The other Mauricie park

The other Mauricie park

MISE À DAY

Even though it is much smaller than La Mauricie National Park, Rivière-Batiscan Park, half an hour from Trois-Rivières, is still something to discover.  

Lined on either side by trails and campsites, the Batiscan River, turbulent and attractive, crosses it for 10 km. 

< p>Trails for everyone

There are about ten hiking trails of less than four kilometers. So it's within everyone's reach. Here and there are picnic areas. 

A via ferrata runs along a wall overlooking the river for 200 meters.

Rather short, some of them are actually trails leading to a particular attraction. From the Barrage reception, in the Saint-Narcisse sector, the Marmite trail gives access to the hollow of a giant pot, a geological depression four meters in diameter. 

< p>In the same sector, a path joins a footbridge while another goes near an old hydroelectric power station erected in 1897 and classified as a historic monument in 1963. 

Further north, in the Saint-Stanislas sector, mountain bike trails form loops accessible simply for the pleasure of riding in the forest. As they are connected to each other, the most demanding have a course to suit them. 

Mountain bike trails form ideal loops for the pleasure of riding in the forest.

Adventures at height

A via ferrata runs along a wall overlooking the river for 200 metres. It is a course with metal grips and a cable to which we are attached while moving freely. 

Rather impressive, a large zip line 165 meters long takes us across the river from one bank to the other. Contrary to popular belief, these adventures at height are not reckless or reserved for adventurers. No experience is required. 

The park also challenges us with its course in the trees, made up of about twenty stages with cables and footbridges. Depending on their size, children can also take part in a course especially for them.

BATISCAN RIVER PARK

  • Entries: Saint-Narcisse, Saint-Stanislas, Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan< /li>
  • Access fees: $7.50 for ages 16 and up, $5.50 for ages 6 to 15 
  • In addition: tree course and zip lines
  • Walking trails: 20 km
  • Bike paths: 10 km
  • For rent: bikes with oversized tires (VPS) Camping, rental of yurts, equipped tents and shelters
  • Dogs: allowed on a leash
  • canbatiscanpark.ca

< strong>OTHER IDEAS FOR OUTINGS

Laval in the countryside

East of Route 125, Ferme Forget has everything you need for a fun family day out. Giant corn maze. Mini-farm. U-pick squash and pumpkins. There is also a picnic area. 

  • fermeforget.ca

Ride on the Estriade

From Granby to Waterloo, the 21 km paved track runs along wooded areas, fields and marshes. Well laid out, it is bordered by several stops. On a hybrid bike, it is a good idea to plan the return distance according to your abilities. 

  • estriade.net