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The Trip at a Glance
Adventure Provider: Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters
Length: 8 days/8 nights
When: July 26- August 2, 2015
Trip Fee: $1875 plus HST
Trip Rendezvous: Racine Lake Campground, near Chapleau


Imagine running over 20 sets of rapids and camping every night beside the roar of cascading falls and rapids. Few rivers can match the power, beauty and history of the Upper Missinaibi, a Canadian Heritage River. From its source, the river rushes 350 miles north to James Bay.

After one night of camping at Racine Lake Campground, your group will be transported to Foleyet, where you’ll take a train to the ghost town of Peterbell, the start of your 100 mile paddling adventure. Each day on your exciting whitewater journey, you’ll pass through incredible boreal forest landscape, concluding at the town of Mattice.

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Although the pace is relaxed enough to allow for whitewater instruction and plenty of relaxation and fishing time, this trip does require an intermediate level of general fitness with a few longer days on the water. Truly, one of the best ways to experience one of the world’s great heritage rivers!

Whats Included

Professional guiding services, accommodation (8 nights camping), meals and snacks, canoeing equipment, camping and kitchen equipment, all safety equipment, communication equipment, transportation to Foleyet, train tickets from Foleyet to  Peterbell, transportation from Mattice. 

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About the Guides

The highly trained, experienced and personable guides bring an abundance of knowledge and skill to every trip. They have travelled extensively by canoe throughout in many locations, but have a special passion for the North. They are outdoor enthusiasts as well as excellent cooks. 

Getting There  

Arrive on the July 26th in the afternoon or evening at Racine Lake Campground, north of Chapleau.

Latitude 48.049480           Longitude  -83.336821


The drive time from Toronto to Chapleau is approximately 9 to 10 hours. Alternatively, both Porter Airlines and Air Canada offer multiple flights daily into Timmins. Airport pick up can be arranged. 



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About the Adventure Provider

Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters has been guiding and outfitting wilderness holidays and expeditions for over 20 years. Northern Ontario’s foremost River Guiding Company, MHO leads expeditions on Canada’s finest paddling rivers including the Missinaibi, Abitibi, Moose, Chapleau, Bonaventure, and many more. Located 26km inside of the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, the largest game preserve in the world, they have over 5,000 km of wilderness canoe routes their doorstep.

More Options

Going on an MHO trip is to live comfortably in the wilderness, enjoying pristine scenery, gourmet meals and a safe and fun voyage. MHO offer a variety of trips from beginner to expert. Intermediate paddlers can try this extreme river thrill - paddle the length of the Missinaibi in a 16 day adventure, including the famous Thunderhouse Falls.

Read about award-winning travel writer, James Smedley’s paddling adventure with MHO to Thunderhouse Falls.

Don’t Miss 

Get up close and personal with polar bears prior to your trip at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. Swim with these 1,000 pound predators in safety, separated by five centimetres of plexiglass.

Extend your trip with a visit to Moosonee, to see the interpretive centre as well as the James Bay education centre, which share the history of this trading post turned town.

For regional travel information visit Algoma Country and Northeastern Ontario




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