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The Upper Missinaibi River

Imagine..running 40 sets of rapids, portaging fewer than 10 times, and camping every night beside the roar of cascading falls and rapids. Few rivers can match the power, beauty and history of the Upper Missinaibi. From its source at Missinaibi Lake, the river rushes 350 miles North to James Bay, over Precambrian granite, through string bogs and marshes, and all within a Provincial Park.

Our guided trip catches the river at the ghost town of Peterbell (accessible only by train), and over 100 miles of river, we drop 300 feet. Although the pace is relaxed enough to allow for whitewater instruction and plenty of relaxation time, this trip does require an intermediate level of general fitness with a couple longer days on the water. Truly, one of the best ways to experience one of the world's great heritage rivers.


2014 Trip Dates

August 14th - 22nd, 2014 : 9 days

See also : 8 day or 17 day, Thunderhouse & Lower Missinaibi




Price


Upper Missinaibi with Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters

Included in Trip Price

• Camping at Racine Lake
• Transportation to Foleyet & from Mattice
• Train Tickets from Foleyet to Peterbell
• All meals & Group Equipment
• Professional Guides and All Safety Equipment
• Tents & Thermarests (if needed)
• Interior Camping Permits

Not included:

• Single Supplement (hotels & tent)
• Transportation to and from the trip rendez-vous point
• Accommodations on the night after the trip (we can arrange this)
• Guide Gratuities

How do I join?

Call our reservations specialist toll free (855) 226-6366 or email us (trips@missinaibi.com) to book your trip.
 

Detailed Trip Itinerary


DAY 0: Racine Lake Campground
Our adventure begins with a rendezvous at Racine Lake Campground (26kms north of the town of Chapleau, Ontario) on the evening before the trip. That night we will meet the group, go over the trip plan, hand out gear and enjoy an outdoor campfire and a BBQ dinner.

DAY 1: Peterbell Marsh: Today we will drive one and a half hours to Foleyet, ON where we will begin our Expedition by boarding the 11am train. After the one-hour ride, we will be at the ghost town of Peterbell, where we will explore the ruins of this old logging town in the early afternoon. Our first nights camp will be a short paddle to the rock shelf campsite in the Marsh.

DAY 2: Wavy Rapids: We will paddle the Peterbell Marsh in hopes of catching a glimpse of some wildlife and make camp at Wavy Rapids, a great place to practice our whitewater moves and enjoy a marvelous sunset. There will be lots of time for Whitewater instruction and River Morphology conversations.

DAY 3: Greenhill Rapids to Split Rock Falls. Today begins with the infamous Greenhill Rapids. Depending upon water and confidence levels, the decision is made to run or portage this long and challenging class III. After running another five sets, we camp atop the gorge of Split Rock Falls. Here, we decide if the next day will take us off the river into scenic and historic Brunswick Lake, or will become an easy day to the A+campsite at Thunder Falls.

DAY 4-5: Thunder Falls Decisions, decisions... You know life's rough when you must choose between spending an afternoon resting in the shade of the cedars, tuned to the roar of Thunder Falls, or try to catch the group a meal of fresh Walleye from below the falls. If that doesn't work, we are sure to catch dinner at the next campsite

DAY 6 - 8: Devils Shoepack & Brunswick Bridge When we rejoin the Missinaibi we experience yet more great whitewater paddling. The long rock garden of Albany Rapids offers some excitement, and depending on water levels, one of our final campsites provides a great opportunity for some surfing, yes we surf in canoes! Glassy Falls, where we will spend our final night on the river is possibly one of the most magical places on earth….could be a white sand beach in the Caribbean.

DAY 9: Today we have about a half day paddle, on a quick moving, fun section of river, bringing us into the town of Mattice around lunch time. A traditional Northern Ontario Poutine before heading back to Chapleau. It is about a 5-hour drive, getting us back to Chapleau around 6-7PM.
*Accommodations can be arranged for this evening (NOT included in package)

Missinaibi River Map

Trip Photos

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