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backcountry paddling near Montreal

I am going on a trip in a few weeks with a friend from Montreal. Any suggestions for where we should go? I am open to Class 2 whitewater, big lakes or tidal rivers with lots of wind, and tiny rivers running through wetlands. Multi-day backcountry camping is mandatory, not camping near roads. Let's say within a five-hour drive of Montreal, preferably a bit less.

I have been to the Adirondacks and Algonquin and La Verendrye and would go back to either. I have often heard of the Gaspe Peninsula but know nothing about it (and I doubt it's within driving range). My friend has heard of La Mauricie but knows nothing about it. Any info? Other possibilities?

Mark

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  • myccr.com
    There you will find descriptions of trips in those areas.

    Many of the rivers on the Gaspe Peninsula will be low by now. It's been a low rainfall year for much of North America. Rivers north of Montreal should be in better shape.

    I hope you know that class 2 rivers that are great fun in a lightly loaded canoe can be a deadly risk with a full load.
  • Papineau La Belle is closer
    to Montreal.

    But I have a map of it at home where I am not..
  • La Mauricie
    I've been there and enjoyed it. It was a reasonable drive from Montreal. I don't remember many details, except BEARS. There was a bear already occupying my assigned campsite as I approaced it from the water.
  • Also Maine
    There are a zillion good places within 5 hours of Montreal, in any direction. Not to mention the pond in LaFontaine park.

    I would not bother with northern Vermont or New Hampshire---not enough water there. But Maine would be great.
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