Canoe-camping: Paddle to the Outaouais’ most scenic spots

Published on May 16 2024

From pristine lakes to immaculate shorelines, canoe into the golden hour and find the perfect spot to pitch your tent for the night. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and explore secluded islands with warm sands. Whether you’re planning an overnight stay or a longer trip, your canoe-camping experience in the Outaouais is sure to be unforgettable! 

* Please be sure to wear your lifejacket at all times, carry a boating safety kit, and keep your eyes peeled to admire the beautiful scenery. 

LONG-DISTANCE CANOEING ADVENTURE


Thirty-One-Mile Lake Regional Park Corporation

Accessible only by boat, the rustic campground maintained by the Thirty-One-Mile Lake Regional Park Corporation is a peaceful jewel beside a crystal-clear body of water. Paddle for hours in the heart of the vast expanses of the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. As the sun sets, beach your canoe on an island, set up camp, and cook over an open fire. 

Where

295 Montée du Lac des 31 Milles, Bouchette

Cost

1 tent: $55/night | 2 tents: $75/night | 3 tents : $95/night | 4 tents: $105/night | One bag of firewood per night will be delivered to your campsite free of charge.

Good to know

Canoe rental not included. | Dogs are allowed as long as you keep the site clean and control the noise level and the comings and goings of your pet.

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Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve

Canoeists looking for a challenge will find it in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. Canoe routes range from 14.5 to 44 km, with numerous portages between the different lakes. There are seven campsites accessible only by canoe on Lac Écho, and many more in the surrounding area. 

Ready for another epic adventure? Plan a 48-km whitewater trip down the Rivière du Sourd, where you’ll negotiate waterfalls and class I, II and III rapids. Sleep peacefully at one of the four sites at the Baie campground. 

Where

443 Route 309, Val-des-Bois | 5000 Chemin du Lac Gagnon W., Duhamel

Cost

$15.75 per adult per night

Good to know

Canoe-camping maps are accessible on site. | Make your reservations by calling the wildlife reserve directly (819-454-2011). | You can rent canoes at Lac Écho, the Gagnon Registration Centre, Lac Montjoie and Lac des Sept Frères.

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La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve

Calling all adventurers: The LaVérendrye Wildlife Reserve has the largest canoe-camping offer in Quebec, with some 20routes on various lakes! Spend a few days in the heart of nature and sleep at some of the 500 overnight campsites. 

Where

10 Route 117, Montcerf-Lytton

Cost

Adult: $15.75/night | Age 17 and under: Free

Good to know

A shuttle service ($) is available to take you to the starting point of the canoe routes. | You can buy firewood at the registration centre. | Dry toilets nearby, no drinking water source at the campsites.

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CANOE-CAMPING IN CALM WATERS


CarpeDiem Aventures

For a unique experience, head to CarpeDiem Aventures. Go canoecamping or try paddlecamping, where the water is very calm! Go on a 45 km trip to the Aigle and Désert rivers. At the beginning of the route, youll cross clear waters and paddle by several sandy beaches. 

Where

3 Chemin Jonida, Blue Sea

Cost

From $43.50 per canoe per day. | A shuttle service (from $100) is available.

Good to know

Ideal for a 2-day, 1-night trip or a 2½-day, 2-night trip.

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Gatineau Park, Lac la Pêche sector

Stake out your camping spot in the Lac laPêche sector of Gatineau Park. During the day, fish for pike and bass from your canoe on this immense lake. Paddle a little further afield to admire this well-preserved park with its thriving ecosystem. 

Where

Highway 5 North to exit 28

Cost

$38/night | Reduced rates for seniors (60+) and members of the Fédération québécoise de camping et de caravaning and the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Good to know

There’s an accessible boat ramp. | You can rent a canoe on site for the day. | Dogs are not allowed on beaches, in picnic areas or in campgrounds. | A fishing permit is required.

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Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois

Rent a canoe at the Air-Eau-Bois outdoor centre and set out to explore beautiful Lac du Poisson Blanc, with its hidden coves and secluded beaches. More experienced canoeists can make it a multi-day trip by portaging and camping under the stars. 

Where

Bowman boat launch parking, at the end of Chemin Poisson Blanc.

Cost

Canoe rental (minimum 3 days): 2-seater: $41.00/day | 3-seater: $48.00/day

Good to know

The 2-seater canoe is suitable for 2 adults and their gear. | The 3-seater canoe is suitable for 2 adults and 1 child. | Pick up your canoe no later than 4:45 PM.

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HAVING FUN MEANS BEING PREPARED

Whether you’re an experienced canoeist or a novice, the key to an enjoyable canoe-camping experience is preparation! Expect some chilly evenings. A sweatshirt from the #OutaouaisFun collection is ideal for relaxing by the fire. When the sun comes out, put on your T-shirt with a regional design. 

Add canoe-camping essentials to your list: lifejackets, waterproof barrels, microfibre towels, camping gear and more. You can find everything you need at Les Promenades Gatineau. To rent or buy a canoe, visit Sport Échange Outaouais. 

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