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Foire aux questions

  • How can we get to Le Domaine if we do not own a car?

    It is possible to reach Le Domaine by bus from Montreal, Ottawa and Val d'Or.

  • Is it possible to buy food there?

    At our office we sell Happy Yak's delicious freeze-dried meals. You will find basic foodstuffs at the convenience store here at Le Domaine. If you arrive from Montreal or the Laurentians, the closest towns are Mont-Laurier (100 km from Le Domaine) or Grand-Demous (75 km from Le Domaine).  From Ottawa, you can stop in Maniwaki (100 km from Le Domaine). If you arrive from Abitibi, shop in Val d'Or (182km from Le Domaine) or in Louvicourt (146 km from Le Domaine).

  • Is there an entrance fee?

    There is no entrance fee but you must pay access rights for camping.

  • Is it necessary to pay for parking?

    Parking is free.

  • What other services are available at Le Domaine?

    • Cafeteria style restaurant

    • Gas station

    • Convenience store

    • Ambulance

    • Cabin rental

    • Issuance of provincial fishing licence at Sépaq's office.

    • Issuance of Sépaq's rustic camping access rights

     For more information, consult Sépaq's website.


  • Is there a special discount for groups?

    There is no special discount for groups. Individual access rights must be paid for every night spent in the reserve.

  • Are camping sites shared?

    Usually camping sites are not shared by more than one group. However on busy weekends (first weekend of august and labor day weekend) you might have to share a site. Our campsites can accomodate different sizes of groups (1 tent to 5 tents). We ask that you choose a campsite according to the number of tents in your party. If by lack of choice you happen to occupy a site with 3 tent spots but you only need 1, you must allow access to other groups. Also, you cannot install more tents than the capacity allows.

  • What do the campsites look like?

    All our campsites have clean flat spots for tents, safe firepits, a common area proportional to the number of tents available, a thunderbox (dry toilet) and a put-in. Please note that there are no poles for hanging your food out of the reach of animals.

  • Is it mandatory to camp on predefined sites?

    In order to minimize human impact on the reserve's territory we ask that you camp on Canot-Camping La Vérendrye's predefined campsites when you are on one of our circuits. It is forbidden to camp on beaches that are not on a campsite.


    If you are canoeing outside one of our 20 groomed circuits, we ask that you abide by the "Leave No Trace Principles of outdoors ethics".

  • Is it possible to camp more than one night on the same site?

    You must switch campsite every night. 11 fixed campsites on which it is possible to stay up to 4 consecutive nights are available upon reservation.


    For more information, please visit this section.

  • What is the maximum number of campers allowed per site?

    A maximum of 10 campers is allowed per site at the same time. Group sites for groups of 10 to 20 people are available upon reservation on circuits 10, 11, 15, 30 and 60.

  • Is it possible to reserve a circuit and some campsites?

    We only reserve circuits when a shuttle reservation has been made.


    We limit the number of groups per circuit in order to make sure that there are plenty of campsites for everyone. Our policy is first come first served.


    We only reserve campsites for groups of 10 to 20 people (circuits 10, 11, 15, 30 and 60) and fixed campsites (circuits 10, 16 and 25).

  • Is it possible to rent a cabin?

    It is possible to rent a cabin at Le Domaine, Granet Lake and Dozois reservoir (Nadagam).

    For more information and to reserve:

  • Are campfires allowed?

    Campfires are allowed except when a prohibition is called by SOPFEU (Société de protection des forêts contre le feu) or if the risk of forest fire reaches "extreme level"

    You must use the predefined firepits. There is one per site. Before leaving the site, clean the firepit of any unburned trash. It is strongly recommended to cook on a camping stove. To check the risk level, visit SOPFEU's website.

  • Is there firewood on the campsites?

    There is no firewood on the campsites. We sell bundles at our welcoming centre for 5$. It is possible to find dry wood on most campsites. If a campsite is more frequented we recommend that you paddle to a different spot and get wood from there. It is strictly forbidden to cut down live trees and to peel the bark off live birch trees.

  • Is the water drinkable?

    The quality of water in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve is considered exceptional. However, for your safety we recommend that you get your water at least 30 meters from the bank, to boil it for at least 1 minute or to filter it. It’s important to know that water which seems good for consumption could contain certain micro-organisms that can cause gastro-intestinal problems. Giardia is one such parasite to be avoided in your drinking water. This is found in the stools of humans, beavers, muskrats and dogs.

  • Is fishing allowed in the Reserve?

    One who wishes to fish in the Reserve must possess a provincial fishing licence as well as a daily fishing access right. Sépaq sells both licences. The most common species found in La Vérendrye are walleyes and pikes. Some lakes in the south are filled with brook trouts.


  • How do I pick a circuit?

    The distance that one will cover depends on one's skills, the weather and the circuit's difficulties. We recommend that beginners cover 10 km a day, intermediates 15 km a day and experts 20 to 35 km a day. For more information on the different circuits, click here.

  • Are there circuits without motorboats?

    There are no circuits reserved exlusively to canoe campers. That being said, most of our clientele tells us that they were not bothered by the presence of motorboats. River circuits such as Chochocouane and Gens-de-Terre are examples of circuits that are inaccessible to motorboats.

  • Is it forbidden to do a canoe camping circuit with only one craft?

    It is recommended that canoe/kayak expedition parties should be made up of 2 or 3 boats.

    This gives more chances of reaching help if necessary. That being said, there is no restriction regarding departures of one boat, whether there be one crew member or two.

  • What differences are there between the available canoe models?

    See the choosing a craft section

  • Where can we purchase the maps of the circuits?

    Guide maps for most circuits are on sale at our welcoming centre in Le Domaine, at the office of the Fédération Québécoise du Canot et du Kayak and in some stores specialized in outdoor sports.  The Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve general map gives an overview of all available circuits. Guide maps of the circuits have a scale of 1/50 000, allowing one to see details (campings, rapids, portages, distances, etc.) and to find his way. To place an order, please fill the




     Pour commander, nous vous invitons à imprimer le bon de commande et à nous le faire parvenir par la poste ou par télécopieur.

  • What is the prevailing wind?

    The prevailing wind comes from the West.

  • Do black bears pose a threat?

    Attacks on humans are rare and only a small percentage of them result in grave injuries. Would you like to know more?

  • Are the barrels that you rent bear proof?

    Our watertight barrels are generally animal proof but they won't resist bear claws or some smart raccoons' intelligence. To avoid such nuisances,  always keep your barrels clean. Always store the barrel containing your food away from your tent at night and hang it from a tree at a height of 5 meters for more safety. A good method is to suspend a rope between 2 trees and to attach the barrel to it. This ensures that the barrel is far from both trunks and overhanging branches.


    Une bonne méthode consiste à tendre une corde entre deux arbres, à au moins 3 mètres du sol et à y suspendre votre nourriture loin des troncs et des branches supérieures.

  • Do you provide insurance in case of damage to the equipment on rental?

    We do not provide insurance for the crafts we rent or the camping gear. A client who rents equipment from us is responsible for any damage done to the equipment and must pay for reparations.

  • What methods of payment are accepted?

    We accept cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard.

  • Are there a lot of mosquitoes?

    There are usually more black flies and mosquitoes in May and June. It can be difficult to get rid of the annoyances brought by such bugs but it is possible to reduce them by following these recommendations.

  • Are dogs allowed in the reserve?

    Dogs are allowed in La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve and they can accompany you on a canoe camping expedition. However, there are some rules that must be followed. Click here for more information.

  • What are the temperature averages?

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    Generally, during the months of June, July and August, temperatures are quite pleasant. However, they are cooler in May and September. Depending on the wind factor and the rain, temperatures below 20ºC can be unpleasant. At night, temperatures considerably drop and seldom go under zero.


    Look at the weather here

  • What wildlife is there in the reserve?


    Over 40 species of mammals among which:

    • Moose

    • White-tailed deer

    • Woodland caribou

    • Black bear

    • Wolf

    • Fox

    • Beaver

    • Hare

    Over 150 species of birds among which:

    • Common loon

    • Bald eagle

    • Great blue heron

    • Ruffed grouse

    • Canada grouse


    Many species of fish among which:

    • Walleye

    • Pike

    • Lake trout

    • Brook trout (in the south of the reserve)



    The most common kinds of trees are:

    • Black spruce

    • White spruce

    • Jack pine

    • Eastern white pine

    • Red pine

    • White birch


Contact us


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Telephone : 1-819-435-2331 et 1-888-435-2331