The Bonaventure is the secret mountain river of the east. It drops 1400 ft in 125km, with virtually no portages. This unique Gaspe River is said by many to be one of the most pristine wilderness Whitewater Rivers east of the Canadian Rockies.
I'm Shawn Hodgins, owner and chief guide of Wanapitei Canoe & Northern Outdoor Expeditions.I've been guiding our trips since the late 1970s and have been heading up the company since 1985. I continue to guide a number of trips each season and still plan all of our adventures myself. Each year I try and plan a few new and exciting trips that are off the beaten path. This is one of the best parts of the job—apart from actually going on the trips of course!If you have any questions, let us know. When I’m not out on the water, I'll personally try to help you.
I was hoping that you could thank [Brian and Matt] again for us and let them know what a remarkable experience they facilitated for my wife and I. We will certainly remember it for a lifetime. We had so much fun that we can hardly decide what trip to do next.
The meals!! Exceptional, varied, delicious and nutritious come to mind. Meals are never an ‘afterthought’ with highlights including such as sushi on the river bank featuring freshly caught Arctic char, cheese fondue, chocolate fondue ... each meal offers something to look forward to at the end of a hard paddling day.
Merrilyn Lindsay business owner
I have known and paddled with Shawn since 1974. He is an amazing guide and canoeist and I have canoed with him from Northern Ontario to the far Arctic, east to west coast. I lead my own local Ontario canoe trips every year, but when I want a guided remote wilderness adventure, there is none better than Shawn and Wanapitei Canoe to take me there.
David Wilkie, DVM professor and veterinarian
I did my first big canoe trip with Wanapitei in 1980 and had a wonderful experience. I have done many since and always have enjoyed the good leadership, organization, and company on each one, not to mention the great rivers.
Peter Milliken, PC lawyer and politician
Paddling the Hess River with Shawn this summer was a thrill and the adventure of a lifetime. The river, country, wildlife, and as important, the people on the trip were all a superb. The whole experience was first rate and an inspiration to do more.
Didier Maclaine Pont invester/paddler
After not having canoed since my teen years, I was excited but nervous about taking up my paddle again in midlife. Shawn's skill and experience made my trip with him one of the best I could have imagined. I highly recommend his trips.
James Gardner vp - marketing
I had an incredible time—nothing short of amazing! I'll be back, as they say.