Magpie for Kayak and Open Boat Groups
Paddle continuous whitewater and explore the wilderness
The Magpie is a perfect multi-day trip for intermediate and advanced paddlers with tons of great whitewater, untouched wilderness, and spectacular scenery. Trips can be raft-supported or self-supported and the program is customized for each group. Our Magpie season runs from mid-July to mid-September and most trips are 5 to 8 days long.
We work with groups, paddling schools, and clubs to run smooth, successful, and fun expeditions with our experienced leaders, local knowledge, and attention to detail.
Paddlers looking to run their own expedition without guides: check out ourfor information and resources.
Boaters can also join our and accompany the rafting trip in their own kayak.
We are committed to great service and high safety standards and we'll make planning and logistics easy.
All of our Magpie trips have a minimum of two guides (in support rafts or kayaks or both, depending on what is right for your group). Our trip leaders have a combination of 3 important elements:
1 – Wilderness skills with tons of expedition guiding experience under their belts
2 – Whitewater paddling skills as kayak and canoe instructors
3 – Knowledge of the Magpie
Our guides are certified and up to date in wilderness medicine and whitewater/swiftwater rescue. All of our Magpie trips carry a satellite phone, an emergency beacon (as back-up to the sat phone), complete medical kits, repair kit, and group rescue gear.
anytime with questions and to schedule a consultation. We work with organizers to customize the trip so that it is a great fit for each group.
Details for 7-day Magpie Trip for paddling group (this trip can be customized to fit your group)
Day 1 – Meet Boreal River guides in Longue-Pointe-De-Mingan or Havre Saint Pierre at 3pm. Pack personal gear. Prep boats so that they can be flown by helicopter or float plane in advance. Camping and supper on coast.
Day 2 – Fly to Lac Magpie by float plane or helicopter. Start river trip!
Days 3 to 6 – Run river. This itinerary leaves lots of time for scouting, shooting photos, playing, and relaxed evenings at camp. Camp at Magpie Gorge (4ieme Chute) on day 6. Rafts and group camping gear get flown out by helicopter or float plane from here.
Day 7 – Paddle out to coastal highway, which includes portaging personal gear and personal boats around Magpie Gorge and Falls (rafts and group gear get flown out). These spots are spectacular and we’ll take time for side hikes, photos, and hanging out by these huge drops. Get to take-out by mid-afternoon. Your vehicles will be at the take out and it is a 20 minute drive to campground, showers, and restaurant supper.
2016 Pricing for the above itinerary is:
1,999 CAD / person for 12 people
1,699 CAD / person for 16 people
- All float plane and/or helicopter flights from Havre Saint Pierre to Lac Magpie and flight out on day 7 for support rafts and group gear
- Shuttle of group’s vehicles from float plane base to take-out
- All meals and snacks from day 1 supper through day 7 supper
- Camping with bathrooms and showers before and after expedition
- 2 Boreal River guides throughout trip and always available
- Support rafts and camping gear (kitchen, tarps, etc.)
- Large drybags for camping gear that we carry in the rafts
- Group safety gear (sat phone, locator beacon, medical kits, rescue gear)
What’s not included?
- Transport from your home or base to Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC and back.
- Personal boating gear: kayaks or canoes (rentals available), paddles, PFDs, helmets, skirts, airbags, throw bag, small drybag to keep in your boat for snacks & layers.
- Personal camping gear: tent, sleeping bag, mattress, camp clothing
- Medical insurance and Trip Cancellation insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Quebec fishing permit
Some options for customizing are:
- Switch camping before and after expedition for hotels
- Switch portaging personal boats for helicopter portage + hike out (we always fly support rafts and group gear out)
- Lengthen or shorten trip
- Add whitewater rescue workshops or paddling instruction
- Some groups choose to do their own food planning and packing and provide their own camp kitchen gear
Magpie for Kayak and Open Boats Slideshow
Video by Jezz of Falling Creek Camp Magpie Trip
Travelling by car
Driving to Quebec’s North Shore makes for a great road trip. We highly recommend allowing ample time to rest and enjoy the many sights en route. Expect about 10 hours of driving time from Quebec City to Sept Iles or 12 hours from Quebec City to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. From Quebec City there are two route options:
Route Option 1: Via Tadoussac - This is the more scenic route and is fastest, but does include lots of hills, bends, and undivided highway.
Follow Hwy 40 East to St. Anne-de-Beaupre. Continue on Hwy 138 East all the way to our rendezvous point. There is a short free ferry that crosses the Saguenay River from Baie-St-Catherine to Tadoussac. It runs hourly 24 hours a day. The historic village of Tadoussac, perched on the Saguenay fjord, is an excellent choice for an overnight stay. From Tadoussac it is 5 to 6 hours of driving time to Sept Iles or 7 to 8 hours of driving time to Longue-Pointe-De-Mingan
Route Option 2: Via Rimouski or Matane - This route includes a ferry crossing that has to be timed and reserved in advance, but involves bigger highways and less hills.
From Quebec City, follow Hwy 20 East and take either the Rimouski - Forestville, Matane - Godbout, or Matane - Baie-Comeau ferry. Once you have crossed the St. Lawrence, follow Hwy 138 East to Sept Iles or Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, depending on your trip meeting location.
Rimouski Ferry Reservations: Website, phone: 1-800-973-2725, 418-725-2725
Matane Ferry Reservations: Website, phone: 1-877-562-6560
Traveling by air
Air Canada, Provincial Airlines, and Air Labrador offer daily flights to Sept-Iles connecting through Montreal and Quebec City. From Sept Iles, you can rent a car and drive 2 hours to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan. Or contact us to organize a shuttle for your group.
Travelling by train/boat
For those with extra time available, an adventurous route is to take a passenger train to the town of Rimouski followed by the weekly boat Relais Nordik* to Havre-Saint-Pierre. Contact us to organize a shuttle from Havre Saint Pierre. Reservations for the boat must be made well in advance, as it is a weekly boat you will need to plan for extra days in the region before and after your trip.
*This ship then continues to the remote lower North Shore, for a six night round trip voyage, carrying supplies to some of the most isolated villages in Quebec as well as providing sleeping berths and meals for passengers.
Relais Nordik Boat - Website, Phone: 1-800-463-0680, (418) 723-8787Close
"When we met your guides, they made us feel welcome and showed that they had everything organized and ready to go. Your guides were by far some of the best I have come across. We will surely continue to have the Magpie expedition as part of our Huck program."
- Jezz - HUCK Program Director & Team Jackson Paddler
Custom Trip for Falling Creek Camp
Magpie River, Quebec, 2014