Parc nationale de Plaisance in Plaisance: Trail Report

Parc nationale de Plaisance in Plaisance: Trail Report

Parc nationale de Plasiance offers up a diverse landscape with multiple features like waterfalls, river views, marshlands, boardwalks, observation tower, and a suspension bridge. Not to mention the cycling trails, onsite camping, and kayak/canoe/SUP rentals. It’s a large park, with 28 square kms to explore and enjoy.

Suggested Stops

If you’re coming from the east end, then grab a latte and pastries from the Black Walnut Bakery before taking the ferry.

Important Insights

Kids under 12 years old have free access. Main Park Trailhead: There are numerous entry points to the park. The main office and parkway for trailheads that include the suspension bridge, marsh boardwalk, and camping sites are at 1001 Chemin de la Grande Presqu’île. Chutes de Moulin (Chutes de Plaisance) Trailhead: located at 200 Chemin Malo #168, Plaisance, Quebec J0V 1S0. Full hiking guide available. Birds Nest Lookout Trailhead: located at Sentier des Outaouais, Thurso, QC J0X 3B0. This trailhead is colocated with the Thurso/Rockland ferry.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Parc nationale de Plaisance is managed by SEPAQ. Their mission is that "Kenauk Nature offers the opportunity to contribute to a unique conservation initiative in the comfort of a luxurious off-grid chalet while trying new and exciting activities that will reconnect you with yourself, your loved ones and nature".

GPS Coordinates

45.59693929785271, -75.09318733084615

Street Address

1001 Chemin de la Grande Presqu’île, Plaisance, QC J0V 1S0


Take the King Edward bridge to cross over to Quebec and stay on hwy 5N. Exit 50 east then exit 148 east. After passing Thurso, continue on 148E until you see the signage for Parc national de Plasaince. The entry to Chutes de Plaisance is well marked. (Orleans/Cumberland folks: take the ferry across at Cumberland/Masson (10$ cash only) or Rockland/Thurso (8$ cash only).


Large parking lot at Park Office.

Cell Reception



Located at the Park Office


Yes (for a portion of the trail)

Trail Details

Entrance Fee


Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from SEPAQ.


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)

Cell Reception



Woodlands, Marshlands, Ecological Significance, Interpretive Signs, Ponds, Picnic Area


Hiking, Birding, Nature Centre, Geocaching, Mountain Biking


SEPAQ has very specific guidelines when it comes to dogs, please read through the SEPAQ rules.

Trail Description

All trails are clearly marked and well maintained. There are three trails for hikers only and the rest are shared trails with cyclists. Trail maps are posted at each of the major trailheads however I found it useful to have the printed/online map with me. The discovery guide offers a more complete picture of the map and trailheads. Le pont suspendu: 1 km loop, hikers only, suspension bridge. La Zizanie-des-Marais: 1 km loop, hikers only, marsh boardwalk. Le marais de la Sarcelle: 3 km loop, hikers only, marsh. Sentier La Serpentine: 17 km, hike/bike path. Sentier Les Étangs: 8 km, hike/bike path. Sentier des Outaouais: 21 km, hike/bike path, birds nest lookout tower. Sentier de la Carrière: 11 km, hike/bike path, rock picnic area. Sentier de la Baie-Noire: 2 km , hike/bike path. It is an added bonus that this parc and trails are both cycle and family friendly. It as the distance to offer a worth while cycle adventures with interesting features/views to enjoy along the way. There is also kayak/SUP/canoe rentals available at the main reception building. All trails offer view points that include either the marshes or the river. Certainly makes for a beautiful landscape on clear days. The best however are arguable at the waterfalls, the observation tower, and the marsh boardwalk. The marshlands offer up an abundance of wildlife like beavers, turtles, and birds. There are a few beaver dams that are easily viewed from La Zizanie-des-Marais and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the animals hard at work in their natural habitat.

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