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Saguenay, La Mauricie, Mingan Archipelago Information


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NSPN members' posts about past trips to the Saguenay area of Quebec has my wife and I planning to drive up and explore this summer (end of July: 10-12 days). While we hope to do some kayaking (even a 4-6 day trip), it is just as much about exploring, camping, hiking, biking. She is an accomplished athlete, and great in a double, but a class 2+ single paddler (we will have to rent a boat for her).

While there is some information on the web, not as much as one would like. So we would appreciate any and all information such as:

Camp sites we might use as a base.

Kayak centers.

Good kayak routes.

Hiking routes.

Points of interest.

Guide books.

Anything that those who have been there found interesting.

Also, La Mauricie National Park and Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve (A string of islands carved out by the sea) sound interesting. Anyone been to either?

Thanks in advance,

Al Coons

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On your way up stop by in Montreal, my wife and I will take you out for a day on the St Lawrence. We have a couple of spare kayaks so there would be no problem...just let me know the dates. We will be on Mount Desert Island from the 15 to the 22 july but we should be back in Montreal for the 23 of july...

Dan

Once more upon the waters! yet once more!

And the waves bound beneath me as a steed

That knows his rider.

Lord Byron

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Dan.

Thanks for the generous offer. As we get our plans together, I will let you know if we can take you up on it. Of course, the post paddle celebration is on us.

Al

>On your way up stop by in Montreal, my wife and I will take

>you out for a day on the St Lawrence. We have a couple of

>spare kayaks so there would be no problem...just let me know

>the dates. We will be on Mount Desert Island from the 15 to

>the 22 july but we should be back in Montreal for the 23 of

>july...

>

>Dan

>

>Once more upon the waters! yet once more!

> And the waves bound beneath me as a steed

> That knows his rider.

>Lord Byron

Al Coons

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I can even give you a little info on a couple of camp sites, and I have spare charts of the tadoussac area where everyone goes to do whale watching in kayaks...I was there a couple of years ago when Bob Arledge from SMSKN was there...

We can treat you to a nice supper as well, ask Mike Crouse and Kim, they stopped by two years ago to paddle the Boucherville Islands.

If you are there for the Solstice paddle we can talk about it...

Dan

Once more upon the waters! yet once more!

And the waves bound beneath me as a steed

That knows his rider.

Lord Byron

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A few years ago I went with friends on a trip to the St Lawrence/Saguenay Rivers. Stayed at Paradis Marin Campground in Bergeron. Lucky enough to view a steady parade of whales from sunrise to sunset. The water there is very cold - even in August - I had my wet suit, but if I were to go again, I would bring my dry suit.

Kayak rentals in the area - How's your French?

http://www.fjord-best.com/azimut/index.htm

Campground link

http://www.paradismarin.com/pages/paradispag.html

Whales on line link - click on the binoculars for a map with daily whale sightings

http://www.whales-online.net/eng/FSC.html?sct=0&pag=0

Enjoy your trip.

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Kim & I will be paddling the Saguenay this year. I guess we do a trip North every year, Gaspe', the Magdalene Islands, now the Saguenay. We'll be doing the "circuit shuttle" thing, they drop your car off for you and you can do a one way trip so you don't have to fight the tides/currents.

Dan we missed you last time we were in Montreal, we did a quick overnight on our way back from Quebec City and I couldn't find your phone number. Have you ever stayed at the campsites along the Saguenay?

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There's an article titled "Paddling with the Whales on an in-land Sea: Exploring the Mingan Archipeago" in the November 2002 issue of Atlantic Coastal Kayaker magazine. I have a copy if you would like to read it.

Interesting limestone/sedimentary rock formations (monoliths, pinnacles,"flower pots") and lots of whales and seabirds; sounds like a choice destination...

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Mike,

You can always reach me at home...450-678-6558 or on my cel...514-952-6550

Dan

Once more upon the waters! yet once more!

And the waves bound beneath me as a steed

That knows his rider.

Lord Byron

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Sounds great. Do you have a reference for the "circuit shuttle" already?

Thanks,

Al

>Kim & I will be paddling the Saguenay this year. I guess we

>do a trip North every year, Gaspe', the Magdalene Islands,

>now the Saguenay. We'll be doing the "circuit shuttle"

>thing, they drop your car off for you and you can do a one

>way trip so you don't have to fight the tides/currents.

>Dan we missed you last time we were in Montreal, we did a

>quick overnight on our way back from Quebec City and I

>couldn't find your phone number. Have you ever stayed at the

>campsites along the Saguenay?

Al Coons

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