Recognized first and foremost for its exceptionally rich wildlife, the Matane Wildlife Reserve offers nearly 1300 km2
(500 sq. mi.) of breathtaking panoramas combining mountains and deep valleys crisscrossed by numerous waterways.
The reserve offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of hiking trails. Look for changes in the vegetation as you hike along the Mont Blanc trail, and feast your eyes on the spectacular mountain scenery along the International Appalachian Trail. If you like wild berries, you can pick juicy raspberries in season during your stay on the wildlife reserve.
The 2-km long (1.2-mi.) Étang à la Truite pond awaits you for a lovely kayaking excursion. Who knows—you might spot moose in their natural habitat as you paddle.
Wildlife observation is the featured activity in the Matane Wildlife Reserve. Mud flats allow enthusiasts to observe moose. The Étang-à-la-Truite Interpretation Centre is a must for those wishing to learn more about this impressive animal. Over 150 species of birds can also be observed in the reserve.Moose Hunting Package
The Matane Wildlife Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of moose in Québec. The reserve is divided into 34 hunting sectors. Moose hunting stays are assigned through random draw. Once this assignment takes place, some stays may remain unclaimed and thus become available once more.
Some moose hunting stays are offered with an American plan, including meals and the services of an experienced guide for 2 or 4 hunters. This type of package is available at Étang-à-la-Truite and the Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge. Other stays are available with a European plan.
Moose density: 33 animals per 10 km2 (4 sq. mi.), according to the 2012 inventoryFishing Package
About 20 lakes are scattered throughout the 8 lodging sectors. You can fish brook in all the lakes and lake trout in Lake Matane.
Nearly a dozen lakes are also reserved for day fishing. You can use your own boat or the one made available to you, depending on the site.
- The John Visitor Reception Centre is open from early June to mid-November. The Étang-à-la-Truite Visitor Reception Centre is open from early June to early November. Opening hours vary according to the season.
- General wildlife reserve rates. Visit the website for further information.
- Required for lodging
- Payment methods
- Activities available in winter
A visit to the Moose Interpretation Centre is a must to discover the secrets of this legendary member of the deer family through various exhibit themes and modules. Moose and black bear watching packages are also available.
National Parks and Wildlife Reserves
The Matane Wildlife Reserve is home to abundant and remarkable wildlife. The dense moose population makes this a great place to observe the largest members of the deer family. While out hiking, be on the lookout for moose in their natural habitat.
The Matane Wildlife Reserve is home to many animal species. Activities to introduce visitors to these animals include moose photo-safaris, black bear watching and wildlife observation by kayak. Packages available.
- How to get there
The John Visitor Reception Centre is 40 km (25 mi.) southeast of Matane. To get there, take Route 132 to Matane, then Route 195.
- Affiliations and distinctions
- SÉPAQ (Québec association of outdoor establishments)
- Tourisme Gaspésie