This wildlife reserve in Matane offers nearly 1275 km2 (490 sq. mi.) of breathtaking scenery combining mountains and deep valleys crisscrossed by majestic waterways and home to varied wildlife.
The reserve also 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 in the wildlife reserve.
You can also enjoy a lovely kayaking excursion on Étang à la Truite (Trout Pond), which is 2 km (1.2 mi.) long. With any luck you may spot moose in their natural habitat as you paddle!
Late May to early September
ScheduleJohn Registration Centre: early June to mid-November. Étang-à-la-Truite Registration Centre: early June to early September. Opening hours vary depending on the season. Driving through the reserve is prohibited from early September to early November, during moose hunting season.
CostGeneral wildlife reserve rates. Visit our website for more information.
ReservationsRequired for lodging
- American Express
- Picnic area
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
- Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
- Tourisme Gaspésie
- Tourisme Matane
- Camping Québec
- Certified Quality Tourism Gaspésie