Paddle a Voyageur Canoe to a bustling colony of grey seals
Kouchibouguac’s Voyageur Canoe Experience merges an active wildlife adventure with an intriguing cultural exploration. With an experienced guide at the helm, you’ll paddle calm estuarine waters in a replica Voyageur Canoe.
Ospreys, bald eagles and terns circle overhead as your interpreter illuminates the region’s Mi’gmaq and Acadian heritage, weaving historical facts and traditional folklore. You and your fellow paddlers are now connected to this culture, plying the same waters as First Nations and early settlers. Ahead, a 25-kilometre-long stretch of golden sand dunes punctuates the inshore region.
As you approach the sandbanks, a strange sound permeates the air—it is a bustling, barking colony of grey seals, perhaps numbering in the hundreds. These impressive marine mammals—as large as 450 kilograms and, at times, more than two metres long—bob, bask and frolic a short distance from your canoe. Your photographs are incredible; your memories even better.
- Program offered from mid-June to the end of August
- There is an additional fee for this program
- For reservations, go to the Visitor Reception Centre or call 506-876-2443
- All relevant accessories are provided and a light snack is included
- For 6 to 19 passengers (6 years and up)
- Meeting place is at St-Louis Cape Wharf at 7:45 am
- In case of inclement weather, please verify our cancellation policy as route may be altered or outing cancelled
The Voyageur Canoe outing is subject to many environmental factors such as thunderstorms, wind velocity and other severe weather conditions.
We do not cancel the outing because of showers or light rain. If the weather forecasts more than 20 mm of rain in the morning, we could cancel the outing.
When the wind velocity is fewer than 20 knots (38 km/hr), the regular outing will be offered. When the wind velocity is between 20 and 35 knots (38 to 64 km/hr), a shorter outing of approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes will be offered along a sheltered route. This outing will be given up-river and will contain 75% of the original outing information. For this outing, participants will be refunded 50% of the total payment.
When wind velocity is more than 35 knots (64 km/hr) or if the forecast predicts thunderstorms, no outing will be offered and participants will be refunded the full amount.
The final decision, whether there will be an outing or not, will be taken at Cape Saint-Louis Wharf on the morning of the activity. However it’s possible that this decision is known the previous evening, especially when the forecast is severe (heavy winds or thunderstorms).
This is a secure outing on aquatic habitats. Participants will be asked to go in the water (up to 25 cm deep) to get in or out of the canoe. On land, we are most often on sand. Temperature might vary a lot, but in summer we have many nice warm days. Please dress accordingly.
For this outing, we provide each participant with a paddle, a personal flotation device (life jacket), a dry bag and a pair of binoculars. We also offer a light snack (juice, fruit, and granola bars) along the way.