La Tuque is a town in Haute-Mauricie (Upper-Mauricie), in La Tuque Region of the province of Quebec. It is the second largest municipality in Quebec by area after the municipality of Baie-James, and the sixth largest in Canada.
Named after a nearby rock formation that resembles the famous French Canadian hat, La Tuque is a city of in the Mauricie. It's best known as the birthplace of Québécois singer Felix Leclerc.
A town of over 11,000 people (2011), its local economy is based on pulp and paper; the city has a pulp-milling centre and a major hydroelectric station. As the gateway to the upper Mauricie, La Tuque's economy also offers outdoor tourism opportunities and caters to hunting and fishing trips in its large hinterland; the city is known as the Queen of Haute-Mauricie and the Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie canoeing race begins at La Tuque.
La Tuque has a lively town centre with many shops (e.g., specialty shops, restaurants) and offering many services (e.g., accommodation). This city centre is surrounded by mountains and vast forests favoring recreational and tourist activities.
La Tuque has an area of 28,294 km2 (10,924 sq mi), of which 3,316 km² are covered with fresh water.
The territory of La Tuque was first inhabited by Atikamekw Indigenous people. In the early 1850s, settlers were drawn to the area to exploit the forest resources. The La Tuque Post Office opened in 1887, but the area remained isolated from the rest of the Mauricie until the early 1900s when the National Transcontinental Railway was built, prompting industrial development and the growth of a community on the east bank of the Saint-Maurice River where there was a large set of falls.
In the 1940s, the hydro-electric generating station on the Saint-Maurice River was built, resulting in the partial destruction of the rock formation that gave the town its name.
Founded in 1911, the city occupies a site known to the French since 1651. In 2003, the city merged with the municipalities of La Bostonnais, La Croche, Lac-Édouard, the municipality of the village of Parent, as well as all the non-organized territories within the Haut-Saint-Maurice RCM. La Tuque therefore becomes the second largest municipality in Quebec for its area.
In May 2010, some 120 forest fires broke out around La Tuque, burning until June. Smoke from these fires reached portions of Eastern Ontario and southern Quebec, including the cities of Ottawa and Montreal, as well as the northern US states.
Tourist information centre
- 1 Tourist Information Centre, 550, rue St-Louis (in the train station), ☏ . 09:30-16:30. Wi-Fi. This centre contains information on accommodation, restaurants, businesses, controlled harvesting zones (ZEC), outfitters, conventions or meetings, tourist attractions, events (e.g., guided tours, festivals) and public services.
The village of La Tuque is accessible by air, road and rail.
- From Trois-Rivières (161 km (100 mi), time: 1 hr 50 min), take highway 55 north; then take route 155 (northbound), from the Grand-Mère sector.
- From Chambord (intersection of route 169) (133 km), time: 1 hr 28 min), to Lac-Saint-Jean, take route 155 (westbound) to La Tuque.
- From La Tuque, the village of Parent is accessible by forest road 461 (25) (211 km (131 mi), time: 4 hr 10 min). From Saint-Michel-des-Saints, the road to Parent is (242 km (150 mi), time: 5 hr 10 min). From Val d'Or (Abitibi), the road to Parent is (346 km (215 mi), time: 7 hr 9 min).
- From La Tuque, the village of Obedjiwan is accessible by forest road 461 (25), then RO-450 (424 km (263 mi), time: 6 hr 13 min).
- From route 155 (Grand-Mère to Chambord) and route La Tuque to Parent, many forest roads give access to remote areas (hamlets, ZEC, hunting and fishing camps, forest camps).
- Taxi La Tuque, ☏ .
- Transport collectif Haut St-Maurice, ☏ , toll-free: . Daily bus service between Trois-Rivières and La Tuque including a stop in Shawinigan. Travel time to La Tuque from Shawinigan is 2 hours and from Trois-Rivières is 2.5 hours.
- See also: Rail travel in Canada
- 1 La Tuque station, 550 Rue St Louis.
- VIA Rail Canada, toll-free: . Operates train routes across Canada. Operates a route between Senneterre and Montreal including stops in La Tuque, Hervey-Jonction, Shawinigan, Saint-Paulin, Saint-Justin, and Joliette. Travel time to La Tuque from Senneterre is 6 hours, from Shawinigan is 2.5 hours, and from Montreal is 5 hours ($50 one way as of 2021). The route makes one round trip per week. Trips from Montreal depart Fridays at 8:15 am and depart from La Tuque on Sundays at 2:53 pm toward Montreal.
Some outfitters have a private airstrip, such as the "Pourvoirie Barrage Gouin & Magnan".
- 2 La Tuque Airport (YLQ), 1249, boulevard Ducharme (directly south of the town's centre on Route 155), ☏ (Gaston-Hamel terminal), fax: , email@example.com. La Tuque Airport (YLQ) is at an altitude of 167 m. It has no commercial flights, but is available to those with a private airplane or who wish to charter a flight. Its geographical location allows airport users to be close to shops and services, including those offered directly by the airport and its suppliers. The asphalt track is 1524 m in length (magnetic variation: 16 degrees west). A helipad is also set up there.
- 3 Casey Airport, Casey sector, ☏ (Gaston-Hamel de La Tuque terminal), (weather forecast). Former military airport built in 1953 during the Cold War. Its track with a length of 2438 m on concrete surface (1 m) is still in good condition. This airport is now abandoned. Nevertheless, on occasion certain groups of aviation enthusiasts meet there for collective reunions. No service. Possibility of camping on site in autonomous mode. Accessible by truck, quad and off-road motorcycle. A chapter of the book on the centenary of La Tuque (published in 2011) was devoted to this airport. Writer Yvan Savignac made this airport the backdrop for his novel "La piste MAUDITE" (published in 2011). In June 1973, a 120,000-pound plane tasked with spraying insecticides on forests crashed shortly after takeoff. No charge.
- 4 Parent Airport, 50, rue du Pont, Parent sector, ☏ (Gaston-Hamel de La Tuque terminal), (weather), firstname.lastname@example.org. Airport with a 426.72 m runway. on gravel surface and a helipad. Free Wi-Fi with long-range access point. Camping under the wing in the parking lots since 2021. No charge.
- 5 Wemotaci Airport (old spelling Weymontachie), Wemotaci (3 nautical miles northwest of Weymontachie). 820-m-long dirt airfield. Airport located at an altitude of 357 m, at the northwest of the current village.
- 6 Aéroparc Kanawata (CSJ2; Kanawata regional airport) (near the forest road R0-450 in the Rivière-Windigo sector). Regional airport in the territory of the Kanawata outfitter. Airstrip with a length of 3,500 feet. Refueling.
- 7 La Tuque hydrobase (north of the village of La Tuque), ☏ . The La Tuque hydrobase is 152 m altitude, on the water basin generated by the La Tuque dam on the Saint-Maurice river. The Bostonnais river discharges into this body of water. Several outfitters in Haute-Mauricie transport their clients from the La Tuque hydrobase.
- 8 Lac-à-Beauce hydrobase, 30, chemin Contour-du-Lac-à-Beauce (in Lac-à-Beauce, south of the village of La Tuque), ☏ (local), (toll free), email@example.com. Created in 1947 under the aegis of Air St-Maurice. From this hydrobase, Aviation La Tuque (name used since 2002) offers overflight services of the region (by reservation), air taxi and seaplane piloting training.
- 9 Hydrobase du Barrage Gouin, Barrage Gouin (at the top of the dam). Hydrobase widely used for fishing activities at the Gouin Reservoir, in particular by the Pourvoirie Barrage Gouin & Magnan which includes a heliport (N48.21154; W74.06115), a hydrobase (N48.21508; W74.06387) and a runway. airplane on wheel (N48.19687; W74.01610).
- 10 Hydrobase du Lac Duchamp, Clova (on the west shore of Lac Duchamp). Hydrobase serving the Clova hamlet. The waterplane are landing on Duchamp Lake.
- 11 Parent Hydrobase, Parent (on the south side of the village of Parent, on the northwest shore of Lake Mauser). Hydrobase serving the village of Parent. The seaplanes land on Lake Mauser.
Considering the very large number of bodies of water in Haute-Mauricie, the seaplanes have a landing capacity on the whole of the territory in order to serve in particular the ZEC (controlled zones of exploitation), the outfitters, the chalets, the hunting & fishing camps, the Obedjiwan reserve, holiday centres, etc.
- Taxi La Tuque, ☏ .
- 12 Electric vehicle terminal, 575 rue St-Eugène, ☏ . Charging station for electric vehicles.
- 1 Parc des Chutes de la Petite Rivière Bostonnais (Falls-of-the-Petite-Rivière-Bostonnais Park), 3701, Blvd Ducharme, ☏ , toll-free: . May to October. Regional park. See the 30-m waterfalls. Walk to the observation tower to take a look at the panorama of the Saint-Maurice River. Kids' playground.
- 2 Parc des Trois Soeurs (Three Sisters Park), Route 155 (Deveriche sector: from La Tuque, take the bridge that spans the Saint-Maurice river. Turn left on Bourassa Street and continue for 7 km following the road signs towards Lac La Tuque. Bourassa sector: cross the bridge spanning the Saint-Maurice river; turn left onto rue Bourassa for 5 km. Continue on Canton Vallières Road for 5 km. Take a forest path on the right to the end where the parking lot is located), ☏ , toll-free: . 11 km of trails with a difference in height of 280 m. Linear municipal park on the west bank of the Saint-Maurice river, facing the hamlet of Carignan, south of the village of La Tuque. Campsite at Lake Bédard. A shuttle service is available to cross the Saint-Maurice River at: +1-819-523-8134 (by reservation). Free.
- 3 Parc Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis Park), 320, rue de la Plage (in the northwestern part of the town of La Tuque), ☏ , toll-free: . Municipal aquatic park with Lake Saint-Louis and the Sakihikan Centre (La Tuque Native Friendship Center (CAALT)) offering a complete immersion in the life of the Native people. Park with mature trees, decorative fountains and a water fountain in the centre of Lake Saint-Louis. This park offers the public many services and activities, including rental of nautical equipment and changing rooms, swimming on a supervised beach, walking, picnic and rest areas. Floating docks are placed on the lake. The park is a natural amphitheatre and a place of large gatherings (e.g., National Aboriginal Day and National Day of Quebec). The site was redeveloped in 2018. The lake was seeded in 2015. Free.
- 4 St-Zephirin Presbytery and Church, 308, rue St-Joseph, ☏ . Built in 1930, the Saint-Zéphirin church is the work of architect Heldwige Laberge, who applied a mid-Renaissance, half-Roman style. In 1944, under the direction of parish priest Louis Caron, artist Albert Gilles carried out the interior decoration. Over a period of 14 years, he made the brass inside and was responsible for the stained glass windows made by Maison Maumejean in Paris. Entrance doors, adorned with embossed copper, weigh ½ ton each. In 1958, the factory repaired the facade of the church. Following the 1961 fire, marble was added to the walls and a mural by Walter Del Mistro. Stations of the Cross were made of embossed copper on a background of eggshells crushed into pieces. In 1962, the Parish Factory purchased a new organ from Casavant Frères limited in Saint-Hyacinthe. The organ has 4230 pipes. It is a French and neo-classical harmonization of 52 stops, with an electro-pneumatic type mechanism.
- 5 Complexe culturel Félix-Leclerc (Félix-Leclerc Cultural Complex), 725, boul. Ducharme, ☏ , (ticket office). Cultural complex administered by the La Tuque Arts and Culture Development Corporation. Building with six rooms including four workshop rooms; these rooms are available for conferences, training, meetings of organized groups. The program of shows is posted on the website of the cultural complex.
- 6 Barrage Gouin (Gouin Dam), Réservoir Gouin (190 km (about 3 hours) northwest of La Tuque, via the forest road 461 (25) and the RO-450, passing near Wemotaci). River infrastructure that created the Gouin reservoir. The RO-450 forest road which runs along the west bank of the Wabano River passes at the top of the La Loutre dam; a branch of this road makes a detour to the north-west to pass at the top of the Gouin dam. The centenary of this last dam was celebrated in 2018.
- 7Réserve faunique des Laurentides (Laurentides Wildlife Reserve). Wildlife reserve straddling the administrative regions of Quebec Region, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie. It covers an area of 7,934 km2 (3,063 sq mi). Nevertheless, a small part of this territory overflows into the eastern part of the territory of Lac Tuque, east of Lescarbot and Ventadour lakes, as well as between La Foi and Ventadour lakes where Mount Nash is located (572 m). This wildlife reserve borders on the Bog-à-Lanières Ecological Reserve in Lac-Édouard.
- 8 Réserve écologique du Bog-à-Lanières (Bog-à-Lanières Ecological Reserve). Ecological reserve covering 4.3 hectares (11 acres) south-east of the village of Lac-Édouard, in Haute-Batiscanie.
- 9 Réserve écologique Judith-De Brésoles (Judith-De Brésoles Ecological Reserve). Ecological reserve covering 10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi) south of the village of Lac-Édouard in Haute-Batiscanie.
- Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, ☏ . Labour Day weekend in early September. The canoe, kayak and rabaska competition follows a route from La Tuque to Trois-Rivières. Founded in 1934.
- 1 Colisée Denis-Morel (Coliseum Denis-Morel), 375, rue St-Joseph, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Main sports groups: Hockey Mineur La Tuque, Club de patinage artistique Les Pirouettes du Nord, Les Loups de La Tuque (LHSAAAQ).
- 2 Piscine municipale (parc St-Eugène) (Municipal swimming pool, St-Eugène park), 550, rue Lucien-Filion, ☏ , email@example.com. The town of La Tuque makes two swimming pools available to the public: the indoor swimming pool at the Champagnat Sports Complex (fall, winter and spring) for which a fee is required, and the outdoor swimming pool in St-Eugène Park which is free to access.
- Snowmobiling. The city has 825 km (513 mi) of well-maintained snowmobile trails with a multitude of services. The main snowmobile clubs are:
* Club de motoneige de La Tuque (La Tuque Snowmobile Club) - +1 819-680-1888
* Club de motoneige Alliance du Nord inc (Alliance du Nord snowmobile club inc). (Parent-Clova) - +1 819-667-2232
* Club de motoneigistes Manawan (Manawan Snowmobile Club) - +1 450-875-0977
* Trail conditions.
Haute-Mauricie has many relays and services for snowmobilers.
- Quad. The village of La Tuque is crossed from north to south by an asphalt path allowing ORVs (off-road vehicles) to access shops and services throughout the city. The entire territory of the La Tuque agglomeration has a few hundred kilometers of trails designed for quad biking. These facilities are the responsibility of the Les Adeptes Tout-terrain club in La Tuque; while in the Parent sector, the trails are maintained by the Parent Quad Club. Several relays are set up on the territory.
- 3 Octane Park. The Octane park is a site specializing in the practice of off-road motorcycles and sport mountain biking. The site has many circuits, a training and freestyle area. It is located on Industriel Boulevard, at the southern entrance to the village of La Tuque, near the Saint-Maurice River, on the north side of the Chutes-de-la-Petite-Rivière-Bostonnais park.
- Recreational tourism trails. The city has listed 50 km (31 mi) of developed hiking trails, 90 km of well-marked snowshoe trails, 100 km of mountain biking, as well as 33 km of urban cycle path. Free for the trail.
- Deverichie Trail (within walking distance of the city center), ☏ (to reserve the camping platforms or the refuge). Linear trail from 2 km to 10 km. 22-km loop including 6.7 km of main roads. In the first two km, the trail runs alongside a stream with several waterfalls and ponds; then several ascents and descents. This park has a camping site equipped with five platforms and a refuge. Snowshoeing in winter. Free for the trail; compulsory membership card at a cost of $10 for the campsite and the refuge.
- 4 Centre Municipal de Ski La Tuque, 700, Rue Desbiens. Winter only. A drop of 166 m a few steps from the city centre. An exceptional amount of snow on its 13 slopes, 9 of which are illuminated for evening skiing. Also a snowpark, a slope-school, and a descent in tubes.
- 5 Club de golf La Tuque & Curling La Tuque, 35, rue Beaumont, ☏ . Curling in winter only. Public golf course located near the Saint-Maurice river, between the Beaumont street and the Ducharme boulevard. 18-hole course. Storage service for sticks and lockers. Golf course. Curling leagues.
- 6 Club de ski de fond La Tuque Rouge (La Tuque Rouge cross-country ski club), 61, rue Marie-Rollet (behind La Tuque airport, on the edge of rue Marie-Rollet), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. The club maintains 28 km of trails for classic style and 12 km for freestyle. A refuge is available to users. Possibility of equipment rental on site. Some Latuquois have excelled in this sport, in international competitions, in particular Dany Bouchard who represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville and in 1994 in Lillehammer. He was inducted into the La Mauricie Sports Hall of Fame.
- 7 Cycling, mountain biking and Fatbiking. The townhas a 33-km cycle path along the Petite Rivière Bostonnais; this track crosses the urban sector from north to south. In addition, this trail has a few kilometers in wooded land. Mauricycle volunteers have set up a basic network of mountain biking trails: wooden footbridges, small bridges, beacons, etc. These mountain bike trails were built on the west bank of the Saint-Maurice River, on the other side of the bridge that is erected behind the WestRock factory. Finally, La Tuque has a fatbike trail circuit near the cross-country ski trails near rue Marie-Rollet.
- 8 Snowshoes, 700, rue Desbiens, ☏ , email@example.com. A circuit of snowshoe trails of nearly 100 km of trail is maintained by the Club des Trois raquettes de La Tuque. These trails are accessible just a few minutes from downtown, from the Ski La Tuque center, rue Desbiens, or from the various wooden entrance gates near the La Tuque bypass. In addition, two mountain huts are accessible to snowshoers for a health break. In addition, the pink path on the golf course and curling club offers the possibility of snowshoeing.
- 9 Complexe sportif de l'école secondaire Champagnat, 600, rue Desbiens (Champagnat high school sports complex), ☏ , , firstname.lastname@example.org. This sports complex includes gymnasiums, gym and indoor swimming pool. It is the property of the Center de services scolaire de l'Énergie. It is open to the public during periods when students are not using them, normally evenings and weekends.
- 10 Club nautique latuquois (Latuquois nautical club; Marina of La Tuque), 12, rue Bostonnais (upstream of the La Tuque hydroelectric power station), ☏ . This body of water offers a course of around 30 km between the La Tuque power station and that of Beaumont; the only constraint is a bridge giving an air draft of 12 feet. Marina intended for pleasure boating and equipped with docks, launching ramp (at Pétro-T, 298, rue Bostonnais) reception room, meeting room.
- 11 Quai de La Tuque (Saint-Maurice River) (Municipal wharf), rue Montcalm (quartier Bel-Air) (downstream of the La Tuque hydroelectric power station). Municipal wharf in the Bel-Air district for pleasure boating. Launching ramp on the east bank of the Saint-Maurice river, downstream of La Tuque dam. The international Mauritius canoe classic begins at Quai Dénommé-Goyette.
- Scenic road 155 (Grand-Mère to La Tuque) (from Grand-Mère). Panoramic route in the Saint-Maurice valley: bucolic scenery (especially in the season of coloured forests), road stops. In Grand-Mère, the Highway 155 bridge spanning the Saint-Maurice River offers a panorama of the valley upstream from the Grand-Mère dam. As you cross Grandes-Piles, you will be immersed in the history of the piles, booms and hordes of horses going up the ice in the 19th century to the shipyards of Haute-Mauricie. Have a picnic at the Pointe-à-la-Mine rest area in Grandes-Piles. Crossing the second village of Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac (on the promontory), you will see the Mauricie National Park on the other side, while admiring several cliffs on the east bank. The confluence of the Mékinac River was a legendary stopover for travelers. In Mattawin, the ferry operated until 1994. The Rivière-aux-Rats bridge is as legendary as that of Mattawin. Upon arriving at La Tuque, travelers will see the Parc des Trois Soeurs, opposite on the west bank. A stop at the park of the Petite rivière Bostonnais is worth the detour.
- City tour of La Tuque (in autonomous mode) (From La Tuque dam...). A self-guided city tour of the sites of interest is a good way to get an idea of the attractions of La Tuque. Here is the suggested route by car or bicycle:
1. Barrage de La Tuque, from the belvedere on rue Beaumont. View of the dam and the steep cliffs of the river, below the dam.
2. Quai de La Tuque on Montcalm Street. Launching ramp. View of Gilbert Island. Starting point for the "Mauricie International Canoe Classic" (La Tuque-Trois-Rivières).
3. La Tuque Golf & Curling Club, at 35 rue Beaumont.
4. La Tuque Airport, at 1249 boul. Ducharme.
5. Octane Parc, on boul. Industrial.
6. Chutes-de-la-Petite-Rivière-Bostonnais Park.
7. Lake Wayagamac. A heronry (bird colony) is established on Steamboat Island, located in the center of the lake. This lake also serves as a water intake for the municipal aqueduct of La Tuque. Stop at the Wayagamac dam.
8. Municipal ski center, at 700 rue Desbiens.
9. Camping La Tuque, 1 street from the river. Superbly landscaped municipal campsite.
10. Marina du club nautique latuquois, at 12, rue Bostonnais.
11. Hydrobase de La Tuque, chemin Fitzpatrick.
12. Deveriche trails. The route consists of taking rue Bourassa (northbound), and crossing the metal bridge (narrow with only one lane) spanning the Saint-Maurice, 1 km upstream from the La Tuque dam. On this bridge the view is bucolic on the boreal forest near the mouth of the Lait river (tributary of the west bank). Then follow the Saint-Maurice River via Bourassa Street to the Deveriche stream which merges with the Saint-Maurice River, downstream from Gilbert Island.
13. Parc du lac Saint-Louis, at 320, rue de la Plage. This water park includes Lake Saint-Louis and the Sakihikan Center (Native Friendship Center) of La Tuque offering a complete immersion in the life of the Native people.
- Scenic route La Tuque-Parent (From La Tuque...). From La Tuque, visitors head to Wemotaci, by forest road 461(25). Before arriving in Sanmaur, at the intersection of forest road 450, visitors have two travel options:
* take forest road 450 (south) passing over the dam at the mouth of Lac Châteauvert; continue along the Caginetti river, then lakes du Chef, Baie and Lavigne; continue to go through the village of Casey; or
* continue on the 461 (25) to the bridge over the Manouane river, which must then be crossed rather than going to Wemotaci; follow the south bank of the Blanche river, then follow the north bank of the Ruban river, to Casey.
From Casey, continue on the 451 (25) (west), along a segment of the course of the Bazin river (Lac du Tremblay) before arriving in the village of Parent. The Parent sector is a favorite with all-terrain and outdoor motor sports enthusiasts. Access to Parent is possible by Via Rail train, forest roads, snowmobile, off-road vehicle and by air. The visit to the top of Radar Mountain is a must. Long ago, during the Cold War, a high-powered radar was installed on this mountain by the Canadian armed forces; part of the village was dedicated to the Canadian military. At the top, visitors contemplate the panorama for up to 20 km on a clear day. In addition, the canoe-camping circuit of the Bazin River is renamed and mapped; this stream crosses the village of Parent.
- Road to Wemotaci, La Loutre Dam and Gouin Dam (From La Tuque...). From downtown La Tuque, the forest road 461 (25) leads for 115 km to the Wemotaci Reserve in 1 hr 28 min (non stop), in particular passing in front of the reception of the Lac Dumoulin outfitter, crossing the Vermillon river and crossing the Flamant river and the northern part of the Zec Frémont. After crossing the hamlet of Sanmaur, visitors cross the bridge spanning the Saint-Maurice river to enter the village of Wemotaci; visitors can soak up the indigenous Atikamekw culture.
From there, it is preferable, to return towards the south-west until the bridge spanning the Manouane river; then to go up the Saint-Maurice river by the west bank, that is to say the forest road 450. The forest landscapes of the valley of Haute-Mauricie show the many islands on the course of the river. This forest road cuts the Najoua river and leads to the La Loutre dam. The La Loutre dam has two weirs. An island 0.2 km in diameter separates the two sections of the La Loutre dam. Route 450 crosses the dam and continues north up the Wabano River. From the La Loutre dam, visitors can opt to loop north to the Gouin dam where they can cross the Saint-Maurice River and return via the forest road on the northwest shore. The structure of the Gouin dam is majestic.
Visitors can return to La Tuque via Route 450 (north side of Saint-Maurice) passing through the Windigo River and Pierriche-du-Milieu River area. In short, the journey time from La Tuque-Barrage Gouin via the south shore of the Saint-Maurice is normally 3 hr 12 min; or 4 hr 7 min by the north shore.
- La Croche river and the Hydroelectric Power Plant Route of Beaumont, La Trenche et Rapides-Blanc (from La Tuque). This panoramic route presents the wild and agricultural scenery upstream from La Tuque. Visitors take Fitzpatrick Road (northbound) on the east bank of the reservoir formed by the La Tuque dam; then turn to Moisan road (forest road 461 (25)) to cross the bridge and immediately turn right on Beaumont road, to see the Beaumont dam (about 10 km road). Then the visitors come back to the Chemin de la Rivière-Croche (northbound) observing the magnificent landscapes generated by this meandering river, downstream and upstream from the village of La Croche. The Croche River is navigable for more than 90 km by kayak or canoe. At the village of La Croche, visitors can cross on the west bank of the river, in order to access the ZEC La Croche reception post and head towards the La Trenche and Rapide-Blanc hydroelectric dam.
Visitors can go north on route 450 along the eastern limit of the ZEC de la Croche, to cross the bridges of the Trenche and Saint-Maurice rivers, to return to the south by the west shore of the latter; thus, visitors can appreciate the hydroelectric infrastructure. The Rapide-Blanc power station, commissioned in 1934, can be admired from the bridge located downstream of the dam or on the east bank from the old village (1930 to 1974). This power station generates the Blanc reservoir, created in 1930, which extends over 82.5 km2 (31.9 sq mi), i.e., a length of 54 km (34 mi). The Trenche power station (end of erection in 1950) is the most powerful and has a dam 53 m (174 ft) high and 442 m long; this plant can be seen from the east bank, along the forest road R0-450 which crosses the dam.
- Route of the covered bridges of the Bostonnais (from La Tuque). From the village of La Tuque, just take route 155 (north-east direction). In the village of La Bostonnais, a stopover in the heart of nature on the banks of the river allows you to appreciate the history of the Ducharme covered bridge spanning the river. Visitors can picnic by the river. Going up the river by route 155, visitors can reach the second covered bridge (i.e., the Thiffault bridge) which is 6.5 km further. These covered bridges representing historical symbols of the Bostonnais river. From the second covered bridge, visitors can return by the other side, either by the South-East range which runs along the eastern part of the Bostonnais river. Visitors can extend their walk by going to the Halte du curé-Normandin, located along Route 155, at the intersection of Chemin du Lac-Édouard. This rest area is also at the limit of ZEC Borgia and ZEC Menokeosawin. Visitors can also attend a theatrical activity or a show in the Chapelle du Vieux Corbeau in La Bostonnais.
- La Tuque-Chambord scenic road (from downtown La Tuque). Relive their ambitious saga of creating a road link between La Tuque and lac Saint-Jean de 1955 à 1965. On December 30, 1955, 110 cars travelled the new La Tuque-Lac-Bouchette road in five hours, avoiding the detour through Quebec. The last segment had just been cleared and developed by the citizens of Lac-Bouchette. The construction of this La Tuque-Chambord road was initiated by the Latuquois Auguste Dubois and Omer Veillette in 1955, without public funding; the latter was a businessman in transport and was mayor of La Tuque (1937-41 and 1942-44). Route 155 between La Tuque and Chambord is legendary.
Starting from La Tuque, follow the panoramic route of the Bostonnais bridges by route 155, until the Halte du Curé-Normandin (after 24 min and 34 km), located at the intersection of Chemin du Lac-Édouard. From there, continue on route 155 (north-east direction) along the north-west bank of the rivière Bostonnais. You will pass near the reception station of the Pourvoirie Le Rochu and in front of the reception of the ZEC Ménokeosawin; from there, route 155 departs from the course of the Bostonnais River whose waters come from lakes Ventadour, Lescarbot, Kiskissink and the Grand Lake Bostonnais, in the heart of the ZEC Kiskissink. Further on, you will pass the Lac Écarté reception area of the ZEC Kiskissink. Then Lac des Commissaires, Bouchette lake, Saint-François-de-Sales, to the intersection of route 169 at Chambord, 1.5 km (in a direct line) opposite lac Saint-Jean.
- Road from route 155 to the picturesque village of Lac-Édouard (From "Halte du curé-Normandin (route 155)" (curé-Normandin Rest Area)). The forest and sometimes winding route between Route 155 (Halte du Curé-Normandin) and the village of Lac-Édouard is worth a detour, especially when passing in front of the reception of the Club Oswego outfitter. Lac Édouard is a good illustration of the great epic of Haute-Batiscanie, marked by the construction of the railway up the Batiscan river from Hervey-Jonction in Mauricie. Visitors discover a picturesque village shaped by the forestry industry, the sanatorium and recreational tourism activities (resorts, outfitters, ZEC, protected reserves, hunting & fishing). The municipal beach attracts many visitors. Lac Édouard has two outlets: the Batiscan River and the Jeannotte River. In addition, this municipal territory has three outfitters, the proposed Seigneurie-du-Tritton biodiversity reserve, the Judith-De Brésoles ecological reserve and the Bog-à-Lanières reserve. Visitors can return to downtown La Tuque by taking the Wayagamac Lake Road, to contemplate the falls at milestone 90-511.
- Road from Lac-Édouard to Rivière-à-Pierre (from the village of Lac-Édouard). The forest and sometimes winding route between the village of Lac-Édouard and the village of Rivière-à-Pierre, brings back memories of the great epic of logging, the railway and navigation in Batiscania: roads of ice, log drive, upstream of the river with hordes of hundreds of horses and their sledges bound for the forest sites, the flotation of logs going down the current. From the village of Lac-Édouard, travelers take the rue Damasse, passes over the bridge spanning the Batiscan River, runs along the southeast shore of Lake Édouard, passes through the Judith-De Brésoles Ecological Reserve, passes through the Zec Jeannotte, approaches the course of the Batiscan River and the road iron, to a bridge spanning the Batiscan River. From there, travelers cross the Portneuf Wildlife Reserve to the village of Rivière-à-Pierre, where granite mining has marked local history. From there, the traveler can return via Notre-Dame-de-Montauban, Lac-aux-Sables, Sainte-Thècle, Saint-Tite and Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac.
- Picturesque road between Carignan towards Hervey-Jonction (from Carignan (south of La Tuque)). This colonization road stretches 133.6 km (83.0 mi) (journey time: 1 hr 48 min) in a forest valley following the route of the transcontinental railway, which arrived at Hervey-Jonction in 1907. In starting from Carignan (Lac-à-Beauce sector, south of La Tuque), the tour operator takes rue de l'Église (towards the east) passing near the Lac-à-Beauce hydro-aerodrome; continues on the railway track, crosses the forest hamlet of Festubert along the Lac aux Brochets, passes on the west side of the mountain of the Croix (peak at 304 m above sea level), crosses the forest hamlet of Lac-Chat, and reaches the Chemin de la Rivière-du-Milieu (which goes north). In this sector, the highest railway bridge in Quebec spans the Rivière-du-Milieu; it has the particularity of being a half-bridge since the railway arrives at the top of the mountain heading north. From this bridge, the road continues along the Rivière-du-Milieu, which is very meandering in this area, and will flow near Cap-à-l'Aigle into Lake Mékinac. The tour operator continues along the Rivière-aux-Eaux-Mortes to reach Chemin Tawachiche (in the ZEC Tawachiche). Then, it passes through the Gouin zone between Lake Masketsi and Lake Roberge; then follows the course of the Tawachiche West River, up to the Audy sector which is the reception post of the Zec Tawachiche. From there, the road continues, passing the place called Veillette where the company Veillette & Frères had operated a sawmill, passes near Lac en Coeur, to the village of Hervey-Jonction. This little-known valley is picturesque.
- Thursdays Downtown. From June 29 to August 10, free shows are presented every Thursday evening. Visitors can take the opportunity to get in the mood by having a meal on one of the welcoming terraces.
- International Classic of Mauricie canoes, 253, 3e rue de la Pointe, suite 207, Shawinigan, ☏ , fax: . Since 1934, this canoe classic has gained international fame. This classic includes a series of sporting (over 200 km, in three stages between La Tuque and Trois-Rivières) and cultural events. About 70,000 visitors attend all stages of the canoe race and events. This race starts in La Tuque.
- 1 Galeries La Tuque, 1200 Boulevard Ducharme, ☏ . Small shopping mall with a Canadian Tire store and a liquor store.
- 2 Place des artisans (summer and Christmas market) (Craftmen Place), rue Commerciale, ☏ , email@example.com. A small market outside the city center offering items (gift ideas) in small cottages designed by local producers or artisans, including: woven blankets, knits of all kinds, salvaged goods, handmade soaps and lots of finds. Occasionally, lively activities are organized there.
- 1 Le Boke, 556 Commercial, ☏ . W-F 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00, Sa 17:00-21:00. Steaks, fish, poke bowls, burgers, stir fry, salads. This restaurant offers a backpacker's lunch box.
- 2 Restaurant Le Parasol, 359 St-Francois Street, ☏ . Tu 11:00-14:00, W-F 11:00-14:00 and 16:45-close, Sa 17:00-close. Sandwiches, seafood, ribs, grills, pasta, pizza.
- 3 Pizzeria Italia, 371 Rue St-Francois, ☏ . Su-Th 11:00-22:00, F Su 11:00-23:00, Sa 11:00-00:00. Pizzas, pastas, fries, salads and Ricco chicken.
- 1 Bar La Voute (Vault Bar), 500, rue Commerciale, ☏ . Capacity of 150 seats inside and 80 seats on the terrace. Specialties: draft beer, bottled beers, video lottery, spirits, cocktails and pub-style meals. Shows, music, themed evenings, sporting events, giant screen, HDTV, lounge-style reception room. Snowmobile parking located on Scott Street. Accessible by motorbike.
- 2 Brassette du Coin, 276 Rue St-Joseph, ☏ . Daily 08:00-03:00. A small bar on the corner
- 3 Microbrasserie le Mouton Noir, 328, rue Scott, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Microbrewery with shop. The "Boucherie Le Carnivore" (butcher chop Le Carnivore) and this microbrewery offer a backpacker's lunch box.
- 4 La Pecheresse Microbrasserie, 355 Rue Saint Zéphirin. W-Sa 16:00-02:00. You can accompany your tasting with a quick or full meal from the restaurant Le Boké. Order at the pub or on the terrace and your meal will be delivered quickly. Improv evenings some Sundays (in French). Musical events some evenings.
- 1 Camping La Tuque, 1 rue de la rivière, ☏ , email@example.com. Campsite with 388 sites with patio, table and fireplace on each. Includes heated swimming pools, water games and a navigable river with a boat landing and kayak rental. $26 - 50.
- 2 Quoquochee Plein air et Camping du lac Flamand, forest road RO 461 (25), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Campsite with 85 locations in the wilderness. Five motel units with wood stove. $22 - 26.
- 3 Camping Haut de la Chute (camping top of the fall), 555, chemin des Pionnier (northeast of La Tuque; take the 155 North; at the 120.5 km terminal, take the junction with Chemin des Pionniers), ☏ , (out of season). This campsite has 121 sites including 100 with three services. Community room with a capacity of 40 peoples. Campsites for travelers: 45%. Ready-to-camp available: a tent-caravan and a rental chalet. Now accessible by two quad trails. Snack (casse-croûte). $32-47.
- 4 Camping de Parent, 105, rue Principale, Parent,, ☏ . Campsite in the village of Parent, with 40 sites (9 with services and 31 rustic sites). Sector A for RVs; sector B for tents. Accessible by quad.
Chalet, gîte, inn
- 5 Au Bord du Saint-Maurice (On the edge of Saint-Maurice), 1592, route 155 sud, ☏ . Accommodation in five chalets that can accommodate 3 to 6 people in the Rivière-aux-Rats sector. Launching ramp on the edge of the Saint-Maurice river. Main activities: winter activities, unattended swimming, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, summer activities, accessible by motorbike.
- 6 Hébergement Villa du Charme, 796, Boulevard Ducharme (downtown La Tuque), ☏ . Completely renovated cottage with six decorated rooms. Access to a kitchen, dining room, 3 bathrooms and outdoor areas such as the spa, BBQ and garden furniture.
- 7 Auberge des lits, 525, Boulevard Ducharme (downtown), ☏ . Inn with direct access to quad and snowmobile trails. Offer of 12 rooms. Lunch included. Catering on site.
- 8 Auberge de la petite chapelle, 511, rue Saint-Maurice, ☏ .
The Saint-Andrew de La Tuque church, built in 1911, was desecrated in 2010, when two private owners acquired it to make it a multifunctional room, and the presbytery became a bed and breakfast. Inn offering four rooms with rustic flair. Accessible by snowmobile. Close to the train station.
- 9 Hotel Marineau Centre La Tuque, 1100 Boulevard Ducharme, toll-free: . Free coffee, office in the room, individual air conditioning/heating, mini fridge, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi. From $91.
- 10 Hotel Marineau La Tuque, 3250 Boulevard Ducharme, ☏ , toll-free: . Coffee maker, small fridge, adequate work area and plug-ins, good internet service and a very big, bathroom. Onsite restaurant/lounge. From $116.
- 11 Gite aux Trois Pignons, 643 Rue Roy, ☏ . Non-smoking rooms with shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. From $94.
- 12 Pizzéria Italia, 371, rue Saint-François, ☏ . Two units are available for daily or weekly rental on the second floor near the Pizzeria Italia. From $115.
- Parent Sector
- 13 Hôtel central Parent, 1, rue de l'Église, Parent, ☏ . Motel, bar, dining room. Main activities: evenings with orchestra, Hawaiian party always the first Saturday of March. Welcomes drivers of snowmobiles or quads.
Outfitters with exclusive rights
- 14 Club B&B, chemin forestier route 459 (at Lac aux Rats at 28 km (17 mi) in a direct line west of downtown La Tuque), ☏ , email@example.com. Outfitter with exclusive rights. Accommodation in chalets. Hunting and fishing activities, family vacations, nautical activities (swimming, kayaking, pedalo) and other activities in nature.
- 15 Odanak Club, Lac Castor (on the shores of Castor Lake), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Forest inn and outfitter with exclusive rights to Lac Castor. Occupying three buildings erected on a wooded hill. This tourist complex has canoeing, hunting, snowmobile excursion, winter sliding, interpretation of Aboriginal culture, interpretation of nature, kayaking, wildlife observation, ice skating, fishing, ice fishing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, indoor games room, cross-country skiing, mountain biking. Species hunted: ruffed grouse, moose, black bear. Types of hunting: crossbow and bow, firearm, daily hunting.
- 16 Pourvoirie Domaine Touristique La Tuque, 1500, rang Est, La Croche, ☏ , email@example.com. Exclusive territory of 127.5 km2 (49.2 sq mi). Accommodation in twelve fully equipped chalets, as well as a pavilion with 24 bedrooms and a fitted kitchen. Main activities: hunting, fishing, family vacations, oasis of rest, winter activities (ice fishing). By seaplane, the landing takes place on Castor Lake.
- 17 La Seigneurie du Triton, 1893, chemin du Triton, Lac-Édouard (around Lac à la Croix; accessible by water-taxi), ☏ , . Outfitter with an exclusive fishing area over more than 45 km2 (17 sq mi). Accessible only by navigation by making a 2 km (1.2 mi) trip on the Batiscan River. Accommodation in inn, cabins or tipis. Main activities: hunting, fishing, outdoor activities including hiking. Shop. This prestigious hunting and fishing estate has over 110 years of history, having hosted famous personalities such as Churchill and Roosevelt. This outfitter is the eastern gateway to the Triton protected area which has more than 400 km2 (150 sq mi). Several lakes in the outfitter are identified by Christian toponyms: Lac l'Espérance, Petit lac l'Espérance, Lac la Foi, Lac Charité.
- 18 Pourvoirie Aventure Nature Okane, 56, Lac Okane, ☏ , (téléphone de la pourvoirie), firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodation in chalets. Main activities: hunting, fishing. Rental service: motor, life jacket, battery charging. Boucher sector: wild fruit picking, hiking trails, single kayak, double kayak, canoe, pedal boat, paddle board, water games, swings, slide for children.
- 19 Pourvoirie Club Oswego, 600, chemin du lac Édouard, La Bostonnais (asphalted access road to the reception station), ☏ , email@example.com. 87 km2 (34 sq mi) exclusive right outfitter with 25 lakes, most of which are accessible by motorized road. Accommodation in 12 chalets with a capacity of 2 to 12 people. Fishing, hunting and family vacations packages. Boat included. Transport to fishing sites. The outfitter is divided into 12 exclusive territories of 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi) each; each territory has several caches. Main activities: swimming, hiking in the forest, pedal boats, kayaking, wild fruits, painting and photography.
- 20 Pourvoirie Domaine Desmarais, ☏ (in-season), (off-season), firstname.lastname@example.org. Exclusive rights 107 km2 (41 sq mi) territory comprising 32 lakes. Accommodation in eleven chalets and a pavilion. Mini-convenience store and evisceration site. Hunting and fishing accessories rental service. Gasoline and diesel available on site. Guide service. Main activities: swimming on sandy beaches, picking wild mushrooms, paddle surfing, kayaking, canoeing and pedal boats.
- 21 Pourvoirie Haltaparche (Haltaparche Outfitter), Lac Elliot, ☏ , email@example.com. Outfitter with exclusive rights, located in the Lake Elliot sector, near forest road R0-450, between the hamlet of Casey and the Gouin reservoir. Catering service on site. An inn and seven chalets for rent.
- 22 Pourvoirie du lac Demi-lune (Half Moon Lake Outfitter), Lac Lepage, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Partnership between the outfitters Demi-Lune & Marmette-sur-le-Gouin; about 6 km separate the two reception stations. The half-moon outfitter with exclusive rights covering 100 km2 (39 sq mi) around Lake Lepage. Limited number of fishermen and hunters. Accommodation in chalets. Reception station located to the south of a long bay in the southern part of Lake Lepage.
- 23 Pourvoirie du Lac Lareau, Lac Lareau, ☏ , email@example.com. The Lac Lareau outfitter, which stretches over 181 km2 (70 sq mi), has 80 lakes, nearly a quarter of which remain unexplored. About half of the lakes are easily accessible to visitors to the outfitter. Three accesses by the forest road. Access by seaplane, helicopter, ski planes and mountain bikes. Accommodation at the Auberge du Lac Lareau or in four cabins. Main activities: hunting, fishing. The outfitter also welcomes corporate groups at its inn with a large dining room. Family packages. Rental of boats (canoes, rowboats, kayaks, pedal boats). Possibility of resort.
- 24 Pourvoirie du Lac Oscar, 1 route forestière R0-461(25), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Outfitter located in zone 26. Accommodation in chalet mode which is located near bodies of water throughout the territory, or on the Blanc reservoir. Main activities: hunting, fishing, swimming on sandy beaches, Breathwork lessons, active and passive meditation lessons, Qigong lessons, wildlife observation, bird watching, wild picnic, walking in cycling, hiking, picking wild fruits (especially bluet), picking mushrooms, stargazing (Perseids in August).
- 25 Pourvoirie Duplessis, ☏ , email@example.com. Outfitter with exclusive rights, including an Inn and eleven chalets. European and American plan, by reservation only. Amenities: bilingual services (French, English), frequent patrols, near the Duplessis train station which is located at the end of Coucoucache bay on the White Reservoir. Main activities: hunting & fishing, hiking, seaplane marina, snowmobile, kayaking, mountain biking, light meals on request, central shower, bar with SAQ license, fiberglass boats (14 ft.), Outboard motors (9.9 forces), rental of light engines.
- 26 Pourvoirie J.E. Goyette, ☏ . Accommodation in chalet mode which has different reception capacities. Main activities: hunting, fishing, pedalo, kayaking, paddle board, floating platform, beach volleyball, iron games, playground, swings, trampoline, observation of animals and watchtowers (moose, bears), bird watching of prey, wood turtle watching (mostly June), mountain bike rides, sea kayak or canoe rides, pontoon rides, Willys Jeep rides (1946), wild fruit and mushroom picking at Okane Falls , and several mountain hiking trails with lookouts.
- 27 Pourvoirie Kanata, Saint-Michel-des-Saints, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Outfitter located at the western limit of the territory of La Tuque, on the north shore of Lake Manouane. Main inn: 6 double rooms and 4 quadruple rooms. Restoration. 8 chalets of 4 places with fitted kitchen. Fuel for cars and planes. Marina for seaplanes.
- 28 Pourvoirie Kennedy, ☏ , email@example.com. Outfitter comprising a territory of 33.4 km2 (12.9 sq mi) on the shore of Lake Édouard. Accommodation in four chalets. Main activities: hunting and fishing, nautical activities (canoeing and kayaking), nature interpretation, wildlife observation, mountain biking.
- 29 Pourvoirie Lac à l'Ours Blanc, Parent, ☏ . Outfitter covering 115 km2 (44 sq mi) of territory and 52 lakes. Rental of chalets and hunting camps. Motor rental.
- 30 Pourvoirie Le Rochu, 650 Visitation, Saint-Charles-Borromée, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Outfitter on 70 km2 (27 sq mi) of territory with 25 lakes. Outfitter near route 155, northeast of La Tuque. 15 cabins available for rental. Main activities: hunting, fishing, hiking, water sports (swimming, kayaking), picking forest mushrooms.
- 31 Pourvoirie Némiskau, 1 Lac Pal, ☏ , email@example.com. Outfitter southwest of La Tuque, with an inn, 20 cabins and 24 lodge units. Main activities: fishing, nature interpretation, nautical activities, massage therapy, spa, hunting and fishing. The L'Albatros room can accommodate up to 100 people.
- 32 Pourvoirie Sauterelle, ☏ , . Outfitter at Lac Sauterelle and accessible only by seaplane. The outfitter has a territory of 60 km2 (23 sq mi). Access to 5 cabins on isolated lakes with the assistance of a guard on duty. Air transport, rowboat, motor and unlimited gasoline included in your package. Speckled trout fishing and moose hunting.
- 33 Pourvoirie Waban-Aki, 1, Lac Dépôt, ☏ , info@pourvoiriewaban‑aki.com. Outfitter comprising 100 km2 (39 sq mi) of territory, with two rivers and twenty lakes. Accommodation offered in twelve cabins. Main activities: hunting, fishing, and dog sledding.
Outfitters without exclusive rights
- 34 L'Aventurier du Gouin (The adventurer of Gouin) (accessible by water taxi), ☏ (winter), (summer), firstname.lastname@example.org. Outfitter on an island in the Gouin reservoir, surrounded by white sand beaches. Accommodation in an inn or in log cabins or in the houseboat. Numerous fishing and service packages, including group fishing packages. Corporate meetings. Main activities: fishing.
- 35 Pourvoirie Barrage Gouin & Magnan (Gouin & Magnan dam outfitter), 431 Réservoir Gouin, ☏ , email@example.com. Hunting & fishing outfitter located at the top of the Gouin dam, serving two sectors: Gouin dam and Magnan sector. Accommodation offer in inns or chalets for the dam sector; in houseboats or exile chalets, in the Magnan sector. Package: expedition, snowmobile, luxury houseboat. Fishing circuits. Marina for seaplanes. Airplane track on wheels: N-48.19687; W74.01610
- 36 Pourvoirie Lac Dumoulin (Lac Dumoulin Outfitter), route forestière RO-461 (25), 1 lac Dumoulin, ☏ , , firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-season outfitter located on an island containing 16 lakes, for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, mountain biking. Accommodation in inn or cabins accessible by pontoon. Main activities: evisceration hut, essences, bait and lure, natural adventure activities, accommodation in 4-star cabins, beaches, fish smokehouse, snowmobile relay, fish filleting, meals in an inn. Row boat and mountain bike available to visitors to access other bodies of water.
- 2 Bibliothèque Annie St-Arneault (Annie St-Arneault Library), 575, rue St-Eugène, ☏ , email@example.com. Municipal library accessible to citizens of the three municipalities. Varied entertainment for all types of customers. Reading Club. Interlibrary loan. Vast collections: books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, audio books, newspapers. Computer stations and digital tablets. Digitization of documents. Virtual access to many remote services.
- 3 Zec Borgia. Controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) located northeast of the city of La Tuque. More than 194 lakes have been counted in the territory of this zec, including 59 exploited for fishing. It covers an area of 556 km2 (215 sq mi).
- 4 Zec de la Bessonne, ☏ . Controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) covering 524.5 km2 (202.5 sq mi), straddling the territories of La Tuque, La Bostonnais and Lac-Édouard. It is located 10 km east of downtown La Tuque. Six rivers cross its territory.
- 5 Zec de la Croche, ☏ . Controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) 18 km north of La Tuque. It has 97 lakes in an area of 351.8 km2 (135.8 sq mi). This ZEC takes its name from the Croche river which crosses it.
- 6 Zec du Gros-Brochet. Controlled exploitation zone (ZEC) created in 1978. A first reception station is at the southern end of the territory, just south of Lac des Pins-Rouges, therefore accessible via route 131 via Saint- Michel-des-Saints. The second reception station is on the east side of the Rivière-aux-rats bridge which spans the Saint-Maurice river. This zec extends into the cantons of Bisaillon, Dupuis, Laporte and Sincennes.
- 7 Zec Frémont, firstname.lastname@example.org. Controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) southwest of the city of La Tuque. More than 250 lakes have been counted in the territory of this ZEC, the main one being Lake Sincennes.
- 8 Zec Jeannotte. Controlled harvesting zone (ZEC) located in the municipality of Lac Édouard, about 30 km east of the town of La Tuque. Its territory, which turns out to be an island, is more or less framed by Lake Édouard, the Jeannotte River and the Batiscan River.
- Zec Kiskissink. Controlled exploitation zone (ZEC) northeast of the city of La Tuque. It covers an area of 829.5 km2 (320.3 sq mi).
- 9 Zec Ménokéosawin, ☏ . Controlled Harvesting Zone (ZEC) located in the municipality of Lac-Édouard and La Tuque. It has 162 lakes in an area of 298.5 km2 (115.3 sq mi).
- 10 Zec Wessonneau. Controlled Harvesting Zone (ZEC) covering the townships of Baril, Turcotte, Geoffrion and Polette. The reception station of the zec Wessonneau is located west of the Saint-Maurice River, near the rivière aux Rats.
- 11 Lac-Édouard. Municipality of Haute-Batiscanie, the village of Lac-Édouard is located on the edge of Lake Édouard, 60 km (by road) from downtown La Tuque. This locality is renowned for its sanatorium which was in operation during the first half of the 20th century, for its economic vocation in forestry and for its recreational tourism activities (resort, outfitters, water sports, snowmobiling, mountain biking).
- 12 La Bostonnais. Municipality of Haute-Mauricie, the village of La Bostonnais is 15 km (by road) northeast of downtown La Tuque. It shares its boundaries between La Tuque and Lac-Édouard.
- 13 Wemotaci (from downtown La Tuque, take rue Tessier (northbound), rue Bostonnais (northbound) which becomes chemin Fitzpatrick; take the forest road RO-461 (25) (westbound) to the village of Wemotaci). 33.3 km2 (12.9 sq mi) Indian reserve managed by the Atikamekw council with a population of 1280 individuals in 2019. The Atikamekw community of Wemotaci also manages the Indian reserve of 0.06 km2 (0.023 sq mi) of Coucoucache; this territory is located on the north shore of Réservoir Blanc which constitutes an enlargement of the Saint-Maurice River, between Rapide des Coeurs Powerhouse and the Rapide-Blanc Powerhouse.
- 14 Obedjiwan (From downtown La Tuque, it is quicker to take route 155 (northbound); then take route 167 (westbound) through Saint-Félicien.). 9.27 km2 (3.58 sq mi) Indian reserve located on a peninsula, between Kamitcikamak lake (to the west) and Wapisiw bay (to the east) on the north shore of the Gouin Reservoir. It is isolated in the agglomeration of La Tuque. Its population is 2,100 people.
|Routes through La Tuque|
|Ends at ← Lac-Saint-Jean ←||N S||→ Shawinigan → Trois-Rivières|
|Senneterre ←||N S||→ Hervey Jonction → Shawinigan|