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  backcountry paddling near Montreal
  Posted by: nycmhandy on Jul-19-12 7:36 PM (EST)

I am going on a trip in a few weeks with a friend from Montreal. Any suggestions for where we should go? I am open to Class 2 whitewater, big lakes or tidal rivers with lots of wind, and tiny rivers running through wetlands. Multi-day backcountry camping is mandatory, not camping near roads. Let's say within a five-hour drive of Montreal, preferably a bit less.

I have been to the Adirondacks and Algonquin and La Verendrye and would go back to either. I have often heard of the Gaspe Peninsula but know nothing about it (and I doubt it's within driving range). My friend has heard of La Mauricie but knows nothing about it. Any info? Other possibilities?


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  Posted by: ezwater on Jul-26-12 9:18 PM (EST)
There you will find descriptions of trips in those areas.

Many of the rivers on the Gaspe Peninsula will be low by now. It's been a low rainfall year for much of North America. Rivers north of Montreal should be in better shape.

I hope you know that class 2 rivers that are great fun in a lightly loaded canoe can be a deadly risk with a full load.
  Papineau La Belle is closer
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-26-12 11:38 PM (EST)
to Montreal.

But I have a map of it at home where I am not..
  La Mauricie
  Posted by: Waterbird on Aug-12-12 3:06 PM (EST)
I've been there and enjoyed it. It was a reasonable drive from Montreal. I don't remember many details, except BEARS. There was a bear already occupying my assigned campsite as I approaced it from the water.
  Also Maine
  Posted by: Waterbird on Aug-12-12 3:10 PM (EST)
There are a zillion good places within 5 hours of Montreal, in any direction. Not to mention the pond in LaFontaine park.

I would not bother with northern Vermont or New Hampshire---not enough water there. But Maine would be great.


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