MULTIACTIVITIES JULY AND AUGUST
CANOEING, RAFTNG, HIKING, OBSERVING WILDLIFE, FISHING, SLEEPING CHALET AT BASE, CAMPING TENTS, EATING A TRADITIONAL MEAL AT AN AMERICAN INDIAN CAMP.
PHOTOGRAPHS, DESCRIPTION AND PRICE
PLEASE GO TO "OVERVIEW" FOR INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO ALL HOLIDAYS
WE MEET YOU QUEBEC CITY AND TAKE YOU BACK AFTERWARDS
(or you may come to our base and pay a reduced price: see details below).
9 days 8 nights
7 days activities
1 GUIDE with a maximum of 6 canoes
In the wilderness, in the heart of the forest, we adopt the lifestyle and transportation of Indians and trappers. You will discover the boreal forest with its lakes, rivers, beavers, wolves, bears and moose in their environment, 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 four, sleeping in a chalet at our base, camping in tents near the Mistassini River, and the shore of Lac St Jean
- In the heart of Québec, we adopt the lifestyle and transportation of the American Indians and the trappers.
- 3 days canoeing on the Mistassini and Ouasiemsca rivers. Introduction to canoeing down the rapids, for those who want it.
- Cycling and hiking in the heart of Pointe Taillon park, with kilometres of beaches along Lac St Jean, and a high density of moose and beavers.
- Enjoyable itinerary tailored to the profile of participants. Many possibilities allow us to find an alternative in case of inclement weather, or adapting to all from age 4.
- Discover the boreal forest with lakes, rivers, beavers, wolves, bears, moose in their environment. Explanation of their lifestyles and habitats.
- Safari to see a Black Bear.
- Nights in chalet on our base, right next to our three wolf packs, and in tents along the Mistassini River and on the shore of Lac St Jean
- Trained Guide(s)
- Suitable good quality equipment: a canoe and a tent (places for two people).
- Different aspects of Canada are learnt from the traditional to the modern .
SCHEDULE (a complete description is below)
DAY 1 Quebec City to our base north of Lac Saint Jean, sleep in chalets at base
DAY 2 Canoe on the river Ouasiemsca, sleep in chalets at base
DAY 3 Canoe on the river Mistassini, sleep in tents by river
DAY 4 Canoe on the river Mistassini, sleep in chalets at base
DAY 5 Observe wolves, experience American Indian culture, sleep in tents by a lake.
DAY 6 Hike,swim and/or observe wildlife, sleep in tents by a lake
DAY 7 Visit a Wildlife Park, sleep in chalets at base
DAY 8 Return to Quebec City, by minivan
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, at 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 adventure in the wilderness begins. Awaiting you is the vast forest scattered with lakes and rivers: the great north in all of its glory.
CANOEING ON THE RIVER OUASIEMSCA
After breakfast, depart to paddle down the river Ouasiemsca, in our light weight Indian style canoes. During the descent you will see a beaver’s 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 our 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 rapids
Then we return to our base for dinner and overnight in a chalet.
CANOEING ON THE RIVER MISTASSINI & CAMPING BESIDE IT
After having breakfast and checking our equipment, we leave our base camp and go to our embarkation point on the Mistassini River. We are then in the wilderness in the heart of the forest, where our canoe expedition allows us to trace the history of the "discoverers of Canada". We have lunch in a small secluded cove, where we can swim from a sandy beach. or from our canoes. Late in the afternoon, we set up camp for the night and prepare a fire and a meal, as in the days of the trappers.
CANOEING ON THE RIVER MISTASSINI
Continue our descent, with varying landscapes on each shore. Lunch en route. Return to our base in the late afternoon. Dine and sleep in a chalet..
OBSERVING WOLVES, EXPERIENCING AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE, CANOEING, SWIMMING, CAMPING BESIDE A LAKE
After a hearty breakfast discover the world of wolves at our centre for the observation and understanding of them. We have already had the opportunity to see the wolves during the previous days,
but a guided tour will allow you to learn more about the lifestyle of the pack and interactions between its members. Afterwards, we take a short hike to the reconstruction of an Indian encampment
beside a river, to have a traditional meal, and learn about American Indian culture. We hike back to our base, and then go by minivan to the Pointe Taillon park, from where we walk or cycle to our
campsite on the shore of Lac St Jean. It is an enormous inland sea well known for its sandy beaches. Overnight in tents beside Lac St Jean
HIKING, SWIMMMING, OBSERVING WILDLIFE
Early morning, for the more adventurous, we go to meet moose, directly in their environment. The large number of them in the heart of the Pointe Taillon park gives us a good chance of seeing them. This protected environment also facilitates encounters with beavers. Cycling, hiking and swimming, are also available, before spending the evening by the lake. Overnight in tents beside Lac St Jean
HIKING, SWIMMING, SEEING BLACK BEAR IN WILDERNESS
After waking up to the singing of numerous birds in the park, and having breakfast, we continue the activities of the previous day. After lunch, we return to our base at Girardville. In late afternoon, we have a short ride to our prepared site, to observe a black bear in the forest, directly in its territory. With luck, it will be there for an unforgettable meeting. Return to our base for dinner and overnight in chalets.
After breakfast, go by minivan to the very large Wildlife Park, in St Felicien, the only one of its kind in Quebec. http://zoosauvage.org/en/ See animals of the north, free in their natural environment.. Walk to see polar bears, a beaver dam etc. Ride, in a new train, see moose, lynx, cougars, deer, bison , foxes etc. Return to our base for lunch. Then visit the kennels of our sled dogs (huskies, malamutes) followed by the opportunity to hike on the trails in the forest near to the chalets and/or visit our wolves, in our private park, and learn about their hierarchical society. Followed by an evening meal before retiring to bed in your chalet.
RETURN FROM TO QUEBEC CITY
After breakfast, return to Quebec City, by minivan
TRANSPORT to and from the Base Camp and Quebec, 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, including life jackets.
ACCENT on helping clients progress in handling their canoes
TENTS (3 person) for 2 people, floor mats, waterproof bag.
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 current standards of quality and safety
PORTAGE (carrying): none between sites
ABILITY TO SWIM IS ESSENTIAL
COMMITMENT: must have a positive attitude towards an outdoor community life.
EXPERIENCE: no experience is required to participate in this 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 the wilderness allow you to quickly forget the toils of the day.
SCHEDULE may be modified for reasons of security, weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances.
*PRICES (Canadian dollars)
ADULT $ From 1475.00
CHILD (under 12) From $1275.00
* Reduction if you come come to our base,
of $175.00 for each adult, and $100 for each child
TO LEARN ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY,OUR GUIDES , OUR BASE, AND OUR MEDAL 2014, RECOGNISING OUR CONTRIBUTION TO ECOTOURISM
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.