To cut the road from Gaspésie to Montreal, we stop for 2 days at Parc du Lac Témiscouata. A park bordered by one of the most beautiful lakes in Quebec and suitable for sports activities: hiking, biking or even water craft. Follow us on our stay at Parc du Lac Témiscouata.
Lac Témiscouata Park
Located 90 km from Rimouski, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, the Lac Témiscouata National Park offers a beautiful marriage of water and forests. Rich in 10,000 years of human history in the heart of unspoiled nature, it offers a multitude of activities. From cycling, to hiking and boating. Enough to take in the view along the largest lake in the region (45 km).
Finally, Lac Témiscouata National Park is divided into two sectors, one to the northeast (main sector) and the other to the southeast of Lake Témiscouata.
Our activities in the Parc du Lac Témiscouata
Fourneau mountain hike
5.8 km round trip, the Fourneau Mountain trail is the most popular trail in the park. Easy / intermediate level, it crosses a beautiful pine forest and above all offers several points of view of Lake Témiscouata. Breathtaking and unobstructed views of the lake and its surroundings.
Discover the different hiking trails in the park: here.
Canoe on the Grand Lac Touladi
Impossible to discover the Parc du Lac Témiscouata without navigating the lake. Several departures are possible: Grand lac Touladi, Anse à William, Petit lac Touladi or Grands Pins. On the advice of the park rangers, we opted for the Grand Lac Touladi which is less windy (and therefore easier) than the Lac Témiscouata.
Once the starting point has been chosen, it remains to choose the type of boat: canoe, single kayak, double kayak, sea kayak, pedal boat or stand up paddle. As we kayaked on the Bonaventure River, this time we chose the canoe ($ 18 for 1 hour / $ 36 for 4 hours and $ 51.50 for the day). Let’s go for 3 hours of canoeing on the Grand lac Touladi. A pleasant activity even if we did not have the chance to see the emblem of the park: the eagle Bald Eagle. As there is no wind and no current, it’s finally quite easy to go wherever you want on the lake. In the end, we will only stay on Grand lac Touladi, but it is possible to reach Petit lac Touladi by taking the Islands sector.
Hiking the Montagne de Chert
I then continue with the hike of the Montagne de Chert. A 5.5 km round trip intermediate hike through an old maple grove. Several points of view on the Touladi lakes are supposed to be available but I would only see two, one without a view. Pity ! Unless you like to walk in a maple grove, I advise you to choose the Fourneau Mountain hike instead, which offers a real viewpoint.
What else to do in the Parc du Lac Témiscouata?
In addition to hiking trails, the park is home to miles and miles of biking trails. Different routes from 5.5 km to 135 km are available. Parc du Lac Témiscouata is truly a cyclists’ paradise. Bike rental at the various Service Centers (from $ 15 per hour to $ 43 per day).
As in all SEPAQ parks, several guided activities are offered inside the park: tales around the fire, meeting with an archaeologist, archaeological excavations, visit of Fort Ingall, Wolastoqiyik adventure excursion by rabaska or the Canoe Routes. Find all the guided activities on the park website.
Where to sleep to discover Lac Témiscouata National Park?
As in the Parc de la Gaspésie, we slept in a Prêt à Camper Sépaq. A large fully equipped Huttopia tent (except sheets and blankets) in the Anse à William campsite. The park has 3 campsites: Anse à William, Grand Lac Touladi and Grands Pins. In all, 23 ready-to-camp sites and more than a hundred camping spaces are available in the park. Ready-to-camp starting at $ 94 per night.
For those who do not want to go camping, you will find hotels in Témiscouata sur le Lac (on the other side of the lake). River shuttles ($ 8) for pedestrians and cyclists provide daily connections between the park (Anse à William) and Cabano (Témiscouata sur le Lac).
Here are some popular accommodations:
- Motel Royal : an unpretentious motel but ideally located by the lake and very close to the ferries. Terrace with a view and little attentions from the team. Double room with private bathroom from $ 98 per night with free cancellation.
- Gite Grand Môment : a little crush in the region with its double rooms with private bathroom, terrace with view on the lake, wifi air conditioning and breakfast from $ 126 per night with free cancellation. Clearly, a good plan by the lake.
In conclusion, my opinion on the Parc du Lac Témiscouata
No crush on Parc du Lac Témiscouata. But it’s a pretty cool stop to cut the Gaspésie – Montreal route. If the weather permits, rent a boat and explore the park’s lakes. Regarding the hikes, I advise you to do the one of the Montagne du Fourneau which offers a beautiful view of the lake. Finally, the Anse à William campsite is fairly new and therefore in good condition and well maintained.
And you, what activities did you do in this park?