Ages: 15 - 18
The Ashuapmushuan (“place where one lays waiting for Moose” in Innu language) drains a vast area of boreal forest southeast into Lake St Jean and Saquenay fjord in Quebec. An ancient indigenous route to the gulf of St Lawrence, this beautiful river offers the rich opportunity to learn history of First Nations and French Voyagers in addition to some of the most interesting rapids ranging in difficulty between class II and IV. Over 200 kilometers of crystal-clear water, excellent fishing and unusually short portages make this a perfect paddling expedition. The Grand Chute on the river is of special mention complete with a natural jacuzzi, bottomless glacial potholes and secret passages leading to an ancient place of worship. Past the Chute the expedition will conclude with 45 kilometers of continuous class II rapids! Ashuapmushuan, while exciting for the most experienced of paddlers, is also appropriate as your first Canadian expedition. Note: Should Canada remain closed due to COVID-19 we will run this expedition on the equally beautiful West Branch of Penobscot River in Northern Maine.