7 Day (ON FOUR RIVERS) CANOENG
(Ouasiemsca, Mistassini, Mistassibi, Brûle-Neige)
July, August, and September depending on demand
CANOEING ON FOUR RIVERS IN THE WILDERNESS WITH VARYING LANDSCAPES, OBSERVING WILDLIFE, SLEEPING IN A CHALET, AT OUR BASE, CAMPING IN TENTS, IN THE FOREST
7 days canoeing 1 GUIDE with a maximum of 6 canoes.
No previous experience in canoeing is needed.
5 and 18 day canoeing trips are also available
(The latter is an 18 day trip: downstream for 400 km on the river Moisie.)
PHOTOGRAPHS, DESCRIPTION AND PRICE
PLEASE GO TO "OVERVIEW" FOR INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO ALL HOLIDAYS
MET IN QUEBEC CITY DAY ONE. RETURNED TO QUEBEC CITY DAY NINE
(or you may come to our base and pay a reduced price: see details below).
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER depending on demand
GROUP MAXIMUM 11
FOUR RIVER CANOEING
9 days 8 nights
7 days canoeing 1 GUIDE with a maximum of 6 canoes.
Our expedition in the wilderness is on one of the best canoeing routes in Quebec. It has many rapids and lakes with evocative names, that punctuate our 7 days canoeing; recalling the past, steeped in storie s of trappers and barter with the Indians.
In the wilderness, in the heart of the forest, we adopt the lifestyle and transportation of Indians and trappers. From the canoes, we can observe the beaver huts, tracks of bears and moose, and sometimes hear the howling of wolves. and receive an explanation of their lifestyles and habitats.
SECURITY. We have satellite phones
The itinerary is tailored to the profile of all participants, from age 13, sleeping nights in a chalet at our base, and camping in tents near to the River Mistassibi. However, it is usually:
SCHEDULE (a complete description is at the end)
DAY 1 Quebec City to our base north of Lac Saint Jean / sleep in a chalet at base
DAY 2 Introduction to canoeing on calm and whitewater / sleep in a chalet at base
DAY 3 Canoe on whitewater on the river Ouasiemsca / sleep in a chalet at base
DAYS 4 -7 Canoe on whitewater on the river Mistassibi / camp in tents in forest
DAY 8 Canoe on the rivers Mistassibi and Brûle-Neige / sleep in a chalet at base
DAY 9 Return to Quebec City, by minivan
TRANSPORT to and from the Base and Quebec City, and to and from the activity sites by minivan, for comfort and flexibility. For your security we are licensed to carry passengers.
CANOES equipped for 2 people (2 seats), including life jackets.
FIRST AID KIT.
TENTS (3 person) for 2 people, floor mats, waterproof bag, camping, tools.
UTENSILS for cooking and eating.
MEALS (full board) DAY 2 (am) – DAY 9 (am) FOOD prepared on site from local produce for various menus of the region; a way to become acquainted with the Quebec culture. Grills on wood burning stoves and many other exciting moments to share.
PASSIONATE professional guide(s), with an excellent knowledge of wildlife, able to offer you an experience close to nature, in the wilderness. Members of our professional team have extensive experience, a profound knowledge of the terrain, where we operate, and the qualifications needed to supervise the activities proposed. They have the knowledge and tools necessary for your safety: CPR, first aid in remote areas, wilderness survival, telephone, map, compass and GPS. Also, the company is part of Quebec Ecotourism and meets all of the current standards of quality and safety regulations.
FOCUS on helping you progress in handling your canoes.
ABILITY TO SWIM IS ESSENTIAL
COMMITMENT: essential to have a positive attitude towards an outdoor community life. EXPERIENCE: NO experience is required to participate in the activities on the expedition in a canoe. One or more guides will be with you to teach you canoeing techniques, and how to paddle without getting exhausted! Bivouacs and a warm atmosphere of isolation in Canadian forests allow you to quickly forget the toils of the day
SCHEDULE: may be modified for reasons of security, weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances.
WEATHER: July and August, the days are very pleasant with mild temperatures during the day and cool nights.
DAY 1 QUEBEC CITY TO OUR BASE NORTH OF LAC SAINT JEAN
In the afternoon, your guide will meet you in Quebec City (airport or hotel) to take you in a minivan to our base camp. You travel to the "great north" through the immense Laurentian Fauna (animal) Reserve, having your first view of the Canadian wilderness. At the base camp, on the edge of the forest, you will find a simple warm and comfortable double room in a chalet. The base camp is north of Lake Saint Jean (Lac Saint Jean), on the edge of an immense wilderness, dotted with lakes and crossed by several rivers. There, the paved roads end, and the adventure in the wilderness begins. Awaiting you is the vast forest scattered with lakes and rivers: the great north in all of its glory. Overnight at the chalet.
DAY 2 CANOEING ON THE RIVERS OUASIEMSCA AND MISTASSINI
Introduction to calm water and whitewater canoeing, going down the river Ouasiemsca., in our light weight Indian style canoes. During the descent you will see a beaver hut and receive an explanation of its lifestyle. After joining the Mistassini River we go upstream to the bottom of magnificent waterfall, where we have a picnic on the river bank, with food grilled over a log fire. In the afternoon you will be shown how to canoe safely in the whitewater at the foot of the waterfall, and have the opportunity to walk to the edge of the waterfall or take a nap on the beach ! Then we return to our base for dinner and overnight at the chalet.
DAY 3 CANOEING ON WHITEWATER ON THE RIVER OUASIEMSCA
Paddle downstream on the upper part of Ouasiemsca river, a section with rapids (class 2), allowing you to improve your canoeing ability, while discovering new landscapes. We have a campfire and
barbecue lunch on the beach beside the river, near to the bottom of a waterfall. Then we return to our base for dinner and overnight at the chalet.
DAYS 4 -7 CANOEING ON THE RIVER MISTASSIBI/CAMPING IN TENTS IN THE FOREST
After checking our equipment, we leave our base camp to go to our embarkation point on the river Mistassibi, north of the fiftieth parallel. Before us is a 5 day canoeing and camping expedition, of more than a hundred km (60 miles), in the wilderness in the heart of the boreal forest. Our canoes allow us to trace the history of the "discoverers of Canada". Each day, late in the afternoon, we set up camp for the night and prepare a fire and food, and bring water from the river, as in the days of the trappers. Then, with the help of your guide, you will be able to catch fish for our evening meal, Also, with luck, in the heart of this wilderness, you may see moose and/or black bears.
After the first part of our expedition, along a meandering river bordered by cliffs with cascading waterfalls, we arrive at lac au Foin, a long majestic lake enclosed by nature. For the last part, when your canoeing skills will have improved, the river’s current accelerates and we encounter numerous rapids (classes 1,2, 3 and 4), providing you with opportunities to use your newly acquired skills, under the watchful eye of your guide.
DAY 8 CANOEING ON THE RIVERS MISTASSIBI & BRÛLE-NEIGE/SLEEP IN A CHALET AT BASE
Last day of the expedition. In the afternoon we leave the Mistassibi river, to go 2 km up the Brûle-Neige river to the trail in the forest, from where we return to spend the night in the comfort of our chalet at the base
DAY 9 RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY
After a copious breakfast, return to Quebec City,by minivan
STAYING IN QUEBEC CITY BEFORE AND AFTER THE HOLIDAY
When you arrange your trip to Quebec City, to recover from “jet lag”, we suggest that you spend a night or two there, so that you can relax before and after your active holiday. and enjoy seeing its attractions. Quebec City is Canada's oldest city and a World Heritage Site. This beautiful and historic capital city of the province is often called "the cradle” of French civilization. You could wander in the old part of this walled city, including the fortifications on the Plains of Abraham (site of the battle for Quebec City in 1759, between the English and the French). Then, to see more of the charms of the City, you could ride in a horse drawn carriage, and/or stroll along its cobblestone streets, where boutiques in ancient stone buildings nestle beside churches and monuments, artists sketch portraits, as you watch, and a wide variety of restaurants offer you enticing menus to dine in this French Canadian gastronomic centre.
We can suggest accommodation in Quebec City.
SEE "OVERVIEW" TO LEARN ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY,OUR GUIDES AND OUR BASE.
*PRICE (Canadian dollars)
* Reduction of $175.00 for each person , who comes to our base, instead of being brought from, and taken back to Quebec City.