The Bloodvein River, regarded as some of the finest white water canoeing in Manitoba flows north-west from Ontario into Lake Winnipeg at the First Nations Community of Bloodvein. The river, which was designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1986, holds a rich history including undisturbed archaeological sites that provide evidence of hunter-gatherer peoples as far back as 9,000 years ago. More recently in the 17th to 18th century, the river served as a trapping and fishing area of the Ojibwa Peoples and later as a fur trade route. To date, many rock faces still carry the impressions and spirit of 1000 year old pictographs
The Precambrian shield, through which Bloodvein flows is abundant in wildlife with potential opportunities to view species less common to other areas including; wolverine, white pelican, double-crested cormorant, bald and golden eagles, osprey, great gray owl, moose and woodland caribou. The area supports diversity in plant species, exhibiting a unique highland prairie-boreal influence. Fishing along the river is highly productive with many large northern pike and walleye caught throughout the area.
Rapids along the river are generally shorter but technical drops. Some rapids passing through steep-canyon walls of pink-grained granite. Where required, portages around chutes, cascades and more technical rapids are relatively short and easy, some allowing lining or lift-overs and many also doubling as scenic camp sites on bedrock outcroppings.
Our planned route will take us on a short float plane flight from Bissett Manitoba across the Ontario boarder where we will access the river with approximately 75 potentially runnable rapids (Class I-III+) over the 230km to Bloodvein Village, where a vehicle shuttle will be arranged. The pace will allow some time to explore, fish, play in the rapids or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
Skill level required is intermediate.
SPECIFIC BLOODVEIN ITINERARY COMMING SOON
* Please note: It’s the nature of remote northern travel that uncontrollable factors like poor weather, pilot judgment, forest fires, and mechanical problems can affect our schedules and cause delays. We regret these situations but cannot accept responsibility for hotels, flight rebookings, and other costs you may incur.