With a consistent and significant dropping gradient, the Bonaventure River canoe trip is characterized by virtually continuous, mildly technical Class I-III whitewater from its origins high in the Chic Chock Mountains, all the way to the sea. The Bonaventure is an ideal river for solo paddling and poling, a time honored craft practiced by very few in Maine and the Maritime regions of Canada. Whitewater enthusiasts or those looking to hone their skills in whitewater canoeing consistently choose the crystal clear waters of the Bonaventure as a must-do canoe trip in Eastern Canada due to its relative proximity to the states. There is no remote fly-in necessary and due to its tremendous presence as a remote canoe tripping river with manageable whitewater makes the Bonaventure a thrill for all paddlers.
The highlight of any canoe trip on the Bonaventure River is ‘The Gorge’. A 10-mile section of the most challenging whitewater of the trip is interspersed with areas of swift water. As with all of our trips, Smoking Rivers’ professional Guides take great care to ensure the safety and success of our guests. We take ample time to thoroughly scout each significant rapid until all in the party are comfortable to run a particular section and no one is required to run any piece of whitewater they feel uncomfortable with. The highlight of The Gorge section is a piece of whitewater called ‘The Three Steps,’ which includes three successive Class III ledge drops and larger waves. An absolute thrill for any paddler, these whitewater sections are tremendously rewarding after successfully navigating the rapid and make great opportunities for photographing the exploits of your fellow paddlers.
Upon exiting The Gorge, which we will take care to negotiate in a full-day, the river again widens but still maintains its constant gradient and swift water. Rapids continue to abound and paddlers are whisked along with the current while paddling on crystalline, aqua colored water that is some of the clearest, coldest water that many have ever seen. It is not uncommon to peer beneath the canoe and see salmon swimming 30 feet beneath you. A perennial favorite of Smoking Rivers’ professional Guides, the Bonaventure River canoe trip truly feels like an expedition deep into the heart of the rugged Canadian back country.
Bonavnture River Canoe Trips
Trips Available: June
Trip Length: 7 Days
Age Minimum: 12
Price: 7-Day, Complete River Trip- $1850/person
Deposit: 50% Deposit required at time of reservation. Remainder due no later than (21) days prior to trip departure (non-refundable).
Cancellations & Refunds:
0-59 days prior to trip- deposit non-refundable
60-89 days prior to trip- 35% deposit refundable
90 days or more prior to trip- 75% refundable
Group and Youth rates available. Rates are based off a 4 person trip subject to change depending on group size and duration.