Canada rafting holiday on the Magpie river

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04 Aug 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Canada rafting holiday on the Magpie river


The Magpie River flows through one of the largest tracts of untouched Boreal Forest in the world. This pristine environment is a wildlife corridor, a carbon sink, a repository of fresh water, and a wilderness area where people can explore and experience nature. But the Magpie River and this forest remain unprotected and threatened.

We are actively involved with the movement to protect the Magpie. We provide opportunities for both international tourists and local people to experience the spectacular Magpie River and learn about the surrounding ecosystem. Our groups tread lightly through the landscape and at the same time support the local community and small businesses as much as possible.

We support environmental NGO's such as the Canadian Wildlife and Parks Society (CPAWS) known as SNAP in Quebec as well as the local group on the region called Association Eaux Vives de la Minganie (AEVM).

Since SNAP took up the cause of the Magpie, we've been directly involved with them in the following ways:
- In the summer of 2015, we were thrilled to donate our time, logistical experience, river guides and equipment run a VIP trip on the Magpie. SNAP organised the trip for political leaders and important stakeholders from the Indigenous communities, provincial and federal government, and the local tourism board. The trip was a big success and we were honored to introuduce everybody to the Spectacular Magpie.
- In the fall of 2017, we contributed resources to help SNAP Quebec organise a flash mob in Montreal in front of the Hydro-Quebec headquarters.

- In the summer of 2018, we are a sponsor of the first annual river preservation forum being organised by SNAP in Sept-Iles. We are contributing financially as well as our guiding expertise by facilitating a trip to the river for forum presenters, journalists and important stakeholders
- Almost all the photos and videos that SNAP uses in their awareness campaigns are images taken on our trips that we are happy to contribute to the cause.

We buy all our fresh food in Sept-Iles from markets and a vegetarian farm stand. The berries we eat come from a local cooperative (when we don't pick them ourselves on the riverbank). We source fresh seafood directly from local fisherman. Because the Magpie is fairly far north and the growing season i short, some of our trip food comes from southern climes but we put a lot of attention into sourcing and sustainability as we care deeply about the food we eat, where it comes from, and the impacts of our trips on the environment.

Minimal impact camping techniques (sometimes called "Leave No Trace" differ across the world depending on the type of environment and the amount of people travelling through. Our guide team works with the local conservation group to establish norms for the Magpie.

On every trip, we do everything we can with our camp set-up, cooking, washing and bathroom procedures to minimise the effects on the surrounding plants, animals and ecosystem.

We care deeply about protecting the natural world and preserving wilderness. By treading carefully through the pristine Boreal Forest, exposing people to local wildlife, history and culture of the are and being involved with the river preservation, movement, our programs can have a net positive impact on the environment.


We have worked extensively with local Innu groups. The Magpie is part of the Innu people's ancestral homeland -their Nistassinan (Nistassinan means 'our land' in the Innu language). One of the biggest thrills for us is taking groups of Innu youth on the Magpie who would otherwise not have had the chance to visit these places these places that were so important as travel routes and hunting grounds to their families just a couple of generations back.

Besides our trips with indigenous youth, we also work with the Association Eau Vives Mingaie to help support their annual 'river maintenance trip' - an opportunity for locals from the coastal villages to both experience the river and help create tails around rapids and scenic side hikes. We have contributed both guides and equipment, such as rafts and dry bags. So much more than just a great time - this trip has been crucial in building awareness and passion for teh river amongst local. The Magpie will only be protected if locals are.

We believe in involving local businesses and groups as much as possible and work with many to supply and provide services for our Magpie trips. Not just hotels and transport services, but also other outfitters and the Innu community.

Every Magpie River Adventure has an Innu guide. In 2018 Lydia Mestokosho-Paradis will join the Magpie River Adventure trips and share her culture and history with you. Lydia is a curator and interpreter at the Innu Cultural Centre in her community of Mingan and she is also a fun loving river runner. She's greatly looking forward to meeting guests and imparting traditional knowledge, skills and understanding of the history. This will improve your trip - but it also provides a neat employment opportunity for a local person to share their passion.

We purchase carbon offsets for the emissions and carbon equivalents of every trip we take through our partnership with Carbone Boreal. They are a greenhouse gas emissions offset program and research group based in the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi.

Their offsets are based on planting trees in areas protected from harvesting in Northern Quebec, where we work and play. Carbone Boreal's project are verified and comply with international standards (ISO 14064-3).

We purchase 0.6 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per guest on each trip. In 2018 this comes to $16.80 CAD per person (4 trees per person) and accounts for carbon emissions - food, travel, helicopter, hotel, getting our gear and staff to Sept-Iles and more - once you've arrived in Sept-Iles.

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