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White water canoeing adventure on the Coulonge River in Quebec


A classic Ottawa Valley whitewater river trip, the Coulonge River offers great Canadian Shield camping, stunning waterfalls, enjoyable class 1 & 2 rapids. A wonderful way to enjoy the summer outdoors.

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. For those who want we can spend lots of time teaching on the river’s enjoyable class I and II rapids. Some nights we 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.

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$1895.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
River Canoeing
SEASON

July

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are certified, experienced and knowledgeable of the river and the area.

RESTRICTIONS

Suitable for novice to intermediate paddlers looking to hone their whitewater skills.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Tent, sleeping bag, dry bag.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Waltham, Quebec.

WEATHER

Summers are warm and humid. Average temperatures range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius (60° - 80°  Fahrenheit).

REGION
Southern Quebec & Gaspe
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Canoeing and group camping equipment.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of summer weather conditions.  Warm jacket, hiking boots, sneakers, hat, sweater, fleece clothing, warm socks, rain gear.  

SUGGESTED ITEMS

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

ACCOMMODATIONS

In tent campsites along the river. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included while on the canoe trip and prepared by your guides.

Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
$1895.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
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.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
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).

Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018

Day 1

After meeting the group in Rapdis des Joachims (Swisha) we will load our van and head north to the headwaters. The drive should take about 3 hours. We will have lunch at the put in location and then head out onto the water for the afternoon. We will conduct a review/instruction session regarding whitewater paddling before heading off down the river. We will encounter some easy rapids the first day, the river in this section being small and technical. The Campsite will likely be on an ancient road bed from the logging era. There is lots of space for tents and campfire with a great view of the river.
                             

Day 2

Days 2-3: The river character is similar on day two, although the rapids start to build slightly. We will likely spend about 5 hours on the water, with breaks for lunch, snacks and scouting of course. We will encounter a number of class I and II rapids on the first day and some larger RIIs the next. We will also encounter several beautiful Chutes and Falls today which will be portaged 100m and 400m respectively. There will be more RI's and II's in the afternoon as well as a couple of larger RIII rapids and ledges which we usually run or line after careful scouting. 

Day 4

Days 4-6: A relaxing day follows as the river flows swiftly along through typical Canadian Shield country. There is good current and swifts where we can expect to cover 30km in a day. We'll portage 500m portage around Chute Gautier, (nice swimming below the falls). Devil's Chute is bypassed with a short portage. Little Devil Rapids below can be run followed by a number of other enjoyable rapids and easy fast paddling. Chute Enreage and Chute Allinotes ar both bypassed by portages. The next 8km include several swifts and small rapids and one very nice class 2 rapids. We will camp at a spectacular "Shangri-La" site at the head of the Bear Falls portage.

Day 7

The rapids begin with a great class 2-3 which will require careful scouting. The rapid is normally run, although some may choose to line the more difficult sections. This rapid is soon followed by more class 2 and 3 rapids all of which can be run for those who wish. The rapids during most of the morning are fairly constant with one following the next. In the afternoon they give way to swifts and fast current all the way to the take out which we would expect to reach late in the afternoon. About 20km today.