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Adventure Overview

The Noire River​ is a small remote river located in Western Quebec that flows into the Ottawa River near the village of Davidson. The river terrain is unique to other rivers due the combination of sandy beaches for camping and rapids created by the rocky Canadian Shield. 

From its headwaters to the confluence of Ottawa River the Noire river flows 238 km. On our 7 day family trip we paddle 63 kms, on a section of river where there are minimal portages and maximum fun in class 1 and 2 rapids. Compared to its sister rivers, the Dumoine or the Coulonge, the Noire has a nice progression of whitewater allowing us to build paddling skills. While it is a river that allows clients to believe that they are traveling in secluded wilderness, the Noire also offers numerous access points in case the need arises, allowing for effective risk management.

Our family trip starts and ends at a Bed & Breakfast in Waltham, QC where we spend our first and last night. Starting at the bottom of De I’lslet rapids, we will paddle 5 days on this meandering river with huge sandy beach campsites on every bend. With short days and easy beach camping there is lots of time for fishing, swimming, eating, exploring and spending time together in the wilderness.

On the 6th day we have an exciting morning of continuous class 1 whitewater to the Black River inn. Here we will get picked up just before lunch and transported to the Ottawa River where we will enjoy a half day whitewater rafting adventure with our friends at Esprit Rafting.

Our final night together is spent back at our B&B right on the Ottawa river where we will enjoy a hot tub and wood-fired pizza before heading our separate ways in the morning.

We acknowledge that the Noire River flows through the traditional territories of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabeg Nation, and that we are visitors to this land.


Upcoming Adventure Dates

Jul 16, 2024 - Jul 22, 2024 Register Now

What's Included


  • 2 nights Air BnB accommodations (Night 1 & 6)
  • All meals (from Dinner Day 1 – Breakfast Day 7)
  • Group equipment
  • Canoes, Paddles, PFD’s and helmets
  • 60L waterproof barrel for personal gear
  • Professional guides
  • All safety equipment (SAT phone, first aid kits, rescue kits)
  • Tents & Thermarests
  • Interior camping permits
  • Shuttles to and from the river
  • Half day Whitewater Rafting trip on the Ottawa River
  • Final night pizza oven dinner celebration
  • Parking for duration of trip

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the trip rendez-vous point
  • Guide gratuities
  • Sleeping bag *available to rent