When I arrived at the visitor center at La Mauricie national park, I asked why the park was created and the answer given was ‘Jean Chrétien’. He was born in nearby Shawinigan (and made its handshake famous in 1996) and was involved in establishing the park in 1970. According to park staff, “he really likes it here”.
This year the road between east and west entrance are closed - this would be a nice drive. This is a camping park with a ton of sites - perfect for winter x-country as you can ski from between heated yurts (oTentiks).
One can park, have a coffee, and do some serious relaxing here.
Which is what I did.