Also known as "Coeur du Quebec", the "Mauricie" region is located half-way between Québec City and Montréal, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. The Mauricie, a land of contrasts, beauty, history and culture. In addition to the Rivière Saint-Maurice, some 17,500 lakes invite you to engage in water activities of all kinds. Nearly 2,500 km (1,550 mi.) of trails are groomed for snowmobilers, 1,125 km (700 mi.) of trails await ATV fans. In its vast hinterland valley and along the Chemin du Roy (the king's way), the first carriageway in Canada, discover the region's ancestral sites, its cities and towns-with festivals in abundance-and its wild beauty. Visit the Village du Bucheron (lumberjack's village), and experience life in a logging camp at the dawn of the XX century.
Ice-fishing is a tradition handed down by the indigenous peoples of this land and currently practised just about everywhere in Québec. As soon as the ice is thick enough, colourful little wooden shacks are dragged out onto lakes and rivers. Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, near TROIS-RIVIERES is renowned for its tomcod. Every winter, from Christmas to early February, a veritable village of shacks is erected on the Rivière Sainte-Anne, attracting thousands of sport fishers and curious on-lookers, often in families and groups. At "L'International de l'art vocal de Trois-Rivières", all styles of music are performed in over forty shows of lyrical, popular and international songs, as well as the presentation of huge productions created uniquely for the event. Downtown SHAWINIGAN becomes the stage for a whole new generation of Quebec artists and the best international street theatre companies. The Shawinigan Street Theatre Festival is the only event of its kind in North America. Enjoy over 300 perfomances free of charge in a kaleidoscopic world of dramatic artists, circus perfomers, pyrotechnicians, dancers, visual artists and others. North of Trois-Rivières, SAINT-TITE specializes in the transformation of leather and manufactures products of this material, giving it the title "Leathertown of Québec". Don't miss their annual rodeo. La Mauricie National Park invites you to a close encounter with the Laurentians. An elaborate network of hiking trails interlaces the park and winds its way through the varied landscape. The visitor may chose between a leisurely hour's walk or a day-long excursion.
One visit to "La Mauricie" and you will discover the true nature of Québec ... Québec at its most natural!