French River Canoe Trip

About the Experience

The French River is stunning, classic Canadian Shield Scenery.  With smooth granite shorelines, speckled with windswept white pine, this canoe route of national historic significance is the first designated Canadian Heritage River.  

Paddle the traditional route of First Nations, French Explorers and Voyageurs – a river that served as a Canadian ‘highway’ for centuries – and experience for yourself first hand why the French River Provincial Park is a canoe tripper’s paradise.

Considered an introductory whitewater river, this canoe trip is designed for women who have some canoe tripping experience, with moving water paddling experience an asset, but not necessary.  If you have taken an introductory whitewater canoeing course then this trip is the perfect next step to put your new-found skills to work!

Running the rapids on this trip, however, is optional.  Being a drop and pool river, there are stretches of gorgeous, serene flat water separated by small drops in elevation, which create the moving water sections.  Your guides will carefully lead you through the process of scouting and running, or portaging, class I and II rapids and for those that are up for it, there will be several opportunities to safely ride the waves and create that wonderful adrenaline rush that makes us feel so alive!

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French River Canoe Trip

About the Experience

The French River is stunning, classic Canadian Shield Scenery.  With smooth granite shorelines, speckled with windswept white pine, this canoe route of national historic significance is the first designated Canadian Heritage River.  

Paddle the traditional route of First Nations, French Explorers and Voyageurs – a river that served as a Canadian ‘highway’ for centuries – and experience for yourself first hand why the French River Provincial Park is a canoe tripper’s paradise.

Considered an introductory whitewater river, this canoe trip is designed for women who have some canoe tripping experience, with moving water paddling experience an asset, but not necessary.  If you have taken an introductory whitewater canoeing course then this trip is the perfect next step to put your new-found skills to work!

Running the rapids on this trip, however, is optional.  Being a drop and pool river, there are stretches of gorgeous, serene flat water separated by small drops in elevation, which create the moving water sections.  Your guides will carefully lead you through the process of scouting and running, or portaging, class I and II rapids and for those that are up for it, there will be several opportunities to safely ride the waves and create that wonderful adrenaline rush that makes us feel so alive!

french river itinerary - day 1
DAY ONE: RENDEZVOUS

We will rendezvous at the Lodge at Pine Cove on Wolseley Bay on the morning of Day 1 where you will be able to securely leave your vehicle for the duration of the trip (note: additional daily parking fee will apply per vehicle – car pooling is encouraged!).

Once everyone has arrived, we’ll have a brief yet concise trip orientation, pack the canoes, partner-up and head off down the bay.  We’ll have the opportunity to paddle flatwater for the first part of the day, reviewing basic paddling skills and brushing-up on on technique.  We’ll pick a lovely spot along the shore to have lunch, then at our first rapid we’ll talk about river morphology, and ‘scout’ the river.  At each rapid there always be the option to run it or portage.  Challenge by choice!!

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DAY TWO TO THREE: BACKCOUNTRY

The French River is considered ‘drop and pool’: serene sections of flatwater separated by drops in elevation, which cause the rapids and swifts.  Some sections of river will be slow moving current and easier swift water, while other rapids may require a little more maneuvering or paddling through larger standing waves.  Should you choose to run them (you will always have the choice!), you will only be paddling up to Class II rapids.

As an operational Provincial Waterway Park, campsites are at designated sites along the river, usually on flat rocky areas, sometimes alongside a rapid where you can fall asleep to the sound of moving water, or in a calmer section in a wider bay.

We will be spending a blissful 3 nights in the backcountry, moving to a new location each day.  At day’s end, we’ll enjoy scrumptious gourmet camp cooking, amongst the camaraderie of new friends, as we exchange stories and experiences with a sparkle in our eye and a smile on our face.

By the end of day 3, we will bid farewell to the excitement of the rapids, and spend the final day and a half paddling leisurely in flatwater, winding down, reflecting on the previous 2 days’ adventures.

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DAY FOUR: PACK UP AND PADDLE

On Day 4, we’ll pack up and paddle the final stretch of the river, arriving at the French River Supply Post near HWY 69 by 2 PM where we will be met by a shuttle van that will take drivers back to vehicles parked at the Lodge at Pine Cove.  Wrap up and departure for home should be by 3:30 pm.

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