Exploration Starts Here
Set off on an adventure for a few days, or simply explore the reservoir for the day by stopping by our rest areas for a picnic, a swim, a bit of sunbathing at the beach, or a hike. The Poisson Blanc Regional Park provides a rental service for a lovely range of non-motorized watercraft that are bound to bring out the explorer in you.
Watercraft Rental and Length of Stay
Our watercraft are booked per day and not per overnight stay. For example, if you reserve a camping site for 2 nights, you’ll need a canoe for 3 days. It’s important to note that you can collect your watercraft rental as soon as the reception desk opens in the morning, even if you don’t officially have access to your accommodations until 3pm. Several rest areas on the islands are open to the public and allow you to enjoy Poisson Blanc while waiting for your site to become available. Please note that we recommend that you book your watercraft at the same time as your island camping site in order to make sure the desired watercraft is available, or, at the very least, not to wait until the last minute to do so. We have a limited amount of watercraft available to rent.
Here, canoe is King
A canoe is the obvious choice. It provides good loading capacity as well as good stability on the water. Our fleet consists of “prospector” type canoes made of fiberglass and T-formex in lengths varying between 16 and 21 feet, which can accommodate between 2 and 4 people. Ideal for families, climbers, small groups of friends, and campers who bring along their dogs, the canoe has a loading capacity going from 275 kg (600 lbs) to 360 kg (800 lbs) depending on the size of the canoe. All watercraft rentals include mandatory security equipment: life jackets, paddles, and a safety kit. But be careful, a canoe isn’t manoeuvered as intuitively as you may think. Need a refresher before you go? The Path of the paddle is the ultimate classic.
The Sea Kayak, For Dashing Off Like a Torpedo
You feel like trying something other than a canoe, no problem, we have a stock of Epsilon solo sea kayaks and Esperanto duo sea kayaks, by Boréal Design. The Sea Kayak features good loading capacity, but the luggage compartment openings aren’t very wide. Forget hard coolers; you need to pack your food is soft coolers. Even if the kayak luggage compartments have rubber lids, they aren’t completely watertight. Everything that goes into the compartments that shouldn’t get wet should be stored in a dry bag. Simple garbage bags can also do the trick to keep your clothes and sleeping bag dry. On top of the basic safety equipment, the sea kayak also includes a skirt and a bilge pump.
Paddleboard / SUP
Paddleboard is the best type of watercraft to have fun with once you’re on your island, whether for an evening stroll or a midday swim during a heat wave. It’s also a choice watercraft for a solo deep water climbing expedition at The paroi Écho. Our fleet consists of Lumberjack model Taiga Board (stiff) paddleboards or inflatable SUP Boréa and Kazazu boards. These inflatable models have a load capacity of nearly 300 lbs. If you wish to go on a SUP expedition with your luggage, those are the models you want, but you’ll still need to pack light. Please note that we do not recommend hauling a SUP behind a canoe to bring it to your island.
A Family Affair
2 adults, 2 children, and 1 dog, or 4 adults who have never handled a canoe, what do you do with that? Well, let me introduce the Catacanoe. Yes, yes, you read that right. The Catacanoe is a temporary aluminium linking device that allows you to connect two parallel canoes and turn them into a single watercraft. This solution offers remarkable stability and allows you to navigate with friends or family without ever losing sight of the your loved ones in the other canoe. You think it takes away from the canoe’s romantic appeal? Maybe so, but it’s certainly effective.
Other Important Information
If you’re coming to camp as a group, don’t hesitate to rent several types of watercraft and switch them up during your stay. It makes for a great change of pace. As long as there’s one canoe in which to put the big cooler and Coleman stove.
If you wish to reach Poisson Blanc from the southern part of the reservoir, you need to rent your watercraft from the Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois. Contact them at 1-800-363-4041 for more details or to reserve.
- 2 individual life jackets with whistle (3 PFDs for 3 places, 4 PFDs for 4 places)
- 1 rope bag with scoop or bilge pump and 1 (or 2) kayak skirt (s)
- 2 paddles
- 1 parking spot at Le Bastion Entrance Office
- (close in 2021) Access to outdoor showers at the Bastion
Does not include :
- Any additional lifejacket or paddle.
|16′ prospector canoe – 2 seats||
|17′ prospector canoe – 3 seats||
|20′ prospector canoe – 4 seats||
|21′ Two River Abitibi.co canoe – 4 seats||
|17′ Esquif Cargo engine 2,5hp canoe – 4 seats||
|Paddleboarding – SUP||
|Epsilon solo sea kayak by Boreal Design||
|Esperanto duo sea kayak by Boreal Design||
|Fishing kayak (Riot Big Rig)||
|Catacanot (catamaran hitch for canoes)||