Réserve faunique de Matane

500, chemin de la réserve faunique
Saint-René-de-Matane (Quebec) Canada
G0J 3E0
Phone:
+418 735-2226 #5652
Phone (2):
+418-735-2226 #5650
Fax:
+418-562-4832
Toll free:
+1-800-665-6527
Email:
matane@sepaq.com

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Recognized first and foremost for its exceptionally rich wildlife, this wildlife reserve in Matane offers nearly 1275 km2 (490 sq. mi.) of breathtaking scenery 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.

Enjoy a lovely kayaking excursion on Étang à la Truite (Trout Pond), which is 3 km (2 mi.) long. With any luck you may spot moose in their natural habitat as you paddle!

Wildlife observation is the featured activity in the 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. The reserve has one of the highest concentrations of moose in Québec.


Schedule

The John Registration Centre is open from early June to mid-November. The Étang-à-la-Truite Registration Centre is open from early June to early September. Opening hours vary according to the season.

Cost

General wildlife reserve rates. Visit our website for further information.

Reservations

Required for lodging

Payment methods

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

Wildlife Observation
The reserve is home to moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, foxes, coyotes and small mammals as well as over 150 species of birds. Guided wildlife-watching activities to introduce visitors to moose and black bears.
Hiking
The wildlife reserve is home to many remarkable wildlife species and offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of hiking trails (IAT). Keep your eyes peeled as you hike along the International Appalachian Trail—you are likely to spot wildlife.
Lake and River Excursions
Explore Étang à la Truite (Trout Pond), which is 2 km (1.2 mi.) long, in a rowboat, kayak or pedal boat or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Equipment available for rent. Packages also available.
Interpretation Sites
Guided black bear watching and moose photo safaris are offered in the reserve. A nature interpretation activity focused on the Chic-Choc Mountains is also available in the afternoons at Lake Matane.
Wildlife Reserves
The wildlife reserve is home to many remarkable wildlife species. 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!


Services

  • Picnic area
  • Boutique

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

Affiliations

  • Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Tourisme Matane
  • Camping Québec
  • International Appalachian Trail
  • QuébecOriginal
  • Matane Hunting and Fishing Association
  • Vertigo Aventures
  • Eskamer Aventure

Distinction

  • Certified Quality Tourism Gaspésie

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