Province/Territory: Quebec

Meet a moose at the Matane Wildlife Reserve

  • 4000 moose across 1,275 square kilometres
  • 1000 metre high mountain peaks
  • 100 kilometres of trails

You're enjoying an easy paddle on the river, your kayak slapping againts the waves when you spot him. A male moose swimming upstream next to shore. He's huge. Look. His antlers are as wide as you are tall. Hold your breath and take it all in. While you've got your camera poised, you spot another "king of the forest" roaming in and out of the trees. For the first time in your life, you're seeing Canada's symbol of wilderness up close. If you're going to learn to speak moose, now is the time. Make a noise like a foghorn. Grunt a little. He'll hear the call. And you'll never forget this moment.

Why you should visit
  • Watch moose roam freely; the Matane Wildlife Reserve boasts 40 moose per 10 square kilometers.
  • Sleep in a cozy lakeside or riverside cabin as part of a moose discovery package.
  • Breathe in breathtaking panoramas and soaring mountains criss-crossed by waterways.
  • Take a guided tour to the most promising moose viewing spots, then go paddling at dusk.
  • Go hiking as a bald eagle soars overhead.
  • Rent a rowboat and fish world-class salmon fishing rivers.
  • Contine your road trip to explore the breathtaking Gaspé region including a luxurious stay Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge, or a stop at famous Perce Rock and Forillon National Park.

Weather

Summer in Quebec runs from June to September with July and August being the hottest months and high season. September through November bring brilliant fall colours and cooler temperatures. Spring arrives in mid-March when the sun feels warmer between rain showers. Winter arrives in late November brining cold and snowy weather until March. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Moose observation season at the Matane Wildlife Reserve runs from the beginning of June to the end of August.
  • Nearby accommodations include a lodge, hotels and motels, rustic cabins, and camping.
  • Restaurants available in Matane. Pick up groceries here before heading into the wildlife area.
  • Boat, bike, kayak, fishing rod and other rentals available.
When to go
Need to know
  • Multi-day moose observation packages, including cabin with cozy woodstove, available from late June to August.
  • Paid individual outings include entry to the moose interpretation centre. A guided service can be added for a fee.
  • A shuttle service runs from the Matane tourist lighthouse on Highway 132 for a moose evening, depending on sign-up numbers.
  • Group reservations are recommended.
Getting Here
  • Matane is located about 400 kilometres northwest of Québec City, on Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula.
  • Take Highway 20 east then turn onto Highway 132 East, towards Rimouski. At Le Bic, stay right and turn left at the end of the highway (at Ste-Luce) and continue to the junction of Highway 132 east, towards Matane.