CANOEING the MISSINAIBI
The wild, beautiful and unspoiled Missinaibi River is one of the longest (501 km) natural rivers found in North America.
The Missinaibi offers challenging rapids for experienced canoeists and portage trails for those less experienced. The average width of the river around Mattice is around 300 yards. This river offers a wide variety of opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.

The Missinaibi River was one of the most important fur trading routes connecting James Bay with the Great Lakes.

Many portages used today were blazed by voyageurs and trappers travelling along this river over 300 years ago.


Our canoes and kayaks are of the highest quality and have been designed to withstand the rigorous Northern Canadian rivers.

We provide a route planning service, dependable shuttle service, guides, canoe/kayak rentals, and canoe trip packages from 1 day to 3 weeks on the Missinaibi River and its tributaries.


We also provide canoeing services on nearby tributaries of the Albany River. As well, we can make arrangements for special fly-in options.

Scroll down for SHUTTLE information.

THUNDERHOUSE FALLS   is a highlight of the trip down the lower Missinaibi !!
In spring, the water level is almost to the top, covering most of Conjuring Rock. (left picture)

During late summer, it subsides to a much lower level. (right picture)

It is impassable at any time.

Both views are dramatic evidence of the power of nature!


Canoeists should have some white water experience and be in good physical condition before attempting this route.
Non-residents of Canada are required to have Crown Land Camping Permits on rivers other than the Missinaibi River. Non-Residents can be exempt from paying Crown Land Camping Permits if they have a valid rental agreement for camping equipment from a licensed tourist outfitter.
Missinaibi Provincial Park camping permits are required to camp along the Missinaibi River.
We sell these permits.

Sunset at Portage Island on the lower Missinaibi

SHUTTLES  to & from  MATTICE . . .    For Shuttle prices,  click here.
UPPER MISSINAIBI CANOE ROUTE:
Fire River - a put in which connects to the Upper Missinaibi River route
Dog Lake - a put in on the Upper Missinaibi River route
Brunswick Lake - a put in on the Upper Missinaibi River route
Greenhill River - a put in which connects to the Upper Missinaibi River route
Mattawitchewan River - a put in which connects to the Upper Missinaibi River route.
Minnipuka Lake - put in on the Goat River which connects with the Mattawitchewan River, which connects to the Upper Missinaibi River route.
Gogama - access point for VIA rail to Peterbell for put in on Upper Missinaibi River
Foleyet - access point for VIA rail to Peterbell for put in on Upper Missinaibi River
Hornepayne - access point for VIA rail to Peterbell for put in on Upper Missinaibi River
LOWER MISSINAIBI CANOE ROUTE:
Hearst - put in on the Mattawishkwia River, which connects to the Lower Missinaibi River route at Alice Island
Cochrane - connect with the 'Polar Bear' Ontario Northland railway from Moosonee after canoeing the Lower Missinaibi
Gogama - put in on the Mattagami River, through Timmins to the Lower Missinaibi/Moose River
Kapuskasing - put in on Kapuskasing River, which connects to the Mattagami and the Lower Missinaibi/Moose Rivers at Portage Island
Skunk Island - a put in on the Lower Missinaibi River route which saves approximately 1 - 2 days and at least 3 portages on a trip to Moosonee or Moose River Crossing

ALBANY RIVER ROUTE:
Limestone Rapids - a put in on the Kabanakagami River, which connects to the Kenogami River and the Albany River
Hornepayne - put in for the Shekak River, which connects to the Nagagami River, which connects to the Kenogami River, which connects to the Albany River
MATTAGAMI RIVER ROUTE:
Kapuskasing - put in on Kapuskasing River, which connects to the Mattagami and the Lower Missinaibi/Moose Rivers at Portage Island
Foleyet - a put on the Groundhog or Ivanhoe Rivers, which connect to the Mattagami and the Lower Missinaibi/Moose Rivers at Portage Island
Fauquier - a put in on the Groundhog River, which connects to the Mattagami and the Lower Missinaibi/Moose Rivers at Portage Island
- take out for the Groundhog River from Groundhog Lake
OTHER:
Kapuskasing - take out point on Kapuskasing river from Kapuskasing Lake
Timmins or Kapuskasing Airports - if you are flying in or out of our wilderness region