On a warm summer afternoon, few places on the planet are as perfect
as paddling down the Noire River. Gentle currents pull you over crystal clear
waters, past sandy beaches, alongside rugged forests as the sunlight illuminates
the mist and sets the cliffs glistening. The Noire River is one of the larger
tertiary rivers in the valley, having the greatest length of runnable white water.
It is a beautiful Quebec white water river flowing from its headwaters at Lac
Coughlin to the Ottawa River.
Although not as heavily travelled as
the Dumoine it offers ample opportunity for white water paddling and the best
prospect for viewing wildlife. It is regarded as on of the finest beginner level
rivers in Canada. Easy white water combined with a swift current makes the Noire
perfect for a first time white water paddling experience
Fly-in Starting Points
You fly by floatplane with your canoes tied down to your destination,
watching the pines tower over the river from above.
|Drop Off Locations||Average Flight Time||Trip
|Lac Coughlin||40 minutes||10-12|
|Dorian Crossing||35 minutes||10-11|
St. Patrice||30 minutes||6-7|
Noire offers lots of Class I, II and a few optional
Class III rapids. Portages are marked with few being
difficult the majority are short.
There are few campsites
along the way, one every 5 km, but some of the small cove beaches can be used
to pitch your tent. If sandy beaches do not suit your taste you can always makeshift
a campsite on a soft carpet of pine needles. The Laurentian landscape surrounding
the area also makes a great resting spot for lunch and a swim or enjoys a day
of rest and explore. Warm summer nights around the campfire are often filled with
stories of the day's triumphs and the triumphs of tomorrow.
may be left at our air base in Rapids des Joachims
(Swisha) or shuttle service is available from our base to Waltham Station.
This is located at the mouth of the Noire River. Cost for this service is
$150.00 per vehicle ; arrangements must to be made prior to your flight. Pick up service from Waltham
Station to our base can be arranged.
Words From Hap
"Triple Play" is quickly becoming a legendary threesome for today's
adventure seekers. Almost everyone has heard of the Dumoine,
but ten years ago, who had heard of the Noire or Coulonge
The actions and intentions of Hydro Quebec clearly indicate
that the Dumoine may still be dammed and the
water diverted down the Kipawa to maintain
a stable flow for the power plants. It's not likely to happen if the Dumoine,
and hopefully - the Noire and Coulonge -
attain some level of protected status in the near future. We can only hope that
common sense prevails.
I am often asked how the three
rivers compare with each other, in scenic value, difficulty of terrain, length
of portages, but all I can tell people is that they have to try each one for themselves.
Every river has its own inherent characteristics that makes it special, soulful,
entertaining and alluring; triple play is unique because of the fact that they
align themselves within the same beautiful landscape, yet bequeath entirely independent
Note: Hap Wilson's new book, "The Cabin", is now available through
your local bookstore, or by ordering direct from Natural Heritage Publishers