Rafting the Muteshekau Shipu (Magpie River)

Paddle continuous whitewater on the expedition of a lifetime

The Magpie is a perfect multi-day trip and fully customized for each group. It has tons of great whitewater, untouched wilderness and spectacular scenery. Our Magpie season runs from mid-July to mid-September and most trips are 6 to 9 days long.

We work with groups, paddling schools, and clubs to run smooth, fun expeditions with our experienced leaders, local knowledge, and attention to detail.

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Your river guides

All of our Magpie trips have a minimum of two guides (in support rafts or kayaks or both, depending on what is right for your group). Our trip leaders are extremely competent and all of them have:

  1. Wilderness skills with years of expedition guiding experience
  2. Whitewater paddling skills as kayak and canoe instructors (many can offer certifications)
  3. Knowledge of the Magpie

For paddlers who want to run their own expedition without guides, check out DIY Magpie and West Magpie for information and resources.

Trip safety

Our guides are certified and up-to-date in wilderness medicine and whitewater/swiftwater rescue. In fact, many of our guides are also instructors. All of our Magpie trips have:

  • a satellite phone
  • an emergency beacon (as back-up to the satellite phone)
  • complete medical kits
  • repair kit
  • group rescue gear

Next steps

Contact us  anytime with questions and to schedule a consultation. We work with organizers to customize the trip so it’s a great fit for each group.

Details for 8-day Magpie Trip for paddling group (this trip can be customized to fit your group)


Some options for customizing are:

  • Switch camping before and after expedition for hotels
  • Switch portaging personal boats for helicopter portage + hike out (we always fly support rafts and group gear out)
  • Lengthen or shorten the trip
  • Add whitewater rescue workshops or paddling instruction
  • Some groups choose to do their own food planning and packing, and provide their own camp kitchen gear