The Mistassibi is a northern Quebec Classic offering great northern Canadian Shield and boreal forest scenery and paddling. The river contains numerous runable rapids and almost constant strong current. Our trip will spend 8 days descending the stunning upper stretches of the river. Along this 120km section we will encounter almost 80 rapids, most in the class 1 & class 2 range with the occassional class 3. There are 2 class 4 rapids that need to be bypassed via short portages or by lining with ropes. Along the way beautiful waterfalls cascade into the river valley from the hills above.
We’ve planned 8 days, a relaxed pace to allow time for fishing, swimming, whitewater practice or simply relaxing. The sometimes deep upper river valley is forested primarily with stunted black spruce, as we travel south the forest becomes more varied. On many trips we expect to encounter no other paddlers. Fishing is excellent along the route. Skill level required is intermediate.
(Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary)
The group will meet in the village of Mistassini on the evening before the trip. This enables an early start for our morning shuttle the next day.
We will drive several hours north on logging roads to near the headwaters of the NE branch of the Mistassibi river. We hope to be at the put in by around lunch time. Once on the river we’ll review whitewater paddling before proceeding down river a couple of hours to our first campsite.
Days two to seven will be spent paddling some of Canada’s nicest whitewater through the stunning rugged terrain of the Mistassibi Valley. Several campsites will be beside rapids so there will be chance to swim in the outwash, swim or run the rapids a 2nd time. Fishing is often excellent at these locations. Once campsite we’ll make beside a beautiful little waterfalls midway along the trip. Another night will likely be spent in the stunning Mountain like Mistassibi NE Lake. (It’s really just a widening of the river where the current slows and the hills tower above on each side.)
On the last day, we will paddle a couple of hours to the take out point where our vehicles will have been left. From here it is several hours back to Chicountami where we will arrive by late afternoon
* 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.