The Muteshekau Shipu (Magpie River) in the Côte-Nord region of eastern Quebec is one of National Geographic’s top 10 multi-day rafting rivers. Despite the heavy presence of hydro-electric dams in the region, the Magpie is one of the few mighty rivers to be left virtually untouched. The immediate sense of remoteness and mountainous landscape make for a humbling and spectacular wilderness experience.

This trip is suitable for those who are in good shape and have a sense of adventure. Previous paddling and camping experience are not required, but those with prior experience will be able to challenge themselves using the solo-paddling equipment available – choose between stand up paddling (SUP) boards or “kayarafts”, stable one-person inflatable kayaks.

We are pleased to partner with Boreal River Adventures to offer you the opportunity to experience this wilderness river.

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Click here to access a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions. This trip is available to custom groups of 8 – 11 people.

What's included



  • Three river rafting guides
  • At least one Innu Interpretive Guide


  • Trail meals and snacks from Day 2 breakfast to Day 8 lunch
  • Wine and Quebec Micro-Brew Beer (two drinks/person/day)
  • Final dinner (Day 8) in Sept-Îles


  • 2 nights at in Sept-Îles (double occupancy)
  • 6 nights tent camping on the Magpie

Rafting & Paddling Equipment

  • Expedition quality rafts and equipment (paddles, PFD, helmets, rescue equipment)
  • Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards and inflatable kayaks (kayarafts) to be used upon request on calmer sections of the river; canoes (used briefly on Day 8)
  • Wetsuit and paddling jacket

Camping Equipment

  • ‘Kitchen’ – tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, containers for food, etc
  • Dry bags and containers for your personal equipment (1 large and 1 small drybag/person)
  • Free-standing expedition style dome tents (1-2 people per tent)
  • Basic fishing equipment – license to fish (required) can be purchased on Day 1
  • Sleeping pad and camp pillow with pillow case

Safety Equipment

  • first aid and repair kits, communications equipment (satellite phone)
  • rescue gear

Local Transportation

  • Transportation of guides, group gear etc to and from trip
  • Road transport from Sept-Îles Airport and back if required (Day 1 & 9)
  • Van shuttle from Sept-Îles to helicopter pad (Day 2) and from Magpie River take-out to Sept-Îles (Day 8)
  • Helicopter/Float Plane transport of group to Lake Magpie (Day 1)
  • Helicopter/Float Plane-assisted portage of rafting gear around Magpie Falls