Magpie River Rafting

Magpie River, Quebec, Canada

A rafting adventure on the Magpie River, Quebec

The sweet sounding name of the Magpie River might deceive you, but I can assure you that it is anything but innocent. You will endure grade five rapids as you take on this eight-day-long journey. White water river rafting on the Magpie will not only keep your instincts and reactions working at a high optimisation, but keep you visually entertained as well.

With an interesting look at the culture and history surrounding Quebec’s North Shore, your journey will begin by flying in on a float plane to Magpie Lake. Here you will launch and begin your rafting adventure. During this particular journey, you will face the three hardest rapids the Magpie has to offer: the Double Drop, the Trust Falls and the Borealis.

Camping will be quite unique as well, as camps are set-up on the river banks that offer smooth rock ledges and quiet, deserted beaches. At night, many will be captivated by the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. There is also time to kick back and relax, go for or swim or even go fishing. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored.

You will be surrounded by the rocky terrain of the region and, by the fifth day of your journey, you will have a spectacular view of the Magpie Canyon. The Magpie Canyon is impassable and will, thus, not be taken on. On the last day of your river journey, you will arrive at Magpie Falls. This is where the entire river drops down into the Laurentian Plateau. You will paddle away from this, reaching yet another waterfall. Gear will have to be carried around this obstacle and it is here that the real challenge awaits. Grade five rapids are taken on and a small, calm lake surrounded by smooth, granite walls welcomes you. Your journey ends at the Magpie-St Lawrence junction.

The Canadian wilderness is filled with pine and spruce and there is no shortage of wildlife either. Foxes, trout, beavers, wolves and even black bears are among the animals that roam freely in this area.

Your journey will start in a town called Sept-Isle. It is the historical home of the Montagnais Innu, first documented by Jacques Cartier in 1535. A trading post was established in Sept-Isle by Louis Joliet in 1679, mainly to export fur and support the fishing trade. While in Sept-Isle, you can explore the 54 kilometre long shoreline, as well as the waters of the St Lawrence River. Major cruise liners stop in its ports and singer Gordon Lightfoot based his song, Seven Island Suites, on this specific area.

First a French colony, it was taken over by the English in 1763, after what is known as the Seven Year War. Sept-Isle is fronted by seven islands named the La Grosse Boule, Îlets Dequen, Île du Corossol, Île Manowin, La Petite Boule, La Grande Basque and the La Petite Basque. Île du Corossol is home to a bird sanctuary and a lighthouse. It is also where the Corossol, a French ship, was wrecked in 1693.

Filled with history, rugged wilderness and white water river rafting adventure, you are sure to find everything you are looking for on the Magpie River.

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