Canoe-camping

This Place is a Canoe-Camping Eldorado

From the reception centre, set course for the south of the Poisson Blanc Reservoir, where you’ll find your campsite. Along the way, take the time to discover the area by stopping at the different island rest areas and hiking trails. You’ll arrive at your destination after 15 minutes of canoeing… of 6 hours for the most remote islands!

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What is Canoe Camping ?

An activity where users travel by canoe to go camping, and carry their camping equipment in that same canoe; an increasingly popular practice, especially since it allows you to escape in nature completely and at your own pace. At Poisson Blanc, canoe-camping trips are experienced on your own. That means being well-informed and aware of the risks involved in such an activity before you leave.

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Who Can Go on a Canoe-Camping Trip ?

Canoe camping is accessible to everyone as long as you have the necessary equipment for that kind of activity and are well-prepared! After you park your car, head towards your rustic and isolated campsite for an extraordinary stay surrounded by nature.

You are guaranteed to disconnect, but it also means being autonomous (no electricity, no running water, no network, dry toilet) and bringing everything you need for your stay with you, including, among others, your tent, camping stove, a big cooler, etc. Leave your suitcase on wheels and bike at home! If this is one of your first trips, choose a site close to the welcome centre. The furthest sites are 5-6 hours of canoeing away… if you’re not paddling against the wind!

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Getting Ready for Your Canoe-Camping Trip

Do you know what kind of equipment to choose? Do you have all the materials you need? Download the checklist prepared by Canot-Kayak Québec to make sure you don’t forget anything (French only).

What Fits in a 17-Foot Prospector Canoe ?

A prospector type canoe can safely contain about 650 pounds (250 kg), including the weight of the occupants. Often the load capacity is more a question of volume than weight. In other words, bring the essentials and travel light :

  • A plastic barrel to carry your tent and sleeping bags
  • A bag or barrel with your camping stove and other equipment
  • A cooler
  • A waterproof bag (as much as possible) per person for your personal items
  • A little day bag for what you’ll need quick access to while paddling

Tips for Best Luggage Placement in Your Canoe

  • Distribute the weight evenly so the canoe maintains a horizontal level in the water
  • Place the luggage according to the weight of the passengers
  • Avoid piling up bags and equipment
  • Keep your equipment as close to the water level as possible
  • Tie the luggage that can sink to the benches and rails of the canoe and make sure they can’t move around the canoe along the way, even in heavy waves
  • Put your equipment in waterproof bags, bins or barrels
  • Put your food in a cooler or barrel

Paddling on the Reservoir

Before setting off for adventure on an 85 km2 reservoir, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you enjoy a pleasurable excursion without surprises.

  • Navigate near the banks (and in a group if there are several canoes)
  • Expect quick changes in weather
  • Make sure you are highly visible to other boaters to avoid risks of collisions
  • Stop at the designated rest areas on the islands to relax, drink water, eat or go for a little swim before resuming your navigation.
  • You have a fishing licence ? Don’t hesitate to cast your line!

Find out more about safety

Did You know ?

The Poisson Blanc Reservoir islands are part of the planned Mont-Sainte-Marie biodiversity reserve. Here, we apply “leave no trace” outdoor recreation principles.

  • The Pic-Flamboyant

    300 meter 4 minute by foot

  • 1 La Cigogne

    0,5 km 15 minutes

  • Le grand Pic Poisson Blanc refuge chalet

    The Grand-Pic

    250 mètres 5 minutes à pied

  • Pic mineur Poisson Blanc

    The Pic-Mineur

    300 mètres 5 minutes à pied

  • Le Bastion Parc régional du Poisson Blanc Accueil

    Accueil Le Bastion

  • 2A Site des Pères

    2 km +/- 40 minutes

  • 2B Le Franc Sud

    1.6 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 3A Site des Mauves

    1.3 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 2C La Pointe des Pères

    2 km +/- 40 minutes

  • 3B La pointe des Mauves

    1.5 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 13 Le Soleil du Midi

    3.5 km +/- 1:15

  • 6 La Sainte Paix

    1.6 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 12A Le Cap du soleil couchant

    2.5 km +/- 45 minutes

  • 12C La Pointe aux Harles

    2.5 km +/- 45 minutes

  • 23A L'aurore

    3 km +/- 1 hour

  • 12D La Pointe au Cerisier

    2.5 km +/- 45 minutes

  • 24 La Pointe du Couchant

    3.3 km +/- 1:10

  • 20 Les pieds dans le sable

    1.6 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 23B La Pointe à Bill

    3.7 km +/- 1:15

  • 27 A La Canopé

    4 km +/- 1h20

  • 25 La Retraite

    3 km +/- 1 heure

  • Site 31 Parc régional du Poisson Blanc

    31 Le Paradis

    4,5 km +/- 1:30

  • 26 La Lagune

    4 km +/- 1:20

  • Poisson blanc camping

    27B La Cigale

    5 km 1h30

  • 36 L'Entrée du Chenal

    4.9 km +/- 1:40

  • 29 L'île à la Loutre

    4 km +/- 1h20

  • 34 Katimavik

    4 km +/- 1:20

  • 44A L'Enclume

    9 km 3 hours

  • île Poisson Blanc l'équateur camping 3

    42E L'Équateur

    7 km +/- 2 hours

  • 39 Pointe aux bleuets

    5.4 km +/- 1:45

  • 41 La pointe de Granit

    6 km +/- 2 hours

  • 45A Le Parasol

    9 km 3h

  • 42A La Chanterelle

    6 km approximately 2h of canoeing

  • 44B La pointe à la perdrix

    9 km +/- 3 heures

  • 45B La pointe aux Dorés

    9 km +/- 3 hours

  • 47A La pointe du Brochet

    9.1 km +/- 3 hours

  • 47B La Terrasse

    9.1 km +/- 3 hours

  • 47C La pointe Ensoleillée

    10 km +/- 3:20

  • 52A La Plage Cachée

    11 km +/- 3:40

  • camping sauvage poisson blanc canot-camping

    52C Le cap siffleur

    11 km +/- 3:40

  • 55A Le Lagon Bleu

    12.5 km +/- 4:10

  • 55C Le site de la Sand Bar

    13 km +/- 4:20

  • 56 Le Rocher Fendu

    13.5 km +/- 4:30

  • 59 La Pointe aux Bouleaux

    15 km +/- 5 hours

  • 60 La Plage d'or

    14 km +/- 4:30

  • 63A Cap à la Tortue

    15 km +/- 5 hours

  • 63B Site de la Paroi Éléphant

    15.2 km +/- 5 hours

  • 63C La Péninsule

    15.5 km +/- 5:10

  • 64 L'Île Mira

    15 km +/- 5 hours

  • 66A La Pointe au Pin

    13 km +/- 4:20

  • camping sauvage poisson blanc canot-camping

    66D Le cap à l'aigle

    13.5 km +/- 4:30

  • 68 L'Île aux voyageurs

    14 km +/- 4:30

  • 70A La petite Plage

    16.4 km +/- 5:30

  • 70B La grande Plage

    16.4 km +/- 5:30

  • 70C La Pointe aux Chênes

    16.2 km +/- 5:30

  • 70G La Citadelle

    14 km +/- 4:30

  • 70K La Pointe de l'Épervier

    16.2 km +/- 5:20

  • Le camp de base

    6.7 km 10 minutes by car

  • Le site de la plage

    6.5 km 10 minutes by car

  • 8 Halte de pique-nique 8

    2 km +/- 40 minutes

  • 9 Halte de pique-nique 9

    2 km +/- 40 minutes

  • 10 Halte de pique-nique 10

    2.2 km +/- 45 minutes

  • 12B Halte de pique-nique 12B

    2.5 km +/- 45 minutes

  • 21 Halte de pique-nique 21

    1.5 km +/- 30 minutes

  • 22 Halte de pique-nique 22

    2 km +/- 40 minutes

  • 30B Halte de pique-nique 30B

    3.8 km +/- 1:20

  • 35 Halte de pique-nique 35

    4.5 km +/- 1:30

  • 38 Halte de pique-nique 38

    5 km +/- 1:40

  • 49 Halte de pique-nique 49

    11 km +/- 3:40

  • 54C Halte de pique-nique 54C

    12 km +/- 4 hours

  • 55D Halte de pique-nique 55D

    13 km +/- 4:20

  • 55E Halte de pique-nique 55E

    13.5 km +/- 4:40

  • 57A Halte de pique-nique 57A

    14 km +/- 5 hours

  • 57B Halte de pique-nique 57B

    14 km +/- 5 hours

  • 58A Halte de pique-nique 58A

    14 km +/- 5 hours

  • 63D Halte de pique-nique 63D

    15.5 km +/- 5:20

  • 66C Halte de pique-nique 66C

    14 km +/- 5 hours

  • 42D La Paroi Écho

    7 km approximately 2h30 of canoeing débutant à avancé

  • Poisson Blanc randon

    Sentier du Chenal

    Intermédiaire

  • Parc régional Poisson Blanc sentier pédestre randonnée

    Le Cap du sud

    Intermédiaire

  • Poisson Blanc sentier randonnée

    Sentier de l’île en U

    Intermédiaire

  • Poiscon Blanc randonnée sentier

    Sentier de la Paroi Éléphant

    Débutant

  • Sentier Rapide-du-Fort

    Intermédiaire

  • Parc Poisson Blanc Sentier M

    Sentier des Merisiers

    Débutant

  • Sentier Katimavik

    Intermédiaire

  • Sentier du Sommet

    Intermédiaire

  • Sentier Desjardins

    +/- 4 heures Intermédiaire

  • Paroi Éléphant Escalade Parc du Poisson Blanc

    63D Paroi Éléphant

    Débutant à avancé

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