Réserve Faunique de Matane

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Réserve Faunique de Matane

Réserve Faunique de Matane
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Recognized first and foremost for its exceptionally rich wildlife, the Matane Wildlife Reserve offers nearly 1300 km2 (500 sq. mi.) of breathtaking panoramas combining mountains and deep valleys crisscrossed by numerous waterways. The reserve offers over 100 km (60 mi.) of hiking trails. Look for changes in the vegetation as you hike along the Mont Blanc trail, and feast your eyes on the spectacular mountain scenery along the International Appalachian Trail. If you like wild berries, you can pick juicy raspberries in season during your stay on the wildlife reserve. The 2-km long (1.2-mi.) Étang à la Truite pond awaits you for a lovely kayaking excursion. Who knows-you might spot moose in their natural habitat as you paddle. Wildlife observation is the featured activity in the Matane Wildlife Reserve. Mud flats allow enthusiasts to observe moose. The Étang-à-la-Truite Interpretation Centre is a must for those wishing to learn more about this impressive animal. Over 150 species of birds can also be observed in the reserve. Enjoy a stay at the Matane Wildlife Reserve in a campground or cabin. Spend a day or longer on the reserve and get the most out of your experience by exploring this exceptional wildlife territory, where moose roam freely.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Abicam
Farnborough, UK171 contributions
Moose Photo Safari
Aug. 2019
Our review is probably coloured by the fact that we didn't see any Moose AND we had 3 hours of commentary IN FRENCH! (which came as a surprise to us as neither the website or the people we spoke to when booking informed us)

We were picked up by school bus from Matane and driven (and bounced) to the meeting point within the Reserve. This took nearly 2 hours.

We're going on a "safari" so we dress appropriately, lots of layers, good walking boots and thick socks and lots of bug repellent. The "safari" takes place in a heated coach ... everyone is boiling and shedding layers!

Jean-Francois, our guide for the evening, was lovely. The first thing he said to us was "they did tell you it's in French didn't they" NO! He did his best to tell us a little bit in English, which was very kind of him.

After 3 hours of driving up and down in a restricted part of the Reserve, Jean-Francois accepts defeat. It's now dark and we have less chance of seeing any moose in the headlights. The fact they saw 10 yesterday doesn't make us feel any better. As we're driving back to the meeting point with the school bus, a moose runs out on the road in front of us and runs away. We've seen a moose's backside!

It was an enjoyable thing to do but be warned, it's in French and the roads within the Reserve are gravel and you get shaken around a lot. The total time it took to get to and from Matane was 7 hours, 5 of which we were bounced around, so pretty tiring.

Written September 11, 2019
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Samantha M
Brampton, Canada42 contributions
Total waste of time!
Jul. 2019 • Family
We took the Moose Photo Safari with our family and has a terrible experience. This package had the potential to be so much better but ended up feeling like a scam and a money grab. We called in the morning to book the tour and were told that it runs in the evening because that is when the moose are active. We were told to arrive at the registration office at 5:30 and the tour would depart at 6:00pm. We arrived at 5:20 and pulled in just ahead of the school bus that is used for the tours. After spending less than 5 minutes registering, the lady at the desk told us we had just missed the bus and would now have to take our own car to the lake starting point which was a 26 km drive down a very bumpy dirt road. If the bus had not left without us, we would have been charged an additional $5pp to ride the bus to the lake, which seemed ridiculous in itself as we had already paid for the tour and ended up driving right behind the bus, which departed early and was entirely empty the whole way there. Upon arriving, we met the tour guide, who was very friendly and told us that although the tour is usually only conducted in French, he would try to take opportunities to give us some information in english when time allowed (he did so only once). When we boarded the bus, the first thing he said was that Moose do not come out unless the temperature is 14-16 degrees or lower. It was 28 degrees that day! No surprise then that we ended up driving around the forest for 3 hours without seeing any moose!! So although they knew that there was little to no chance of seeing moose that day, they waited until we had paid our fee and had driven deep into the forest to tell us. The tour should have been cancelled before departing. Period! It would have been the fair thing to do. Instead, we bounced around listening to our guide say “c’est trop chaud”. He seems very informative and gave a lot of information about Moose (all in french). Eventually he offered to keep us out an extra half hour to see if the temperature dropped some more. By then it was 9:00 and starting to get dark. We did end up “seeing” 2 moose in the far distance, in the dark, through the complimentary binoculars, and another a shorter distance in front of the bus which could only be seen from the front row as everyone crowded around the windshield to get a look. We got no photos and a lot of bug bites!! Don’t waste your time.
Written July 7, 2019
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Hello, thank you for your comments, we are really sorry for your experience. It is true that the moose in the reserve is in its wild environment and it is not always present at the time we wish and in hot temperatures, even more. For the content given by the guide on moose, there are indeed many and we ask them to give full in French and translate as much as possible in English. The number of translations depends on the flow of the guide and the questions asked too. But we analyze all the comments and make the necessary corrections to keep the activity interresting for everyone! The Matane wildlife reserve is still a place of quality where it is possible to observe the moose in a natural and beautiful environment! Thank you and with pleasure. And do not hesitate to call us directly for any information or comments at 418 224-3345.
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zato61
Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada45 contributions
For nature lovers, animal watch or hunting amazing place to see !!
Oct. 2018 • Friends
First time of my life i went moose hunting i never seen so many animals in the wild in my entire life.Our guide Martin Landry as been guiding there for 18 years he knew the whole territory by heart.We huntedfor 2 days while we were experiencing a major early snow storm in Matane,but with the help of Martin we collected a nice female moose,we saw about 20 animals during those 2 days .For a nice experience for moose hunting i highly recommend La réserve faunique de Matane.
Written October 28, 2018
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Thank you very much, hoping to see you again!
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CanAdventure
90 contributions
Beautiful Campsites!
Aug. 2018 • Solo
Wow! This is a wonderful park. I stayed here as part of a road trip to the Gaspésie, and I was thrilled with my campsite. The sites were very private, right along a beautiful, serene lake and the park had excellent facilities. All the staff were extremely helpful and polite. Be cautious that once you arrive at the park it can still be almost an hour of driving to your campsite so be sure to factor that in to driving time. I would definitely return.
Written August 31, 2018
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Thank you for your comments and see you again!
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Milford_PaMooseman
Dingmans Ferry, PA465 contributions
Great Wildlife Viewing Area
Aug. 2018 • Couples
If you love to view wildlife this is a great place to visit. My wife and I stayed two nights in a cabin. We live in a log home and loved the cabin. It has solar power and a propane heater inside with old fashioned gas camping lights in each room. The cabin was clean and comfortable. The reserve is huge and beautiful. On our first night we went on the Bear Viewing Trip with Derrick. Although the trip is in French he made a point of translating what he was saying so we understood what was going on. We got to see three bears. One Bear came close to the observation blind.
On the second night we went on the Moose Viewing Watch with
Gregory. Luckily Derrick got on board to take pictures for their Facebook page because except for the English words “The Tour will begin when we pick up other passengers “ the tour was in French. Derrick translated for my wife and two other English speaking guests so we were able to understand what was going on. Gregory was very knowledgeable about Moose and got out of the bus several times when he found some to so they would stick around for us to view them. We wound up seeing nine Moose and got to see the beauty of the area. We even stopped to get out of the bus to view the Moon, Jupiter, the stars and dusk in the mountains.
All the staff we met were wonderful and caring! Derrick is such a wonderful person and we felt his love of his surroundings.
Drive slowly on the dusty roads, breath the fresh air and enjoy nature at its best here.
Written August 18, 2018
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Thank you for your comments, see you soon!
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Margherita M
London, UK5 contributions
Super experience!
Jul. 2018 • Couples
During our road trip in Quebec we stayed at the lovely etang des truits for one night. The place was not crowded at all and the landscape was truly amazing. During the evening we did the bear observation activity and we managed to see two bears - a magic experience. I really recommend camping at the Réserve Faunique, it’s beautiful, calm, relaxing, well organised and super clean and the people that work there are very friendly too.
Written August 6, 2018
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Thank you for your comment and have a nice day
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franee0409
New York City, NY73 contributions
Driving Diseaster
Jul. 2014 • Couples
We were prepared to see wildlife but it seems that the roads are not paved. A 45 minute drive into the viewing area are rock and gravel roads and a horror on cars. We made it to the ranger station and decided against going further. For a listed attraction, one might expect better road conditions for as much of the journey as possible. A disappointment!
Written July 26, 2014
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