Réserve faunique de Matane

500, chemin de la réserve faunique
Saint-René-de-Matane (Quebec) Canada
G0J 3E0
+418 735-2226 #5652
Phone (2):
+418-735-2226 #5650
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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!

Opening dates

Late May to early September


John 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.


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


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 various species of wildlife living on land, air and water, which patient and quiet visitors may spot if conditions are favourable. Wildlife observation takes place from early June to Labour Day (first Monday in September) only.
The wildlife reserve offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of hiking along the International Appalachian Trail (www.sia-iat.com). As you explore this beautiful natural environment, you can observe many species of wildlife and admire breathtaking scenery.
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.
Wildlife Reserves
Stay in one of the cabins in the wildlife reserve, during which you can discover a remarkable wildlife territory where moose are king!


  • 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


  • Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Tourisme Matane
  • Camping Québec


  • Certified Quality Tourism Gaspésie

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