25% DISCOUNT EXPLORE QUEBEC
Quebec residents only: proof of residence will be required. Valid until exhaustion of government grant.
This Explore Quebec package is offered to you thanks to the financial support of the Ministère du Tourisme.
Reduced price: $ 1496.25 / pers in double occ.
You don’t need to be an extreme sports athlete or an adrenaline junkie to come and enjoy the thrills and freedom that white-water paddling through the heart of Quebec’s wilderness can provide. Our certified guides, top-notch logistics and tip-top gear will ensure you have the ideal conditions to reconnect with nature, focus on the simpler things and rediscover a means of exploration that is so deeply etched into the history of this country. To really honor this unique way of traveling we’ll use pretty unique way of getting there. We board the train in Montréal and meander our way some 350 km north, through the boreal forest, to reach our put in on the Bazin River just south of the town of Parent. The Bazin River stretches, 124 km from its headwaters on white-bear lake down to its mainstem, the Gatineau river and we will make sure you have the best possible time exploring every single one of them. A unique opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, be fully immersed in nature, master something new and just go with the flow.
- 10 Days of living at the river’s pace, completely immersed and at one with nature
- Certified guides that live to share their passion and knowledge about a sport and an environment that they love
- The gradually increasing level of difficulty of the river that allows you to progress, learn and master new skills
- An eco-responsible tour using public transportation and a non-motorized means of exploration
- A truly Canadian experience
- Explore Quebec program : applicable only for resident of province of Quebec, 25% off the posted price
Not included (optional)
Prior to day one, all participants must be present for a pre-trip meeting where you will be fitted for life jackets and helmets and given a 60L water-tight barrel in which to put your gear and some group equipment. During this meeting, your guide will be able to answer all your questions about what to bring and what not to bring and how to pack it. It will also be the time to make sure that you have everything you need to make your trip a success.
Approx. 8 h 00
Meet up with your crew at Montreal’s Central Station to board the train taking you to Parent, a small community founded 1910, 400 km north of Montreal. This will be where we put-in and trade the train for our canoes. During the train journey, your main luggage (your barrel) will be stored away in the luggage cart, but you are allowed a carry-on to keep a book, a change of clothes or a snack handy. Arriving in Parent at the end of the day we’ll unload our boats and the rest of our gear on the side of the tracks and make our way to our first night’s campground. If time allows it, your guide will start going over the basic rules that apply to your new means of transportation. After getting to know each other around a delicious campfire dinner, we tuck-in early saving our energy for the adventures to come.
B, L, D
Today, your guide will take the time to teach you all the basic paddling strokes you’ll need to master in order to conquer the many white-water sections of the Bazin River. After a full day of practice and instructions, you will be racer ready and confident to start making your way down river.
Approx 15 km per day - 5 h 00
B, L, D
The next 8 days will be set to nature’s, and the river’s pace. Assessing the group’s strength, your guide will decide the number of km per day according to river difficulties. Some days will be longer than others as we will need to reach designated campgrounds along our descent. Some days will be filled with heart-pounding excitement as you conquer the roaring waters of the Bazin river and learn to maneuver your canoe down class II and III rapids. And, some days will lazily pass by as we drift downriver on the lookout for local wildlife and fishing for our dinner. We are hoping that each day of your trip will have its own unique feel and great memories, but we want you to know that every day will require your contribution and collaboration for this to be a success. You will need to help in the setting up and setting down of each night’s campground and will be asked to help with the preparations of meals. Make no mistake about it, this is participatory camping, but the collegiality we’ll develop during the trip will be well worth it. A typical day will see us covering anywhere from 10 to 15 km and will always start with a briefing from your guide letting you know what to expect in the KMs to come. Throughout the trip, your guide will help you hone your camping skills and let you in on all the best practices to be at one and commune with your environment.
B, L, D
Today will be our last day on the river. After reaching our final night’s campground we’ll need to clean up all our gear and get ourselves ready for tomorrow’s pick-up and transfer back to the big city. We’ll enjoy one last group dinner in the wilderness reminiscing about our incredible adventure.
Not included (optional)
300 km, 4 h 30
Our ride back to Montreal should pick us up around mid-morning and have us back in Montréal just before dinner time. We’ll stop along the way to stretch our legs and grab a bite to eat. Once back in Montréal we invite you to enjoy the city and a last meal with your fellow travelers and guide.
Dates & prices
23 July - 4 August 2021 1995 $CA Guided in french availableContact us
6 August - 18 August 2021 1995 $CA Guided in english availableContact us
All our prices are on double occupancy basis. Please contact us regarding the single, triple or quadruple rates.Privatize this trip write to us
- Accommodation : 11 nights wilderness camping, double occupancy (tent)
- Meals : 11 breakfasts, lunchs and dinners along the river
- Transfer by train from Montreal
- Transportation in a minivan with canoe trailer back to Montreal
- Certified and experience canoe & camping Guide (1 guide for 6 participants, second guide from 7 participants)
- Camping and cooking equipment
- Canoe rental with equipments (2 people per canoe)
- Group from 4 to 12 participants
- FICAV contribution (compensation fund for customers of travel agents – 0 $ / 1000 $)
- Travel and medical insurance
- Air transportation
- Meet & greet and airport transfer
- Pre and post nights
- Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
- Meals not mentioned in the section included
- Optional activities
- Guide(s) tips
- Goods and Services Tax (5%) + Quebec Sales Tax (9.975%)
Information about activities (canoe)
This river descent takes place in an isolated region and in complete autonomy. The group must therefore transport in the canoes all the food and camping equipment necessary for the proper functioning of the stay for the 10 days in the river. The guide has a means of communication used only in an emergency (sat Phone). No contact with family or friends is possible during days 2 to 12.
To reach our put-in on the Bazin river we board a VIA rail train from Montreal to Parent. We paddle down the Bazin river using 15’ 2 men canoes, we use a 15-passenger minibus with a trailer for the return from the river to Montréal. The luggage will be transported inside the minibus or inside an enclosed cargo trailer, depending on the number of group members.
Physical level #
This tour is meant to allow you to discover life in the wild. It is important to be in good physical shape to take part in this trip as we will have to paddle for up to 5 hours per day (average of 15km per day). Knowing how to swim is mandatory. On certain sections of the river, we will force to portage our canoes. The advantage of this river is that it has little portage section. The weight of a 2-person canoe is 35kg. Is not necessary to know the paddling techniques as our guides will show them to you during the trip.
During the summer, days are pleasant, sometimes hot, but the nights can be cool. In early summer and fall, nightfall can bring rain, snow, and even freezing temperatures. In the summer, the days are long, and the sun does not set until about 9:00 p.m. During early summer mosquitoes can be present. Given that you will be traveling 500 km north of Montreal the temperatures can be cool even in the summer and especially at night. September : Days are a little cooler, nights can be cold.
Wilderness Camping: camping on the river shore with only tent sites and fire pit. No running water or electricity so no showers. Your guides will have the necessary equipment to set up a dry toilet. D1 to D10 – Wilderness Camping on the shores of the Bazin and Gatineau rivers, in double occupancy. The guide has access to communication tools enabling him to communicate with the nearest help in case of emergency. No outside contact will be possible during those 10 days.
You have many options from the airport to reach downtown. You can either take a taxi (50$) or the public transport bus 747 (10$/person). Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., terminus at Lionel-Groulx metro station. Stops located between Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM metro stations are not served. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, regular service, and route. We can also organize private transfers upon request.
The golden rules:
1- pack clothes that will dry quickly
2- NO COTTON: Although cotton is an extraordinary fibre for its comfort and cooling properties, it traps a lot of moisture and forces your body to use up a lot of heat energy to evaporate it. Opt for wool, fleece or other synthetic fibres that will help you stay as warm and dry as possible!
You must plan for two sets of clothing:
One for the evenings that will stay dry and be packed away in your barrel
One for the day that will most likely be wet for major part of the trip.
- Warm hat (Wool hat spring/fall only)
- Sunhat or cap (compulsory)
- Synthetic or wool base layer – t-shirt or underwear (tops and bottoms)
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Waterproof breathable jacket (e.g. Gore-Tex)
- Wool sweater or synthetic pile jacket (spring & fall)
- Pair of gloves
- T-shirts (long & short sleeves) (ideally synthetic fibres)
- Synthetic or wool long pants – zip off pants which convert to shorts can be useful in spring/fall
- Water shoes with good support for the ankles for walking in water
- Light colored shirt (for sun protection).
- Swimming suit
- Closed toe shoes to walk in water. (with good sole)
- A comfortable outfit for the evenings (pants, shirt, sweater, light shoes)
Bags & luggage:
– Duffle bag (max 80 liters) with side zipper as your main luggage for an easier access to its content. No hard suitcases. The luggage is transported in an enclosed trailer.
– Be prepared: On your flight, bring a small «emergency kit» with you in your carry-on bag in case your main luggage is delayed by the airline (e.g. toothbrush, t-shirt, spare underwear).
- Storage bags to keep your personal things together in the barrel
- SLEEPING BAG: A down or synthetic sleeping bag (0°) for the summer and warmer for the end of the season (-7°). Sleeping bag liner and survival blanket.
- Wide brim hat or scarf to protect you from the sun
- Sunglasses with good sun protection (with string to tie them)
- One large water bottle with carabineer or something to fasten it
- Pocket knife
- Necessary Toiletries and pack towel
- Bathing suit
- Head lamp or flashlight
- Biodegradable soap
- Knee pads (optional)
- Dry bag for your camera (optional)
- Mosquito repellent
- Fleece blanket (for warm nights)
- Sunscreen (high density)
- Insect repellent
- Large water bottle/hydration kit (2 litres capacity minimum)
Your guide will have a First Aid Kid. However, you should be carrying your prescription drugs and personal medication:
- Bandages: Assorted sizes for small cuts, blisters, etc.
- Antiseptic wipes: For cleaning small wounds.
- Topical antibiotic ointment
- 4-inch closure strips or butterfly closures
- Gauze & sterile dressing pads
- Small roll of 1-inch adhesive tape
- Rubber bandage
- Safety pins: Can help remove splinters or fasten arm sling
- Cotton-tip swabs
- Oral rehydration salts
- Pain relievers, including aspirin and Ibuprofen: Provides relief for minor aches and pains, reduces fever, helps reduce inflammation of sprains and other injuries.
- Stomach Relief or antacid tablets
- Water purification tablets
- Antidiarrheal tablets
- Aloe Vera gel: for relief of minor burns or sunburns
- Lip balm with high UV protection
- Forceps or tweezers: For removing splinters, ticks, and removing debris from wounds
- After Bite or hydrocortisone cream USP 1 percent: Relieves skin irritation from bites, poison oak, stings, or allergic reactions.
- Moleskin: Prevents blisters.
- Second Skin to cover blisters, burns or lacerations
Gaspesie, where the mountains meet the sea
- The variety of the landscapes we explore, from marine ecosystems to thick boreal forest all the way to the alpine tundra environment – this trip has it all.
- Hiking some of the Chic-Chocs most challenging trails
- A 3-day float trip down world class salmon rivers
- Canoe, Wildlife viewing, Hiking, Camping