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Author:  saskhilly [ May 22nd, 2019, 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Montreal River 2019

My wife and I are planning to tackle the Montreal River this weekend. The stretch from Highway 2 to Highway 165. I checked the water level report on:

And it seems to be running at a decently high level. We have a Clipper Tripper 17.5" Kevlar canoe that we were planning to take. It will be the first time doing this for both of us, anyone have any extra info or insights on this short day trip route?


Author:  pawistik [ June 22nd, 2019, 3:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Montreal River 2019

Sorry for not responding sooner, I haven't been on the forum here in months. How was your journey down the Montreal? I trust that the water was at a good level for you.

A decade ago I wrote a post on my blog about running the Montreal and it gives a bit of perspective on the water levels. Too high and it buries the features. Too low and it gets bony. ... ugust.html

Note that at that time we were early in a series of wet years. Since then it has been the norm for the river to be runnable throughout the summer and into September.


Author:  saskhilly [ June 3rd, 2020, 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Montreal River 2019

Hey Bryan and potentially others!

We ran Montreal last year at around 35 m/s. It was a fun level that still exposed some features while having the water move at a decent clip. We are looking at going again this weekend or next and the water is running extremely high at 65 m/s. I wanted to see if anyone had any experience paddling the river at this level and what it may look like?


Author:  pawistik [ June 3rd, 2020, 1:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Montreal River 2019

Good to hear that you had a good run down the river. You might try contacting Martin Bernardin at Montreal River Outpost/Kisseynew Canoe Co. in Air Ronge. He might have good insight on the river, or know who's been on it recently (e.g. Yukon Mike - whose real name I don't know). Another fellow to chat with is Jim MacDonald in Saskatoon (look him up on facebook if that works for you, or I can send contact info via private message).

Author:  saskhilly [ June 4th, 2020, 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Montreal River 2019

Thanks for the info Bryan!!

That is all super helpful, I can try to reach out to both of them and if I have any issues with contacting Jim I can shoot you a message. On a side note, I just purchased a used Esquif prospector 16" that I believe may have originally come through you, or been ordered by you as I noticed it has Pawistik Paddling on it. It's a small world!!

Author:  pawistik [ June 4th, 2020, 3:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Montreal River 2019

Small (paddling) world indeed. So small, that the canoe, and the "Pawistik Paddling" on that canoe is actually from the aforementioned Jim Macdonald. See, I've been using that online moniker for 20+ years now and for a long time had, and when Jim (aka Jimmy) started his company about 8(?) years ago, he also chose that name. It comes from Pawistik Island on the Churchill River and is a Cree word meaning rapids or whitewater. You're not the first person to get it confused. Jim is a good friend of mine, but it bugs me that he "stole" the name that I culturally appropriated. ;)
Also, I've probably paddled on trips with your new used canoe, but I've never owned it, nor have I paddled it.

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