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Author:  Stajanleafs [ January 7th, 2020, 4:10 pm ]
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In September of 2018, I paddled Eastern Quebec's Bonaventure River. Water levels were extremely low, leading to bony, technical runs instead of the pushy waters this river is known for. However, the amazingly clear waters remained! Be sure to check out the trip video!

This was a short trip as I was in the region to compete in Raid Raid International Gaspésie, a 4 day, 300km staged adventure race. Teams from around the world took part in the challenging race which athletes paddle, trek, run, bike and climb through the breathtaking Gaspé Peninsula: Full video of that here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... CXWlJmfl4f

Hardlink to Bonaventure trip video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUYUKClKOS4


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Author:  Gerald Guay [ January 8th, 2020, 6:45 am ]
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Thanks for sharing.

GG

Author:  Captaincanadian [ January 8th, 2020, 1:06 pm ]
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Watched the video last night Brad, looked awesome, love the drone work, can't believe how clear that water is. Absolutely beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing.

Author:  scoops [ January 8th, 2020, 7:29 pm ]
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You have to go back and paddle the Bonnie in late May /June. Best level is between 40 and 80 on the gauge. Start at the lake, take 6 leisurely days to enjoy it. Truly a gem in the Gaspe.

Author:  recped [ January 8th, 2020, 11:02 pm ]
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Yeah I never knew there were so many rocks (other than the ones 10 - 15 metres under the water that are clearly visible).

Great river to run, unfortunate it's so far away for most people. I ran it in 1999, last week of May, levels at 70cms falling to low 60's at the end, no scraping on rocks at that level.

Bonus was plentiful fiddleheads along the river banks.

Author:  Stajanleafs [ January 9th, 2020, 10:24 am ]
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Ah I so wish! It's on the list to do a re-run in higher waters. You're right about the drive though, it's 18hrs from me! would like to go back and combine it with a run of the Petite Cascapedia. Did that one in the fall a few years back. Heavier rains helped push it up, but not nearly to spring levels.

I forget exactly what the level was when I ran this, but the folks at CIME said it was the lowest they had seen in years.....

Author:  recped [ January 9th, 2020, 4:39 pm ]
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I looked it up....your level was about 6cms! Not quite an all time low but very close!

Author:  scoops [ January 9th, 2020, 5:24 pm ]
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We did a fall trip a few years ago, started below the gorge. Was at 8 when we started, still had channels but was slow going in places. Still a great trip.

Author:  MartinG [ January 9th, 2020, 8:03 pm ]
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We were supposed to run it from the lake last June. It was running over 300. We figured how hard could it be (famous last words). In the end the trip got cancelled because the bus couldnt get up the road. Too much snow. June!

Author:  Sam82 [ January 9th, 2020, 8:53 pm ]
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Yeah when I paddled it in May our 4X4 got stuck in snow and I dragged the canoe to the put in. Level was high and water was murky!

Author:  scoops [ January 10th, 2020, 8:41 am ]
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MartinG wrote:
We were supposed to run it from the lake last June. It was running over 300. We figured how hard could it be (famous last words). In the end the trip got cancelled because the bus couldnt get up the road. Too much snow. June!

300 would be a little exciting, Gaspe had over 600 cm of snow in places last year. We did Kedgwick/Restigouche instead. Not as exciting whitewater wise but able to stretch it out to 150 k depending on where you start and it is beautiful.

Author:  River Rodent [ January 11th, 2020, 5:27 pm ]
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One way to shorten the drive to Bonadventure is to use Via Rail. We drove to Montreal and boarded the train with the canoe and gear in the evening. We woke up the next morning in Gaspe. Cime Adventures picked us up at the train stop.

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