Park Experience

A Green Oasis at the Foot of the Appalachian Mountains

Parc national de la Yamaska offers a charming landscape with varied vegetation, dominated by rich mature maple forests. This protected 12.9 km² territory preserves a beautiful representative sample of the natural region of the Appalachian Lowlands. Its gentle topography offers the observer many panoramic views of Réservoir Choinière. This combination of shoreline habitats and forest environments is conducive to maintaining a surprising variety of wildlife. Many animal species take refuge here. The park is a great place to observe nature, season after season, and thus a great place to go hiking.

Click here to find out about the wide range of discovery activities available in the park!

Discover the Park Through Interpretation

Parc national de la Yamaska has the potential to inspire wonder! And the best way is to participate in our discovery activities (in French only). 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 wish to share is the amazing variety of birds, which is favoured by a multitude of habitats including Réservoir Choinière, considered a “concentrated area of aquatic birds”. Another aspect of the park to discover is Rivière Yamaska Nord and the whole regional management context of a vital resource, water. This resource is the origin of the creation of Réservoir Choinière in 1977 and the park in 1983.

To guide us in developing our discovery activities, all the parks have an education plan.

Did you know?

Flamboyant flying insects

Dragonfly watching is a captivating scientific hobby that is attracting more and more ornithologists and amateur photographers. Binoculars and camera in hand, watchers can easily discover these flamboyant winged insects, which patrol and feed along rivers and defend their breeding territory.

Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) belong to an order of carnivorous insects that lay their eggs in water and develop by going through a water nymph stage (naiads). They are completely dependent on aquatic habitats and wetlands for their life cycle. Being voracious predators both at the nymph stage and as winged adults, as well as being prey for many animal species, dragonflies play a critical role in both aquatic and forest natural systems.

In 2005, after a few seasons investigating the wetlands and riparian habitats of Parc national de la Yamaska, a list of 67 dragonfly species was established (see the study on the park’s odonata fauna). Since then, this already exhaustive preliminary list has been updated with five additional findings, the last one on the list being the Calico Pennant, spotted in 2014 in the Choinière dam sector.

Photo : courtesy, Suzanne Labbé

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