MAGPIE RIVER IS ONE OF THE PINNACLE RIVER EXPEDITIONS IN THE WORLD. THE EXPEDITION WILL FLY INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE QUEBEC WILDERNESS VIA FLOAT-PLANES OR HELICOPTERS AND PADDLE DOWN THE REMOTE SECTION OF WHITEWATER FOR 65 KM.
THIS TRIP IS BY NO MEANS EASY, IT INVOLVES LONG PORTAGES WITH GEAR AND BOATS, BIG STRETCHES OF FLAT WATER AND A WHOLE LOT OF BUGS BUT THIS IS A TRUE EXPEDITION IN EVERY SENSE. IT ALSO HAS SPECTACULAR WHITEWATER AND PRISTINE WILDERNESS. PARTICIPANTS WHO COMPLETE THIS EXPEDITION OFTEN MENTION THAT THIS IS BY FAR THEIR FAVORITE TRIP EVER. IT REQUIRES PERSEVERANCE, PATIENCE, A HUGE AMOUNT OF TEAMWORK AND HARD WORK TO GET THROUGH THIS TRIP.
THE GROUP WILL WARM UP PADDLING A RIVER TOGETHER TO TEST EVERYONE ABILITIES AND GET USED TO THE SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES PRIOR TO BEING DROPPED INTO THE MAGPIE. SAFETY AND RESCUE SKILLS PLAY A VITAL ROLE AND ARE PART OF THE CURRICULUM WHILE ON THE PROGRAM TO HELP IMPROVE PARTICIPANTS ABILITIES TO KAYAK RIVERS MORE SAFELY AFTER THE EXPEDITION.
RAFT SUPPORTED, EVERYONE INVOLVED WILL PLAY A LARGE PART IN GETTING THE GROUP THROUGH THE CLASS 3 AND 4 RAPIDS. THIS INCLUDES GUIDING THE RAFTS THROUGH THE MORE CHALLENGING SECTIONS VIA ROPE, HIKING GROUP GEAR AROUND LARGE RAPIDS, SETTING SAFETY FOR THE GROUP AND ASSISTING WITH COOKING AND CLEANING TO NAME JUST A FEW OF THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN AN EXPEDITION OF THIS SIZE. THE TRIP CULMINATES IN CAMPING BESIDE SOME OF THE BIGGEST WATERFALLS IN CANADA WHICH CAN ONLY BE ACCESSED BY PADDLING THIS RIVER. THE MAGPIE RIVER IS UNDER THREAT OF BEING DAMMED AND OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE THIS RIVER ARE MINIMAL BEFORE IT IS LOST FOREVER WITH ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE KAYAKING THIS RIVER A YEAR, SOMETIMES NONE AT ALL.
THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST CHALLENGING EXPEDITION EXPLORE HAS TO OFFER, NO OTHER TRIP IS AS DEMANDING BUT ALSO AS HUGELY REWARDING AS THE MAGPIE. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THIS EPIC ADVENTURE THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.
KILOMETERS OF EXPEDITION PADDLING
LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE
Magpie Expedition Itinerary - 11 Days, 10 nights (subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances)
Day 1 - Individual airport pickups in Quebec City and camping outside the city centre
Day 2 - Paddle the Tewksbury section of the Jacques Cartier River near Quebec City
- Drive to Tadoussac and camp for the night, some amazing coastal scenery along the journey.
Day 3 - Drive to Longue-point-de-Mingan, equipment pack-up, expedition briefing
- Dinner & camp for the night
Days 4 - Fly into Lake Magpie
- Start down the river, then camp after several class II & III rapids
Day 5 - 8 - Descend the Magpie river paddling great class III-IV whitewater
- Portage (or line) with equipment rafts three class V/V+ rapids
- At the end of day 8, we arrive and camp at ‘Magpie Gorge’, a spectacular series of class 6 rapids. This is one of the most amazing campsites anywhere.
Day 9 - Portage some rapids, hike up the side of the gorge to get a great view.
- Paddle a small lake to Magpie falls, then paddle final lake to our take out
- Camp in a village along the coast
Day 10 - Drive back to Quebec City
- Spend the night in shared accommodation (hotel or hostel)
Day 11 - Farewell and shuttles to the airport for your journey home