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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a sample of the most frequently asked questions in order to help you plan your stay. The Know before you go section will also be very useful in your preparation.

GENERAL

Can I leave my vehicle parked at the Station?


Parking is available at a cost of $5 per 48 hours for people who wish to be away for a few days (e.g.: crossing the Groulx Mountains).




Can I bring along my dog?


Dogs on leashes are welcome in the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains area. However, we recommend being wary of porcupines when with dogs.

When staying at the Uapishka Station, dogs are only authorized in prospector camps and on the campground.

Therefore, they are not authorized inside the inn. Remember that other people are on the site. Be respectful by keeping your dog on a leash.




How far from Baie-Comeau is the Uapishka Station located and is the road paved?


The Uapishka Station is located 336 km north of Baie-Comeau, for a road trip of about 4 1/2 hours.

The road is paved from Baie-Comeau to Manic 5 (Km 214) and from Relais Gabriel (Km 318) to the Station (Km 336).




What are the distances between the main cities / points of interest and the Station and is the road paved?


  • Km0 to Km214 (Baie-Comeau - Manic5): Asphalt

  • Km214 to km314 (Manic5 - Relais-Gabriel): Gravel

  • Km314 to km479 (Relais-Gabriel - Fire Lake): Asphalt

  • Km479 to Km546 (Fire Lake - Mont Wright): Gravel

  • Km546 to Km565 (Mont Wright - Fermont): Asphalt




Are there any gas stations along the road?


Be sure to fill up in Baie-Comeau or Fermont, as there are only a few gas stations along the way:

  • Km 94 — Relais Manic-Outarde (restaurant, Internet, accommodations)
  • Km 211 — Motel Énergie (gas, restaurant, Internet, accommodations)
  • Km 316 — Relais Gabriel (gas, Internet)
  • km 579 — Fermont (all the basic municipality services)




Can I know in advance if there will be northern lights during my stay?


You can check the four-day forecast on the Aurora Alerts website. You can check the four-day forecast on the Aurora Alerts website. The best time to see the Northern Lights is during the months of September and October. It is also possible to observe the phenomenon from mid-August to mid-March. As a reminder, several conditions must be met to have the chance to observe the Northern Lights (absence of clouds, new moon, solar activity, etc.).




Is there a grocery store or another convenience to buy food nearby?


No, the closest place is in Fermont. However, we offer food services if reserved in advance.




Can I cook my own meals?


There is no refrigerator in the rooms or any equipment to cook your meals inside the inn. Meals are included for all bookings at the inn. However, the cabins do come equipped with everything you need to cook your meals.




Does the cellular network work?


Route 389 in its entirety and the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountain Range and Manicouagan Crater Lake sectors are not covered by any cellular network. But you will have access to Wi-Fi and telephone coverage at the Uapishka Station.

During your outdoor activities, we would suggest that you use a different communication system (spot, VHF radio, satellite phone).




Are you open all year round?


Campsites and cabins can be rented throughout the year. However, the inn and bistro are closed from October 15 to January 15 and from April 20 to June 24.




Is the water safe to drink?


Yes, it is.




At what Km is the former town of Gagnon?


At Km 394.





RESTAURANT

Do I have to reserve meals in advance?


Your meals are automatically reserved when you book a room at the inn. But if you stay at the campground or in a cabin, you must reserve your meals at least 24 hours in advance.




Can I bring my own alcohol?


You can bring your own alcohol to your room, but not consume it at the bistro. We sell beers from the Microbrasserie St-Pancrace of Baie-Comeau as well as a selection of wines.




What are the mealtimes?


  • American breakfast: From 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: Boxed lunch only
  • Table d’hôte dinner: Starting at 6:30 p.m.




Can I make a reservation at the restaurant if I have a food allergy/intolerance or preference?


It is important to mention any allergies/intolerances prior to your arrival at the Station, when making your reservation. In case of severe allergies, we cannot guarantee the absence of cross-contamination.

Despite our geographical location and the supply issues that this imposes, we will do our best to accommodate vegetarians/vegans/ketos or others. Please let us know your preferences as soon as possible.




If I arrive later in the evening, will it be possible to have dinner?


If your meal is already reserved, rest assured that your plate will be counted for dinner. Your meal will be packed and ready to be picked up. A microwave and all the necessities for the meal will be available in the second floor lounge.





ACCOMMODATION

At what time can I arrive?


You can arrive at 3 p.m. (check in) and leave at 10 a.m (check out).




Is there a sanitary block at the campground?


No, the sanitary block is located in the host building, located 1.8 km away. However, there are plans to install a pit toilet near the campground in a near future.




Can I set up with my trailer at the campground?


Yes, but no services are provided there.




What are the campsites at the campground?


Please refer to our interactive map to view the campsites.




Is there running water in the cabins?


Only in the Noorvik cabin.

Showers and toilets are located in the host building. A 10-litre container of drinking water is provided when you arrive. Please note that the water in the inn is potable.




Can I make reservations for meals at the bistro if I am staying in a cabin or at the campground?


Yes, you can reserve meals at the bistro. You must do so at least 24 hours in advance.




Why are the Kaneshekat cabins unavailable during winter?


They are not insulated enough for winter rentals.




Does the Station’s Wi-Fi network reach the cabins?


No, but you have access to the host building’s Wi-Fi network.




Is the sanitary block of the host building open even when the inn is closed?


Yes, the host building is open 24 hours a day all year round.





WATER ACTIVITIES

When does the Manicouagan Crater Lake thaw?


The Manicouagan Crater Lake usually thaws between the last week of May and the first week of June. There is a very interesting tool to visualize the conditions of the Manicouagan Crater Lake in real time using satellite images: click here.




What types of fish can be caught in Manicouagan Crater Lake?


The most frequently caught fish are lake trout, landlocked salmon and pike.




Is access to the boat launch included with my accommodations?


Yes, it is. The boat launch is located 1.8 km from the inn. However, we do not have any dock.




Can I fish from the beach?


Yes, you can, but you must have all your gear and be able to manage on your own. Please note that the Uapishka Station is not an outfitter; it does not offer any fishing services (storing catches, etc.).




Are there freezers where I can store my catches or can you store them for me?


We cannot store your catches; only the Kaneshekat cabin has a freezer.




When is the best time to fish?


Pike and trout are present all summer long.




Is the kayak activities offered to children?


The minimum age is seven years old. Each child must be paired with a parent.




Should I bring along a wetsuit?


The wetsuit is not mandatory, but the water may be cold. We recommend that you bring one if you have one of your own.




Can I rent a kayak and venture out without a guide?


No, the waves on the Manicouagan Crater Lake can reach two metres high. It is therefore necessary to have some knowledge of kayaking to be able to navigate it alone. However, it is possible to participate in guided kayak excursions even if you have no experience.




Do you rent safety equipment?


We rent safety equipment for our clients: satellite phones, SPOT Satellite Messengers, VHF radios. Click here to learn more.





SNOWMOBILE

Why is it mandatory to have a guide when snowmobiling in the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains area?


A protocol was developed as part of a project to authorize the regulated use of snowmobiles in the Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve, where this activity is usually prohibited (800-metre-high summit area). This project was implemented due to the increasing presence of snowmobilers in the Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve and the fact that strict prohibition is quite difficult to enforce in that area. Conflict due to snowmobiling was on the rise and potential impact on mountain plant life and wildlife was to be expected.

It is precisely because of this potential impact that the use of snowmobiles above the 800-metre altitude limit is prohibited by the “Régime d’activité,” the regulatory section of the conservation plan developed by the Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve, unless authorized under the Natural Heritage Conservation Act. The purpose of this regulatory protocol is to raise awareness and encourage snowmobilers to engage in their activity with the utmost respect for the environment and other people.




Can I leave directly from the Station with my snowmobile?


Yes, the Station will be your departure point.




Can I get gas at the Station?


The Station does not sell any gas. However, you can fill up at Relais Gabriel (Km 316), and we recommend that you bring some along too in your vehicle.




Are there any fees if I cancel my snowmobiling booking?


The total booking cost must be paid upon reservation. Cancellations must be made 15 days before your arrival date to obtain a full refund of your pre-payment. There are no refunds for cancellations made within that period before arrival.





COVID-19

What COVID-19 procedures are currently in place?


  • Masks and hand sanitization are mandatory at the Station.
  • Vaccination passports are mandatory for all stays at the Station, regardless of the type of accommodation chosen.
  • The provisions of current government regulations are applied.
  • It is not possible to combine separate groups for the reservation of packages




What do I need to know about the vaccination passport?


As of September 1, a vaccination passport and identification are required for anyone 13 years of age or older who wishes to access Uapishka Station. The proof of vaccination with QR code can be presented in printed form, electronically or through the VaxiCode application. This regulation applies to all types of lodging located on our site (inn, cottage, ready-to-camp, camping, etc.).

Persons travelling to Quebec will be required to present photo identification and proof from their Canadian country or province that they have received two doses of a recognized vaccine from among the following: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield or Janssen (requires only one dose).

Sanitary measures such as face covering, frequent hand washing and physical distancing also remain in effect, as do the following admission requirements:

- Absence of symptoms of COVID-19;

- Completion of isolation period following a positive test;

- No contact with a person with COVID-19

- No travel abroad in the last 14 days.

Remember that the vaccination passport is imposed by the Quebec government throughout the province for many businesses and services deemed non-essential. Whether you agree or not with this decision, we ask that you act with civility and show courtesy and respect to our employees and other Station users.

We are very happy to serve you and you can be assured that our priority is your safety and the safety of our employees, all of whom work very hard to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

The entire team at Uapishka Station appreciates your support in these unique times.

If you have any questions about the vaccine passport, please email us at info@uapishka.com or call us at 418 296-8514.

We look forward to welcoming you!





UAPISHKA (GROULX) MOUNTAINS

Do I have to pay an access fee to go hiking in the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains?


No, you may hike there free of charge.




What should I bring along for hiking?


  • Weather conditions are changing, and temperatures can vary from 6 to 8 degrees Celsius between the Station and the mountains (where temperatures can sometimes even drop to 0 degrees Celsius in the middle of summer). Bring along warm clothes.
  • You will be staying in a remote area without any direct access to retail outlets (e.g., a pharmacy). It is therefore advisable to bring a personal “first aid kit” according to your situation (medication, bandages, etc.).
  • In the forest, there are a great many flies from the end of June to the beginning of September. But they add a touch of authenticity to your stay! Bring along fly repellent, long protective clothing, and a head net to avoid being too “bugged.”
  • Long protective clothing should be worn, as much for the flies as for the chilly temperatures at times.
  • Walking sticks are recommended. The trails are technically difficult (rocks, roots, water) and the use of this equipment can help the hiker.
  • Although we do our utmost to ensure that your stay lives up to your expectations, unfortunately, we have no power over the weather. This is why it is important to be flexible and to have an alternative plan in case the weather gets in the way of your activity. Your safety comes first!




Can I cross the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains if I am not an experienced hiker?


No.

Crossing the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains is an adventure only for experienced hikers, who are left entirely to their own devices. It is not a hike to undertake for a first multi-day hiking experience. Rugged terrain and unpredictable, changing weather make the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountains a hostile environment. Many rescue operations take place each and every year. There are no mountain rescue services in the Uapishka (Groulx) Mountain Range nor is there any cellular network. You are completely on your own (orientation, first aid, etc.).




Do you offer a shuttle service?


We do not offer any shuttle service.




Until when is there snow on the trails?


Until the end of June.




Are there a lot of flies?


There are a great many flies from June 24 to September 1. It is important to bring long protective clothing, fly repellent and a head net.




Is the trail suitable for children?


The trail is suitable for physically fit children. The recommended age is 10 years old.




Can the Mont Harfang trail be explored without a guide? Is there any danger of getting lost?


This is the most easily accessible trail. It can be explored without a guide. The trail is marked and does not lead into the rest of the mountain range; therefore, it is safe. But once at the top, you must find your way using the cairns.




Can I pitch my tent at the top?


As vegetation is fragile up there, you have to be careful where you pitch your tent and to watch out for changes in the weather.




Is it possible to see the crater from the summits?


On a clear day, it is possible to see René Levasseur Island from the top of Mount Harfang and Mount Provencher. On the other hand, it is impossible to see the whole of the eye of Quebec, the island being too large (85 km in diameter!).





Note: The ‘’General’’ category is set by default which shows you the general questions. Click on the other categories (Restaurant, Lodging, Snowmobile, etc.) to refer to the related content. 

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