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Canoeing expeditions on the Dumoine River in Quebec

Improve your white water skills and enjoy one of Canada’s scenic rivers on these canoeing trips on the Dumoine River in Quebec.  This is not only an ideal river canoe trip to improving your whitewater skills, it is also considered one of the prettiest rivers in Central Canada. Located within easy driving distance of Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal the river drops over 500 feet in swifts, chutes and numerous enjoyable and runnable rapids.  

The river is flanked by majestic white pine forests that shelter five star campsites.  Combine all this with perfect whitewater for teaching and you have a canoeist's paradise.  This easy adventure canoe trip is geared for the intermediate and less experienced paddler.  While whitewater experience is helpful it is not necessary, a strong flatwater background will put you in good stead. You'll spend lots of time learning on the river's numerous Class I and II rapids.  Some nights you will camp beside spectacular falls or rapids. This is one of the finest wild rivers in central Canada and our river trip is sure to provide paddling enjoyment for canoeists of all skill levels.  

You will get the chance to either beef up your whitewater paddling skills or, if you are a beginner learn how to whitewater canoe. There are a number of fun enjoyable rapids on the section of the river you run which are not only great fun to paddle, but are also wonderful for learning and practicing canoeing techniques. We have a relaxed pace so will spend time teaching in the river's Class I, and II rapids.

$1450.00 CAD
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River Canoeing

July to August


Your guides are qualified and experienced. 


This river is ideal for the intermediate paddler, but experienced canoeists love it as well. Whitewater experience is not 100% necessary, a strong flatwater background will put you in good stead.


Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent (can be rented) and drypack, dry bags, water bottle.


Trips originate and end in the village of Rapides-des-Joachims (Swisha), Quebec. This village is located about 2 hours northwest of Ottawa.


Summer temperatures average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Southern Quebec & Gaspe

Canoes, paddle, pfd and group camping equipment.


Clothing to suit a variety of summer weather conditions.  Warm jacket, hiking boots, sneakers, hat, sweater, fleece clothing, warm socks, rain gear.  A full packing list will be supplied upon booking.


Camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, daypack, flashlight, pocketknife.


Accommodations are in tent campsites along the route.



You will be served a good variety and quality of food. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

5 day tour, available July - August
$1450.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates: July 17-21, August 13-17.
Sep 09, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018
$1895.00 / per person - CAD

Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 8.00% PST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 45 days before trip commencement.
Because many of our expenses are incurred before the trip, your 25% deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment will be refunded for cancellations received 45 days prior to departure. For cancellation received with 15 to 45 days notice we will retain 50%, for 7 to 10 days - 75% and for a week or less we will retain the full fee. If you find a suitable person to take your place, we will refund all but a $200 administrative fee. We reserve the right to reschedule, re-route or change trips. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip with two weeks notice. In such cases, we will attempt to accommodate you on another trip. Should we have to cancel a trip or personal application, we will refund your money in full. If injury, illness or safety should mean the evacuation of one or more persons, these evacuation costs will be paid by the individual(s).

5 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

We will meet in the village of Swisha at our shuttle drivers hous at 8:30am. You will leave your cars here (pick up spot - $20 for parking)   After meeting the group we will embark on our trip into the Dumoine River just above Lac Benoit.  This van ride should take about 3 hrs.  The whole group should be on the river by lunch time.  The afternoon will be spent doing an introductory paddling session and safety procedures review in the small pond at the put in.  This will be followed by some whitewater paddling review/instruction in the first small rapids that we encounter.  The ‘Bridge Rapids' just below the put are nice easy class 1 to easy class 2 rapids.  Camp will be set up either on Lac Benoit or down the river a few km.  There are three nice campsites on Lac Benoit.  (at the outlet of Lac Benoit is another nice easy set we may practice on). We'll camp in time for people to swim, fish or simply relax before dinner.

Day 2

Today we will truly begin the descent of the river.  The day and the remainder of the trip will be spent enjoying the beautiful scenery and fun filled whitewater of the Dumoine River.  There are two nice easy class 1 rapids to warm up on and then a larger class 2 which we will scout, depending on water level and group skill we may run this or line the canos down with ropes as almost immediately below we will encounter a beautiful small falls.  This is very pretty spot.  We will lift the canoes around this falls and then continue down 500m to the 1st big rapids of the trip..."canoe eater" rapid.  At canoe eater we will get out and scout.  Depending on group skill, interest, and time, we may spend some time scouting and running this R3 rapid empty.  We usually carry the gear along the 500m portage.  Following 'canoe eater', there are a series of enjoyable R2's and R1's.  Little Steel Rapids is a long technical R1-2.   There is a beautiful campsite right beside these rapid, amongst some towering deciduous trees.  We may set up camp here or continue on down 500m to Little Steel Falls.  This is bypassed by a 300m portage and there is a nice campsite at the end of the portage.  Again the campsite is perched right beside the rapids that occur below the falls.  There are great swimming opportunities from the campsite.


Day 3

We may spend some time running the lovely rapids that occur at the outwash of Little Steel Falls before heading off downstream.  Downriver there are several swifts and rapids before Burnt Island Lake.  Below Burnt Island Lake there are more swifts as well as the Big Steel Rapids before Sheerway and the Dumoine Rod and Gun Club.  We will lunch in this pretty section of the river.  There are many high hills and cliffs in this section.  Big Steel rapids itself is an enjoyable class 2 rapids followed by 5km of twisting very fast flowing river as we descend out into Sheerway Lake.  After Sheerway we will paddle through some beautiful widenings in the river as well as the enjoyable Shoreway and Turner Rapids.  In the afternoon we should reach the "Grande Chute" in time for us to hike the scenic river trail.  We will likely set up camp on a spectacular site overlooking the impressive gorge and falls (or alternately may proceed down to Lac Robinson.)  At the gorge the river plunges over several spectacular waterfalls and down churning large rapids.  There are two lovely campsites, one overlooking the largest of the falls and the other beside a large class 4 chute.  Both are fantastic.


Day 4

In the morning, we will carry the rest of our gear from the campsite down to the bottom of the portage (500m).  Below there are several easy R1 rapids before Robinson Lake.  The fun begins below the Lake with Red Pine Rapids.  Red Pine Rapids is really a complex of 5 individual sets that run together.  It will take us some time to complete these sets, as scouting will be required.  Depending on group interest there is often time to practice and run some of the rapids more than once.  Red Pine gets its name from the stunning Red Pines that line the river along this section.  We will likely make camp near the last of these rapids.  There are several sets along the banks in the 2nd half of the rapids and at the bottom.

Day 5

This day involves our final day of whitewater and the end of the trip.  Below Red Pine rapids there are several kilometers of swifts and R1 rapids, once again the scenery is stunning.  We then reach Examination Rapid a double ledge.  Examination provides a great final opportunity to practice some of the skills learned along the way.  This represents the last major rapid of the trip.  Around the corner from Examination is a small falls which we will lift over on the right.  This leads into a section of fast current that will bring us to the famous Bald Eagle Rock.  This is an impressive cliff face that towers 500ft above the left bank of the river.  Time permitting, we may take a hike here.  Several more kilometers of paddling brings us to the final short portage of the trip around frothing 10 foot falls.  From the end of the portage it is about 2 hours of paddling out the flooded river mouth and across the Ottawa River to our pick-up spot.  You should be back at your cars arount 5 pm.