Sometimes calm, sometimes agitated, certain rivers are a thrill seeker’s dream. Experienced river explorers will opt for kayaks or canoes. White water newbies can try their hand in complete safety aboard a miniraft, even with children aged five or over. This inflatable raft is unsinkable, stable, and easy to maneuver. The inflatable canoe too. And if you want to take it easy, you can travel down the river on an inner tube!
Nautical equipment rental is offered at some establishments only. The offer may vary.
|Open kayak solo||$17/hour
|Open kayak tandem||$21.25/hour
|Miniraft (5 places)||$28.25/hour
|Miniraft (7 places)||$56.50/hour
|Inner tube||$13/4 hours|
Rates for 2023 summer season.
Taxes not included.
Shuttle service fees associated with the water circuits are not included.
Always check out the weather forecast before you leave, keeping in mind that conditions could change quickly, especially in the mountains.
We advise you to bring along the following items:
- Water bottle
- Mosquito repellent
- Cell phone (The isolation of certain areas limits the use of cell phones. Nevertheless, we recommend that you bring a communication device.)
- Identity card
- First aid kit
- Multilayered clothing
- Hat or cap
- Boating safety kit (whistle, bailer, 15-m buoyant heaving line, watertight flashlight)
- Topographical map specific to your outing
- Waterproof bag
- Closed-toe slip-resistant shoes (Especially if portages are part of your trip)
To jog your memory, consult this checklist:
Update it as you go on more camping trips and have more experiences!
Enjoy the benefits of the Sépaq Family Experience
Don't miss the opportunity to introduce your children to camping and outdoor activities. Your accompanying children aged 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to national parks. All across the Sépaq network, they can take part in a number of complimentary activities and certain equipment will be loaned to them free of charge. A perfect way to spend quality time with your family while going easy on your wallet. For complete details
Get an Annual Québec National Parks Card
Planning on visiting several national parks? It will be worth your while to purchase the Annual Québec National Parks Card. It’s the most cost-effective way to pay national park entry fees. You’ll get unlimited access to 24 national parks for 12 months! And you'll also enjoy exclusive benefits, such as a free night of camping. For complete details
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind on your next outing:
- Make sure you're fit and able to complete your chosen circuit. Respect your own pace. Choose an outing according to your abilities, fitness, and skills. It's important for you to be already familiar with the technical equipment you'll be using.
- Rivers present many natural hazards, including varying water levels, currents, rapids, and numerous obstacles, including logs and branches on the surface, whirlpools, logjams, overhanging and densely wooded banks, shifting gravel, and rock banks. You should be aware of these potential hazards before embarking on a trip.
- In some areas, isolation limits the use of cell phones.
- Always carry the equipment legally required by Transport Canada (PFD or lifejacket of the right size for each person; 15-metre buoyant heaving line; paddle or oar, bailer or hand pump; whistle; waterproof flashlight), and make sure it's in good working order.
- Wear your PFD at all times on, in, or near water.
- Weather conditions can change rapidly, with heavy precipitation significantly increasing the difficulty of key river sections. Heavy precipitation at the head of a river can have repercussions on its level of difficulty dozens of kilometres downstream.
- In stormy weather, take safety precautions against lightning by taking shelter in wooded areas.
- Dress appropriately for the season, and wear closed shoes with grippy soles.
- Every hour, take the time to stop in a comfortable spot or enjoy a quiet area for a drink and a bite to eat.
- Drink a minimum of two litres of water a day.
Sépaq wishes you an unforgettable outdoor experience and invites you to be Careful by nature!
Here are a few important do’s and don’ts:
- Bathing is permitted in authorized, supervised areas.
- All waste must be disposed of in the appropriate places.
- Under certain conditions, your dog could be allowed in some establishments. However, no other domestic animals are allowed. Please consult our Domestic animals section.
- National parks are governed by certain rules and guidelines.
To minimize the risks when bathing
Supervised bathing is offered at certain Sépaq establishments and on sites designated for this purpose. We recommend that you engage in this activity only at these locations and according to the instructions in effect.
Unsupervised bathing in all other locations is at your own risk. This is not recommended as there is a considerable risk of drowning. Always remember that a waterway may present an unseen danger (steep slope, slippery bottom, etc.). Although unsupervised bathing is strongly discouraged, if you choose to do so please make sure that you are not alone or that you have informed others of your intention to bathe and that you are not impaired.
River bathing: special risks
Although the river may seem calm and safe, it is a natural environment with unexpected sources of danger and can quickly become hazardous. Despite your best efforts, the strong current can drag you down and put you at risk of drowning. The presence of eddies, unstable bottoms, branches and rocks, and variations in depth also increase the risk of drowning. In addition, be doubly vigilant near a dam.
Remember that your safety is your own responsibility.
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