Date of the Expedition

From July 26 to August 6, 2019


Voyageur canoe


Manicouagan Reservoir, QC

Age Group

14 to 18 years old

  • In remission

Number of Participants

14 maximum


This expedition offered 14 teenagers in remission of a cancer the opportunity to live the Great Adventure of canoeing in one of the most remote area of Quebec and to paddle with new friends in amazing landscapes.

The first day, we will meet in Québec City where we will have a first night at the hotel to be ready to leave early the next morning. The trip between Québec City and Uapishka Station, which will be our base camp, will take up a good part of the day. Once on site, we will settle for 2 nights in a traditional Innu camp on the shores of the Manicouagan Reservoir, and take some time to prepare our expedition. The next day, we will take the time to learn canoeing techniques and get acquainted with our canoes, large Voyager canoes, which can take about a dozen paddlers. It will also be the time to prepare the entire necessary luggage for this great expedition. A team of logisticians will escort us by motorboat to carry the luggage and ensure safety.

On the morning of departure, we will finalize the luggage and leave finally to navigate on what is called “the eye of Quebec”. There is about 100 km between Uapishka station and the Manic 5 Dam, our final destination. We will have 8 days to paddle the distance between the two points and enjoy the beauty of its wild landscapes. After a few days, we will have taken the rhythm of nature and of the group. Every day when we wake up, we will have lunch by the fire and then dismantle the camp before packing everything in our boats and leave again to discover new places. With a little luck, we will surely have the chance to see small mammals and many birds specific to this region. It is therefore all together that we will live to the rhythm of nomads by moving on the water one stroke of the paddle at a time. In the evening, we will set up camp and prepare dinner. After a good day of paddling, we will relax by the campfire and certainly grill some marshmallows while telling stories.

Expedition Members