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Parc national du Lac‑Témiscouata

Park Experience

A Precious Refuge in the Heart of the Notre-Dame Mountains

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, a harmonious marriage of water, forest and history, protects a representative sample of the natural region of Monts Notre-Dame.

Covering an area of 175 km2, Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata stretches all along one of the most beautiful and largest lakes south of the St. Lawrence River, where it protects close to half of the shores and the only island, Île Notre-Dame. Born from powerful glaciers, Lac Témiscouata invites peace and contemplation, while under the surface glide the silhouettes of lake trout and whitefish.

The park’s terrain, characteristic of the Appalachian and Notre-Dame Mountains, is covered in a varied forest mosaic with winding streams, lakes and waterfalls. The cedar groves and ancient forests form a precious refuge, especially for white-tailed deer and many rare plant species.

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata is also a link between humans and nature. Thousands of years of history are written in the rivers, lakes and portages. A history rooted in the richness of the Notre-Dame Mountains, on the drainage divide between the Bay of Fundy and the St. Lawrence Estuary.

Between nature and culture, Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata has countless surprises and wonders in store for you. Happy discoveries!

Click here to see our wide range of discovery activities!


Discover the Park through Interpretation

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata has the potential to inspire wonder! And the best way is to participate in our discovery activities. Through the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, you’ll learn more about the park and the importance of protecting it.

Among the riches we hope to share are:

Lac Témiscouata
The second-largest lake south of the St. Lawrence River, this majestic lake of nearly 40 km in length is a paradise for everyone. Whether you love cycling or walking, kayaking or fishing, whether you’re looking for a change of scenery, wide-open spaces or simply a place to go wiggle your toes in some warm sand, Lac Témiscouata was made for you. One stay isn’t enough to discover all of it. Be prepared to come back!

A Precious Refuge in the Heart of the Notre-Dame Mountains
The park protects rich and diversified plant and animal life. Of particular note is a forest classified as an exceptional forest ecosystem, the largest deer yard in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, many rare plants, including the Calypso, and many other natural wonders.

Rivière des Mémoires
Rivière des Mémoires flows through the park and time. Its beautiful scenery tells of the connections woven between people and nature for millennia. Over fifty archeological sites have already been discovered on the park’s territory, testifying to human occupation for thousands of years.

The Garden of Memories
The heart of the park is a meeting place between nature and culture. At the mouth of Lac Touladi, come discover an unusual place. Dive into history and discover the special bonds between humans and nature that have flourished here for millennia. This garden of memories will take you back in time and reconnect you with an amazing natural environment.


The Discovery and Visitors Centre

During your time at the park, make sure not to miss a stop at our Discovery and Visitors Centre, where you’ll find reception services and a convenience store. Take a moment to quench your thirst and have a little snack. We have nuts, chocolate, beverages, frozen treats and much more! You’ll also find a wide range of useful products, such as firewood, fire starter, ice, marshmallow sticks, camping accessories, etc. You’ll also discover the Boutique Nature store. Whether you want to highlight your trip to Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata or whether you want to bring a souvenir home to your loved ones, you’ll find the product you’re looking for at Boutique Nature! A wide range of souvenirs, clothing for children and adults, discovery products for kids and outdoors items are available.

But above all, the Discovery and Visitors Centre gives you the opportunity to discover:

Park Path Explorer, a New and Intelligent Way to Discover the Parks
Whether you decide to travel back in history along a magnificent river, explore an amazing forest at the top of Montagne du Fourneau or dive into exploring Lac Témiscouata, Park Path Explorer will take your further. Discover the installations at the Discovery and Visitors Centre, read and learn at the interactive terminals, and let mobile applications guide you on the terrain.

Each path was chosen to show you the most beautiful parts of the park and to provide you with a wide range of fascinating information so you can delve into the park’s secrets and beautiful stories.

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On the Banks of Touladi Lake

Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata wants to offer visitors unique experiences through participation in the park’s conservation projects. The “Little Biologist” activity leads participants to the banks of Touladi lake to give the river a “health checkup”. And since we have one archeologist on the park team, visitors also have some extraordinary opportunities to participate in archeological digs.

Everything has been designed to make the visitor experience as comprehensive and participative as possible. Give these activities a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Important: Due to a limited number of places, registration mandatory for certain activities.


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