, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 8 to October 12, 2020
    • every day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 13 to November 29, 2020
    • closed
  • November 30, 2020, to March 28, 2021
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 29 to May 20, 2021
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food service

Periods: 

  • October 15, 2019, to May 15, 2020
    • closed
  • May 16 to June 19, 2020
    • every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 20 to July 10, 2020
    • every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • July 11 to August 23, 2020
    • every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 24 to September 4, 2020
    • every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 5 to 7, 2020
    • every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 8 to October 12, 2020
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Universal Access

The following buildings offer access to the mobility-impaired:

  • The Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre
  • Le Draveur Visitors Centre

Services

Boutique Nature

A vast array of souvenirs, clothing for adults and children, discovery products, and outdoor articles is offered at the Boutique Nature stores, located at the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre and Le Draveur Visitors Centre.

Equipment Rental

The equipment rental centre is located 160 metres behind Le Draveur Visitors Centre.

  • Canoe
  • Bicycle (adult and child*)
  • Fatbike (adult and child*)
  • Child trailer for bicyle*
  • Baggage trailer for bicycle
  • Boat (Day fishing)
  • Motor
  • Rowboat
  • Dinghy
  • Stand Up Paddle

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

Period: May 15 to October 12, 2020

Le Draveur Visitors Centre

  • Dining room (open year-round)
  • Outdoor terrace (open year-round)
  • Boutique Nature
  • Locker rental
  • Convenience store

Periods: 

  • March 18 to May 15, 2020
    • closed
  • May 16 to October 12, 2020
    • every day

Food service

Charlevoix is renowned for the quality and diversity of its products: smoked salmon, deli meats, duck, cheese, beer, and more. After a sustained climb, come and taste a selection of these products at Du Draveur Visitors Centre, a favorite place to take a break and relax. A breathtaking view, the sound of the river, and the exquisite taste of an enticing selection of Charlevoix local products… absolute bliss for one and all!

Circulation in the Park

    To preserve the integrity of this magnificent territory by limiting automobile traffic, Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie has set up a shuttle service between the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitor Centre and Le Draveur Visitors Centre during summer. No dogs allowed in the shuttle. 

    Shuttle (free service) - Summer

    From September 5 to October 12, 2020 (weekends and holidays only), all visitors will once again be required to take the shuttle bus in order to travel on the Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie access road (including for access to Acropole-des-Draveurs trail). All this will be done in compliance with the public health rules in effect. Masks must be worn at all times aboard the bus for persons aged 10 and over. Hand washing will be mandatory at all boarding points along the 8 km route.

    The shuttle runs continuously between the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre, an 8 km trip, one way. During the trip, the shuttle makes stops at all the hiking trailheads and at the entrance to Le Cran and Pin-Blanc campgrounds. When the shuttle is in operation, all customers (day visitors and campers) must use it to travel within the park.

    Exceptions: Campers at L’Équerre campground, campers attending evening discovery activities, visitors who are mobility impaired, and visitors with special access permission may travel with their vehicles.


    Additional Information

    Campers staying in the Cran and Pin-Blanc campgrounds 

    Campers staying in the Cran and Pin-Blanc campgrounds can use this section of the road to go to their campsites. From there, visitors can get around in the park by cycling, walking or taking the shuttle.

    Campers at L'Équerre campground

    L'Équerre campers must park their car at Le Draveur Visitors Centre for the lenght of their stay, at the location identified L'Équerre.

    From Le Draveurs Visitors Centre, they can get to L’Équerre by bicycle, on foot or by canoe.


    Methods of payment

    You can pay for your purchases and make payments in cash, by credit or debit card at the Discovery and Visitors Centres, as well as at the equipment rental centre.

    Telephone and Wi-Fi

    The park is not serviced by any telephone (no land line or cell phone access). A cellular amplifier is located on the wall of the electric shed next to the wood shed in the cabins sector and on the wood shed at the Cran campground. Wi-Fi network available at the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre, as well as at the Le Draveur Visitors Centre.

    Services for families

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


    Nearby Services

    Accommodations and Restaurants

    In the village of Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, about 28 km from the park, you'll find:

    • A small inn
    • Bed and breakfasts
    • Snack bar
    • Campgrounds
    • Gas stations
    • Convenience stores

    Contact Information

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

    Telephone : 418 439-1227

    Fax : 418 439-1228

    parc.hautes-gorges@sepaq.com

    Geographic coordinates of the Félix-Antoine-Savard Discovery and Visitors Centre:
    47° 51' 15'' N 70° 25' 47'' W

    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 Careful by nature

    Fishing

    Day Fishing Plan 2020 (in French only) Fishing Results, 2019 Season (in French only) 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)

    Map Library

    Summer Activities

    Winter Activities

    Camping and accommodations

    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.

    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 Charlevoix QuébecOriginal Camping Québec Katabatik La Traversée de Charlevoix Réserve de la Biosphère de Charlevoix

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