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 watercourses.
The reserve offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of hiking trails. Look for the changes in vegetation as you hike along the Mont Blanc trail, and feast your eyes on the spectacular mountainscapes 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.) waterway, Étang à la Truite, awaits you for a lovely kayaking excursion. Who knows—you might have the opportunity to observe moose in their natural habitat.
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 spotted on the territory of the reserve.
The Matane Wildlife Reserve is a great place to go hunting or fishing. Brook and lake trout can be fished in some 20 lakes. However, there are catch and possession limits. In addition, you can hunt for moose, small game and black bear on the reserve. Quota-based moose hunting helps to ensure the sound management of this wildlife resource.
- 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. Consult our website for further information.
- Required for lodging
- Payment methods
- Activities available in summer
The Matane Wildlife Reserve is home to remarkable wildlife and offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of trails. A hike through this breathtaking landscape gives visitors a unique opportunity to observe a number of different animal species.
A visit to the Moose Interpretation Centre is a must for discovering the secrets of this legendary member of the deer family through various exhibit themes and modules. Moose and black bear observation 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.
White Water Paddling
Take advantage of the 2-km long (1.2-mi.) Étang à la Truite waterway to enjoy a kayaking excursion. Who knows—you may be able to observe moose in their natural habitat. Kayak rentals on site. Packages available.
The Matane Wildlife Reserve is home to many animal species, including over 150 species of birds, black bears and moose. While out hiking, be on the lookout for these animals in their natural habitat.
- 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
Parks Québec network