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PostPosted: September 17th, 2020, 10:28 pm 
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Hi folks, Ive just joined the forum.

I'm a bush crafter and occasional paddler who is two years from 50. I've decided that, for my 50th birthday year, I'd like to do a relatively rough solo canoe trip. Something that I can spend the next year and some training and getting into shape for. I would blog or document the process (getting into shape, gear selection and so on) and the trip on my YouTube channel; sort of a 'can this fat old guy get into shape and get through a 10-day paddle?' thing.

I had originally thought I would do the Yukon River because there's a route that takes.... uh, 16 days, I think? and it's only got one rapid, but the $$$ factor has me looking elsewhere. I don't want to do the Meanest Link either, because that's been getting a lot of attention lately.

An avid paddler I was discussing this with suggested I ping this community and ask if there's anything in Quebec that fits the bill, since I live in Montreal.

I'm just starting to go through the forum and look at the trip reports and stuff, but does anyone here have a one-or two-week route, maybe with Crown Land camping, that they love?

Thanks folks,

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PostPosted: September 18th, 2020, 6:28 am 
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Since you are not a white water paddler the Chochocouane River situated partly in and partly out of La Vérendrye park may be an idea. Being solo and without ww skills you would spend quite a bit of your time portaging. Mostly very short portages.You could be shuttled or flown into Lac Nadeau and end your trip at the Highway or, if time permits, paddle back to you car at the Canot-Camping headquarters. This river offers many great opportunities to film and record your journey.

Here's a older map with all the river's details:

http://www.cartespleinair.org/Canot/04/Chochocouane1968.pdf

An spring or fall trip to Algonquin may also be something to consider. Series of lakes and portages but not too crowded off season.

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PostPosted: September 19th, 2020, 11:17 pm 
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Thanks, I'll take a look at that river. La Vérendrye is some nice landscape, too. First step will be to print out that map...

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Since you are not a white water paddler the Chochocouane River situated partly in and partly out of La Vérendrye park may be an idea. Being solo and without ww skills you would spend quite a bit of your time portaging. Mostly very short portages.You could be shuttled or flown into Lac Nadeau and end your trip at the Highway or, if time permits, paddle back to you car at the Canot-Camping headquarters. This river offers many great opportunities to film and record your journey.

Here's a older map with all the river's details:

http://www.cartespleinair.org/Canot/04/Chochocouane1968.pdf

An spring or fall trip to Algonquin may also be something to consider. Series of lakes and portages but not too crowded off season.

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PostPosted: September 20th, 2020, 6:07 am 
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Yes La Vérendrye is a great place. The lake circuits are getting crowded in July - August and on some circuits there is the presence of motorized fishermen, however the week after Labour Day is usually nice and quiet. I wish Québec had a dedicated canoe/camping park that would make for a more authentic wilderness experience.

I just got back a few days ago from a short solo stint in Papineau-Labelle. Lots of portaging but no other canoeists nor fishermen. However in my opinion LV is a nicer place to paddle.

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2020, 9:13 pm 
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I just took a look at this:

https://www.myccr.com/canoeroutes/circu ... ochocouane

Looks pretty good to me...

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PostPosted: October 8th, 2020, 12:27 pm 
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Hey Jes,
Love the idea for your Youtube Channel. I think that's great!

The Laverendrye Park has long loops that may be very interesting to you.

Check out their website: http://www.canot-camping.ca/8-days--.html

These are all the 8+ day circuits they offer. The crowd and the motor boats can be off putting but honestly it's a really nice place to go paddle and the portages are super reasonable. All the lakes are super close to each other in that park.

Also, if you go later in the year.... End of August... there is way less people out there but it can be colder!

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