We are very excited to offer you the chance to join us on this gem of a trip on the truly spectacular Magpie River. For years it has seemed but a dream but now we can't wait to share this departure with you in 2018. In terms of dramatic scenery, untouched wilderness, stunning camps and numerous class IV/V+ rapids, the Magpie is hard to beat. Without question one of the top whitewater rafting destinations in North America and the World. We also have another trip to the Chilko River in British Colombia.

2 Nights
6 Nights
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1.


    Arrive into Montreal and fly up to Sept Isle where we spend the night at Chateau Arnaud.

    No meals included.

    Day 2


    After breakfast this morning a gorgeous one hour drive past dramatic sea cliffs and waterfalls, takes us to our rendevous oint with the helicopter. After an amazing flight we camp at Magpie Lake.

    Included: All meals

    Day 3


    After breakfast we paddle a few minutes to where the Magpie River spills from the lake. The day is filled with numerous class IV rapids. Our final rapid is Marmot, a class 4+. The upper Magpie looks a lot like a Norwegian river with granite, lichen, moss and black spruce trees. We camp just below Marmot Rapid in a tucked away cove.

    Included: All meals

    Day 4


    This morning we run a series of class 4 rapids. We reach two grade VI rapids and have lunch in between them as guides line the rafts through them. The afternoon sees the river ease off and your opportunity to try an inflatable kayak or stand up paddle board. We spend the night on a beautiful little island, surrounded by beach, in the middle of a miniature lake,

    Included: All meals.

  • Day 5.


    This morning we raft a series of class 3 rapids down to the mile long class IV Saxaphone Rapid after which we have a sumptuous lunch. More opportunities this afternoon for people to  paddle in inflatable kayaks in the rapids down to camp.

    Included: All meals

    Day 6.


    Today contains the biggest rapids of the trip including Double Drop (IV), Ledges (IV), Picket Fence (IV) and the 13 foot high, class IV Trust Falls. In the afternoon we paddle across a lake to our gorge camp for the night. This is one of the most spectacular camps in the world. The camp hangs on the edge of a sheer walled gorge containing three class VI rapids.

    Included: All meals.

    Day 7.


    This morning we take a hike to the base of the first falls in the gorge and take time for a swim. Meanwhile a helicopter will arrive to portage our gear down to to our final night's camp below the gorge. After hiking down the gorge we have the chance to paddle our kayaks across the lake to marvel at Magpie Falls where the entire river leaps down to a pool thirty meters below and an ever present rainbow from the spray. Our camp for the night directly across from the falls is simply breathtaking.

    Included: All meals

    Day 8.


    This morning we paddle the sea kayaks or stand up paddle board down to our vehicle. A 45 minute drive takes us to a trail head where we embark on a 2 hour hike to the spectacular 130 foot high Manitou Falls. In the early aafternoon we arrive at Sept Isles and check into our hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.

    included: All meals

    Day 9.


    After breakfast we will transfer you to Sept Isles Airport for your flight home.

    Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Your trip starts and finishes in Sept Isle, Quebec. In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office's for advice on who to book your flights with. Many airlines offer flights to Sept Isle (YZV), from the UK via Montreal.  We  recommend contacting Trailfinders for your best flight options or the excellent and competitive folks at Exito Travel. Many operators also offer flights from the US, but we suggest for the best deals check out Skyscanner.  If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us

Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.

We have price and departure information about the following trips in Canada (river prices only - flights not included).

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £500 per person (USD$700 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that the price shown in GBP is the price for the trip.  UK residents should pay that price in GBP and USA residents should pay that price in USD.

The Magpie River, Quebec

Friday 2 August 2019 Saturday 10 August 2019
9 Days
GBP £ 3195
Euro € 3695
USD $ 4690
Saturday 10 August - Sunday 18 August 2019
9 Days
GBP £ 3195
Euro € 3695
USD $ 4690
Sunday 18 August - Monday 26 August 2019
9 Days
GBP £ 3195
Euro € 3695
USD $ 4690

What You Should Bring

River wear:

  • Paddle jacket & paddle pants: It is mandatory to have a waterproof paddle jacket and paddle pants on the river. This will keep you warm and relatively dry and is worn over your synthetic shirts.
  • A pair of Chacos / Keens or similar sandals. (Sandals with a closed toe are ideal)
  • 2 pairs of river shorts (longer leg length) shorts can be purchased from our online shop.
  • 2 swimming costume or bikini for ladies.
  • Long sleeved thermal top and bottoms to wear under your life jacket. Capilene, Polypropylene or Merino wool is best. (not cotton)
  • A rash vest (not cotton) as an alternative to the thermal layer.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online shop. (remove the button from the top of the cap – sometimes your helmet presses down on it, causing discomfort)
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 2 x 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.

 Around camp:

  • Small, lightweight, compressible sleeping pad. Do not bring foam pads because they do not compress well and space is an issue on the baggage boats.
  • Lightweight compressible sleeping bag with a rating down to 35 degrees.
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long trousers, zip off legs are ideal.
  • 1 pair of warm fleece like trousers.
  • 2 Lightweight tops - long sleeved shirts or t shirts.
  • Fleece jumper.
  • Light weight down jacket (essential).
  • Rain jacket.
  • Wide brimmed sun hat.
  • Woolly hat, gloves, buff / scarf.
  • Walking shoes or boots.
  • Underwear.
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)
  • A 4-season sleeping bag. (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.

 Personal items:

  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking.
  • Blister plasters or moleskin.


  • Your favourite book/kindle or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Binoculars.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Spare memory card.
  • Solar or portable charger.
  • Zip lock bags to keep valuables dry and sand free.
  • Rehydration tablets (Phizz, Nuun and O.R.S are easily available)
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items, gratuities and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.

You do not need to bring tents + sleeping mats.

We provide wetsuits, personal flotation jackets, spray jackets and helmets.

At the pre-departure meeting you will be given a dry bag. In to which you will pack all you require on the trip, including your sleeping bag and camping mattress.


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