Canoe & Kayak Excursion

Self-guided tour of the Maquatua River

Perfect for groups

Maps & suggested routes available

Ready to strike out on your own into the exquisite beauty of the Québécois wilderness? Want to get off the beaten path and onto the Maquatua River? Ask us about renting a kayak or a canoe for as long as your heart desires and let the adventure really begin.

Tour highlights

Rent a canoe or a kayak for just 2-3 hours, or make a whole day of it!

A self-guided tour is perfect for you to take matters into your own hands and enjoy the outdoors that the Cree Nation admires every day.

We have everything you need to get out and have a great day on the river… a trip that the whole family will love and remember for years to come!

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Trip details

Trip details


Single kayak
$25 for 2 hours
$35 for 3 hours
$55 for full day

Canoe & double kayak
$30 for 2 hours
$40 for 3 hours
$60 for full day

Departure time

Inquire about the dates and times we have available by contacting us.

Meeting point

Our office in the Maquatua Inn Hotel Lounge.
Please arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled time to sign waivers and review safety protocol.


Summer 2019, July 1 – September 7


Every day
9AM – 5PM, 7PM – 9PM
Note: reservations are required.

Participation requirements

Children ages 5 and up are allowed on the canoes and double kayaks, but they must be able to wear a life vest. Each child must be accompanied by at least one adult. Only adults (18+) are allowed on the single kayaks.

Group size

Minimum 2 people, maximum 22 people (if all boats are available)


4 single kayaks
5 double kayaks
4 canoes (fit 2 people)


  • Life vest
  • Map with recommended routes
  • Paddles (including spare)
  • Spray skirt
  • Drybag
  • Whistle
  • Emergency card
  • Safety orientation
A morning, afternoon, or entire day on the Maquatua River

Wemindji has the best of both worlds: the people and Mother Nature. Taking a self-guided canoe or kayak tour is a great way to not only enjoy the outdoors of northern Quebec, but also to spend quality time with your friends and family. Pack a picnic and make an entire day of it. Take as little or as much time as you need… Though we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be out all day!

If you’ve got a free afternoon that you’re wondering what to do with, let us know and we will get you set up with the equipment you need to take on the Maquatua River and its incredible scenery.

What to bring

Snacks, water

Secure footwear that can get wet

Spare change of clothes, towel

Camera (waterproof, or in waterproof case)

If sunny: sunscreen, sunglasses, bug repellent, sunhat

If chilly: warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf

Optional: paddling gloves

Good to know


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.


  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Depending on individual size, children may be allowed with an adult in a canoe. In the case of being younger/smaller, they may be restricted to a double kayak with an adult.
  • Two or more adults (18+) are permitted to rent kayaks and canoes without any restrictions.
  • Solo paddlers must demonstrate a solo capsize and recovery to be allowed to rent a kayak unaccompanied.


  • Before starting the excursion, an acknowledgement of risk form and a waiver of responsibility for the passengers’ personal belongings must be signed by each passenger or his/her guardian (if under 18).
  • Waivers will be available at our office for review prior to departure.

No previous experience is needed to participate in this self-guided tour, though if you do have kayaking or canoeing experience, this is a great option for you. This tour is ideal for everyone, including families, single travelers, and others.

We provide each passenger with a map with suggested routes prior to departure, so you should be set to have a great adventure. In case of emergency, we will provide an emergency card with our contact information so that you can get in touch with us.

This is entirely up to you! A entire day can be daunting for those without experience, which is why we offer the shorter rental periods. In order to do the entire circuit that we recommend, you would need approximately 6 hours, depending on your fitness level.

Most of our guests simply hop in the kayaks and canoes in their “normal” clothes and they are off! We recommend dressing for the weather, but keep in mind that the water is very cold year-round.

Yes! Children ages 5 and up are allowed on the canoes and double kayaks, but they must be able to wear a life vest. Each child must be accompanied by at least one adult. Only adults (18+) are allowed on the single kayaks.

Guests will be issued a full refund if the tours are cancelled within 24 hours of the departure time. Anytime after that, no refund will be issued.

If you are late for your reservation time or do not budget enough time to complete the registration process, we will make every attempt to extend your booking.

In the event that we cannot accommodate you (i.e., other clients are booked in the time slot immediately following), your reservation will be canceled and no refund will be issued.

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