Whitewarter kayaking in Québec (2022)

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Quebec is a top destination worldwide for avid river kayakers. Its countless freshwater rivers are ideal for whitewater and river kayaking. Beginners or experts, Aventure Écotourisme Québec’s accredited kayak outfitters organize paddling trips for every taste and pace in Canada’s great outdoors. Learn everything there is to know about river kayaking, travel Canada’s many legendary rivers or ride the St. Lawrence’s renowned waves. The beauty of the river and its riverside scenery are simply stunning.

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Noryak Aventures

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Noryak operates in the Minganie region - on the North Shore of the Gulf of St-Lawrence - and specializes in sea kayaking and whitewater adventures in spectacular, pristine areas.

Noryak offer all-inclusive trips ranging from one to five days in the Mingan Archipelago (thematic trips, fine meals, quality equipment and terrain-specific guides). For river paddlers, Noryak offers gear transportation using Catarafts. Paddle and surf in a light boat, enjoying the luxury of confortable camping for five days of continuous river running on the Magpie River, rated best expedition river in the Americas.

Gastronomic food. Customized group packages.

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York Expedition

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Kayaking in nature

York Expedition is a kayaking activity on the York River, at Gaspé. The main attraction of this river is the establishment of bald eagles colony. Observable throughout the descent.

But also the many salmon pools, which offer natural pools where it is possible to dive and if you're lucky to observe the great Atlantic salmon on your side.

York Expedition is a family activity, the York River is a beautiful and very calm place so it is not necessary to perform in paddling to do it.

For novices a guided tour is offered from Sunday to Wednesday. For more accustomed paddlers, it is possible to go alone from Thursday to Saturday.

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Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

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Ultimate ecotouristic destination

The Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. A unique attraction, this protected wildlife area is the largest in the metropolitan region. What could be more exciting than watching the animal world in its natural habitat?

Admire the flora of the many marshes, islands and shores of this oasis. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rabaska, pedal boat or rowboat. Stroll through the islands of the important Sainte-Rose archipelago and hike the many hiking trails.

The site is just as popular in winter with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sliding, skating and ice fishing. The redevelopment work in the reception area on the banks of the Garrot River is worthy of note; a project that represents a total investment of $10.7 million.

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Rafting Montréal

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Urban destination for a whitewater adventure!

Discover the Lachine rapids

Discover Montreal and the famous Lachine Rapids by Raft or Hydro Jet (Jet Boating). Les Excursions Rapides de Lachine is located 15 minutes away from downtown Montreal. A guaranteed fun-filled and exciting adventure for all ages. Reservation required. From May to September with several departures daily.

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Centre d'aventure Mattawin - Camp Taureau

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Adventure in the heart of Québec

In summer, our four-season center offers rafting, kayaking, canoeing and much more. In winter, snowmobiling, dogsledding and wintertime activities are a chance to shared new adventures. On the site, accommodations in an inn, or at our Adventure Village in eco-chalets, shelter and Canadian tent and also our campground. We've added restauration service and a boat and snowmobile rental.

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Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord

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Discovering the Rivière-du-Nord and its Wilson Falls... The park offers a multitude of outdoor activities in all seasons!

The Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord is a place known for its cultural heritage landscape. The park offers its visitors a site of predilection for the practice of a multitude of outdoor activities in all seasons. Interpretation trails will guide visitors to the falls and the remains of the former pulp mill. Hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, rabaska, kayaking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking on snow, are just a brief list of the activities also offered. Water games, hebertism trail and obstacle course are offered for young and old.

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Canot kayak Richmond

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100% nature in the city!

Canot-kayak Richmond is the only guided river rafting center on the Saint-François river between Sherbrooke and Drummondville and has been in operation since 2005. If you have not yet had the opportunity to discover the magnificent landscapes of the St-François River, you will be charmed by the vegetation of its magnificent banks frequented by a very varied wildlife.

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Don't wait any longer! Treat yourself and your loved ones and take action by contacting us to reserve your excursion. Available in guided or self-guided formula (autonomous).

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Matapédia Nature Aventure

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From the river to the mountains, live at the rhythm of nature

Paradise of rivers

At Nature Aventure, you have the options of canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling in the entire Restigouche River watershed and other rivers of the region. More than 10 rivers can be paddled, thanks to this amazing wild terrain of more than 8000 scare miles. A unique snorkelling activity is also offered so you can appreciate the wild Atlantique salmon in its habitat. An experience you don’t want to miss! In addition, we can guide you on the path of the International Appalachian Trail in the Matapedia Valley section with nights in cabins.

All of the activities vary from a few hours to 5 days with or without a qualified guide. Rentals of boats and safety equipment are included with the shuttle. Live the experience!

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Rafting Momentum

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Rafting on the Ottawa river

We will give you an amazing day!

Rafting Momentum offers you the ultimate white water rafting experience on the most beautiful river in Quebec/Ontario.

Our mission is to provide you with an unforgettable experience that will have you come back year after year! You will ride big waves and catch the fresh air as you navigate down the Ottawa River. We take pride in spending more time on the river than any other companies.

Adventure, Classic or Family Rafting available. Several 2 days package. Only one hour from Ottawa/Gatineau.

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4 season eco-adventure outdoor base

From discovery to expedition, experience an exclusive Nordic adventure in the heart of the boreal forest. Summer and winter, participate in our various activities. Packages available from half-a-day to several weeks. Lodging comfortable cottages, log camp, tent,...On our center, interpretation and observation of our 3 wolfs packs.

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HorizonX rafting

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Go big or go home!

High quality Rafting without compromise. Ward deep water all summer long; the Ottawa river offers unique rafting experience!

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Vallée Bras-du-Nord

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A piece of heaven only an hour away from Quebec!

The Vallée Bras-du-Nord is a must-see outdoor destination, offering 80 kilometers of hiking and snowshoeing trails, more than 100 kilometers of single-track mountain bike trails and 17.5 kilometers of quiet river descents. Canyoning, via ferrata, fat biking, Hok skiing and guided off-piste skiing are also outdoor activities on offer.

With its magnificent falls and its breathtaking viewing points, Vallée Bras-du-Nord is one little piece of heaven for the outdoors enthusiasts!

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Relais plein air du Parc de la Gatineau

The Relais plein air of the Gatineau Park: Discover, Play and Relax!

The Relais plein of the Gatineau Park is your direct path to the beautiful Outaouais outdoors. No matter the season, a dedicated team will provide you with outdoor experiences that surpass your expectations, whether you are a beginner or an expert. Nature and Culture Interpretation, Snowshoeing, Cross-country skiing, Fat bike, Hiking, Canoeing, Rabaska, Kayaking and Paddle Borad (SUP), all experriences are designed to make you fall in love with our nature and culture. Located in down town of the City of Gatineau, the Relais plein air offers you the best of both worlds between urban proximity and the calm and sweetness of nature. Our organization is also committed to innovation and inclusion by offering dedicated outdoor experiences to people with certain physical and / or intellectual challenges while respecting the limits, abtitudes and capacities of each person.

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Bonnet Rouge rafting

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Live the ultimate Gatineau River experience!

An unforgettable adventure and crazy memories with a dynamic, courteous and professional team on the Gatineau River!

Whether canoeing or kayaking, an extraordinary day filled with adrenaline and crazy pleasures awaits you on our river "La Gatineau".

We offer a personalized and groups shuttle service, equipment rental and more.

Adapted to the needs of our family clientele a beautiful rustic campground (some camping site are located near the beach - reservation is obligatory for this section) allowing you to practice a host of activities In addition we are located in an exceptional natural environment that lends itself pleasantly to hiking

We have an open-air snack for your little cravings, express food is served and especially our tasty "Bonnet breakfast" (homemade potatoes, eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, coffee, jam, juice).

Welcome to all, we are waiting for you!

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New World Rafting

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Rafting in Québec

For over 40 years, Nouveau Monde has been at the forefront of the rafting industry in Quebec. Our first class facilities are located in the kingdom of white water, the Rouge River Valley.

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Expéditions Nouvelle Vague

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The rafting experience in Quebec City!

Expéditions Nouvelle Vague is THE outdoor whitewater base for a memorable experience, only 35 minutes from downtown Quebec City. Established at the exit of the famous rapids of the "Tewkesbury" section on the Jacques-Cartier River, its program will please everyone's taste. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the traditional section: a high-adrenaline descent including aquatic activities such as cliff jumping and swimming a rapid. For a more peaceful activity to observe nature and play in the water with the little ones, opt for the Family section, a magnificent section in the heart of the Jacques-Cartier valley.

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Les Chèvres de Montagne

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Mountain Goats: an outdoor community for women

We offer a wide variety of outdoor activities, whether for an evening, a day or a stay of a few days. Our mission: to destroy the barriers of accessibility to adventure by offering the tools to learn or progress in various outdoor sports. All this with healthy gourmet meals, good coffee and luxury aperitifs.

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Unique nautical activity centers in Montreal whose mission is to help you discover an exotic region of the city using kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding (SUP). Access to two service points just a few minutes from downtown (LaSalle and Parc Jean-Drapeau) where urban adventure takes on its full meaning.

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Experience Mont-Tremblant!

Discover Mont-Tremblant with our private guide service, our tailor-made activities and our guided tours. Experience e-biking (electrically-enhanced bike). Go hiking or snowshoeing in the heart of the Laurentian forest. Explore the beautiful network of bike and fat bike trails. Jump on board D-Tour shuttle for a day in the great outdoors in Mont-Tremblant National Park. Enjoy the enchanting playground of Domaine Saint-Bernard on your cross-country skis. And much more! Enjoy an experience customized to your needs, your expectations and tastes. Let go … Relax … Have fun … We take care of all the details!

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Can you kayak in whitewater? ›

Whitewater kayaking is one of the most exciting forms of paddling. From masterfully navigating your way through obstacles to the pure joy of cruising your way down a long river run, time spent on the river is always time well spent.

Can you kayak in the Swan River? ›

The Swan River has 50 km of great kayak water. It is a spectacular way to see Perth from a different perspective. The Swan River runs past the wineries of the Upper Swan to the river mouth of North Fremantle, and right through the heart of the city centre.

Can you kayak in Quebec City? ›

The Québec City area offers a variety of sea kayaking opportunities on the St. Lawrence River. It can be intimidating to paddle on the St. Lawrence (and rightly so), so it's best to go with a guide.

How difficult is whitewater kayaking? ›

Whitewater kayaking is an intense sport – and it often feels like you're tricking the Universe by taking on this immense force of nature in a small plastic boat. That adrenaline rush is precisely what makes it so easy to get hooked on this challenging side of kayaking.

How do I start whitewater kayaking? ›

Here's how to get started:
  1. Find a local paddling club. Start local. ...
  2. Take lessons with an American Canoeing Association (ACA) or other qualified instructor. ...
  3. Don't buy gear, rent from local paddleshop or borrow from a club. ...
  4. Find your “training ground.” Pt. ...
  5. Learn to Roll. ...
  6. Training ground Pt. ...
  7. Your first River Trip. ...
  8. Gear up.
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How do you sit in a white water kayak? ›

How To Position Yourself Correctly In A Kayak - YouTube

How much is a good whitewater kayak? ›

kayak, paddle, skirt and pfd for $700. In general a used kayak is about $500, helmet $40, PFD $50, drytop $100, paddle $150, and sprayskirt $50.

How much does a whitewater kayak cost? ›

Whitewater kayak cost

However, the typical price for a new whitewater kayak is about $1,000, or about the same as a day touring kayak. At this price you're getting a brand new whitewater kayak with comfortable outfitting and a capable design.

Are inflatable kayaks good for white water? ›

Inflatable kayak for whitewater also provide other benefits. They are easy to carry and transport, quick to inflate and deflate in under 10 minutes, and you can even learn basic as well as advanced rafting skills.

Where can you kayak on the Swan River? ›

Middle Swan Reserve To Lilac Hill Park

One of the most popular parks in the city, Middle Swan Reserve is the best place to launch your kayak for a protected paddle on the Swan River.

Is a canoe or kayak better? ›

Canoes are generally more stable than kayaks due to their width. Canoes are easier to enter and exit than kayaks. Canoes have a much higher load capacity than kayaks and so can carry more gear. You get a better view of your surroundings in a canoe than you do in a kayak due to the higher seating position.

Where can I kayak in Margaret River? ›

These places are best for kayaking & canoeing in Margaret River Region:
  • The Margaret River Discovery Co.
  • Surf N' Dirt Adventure Tours.
  • Bushtucker River & Wine Tours.
  • YellowFin Tours.
  • South West Boats & Bikes.

Where can I go hiking in Quebec? ›

9 Must-Do Quebec Hikes
  • explorecanada. Lac Aux Castors Au Mont Royal. ...
  • healticious. Montmorency Falls. ...
  • claudioebarboza. Gîte TerreCiel. ...
  • kmn064. Parc de la Gorge-de-Coaticook. ...
  • mkpellerin. Tremblant. ...
  • tourismequebec. Bout du Monde - Parc Forillon. ...
  • explorecanada. Parc National des Hautes-Gorges. ...
  • beaudoin.nicole. Mont Jacques-Cartier.

How do you navigate rapids in a kayak? ›

A Guide to Paddling - Whitewater Kayaking - YouTube

How do I get better at White Water Kayaking? ›

The 3 Golden Rules of Whitewater Kayaking - YouTube

How do you kayak a Class 3 rapids? ›

Students Take on a Class III Rapid - YouTube

How long does a whitewater kayak last? ›

How long can you expect a kayak to last? Big-box kayaks might only cost $250 or so, but they often won't last more than a few years. With proper care and maintenance, better quality brands can last a lifetime.

How long should my whitewater kayak be? ›

Low Angle
Paddler HeightBoat WidthPaddle Length
5'0"–5'10"21"–23"220 cm
5'6"–6'2"23"–26"230 cm
over 6'3"over 25"240 cm

How do you navigate in white water rapids? ›

A Guide to Paddling - Whitewater Rafting - YouTube

Do you kneel in a white water kayak? ›

Kneeling remains the best choice for classic soloists and paddling most technical whitewater, but if you don't want to kneel, learn to paddle properly when seated.

Should your legs be straight in a kayak? ›

Kidding aside, you should not be able to staighten your legs in your kayak, but they should be bent so that your knees are touching the sides of the kayak and you should be fitting in this position just tight enough to not be cramped or numb.

Do you kneel or sit in a kayak? ›

You should kneel inside your kayak when paddling in windy conditions and are looking for more stability. Kneeling also will ensure a safer and more comfortable experience if you are paddling with pets, children or inexperienced paddlers.

What kind of kayak is best for rapids? ›

Kayaks with a higher rocker tend to be able to negotiate rapids and obstacles with greater ease. A higher rocker also allows a kayak to right itself easier after a bad landing when running a drop.

Is kayaking good exercise? ›

Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Specific health benefits include: Improved cardiovascular fitness. Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle.

What should I look for in a whitewater kayak? ›

  • More bow rocker: Allows the boat to ride over large waves and helps to keep the bow above water when landing from a drop.
  • Less bow rocker: Allows the boat to punch through large waves but can stuff the bow underwater upon landing from a drop.
  • More stern rocker: Allows for easier boofs off of drops.

How much should you spend on your first kayak? ›

Recreational kayak prices are much more palatable than other specialized kayaks and generally stick to a $300 to $1000 price range. Beginner recreational kayaks – easy-to-use all-around performers with a generic design – are reasonably priced, starting at around $300.

What type of kayak is best for Rivers? ›

Rivers and lakes: If you plan to use your boat in both flowing and still waters, go with a short recreational sit-in or sit-on-top kayak. These crossover boats typically have a skeg. That setup will help you turn responsively when the skeg is up and track efficiently when the skeg is down.

Can inflatable kayaks handle rapids? ›

Recreational and lake-paddling inflatable kayaks are wholly unsuited for this type of whitewater, even if they have drain valves. Only good-quality expedition level inflatable kayaks (such as the Sea Eagle Explorer Series) or dedicated inflatable whitewater kayaks are built-well enough to tackle Class IV rapids.

Should I get an inflatable kayak or raft? ›

Inflatable boats that are specifically designed for white water rafting will use a more durable material that gives your inflatable boat more protection and rigidity. Most other inflatable boats however will not be made out of a durable, multilayer construction because they aren't usually intended for extreme rafting.

Do I need a self bailing kayak? ›

If you plan on mostly calm water, lake, slow rivers or ocean kayaking, then you probably do not need a self-bailing option. Some kayaks come with drain plugs, not to be confused with self-bailing. A drain plug allows you to drain out any water that might have dripped into the kayak.

Can you kayak in Yanchep? ›

No. Unfortunately the lake is infested with weeds and reefs and the water level much too low. There is water visible and lots of bird life but the lake is completely inaccessible to any form of water craft.

Is kayaking the same as canoeing? ›

One of the main differences between kayaking and canoeing is the paddle used. Typically in canoeing, the paddler uses a single-bladed paddle whereas kayak paddlers usually use a double-bladed paddle. One of the obvious differences between the two sports is the paddling techniques.

Where can I kayak in Busselton? ›

BUSSELTON JETTY TOURIST PARK - Kayaking, Rafting & Canoeing

This river begins at the junction of Arthur River and Balgarup River and travels in a south westerly direction until it reaches the ocean at Hardy Inlet near Augusta. It is the longest river in the South West with a length of 300 kilometres.

Do kayaks flip easily? ›

The short answer is no. Most kayaks—especially those built for new kayakers—are designed with stability in mind, so they're not likely to capsize for no reason. That said, kayaks can flip over if you lose your balance or paddle in very windy conditions.

Do kayaks tip over easily? ›

Generally, kayaks are safe and don't just tip over for no reason. Most of the time when someone experiences this, it's due to a lack of balance or conditions on the water outside of their control. For example, it's rather difficult, even for a beginner, to tip over in a recreation kayak on a calm river.

Can you kayak in Margaret River? ›

You can hire kayaks at the Margaret River rivermouth.

Can you swim in Margaret River? ›

Meelup is one of the most picturesque and popular beaches in the Margaret River region and is one of the best swimming beaches thanks to its protected aspect and gentle waves. It's facilities, like picnic tables and BBQs, also make it a brilliant spot for a family picnic day out, any time of year.

Can you swim in Blackwood River? ›

About this park

That's a lot of river to explore! And what better way to explore the river than by kayaking, swimming, or fishing. You can even spot the many water birds that visit the riverbanks and sheltered pools. It's a great place to walk and picnic with family and friends.

What kind of kayak is best for rapids? ›

Kayaks with a higher rocker tend to be able to negotiate rapids and obstacles with greater ease. A higher rocker also allows a kayak to right itself easier after a bad landing when running a drop.

How do you kayak a Class 3 rapids? ›

Students Take on a Class III Rapid - YouTube


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