Girardville marks the end of one world (the hustle and bustle of daily life) and the beginning of another: the hush of boreal forests, lakes, and rushing rivers, including the Mistassini (Onzième and Blanche falls) and Ouasiemsca rivers. It is also the last leg of the Au fil des rivières bike path, which starts on the Véloroute des Bleuets in Albanel.
Girardville is a natural, larger-than-life playground for those who enjoy adventure, wilderness expeditions, canoe-camping, river rafting, kayaking, hiking, black bear-watching, and fishing. The winter season offers additional pleasures: snowmobiling, dogsledding, snowshoeing, kicksledding, and ice fishing. Located on the Trans-Québec 93 trail, the Lac-des-Coudes relay welcomes snowmobilers in a woodland setting. With its 200,000 sparkling lights, Maison du Père Noël (Santa’s house) attracts many visitors. Learn all about the northern wolf at Parc Mahikan, open year-round. Accommodations are available at the Centre plein air Lac-des-Coudes campground, or in a motel, vacation rental, or alternative lodging.