La Mauricie National Park

Climate Change and How It Effects The Park

Where is it?

The park is located in Quebec and it is near Shawinigan, in the Laurentian Mountains. It takes over the southern part of of the Canadian Shield and this land mass connects to the St. Lawrence Valley.


Park Coordinates: 46.83°N, 73.00°W


Address: Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc , QC G0X 1N0


Ecozone: Boreal Shield

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Landscape of the park

activities

Activities that can be done at La Mauricie National Park include:

- Camping

- Fishing

- Swimming

- Picnicking

- Hiking

- Canoeing

- Mountain Biking

- Cross-country Skiing

- Snowshoeing

- Fat Biking

- Snow Tag

- Ice Climbing

- Contemplation In The Red Chairs

Learning Experiences

Activities with the Naturalists

The Naturalists take the visitors out to explore the park and the different sites they can see.


Teacher's Corner

The Staff teaches the visitors about the different animals and species in the area, how to protect the territories and passes the grant for a free pass to be able to go anywhere you would like in the park for the secondary visitors.


Discovery Activities

Another way to learn more about the culture and natural features of the park by yourself or with a friend.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Temperature (°C):

Spring: +1.0 to +4.0

Summer: +2.0 to +4.0

Fall: +2.0 to +3.0

Winter: +2.0 to + 5.0

Precipitation Increase (%):

Spring: +4.0 to +19.0

Summer: -7.0 to +10.0

Fall: -8.0 to +9.0

Winter: +6.0 to +28.0

Acid Rains To Rise

Most lakes in La Maurice National Park are acidic or neutral with pH ranges between 4.1 to 7.0. (Parks Canada, 1996), the acid rain is a big concern to the park’s ecosystems. Climate change will most likely make the acidic depositions worse than they already are.

The rise in acid rain will:

- Alter transport trajectories

- Change deposition patterns of acidifying gases

- Harm many of the fish/or other species that live in the lakes

Temperature Increase

Positives:

- Some species will benefit from the increase in heat

- A longer summer season may lengthen the tourist season

- May raise hindering ungulate access to browse the area

Negatives:

- The hibernation period for bear may be shortened

- The season for winter activities will be reduced

- If more people come, more precautions need to be taken to protect the visitors and the park

- Landslides in marine clay areas may become more prominent

Forests In Danger

- Forests in the northern range will actually benefit from the temperature increasing, but trees in the southern range will may be eliminated

- Forest fires, diseases, and insect infestations could possibly become more distinguished