Canadian Canoe Routes

Shuttle on the Bonaventure
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Author:  DougB [ February 6th, 2023, 1:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Shuttle on the Bonaventure

We are considering a trip down the Bonaventure river this spring but have been told by CIME Adventures that they no longer offer a shuttle service to the top of the river due to floods in 2020 that changed the nature of the river. Anyone else in that area that might offer a shuttle service?

Author:  scoops [ February 6th, 2023, 5:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Shuttle on the Bonaventure

We had a guide that did our shuttles but have lost contact info. Cime knows who he is but will not give any info. Not worth doing if putting in at mid point( below canyon)

He and his wife had a 4wd truck( needed for the last couple miles to Bonaventure Lake) that was rigged for 5 canoes on racks plus another SUV for gear and people.

If you find a shuttle provider please post and we will do the same.

I wonder what got worse at the top. Possibility of strainers/sweepers was always high for the upper portion early in the season, maybe the log piles in upper section blew out.


Author:  recped [ February 6th, 2023, 11:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Shuttle on the Bonaventure

There is a trip report in a recent Nastwagan that contains this info......

In early 2022, after countless cold calls and internet searches, Rob connected with a ZEC Bonaventure staffer (ZEC: Zone d’Exploitation Contrôlée, i.e. Quebec conservation authority) who not only confirmed that the upper section of the river was still navigable (others had accomplished the descent the previous year) but also found a local person who was willing to provide a shuttle through the network of logging roads, pairing our group with a second client that had been asking the same questions. Rob also connected with Yann Barriault of Eskamer Aventure (, an “adventure” company based in Saintte-Anne-des-Monts, about 2 hours away on the north shoreline of the Gaspé peninsula between the Chic Chocs (Parc National de la Gaspésie) and Forillon National Park (“Land’s End”). Eskamer did their insurance homework and committed to providing the shuttle service. As word gets out, I’m sure they’ll be getting more calls to fill the void left by the departure of CIME for services to the upper section of the Bonaventure River – a river well known by professional guides in Ontario, Quebec, Maine and the eastern seaboard.

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