This canoe trip promises to be a memorable and challenging wilderness adventure for intermediate and advanced paddlers. 

We begin in Maine with a day or two of swift-water training to refresh and sharpen specific whitewater canoeing skills, and then we head north to the Mistassibi or Ashuapmushuan rivers (depending on water level) in Quebec.


The Mistassibi and Aushuapmushuan rivers flow south through the boreal forest of central Quebec and into Lac Saint-Jean, located a day’s drive north of Quebec City. The black spruce forest through which these beautiful rivers flow is the southern boundary of a remote, unspoiled wilderness that stretches far north to the subarctic and the shores of Ungava Bay.

Both rivers offers a steady mix of almost contiguous class I and II whitewater, with class III rapids mixed in and an occasional class IV rapid. Some of the larger rapids provide opportunities for the group to learn the advanced expeditionary skill of lining canoes, and we will portage the Class 4 drops.

Chewonki’s history on the rivers of Quebec dates from the mid 1970s. The Chewonki participants who traveled them share a deep kinship, and the stories from those trips are part of our lore.

We are excited to offer this unique opportunity to experience a magnificent, little-traveled region of remote interconnected waterways and forests. A wonderful experience all on its own, this trip is also the perfect progression to prepare adventuresome young women for Chewonki’s most challenging canoe expedition: the George River in northern Quebec.

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