Fewer visitors to the National Park of the Mauricie

Moins de visiteurs au Parc National de la Mauricie

The absence of international tourism and the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 hurt in la Mauricie National Park.

Despite the enthusiasm for the green spaces, the Park administration, there was a decline of 15 % of its goodwill.

“In 2019, it accounted for 56 000 entries for the months of June and July. This year there are 47 700”, revealed the spokesperson for the la Mauricie national Park Martine Tousignant.

“It must be said that it has closed 50 % of the campsites to comply with social distancing in the interior spaces and the health services, she added. Then, our international visitors are also absent, and they represent 30 % of our customer base.”

Several Québécois compensate for the lack of international tourists. As the borders are closed, families have had to cancel trips abroad. The park becomes their plan b.

“We had to go in the south of France this summer. We were not returned to the house for the past three years and we wanted to see our family. Our plans changed at the last minute,” said Thibien Nguyen family Delvallez.

“This is our plan b, but this is honestly so beautiful,” said the family Bazinet who was in the habit of going to France one summer on two.

Popular, despite the drop in traffic

Impossible to walk in the pedestrian paths, without crossing a vacationer. The enthusiasm for the green spaces is very real and visible. The rental of the boats is in demand. Canoes, kayaks and boards to paddle fly like hot cakes.

“We advise you to book online. Otherwise, you must come early in the morning, example, to 8 p.m., to reserve your boat”, stated François St-Onges of LocationCanot.com.

“Often the quarter of the vessels is booked in advance during weekends, he added. On the boards to paddle, renting is often the hour and the turnover is quick, but our inventory is small.

The employees of the park are the control by looking at the number of cars in the parking lots. They use cones to limit the spaces and thus avoiding the beaches to be taken by assault. Depending on traffic, you may need to backtrack to your arrival.

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