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Duration
9 days
Cost
£3695
Arrival Airport
Sept-Îles (YZV)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
24°C (75°F)
Water Temp
16°C (65°F)
Camping
6 nights
Hotel
2 nights

Overview


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 2019. In terms of dramatic scenery, untouched wilderness, stunning camps and numerous class IV/V+ rapids, the Magpie is hard to beat. Enjoy a stunning helicopter flight into the river to this area of immense beauty. Without question one of the top whitewater rafting destinations in North America and the World, you are going to love this adventure. We also have another trip to the Chilko River in British Colombia.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

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

No meals included.

2

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

Included: All meals

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

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.

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

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

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

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

9

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

Included: Breakfast

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USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 13 August 2022 - Sunday 21 August 20229 days£3695€3995$5395

Your trip starts and finishes in Sept Isle (YZV), QuebecIn 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 £700 per person (USD$900 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.

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What you should bring


River wear:

  • 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.

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Current COVID Travel Status To Canada


Travelling from the US

Canada is currently not allowing travellers to enter for vacation purposes. Watch this space as we expect it may open for summer.

Entry Requirements

  •  Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • Canada restricts non-essential land, sea, and air entry by foreign nationals.  For more information on entry restrictions, see Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) website here.
    • “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. “Essential travel”, which is still permitted, includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes, for travelers ages 5 and older.
    • Travelers by land or air must provide negative laboratory COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at a land border or their scheduled air departure to Canada. There are no exceptions for travelers who are partially or fully vaccinated.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Upon arrival to Canada, as well as towards the end of their 14-day quarantine, travelers by land and air are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test. There are no exceptions for travelers who are partially or fully vaccinated. For more on these requirements, please click here.
    • All passengers on flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose.
  • Land Travel Considerations:
    • Land borders are operating at reduced capacity and with limited hours. Visit CBP and CBSA for details on land border crossings.
    • Arriving land travelers must submit contact and other information prior to traveling, as detailed  here.
    • Stricter rules and additional entry conditions impact travelers transiting through Canada to or from Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose. Full information is available in the CBSA News release.
    • For more information on entering Canada at a land border, please click here.
  • Air Travel Considerations:
    • International airline passengers must arrive in Canada at one of four cities:  Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Montreal.
    • Arriving airline passengers must submit contact and other information prior to flying, as detailed here.
    • Airline passengers must quarantine in an approved hotel for three nights while they await arrival test results. Travelers are responsible for paying all hotel expenses (approximately $2,000 CAD). For more information, please click here.
  • If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply for a visitor record. A visitor record is a document that gives you status as a visitor in Canada, allows you to stay longer and includes a new expiration date. You must apply for a visitor record before your current status expires.
  • If you have a work permit that is about to expire or you need to make changes to it, you should apply to extend your work permit or change the conditions on it. You need to apply at least 30 days before your current work permit expires. You cannot extend your work permit beyond the expiration date of your passport.
  • If you have a pending Canadian immigration application and your U.S. passport has expired, please see the Government of Canada’s webpage on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration, refugee, citizenship, and passport operations. You may be eligible for an extension on your application if it is not documentarily complete due to COVID-19.

Travelling from the UK

Entry to Canada

The Canadian government requires all travellers aged five and above arriving in Canada by land or air to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing. Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding or entry.

Further details are available on Public Health Canada’s website.

At point of departure, air operators must complete a basic health assessment of every passenger. No passengers (regardless of citizenship) who are showing symptoms of coronavirus will be allowed to board. Non-medical face masks or face coverings are required for all flights to and from Canadian airports, and within airport terminals. Anyone who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons must be in possession of a medical certificate.

All travellers whose final destination is Canada are required to submit their information digitally through Canada’s ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan, COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and vaccine information. You must be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada, as well as evidence that you have submitted your details digitally. Further information is available on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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Incredible Adventure

Rated 5 out of 5
9th March 2019

My wife and I did the Magpie in August ’18. We had an absolutely wonderful time. The river was so challenging and provided incredible scenery. The guides were wonderful. All our needs and more were met with a smile everyday and night. The meals AND the camaraderie were above our expectations. Living in the USA we had no idea such a great wilderness ( outside of our party we didn’t see another person for the entire trip) adventure was so close. We highly recommend the Magpie.

Henry Cole

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