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Missinaibi River Trip Report - Summer 2001

A Northern Ontario Whitewater Adventure
Join us as we recap our journey down the Missinaibi River in Northern Ontario. The Missinaibi is primarily class I and II whitewater with a few class III rapids. This guided trip took us nearly 100 miles down river and put us over 40 rapids and we only saw one other group the whole time we were on the river! There was plenty of time for instruction so previous whitewater experience was not required. Wildlife abounds on the Missinaibi and the Northern Lights are often visible at night.

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We met up with our group and boarded the train in Foleyet on July 7; what a great way to start a trip. Our trip ended when we reached Mattice the afternoon of July 15 and we were shuttled back to the airport or our vehicles.


Brent, co-founder of Paddling.net and his wife Chris took this trip as an opportunity to learn whitewater paddling and a chance to enjoy the wonderful paddling that Ontario has to offer. This was a guided trip so there were six other paddlers who quickly became our friends. We paddled open canoes on this trip, specifically one Mad River Canoe, one Evergreen Starburst, and two Nova Craft 16's.


From its source at Missinaibi Lake, the river rushes 350 miles North to James Bay. We only paddled a 100-mile stretch of the river. We started at Peterbell Marsh and took out at the town of Mattice.


Outfitting and guides provided by Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters. Call Dave and Julie and experience world-class friendliness and hospitality.



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