Travel planning

You’ve booked your trip and scheduled it into your calendar. Here are some resources to help you get ready:

Start getting ready

These checklists will help you get organized in advance so you’re ready to go.

90 days or more before your departure

  • Read through your trip InfoPack (emailed to you once you book) and start getting ready for an incredible adventure!
  • Plan your travel* to and from Sept-Îles, Quebec
  • Purchase Medical and Trip Cancellation insurance*
  • Complete your pre-trip questionnaire with menu choices, medical, emergency contact info, flight info, and anything else you’d like us to know (follow the link to the questionnaire in your trip InfoPack)
  • Sign your waiver (also linked from your InfoPack)
  • Check your passport expiry date (if you’ll be travelling from abroad)

*Before purchasing non-refundable flights and other travel arrangements, please make sure that our office has let you know that the trip is ‘confirmed’—meaning that we have the minimum number of participants to run the trip.

6 weeks before your departure

  • Review your packing list
  • Make sure you have the gear you need and get missing items—let us know if you have any questions.

10 days and less before departure

  • Get packing!
  • Give family, work, or friends our toll-free number 1-866-242-9383 and email info@borealriver.com in case they need to reach you during the expedition—our guides will check for messages from the Boreal River office by satellite phone each day.

Travel day

  • Let us know if you run into any delays
  • Meet your Boreal River Adventure guide at the airport. They’ll be waiting for you wearing a Boreal River shirt and hat
  • If you’re driving to the region yourself or arriving on an earlier day, you can head straight to the hotel—Château Arnaud, 403 Avenue Arnaud, Sept-Îles, QC G4R 3B3. Keep us posted about your estimated arrival time so one of the guides can be there to welcome you
  • You made it—enjoy your adventure!

Contact us anytime if you have any questions at all.

Plan your travel to Sept Îles

Our trip starts and ends in Sept-Îles, Quebec. Your Boreal River guides will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

If you’re driving to the region or arriving on an earlier day, we’ll meet you at Hotel St. Arnaud on Day 1.

Our travel specialists will be happy to help you plan your trip to Sept-Îles, and we’ve prepared a handy list of things you can do in the region before or after your trip with us, but here is some general info to get you started.

Purchase insurance

Guests on Boreal River trips need to have appropriate Medical insurance and Medical Evacuation insurance. Any evacuation costs will be billed to the person that is leaving the trip. Insurance should cover emergency air evacuation from the river to a local hospital (this can cost $10,000 CAD or more), medical treatment within Canada, and repatriation to a medical care facility in your home region.

We also strongly recommend obtaining Trip Cancellation insurance, which will reimburse you for the unused portion of your Boreal River trip if you must cancel prior to departure or leave your trip early due to illness, accident, or family emergency. If you have insurance coverage from a credit card or an existing plan, please make sure that it will cover you for the above mentioned emergency situations and that you are covered while participating in whitewater activities and remote wilderness travel.

For an insurance package that will cover you for the specific situations encountered on our trips, we recommended something similar to what World Nomads offers.

Read about cancellation policies

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Trip Details at a Glance

$6,995 CAD + tax

9 days running rapids, exploring wilderness—connecting with nature, your group, and yourself

Departs from

Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada

Group size

8 to 14 guests


  • Aug 13-21, 2022
  • Aug 20-28, 2022


Whitewater rafting, kayaking, SUP'ing, hiking, fishing

Activity level

Very remote, fly-in-only
Physical activity:
Easygoing to active
Class III - IV
You don't need any river experience. You can get more physical challenge, if you choose, through the optional side hikes, SUP'ing, and inflatable kayaking.Learn more about this trip's activity level.