The Rivers’ Road

Welcome to our water!

Photo.The Rivers’ Road (Route des Rivières) snakes along or across approximately ten waterways in the Mauricie region, including the emblematic Saint-Maurice. Whether meandering out in the country, among wooded hillsides or the forest, with a slow current or rushing torrent, each of these rivers reveal a page in the history of their region. Passionate discoveries await you just around the bend!

From the St. Lawrence to the Shawinigan Falls

Photo.The Rivers’ Road leads you first into the Maskinongé county. From Autoroute 40, head to Sainte-Ursule, where you will discover the picturesque Domaine de la carrière and its ancestral watermill. At the end of the village you can enjoy a picnic at the superb Parc des chutes de Sainte-Ursule, at a height of 73 m/ 240 ft), before continuing on to Saint-Paulin. One-of-a-kind, the Théâtre en rivière presents an historical play along Rivière du Loup!

Photo.In Shawinigan, the Cité de l’énergie retraces the industrial history of this city that was known as one of the cradles of hydroelectricity. An observation tower, multimedia show and exhibitions are just some of the attractions of this captivating theme park. Not far away, the Parc de l’Île-Melville is a recreational spot known for its water activities and its adventure circuit. Religious art lovers will not want to miss the works of painter Ozias Leduc that embellish Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation church.

Heading up the Saint-Maurice

Photo.The route continues northward along the rivière Saint-Maurice. At Grandes-Piles, the Musée du bûcheron provides a real-life example of the rough life of lumberjacks working at the turn of the 20th century. Further north, at the gates of La Mauricie National Park, the Centre d’aventure Mattawin in Trois-Rives offers a variety of watersport activities on the Saint-Maurice, Mattawin, Dunbar and Mékinac rivers. The Parc des chutes de la Petite rivière Bostonnais (35 m / 115 ft) La Tuque, will shed more light on the regional history, in a remarkable natural setting.

Your itinerary

The 250 km (155 mi) Rivers’ Road links Maskinongé (100 km / 60 mi) from Montréal and 175 km / 110 mi from Québec City) to La Bostonnais, north of La Tuque, passing through Shawinigan. The last 100 km (60 mi) on Route 155, along the Saint-Maurice, offer some of the most beautiful panoramic routes.

The Saint-Maurice was the last river to be used for timber booming, prohibited since 1995.

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