In 1895, Québec created Parc national des Laurentides, which included club territory. Thomas Fortin, a woodsman from the village of Saint-Urbain, was named the government's first official representative and was charged with tracing park boundaries.
In actual fact, "Parc des Laurentides" was more like a forest reserve than a true park, and eventually went on to become part of the network of Québec wildlife reserves that exists today.
In 1981, the Government of Québec established its first conservation park network and accorded the Grands-Jardins Park in Charlevoix this status.
In 1988, UNESCO embedded the Parc national des Grands-Jardins within the World Biosphere Reserve in Charlevoix, confirming its international position as a vital element in the conservation of the biodiversity of this exceptional site.
Two major forest fires have since devastated the Grands-Jardins forest, one in 1991 and another in 1999. Although these events initially appear to be dramatic, they are nevertheless beneficial for a number of animal species. Contrary to what most people would think, the post-fire ecosystem is dynamic, and this gives the Parc national des Grands-Jardins territory its special nature.
The climbsTo access the base of Mont Gros Bras, park at the Lac des Signes information center. Across the road, look for red flags on trees, marking a small trail in direction of Mont Gros Bras. Yes, you’ll need to cross the river. Approach is about 30min.
Mont Gros Bras is an eastern facing cliff. You’ll get sun in the morning and shade most of the day. This makes the climbs often cold and wet. A lot more adventurous then Le Dome or Mont de l’Ours. Pack your head lamp; abseiling in the dark is not rare. Since the mountain is facing east, you can’t see bad weather coming from the west. So getting a down pour is also not rare. On a positive note, you’ll most likely have the mountain to yourself!
Red TapePlease Register at the Poste d'acceuil Mont du Lac des Cygnes Services
All the services are there.
Parking is Free, you pay 3,50$ person/day in the park.
CampingAt Au Pied des Monts - about 2 min drive from the mountain.