What’s included and what to pack for Magpie River Adventure
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As always, if you have questions give us a call or send us an email. We’re here to help.
Included in your packrafting expedition
- Your professional guides are always available
- We offer a maximum 5:1 guest to guide ratio
- All ground transportation and flights from Sept-Îles onwards:
- Get picked up and dropped off at the airport by your guides
- Helicopter or float plane flight to starting point
- Van shuttles to the helicopter and from the river take-out back to Sept-Îles
- 5 nights guided wilderness camping—we’ll provide you with all the necessary paddling gear, your own tent and all the technical camping equipment you need (except a sleeping bag, which is available to rent)
- All group camping gear, safety equipment, (first aid kits, sat phone, inReach device) and repair kits
- 2 nights (first and last) at the Chateau Arnaud Hotel in Sept-Îles, double occupancy. If you are travelling alone we’ll pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you would prefer your own room, the single supplement is $280.
- All meals and snacks from day-2 breakfast through day-9 breakfast.
- Basic fishing (spin cast and fly fishing) equipment
What’s not included?
- Travel between your home and Sept-Îles, Quebec
- Personal clothing and some camping gear; see below for what you need to bring
- Day 1 dinner in town: sample the local fare—you’ll have options from fine dining to fast food within walking distance of the hotel, before or after our 6:30 p.m. welcome meeting
- Travel and medical insurance
- Optional – Quebec fishing permit (can be purchased at a local convenience store before your flight to the river; ask you guide and they’ll help you)
Equipment provided by Boreal River
If you have any of these items and prefer to bring your own, you can do that. Just let us know and we will make sure it is right for this trip. Remember everything for this remote adventure needs to be expedition-worthy and lightweight.
- Expedition packraft and break-down paddle
- Whitewater helmet and flotation device
- Hiking backpack (65L to 85L) like this one
- 50L Drybag for you to line your backpack with
- Inflatable lightweight camping mattress.
- 3-season, expedition tent—you get a 1-person tent to yourself—or Hennessy Hammock. You decide!
- Small drybag to have accessible in your packraft (never 100% waterproof so not good for cameras)
- Wetsuit, ‘Farmer John’ style – this will meet us with the resupply at Lake Magpie
- Wind and waterproof paddling jacket
- All group camping equipment such as cooking and eating utensils, dishes, group shelters, repair kits, maps and map cases, etc.
- All group safety equipment including first aid kits, satellite phone, and InReach device
- Fly fishing and reel-cast fishing equipment
What to pack
Some of the group items can be packed separately to meet us at Lake Magpie on day 4. You’ll also be able to leave items like your passport, personal electronics, and city clothes for your trip home in secure storage at the hotel during the expedition.
Packing list for camp
- Three-season sleeping bag, rated to 0°c or below, make sure it weighs under 1.4kg and is highly compressable. You can rent one from us for $115
- Several small stuff sacs, mesh bags, or lightweight drybags to organize your gear inside your backpack
- 1 pair of shoes (old running shoes or closed toe clogs—something to keep your feet safe and dry.)
- 2 or 3 pairs of thermal socks (1 or 2 different weights is a good idea)
- Undergarments men women)(synthetic anti-microbial is best; it dries quickly and keeps you clean.)
- Lightweight t-shirt (men’s) (women’s)
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirt (men’s) (women’s)
- Lightweight ‘quick dry’ long pants (women’s) (men’s)
- Thick fleece, wool, or synthetic-filled sweater (men’s) (women’s)
- Thick fleece pants (men’s) (women’s)
- Top and bottom medium-weight synthetic or wool long underwear (men’s top bottom (women’s top bottom)
- Rain gear top and bottom (men’s top bottom) (women’s top bottom)
- Toque (wool or fleece winter hat)
- Sun hat
- Small quick-dry towel
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Sunscreen, lip protection, and insect repellent
- Water bottle, 1 litre
- Sunglasses with strap
- Prescription glasses with strap if necessary
- Toiletry kit with biodegradable soap and shampoo as well as personal medications
- Optional: reading material, journal, binoculars, camera (waterproof or with waterproof case)
- Optional: fishing rod with tackle and hard carrying case—this will meet us with the raft at Lake Magpie and we’ll pack a lightweight fishing set-up for packrafting. We provide basic equipment but experienced anglers will enjoy using their own specialized gear.
Packing list for the river
- 1 pair of shoes for the river (women’s men’s). The ideal river shoe is lightweight and draining yet supportive enough for walking on portages and scouting rapids, with a grippy sole. These can be lightweight running shoes, water shoes with a supportive sole, or sturdy sandals with toe covering.
- 2 pairs of thermal socks for the river: wool, fleece, or synthetic.
- Bathing suit / surf shorts
- Lightweight synthetic t-shirt (women’s) (men’s)
- Top and bottom medium-weight synthetic or wool long underwear (Men’s top bottom) women’s top bottom)
- Long-sleeved neoprene ‘surf’ top or long-sleeved medium-weight fleece top (men’s) (women’s)
- Thick fleece or wool sweater (men’s) (women’s)
- Thick fleece pants (men’s) (women’s)
- Clothes for the trip home
- Travel documents (passport) and medical insurance cards or policies.
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