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The five best places for canoe-camping in Québec

Updated 12 octobre 2016

Where to go for a memorable experience?

If you love canoeing how about combining it with camping? The traditional mode of transportation of the First Nations peoples, who used canoes made of birch bark or spruce to travel long distances, is now part of our culture. So much so that Quebec, with its untamed forests, numerous rivers and lakes is the perfect playground for this activity.

A water-based activity is the perfect outdoor excursion. Accessible to all, beginners as well as families, taking part in canoe-camping will allow you to discover protected areas as well as magnificent natural sites.

Whether you choose a simple one-day excursion or a more demanding expedition in the remote wilderness, canoe-camping is a great way to get in touch with nature.

And there’s no doubt that paddling is good for both the body and the soul!

Paddling down the Bonaventure River

Bonaventure River, with its crystal clear waters, is a must for a memorable excursion.

Start of the Cime Aventures base camp where you can also relax when you get back at the end of your excursion. You could even be lucky and see salmon swimming under your canoe. Read here about the experience of one family.

 

Canoe-Camping La Vérendre

Straddling the border between the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the wildlife reserve La Vérendre spreads over more than 13,000 square kilometres. Trips through this exceptional wild territory last between two and 10 days and are designed to satisfy both beginners and experts who are looking for exciting outdoor activities in Quebec. A canoe-camping trip in the wildlife reserve La Vérendre is sure to provide the getaway you are looking for.

Papineau-Labelle wildlife Sanctuary 

As soon as you dip your paddle in the waters of lake Montjoie or lake Sept-Frères you are in direct contact with nature. Several circuits are available, giving access to unusual camping sites, accessible by canoe only. A canoe rental service is offered to make your experience easier.

Mauricie National Park

The Mauricie National Park offers more than 150 campsites on its territory. Whether you choose a guided excursion or just an introductory experience, you will be in touch with the true essence of nature, away from it all. And the excellent cooking of your guide will add a tasty note to your overall experience. Aventure Vent et Rivière also offers packages in Mauricie National Park.

 

 

The wild rivers of Québec

Discover the wild rivers of the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions with Au canot volant.

Looking for a strong adrenaline rush? Follow expert guides like those from Aventuraid on an exciting trip down the turbulent rapids of the Mistassini, Mistassibi, Samaqua, Ashuapmushuan and other wild rivers of Quebec. They will not only introduce you to canoeing, but will share with you a real way of life.

And what’s your favourite river in Québec? Share your adventures with us on Instagram #AventureQuebec