Laurentides Wildlife Reserve

Réserve faunique des Laurentides is a wildlife reserve in Quebec, Canada, located between Quebec City and the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Réserve faunique des laurentides
View of the Jacques-Cartier River valley
Location of Laurentides Wildlife Reserve in Quebec
Nearest cityQuebec City, Saguenay, Quebec
Coordinates47°20′00″N 73°21′00″W
Area7861 km²
Governing bodySépaq

The territory of the reserve (7,861 square kilometres (3,035 sq mi)) has over 2000 lakes and many summits of over 1000 meters. The reserve is known by outdoor enthusiasts for hunting and fishing.


The reserve, often called "the park" by locals, is split in half by route 175, linking the cities of Quebec and Saguenay. Route 169 leads to Hebertville, the main entrance to the Lac St-Jean area.


Parc des Laurentides was created in 1895 as a forest reserve and as a recreational area for the public. In 1981, two large parcels were split off to become Jacques-Cartier National Park in the south and the Grands-Jardins National Park in the east, while the remaining territory was established as a wildlife reserve.


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