Katabatik

Adventure in Charlevoix

 
 




About us

  • You love the outdoors, adventure, wide open spaces?
  • You want to discover the Charlevoix region?

Discover

Discover Katabatik - Aventure dans Charlevoix !
We are Multi-Activity Open Air outfitters with two things in mind: discovering and sharing.

Our activities and packages extend over the vast Charlevoix territory. We believe that every discovery area is unique and offers must see points of interest for the practice of eco-touristic activities. Charlevoix is our land of adventure and we will help you discover it.

Allying authenticity and sports experience, we are mainly active in the following fields:

  • Sea kayaking on the St Lawrence
  • Kayaking down Rivière du Gouffre
  • Canyoning in the Charlevoix cascades
  • Introduction to Tandem Paragliding
  • Bike rental

We put our skills and knowledge at your disposal by adapting them to your expectations and offering you a number of different activities.

Due to the variety of possible activities, we invite you to check out our packages as well as our different operating sites to make the best possible holiday choice.

Mission and vision

Our Mission

To create a growing interest for outdoor activities in Charlevoix through the safe practise of a vast range of adventure activities focused on ecotourism and the interpretation of our surroundings.

Our Vision

To become a leader in Québec's adventure tourism field by striving to make Charlevoix an internationally renowned outdoors destination.

Activities

  • Kayaking on the St Lawrence
    • Excursions - Scenery and wildlife observation
    • Expeditions -Multi-Day kayak camping
    • Winter kayaking
  • Kayaking down Rivière du Gouffre
    • Recreational kayaking for all; 12, 20 and 25 km courses
  • Bike rental in La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paull
  • Canyoning in the Charlevoix cascades
  • Paragliding - Introductory tandem flight with instructor
  • Kite sales

Activity sites

  • The Charlevoix coastline and the Middle St Lawrence Estuary
  • Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
  • Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve
  • Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
  • Gouffre river in Baie-Saint-Paul
  • Baie-des-Rochers municipal park

Highlights

  • Interpretation of the maritime environment both in French and in English
  • Safe, professional supervision
  • Bird and marine mammal observation
  • Team Building and Corporate activities for groups of up to 100
  • Specialists of Québec winter kayaking

Ethic

Environmental responsibility

Our mission is completely oriented towards sustainable development


  • We have a fleet of 115 human-powered boats and 25 bicycles to explore Charlevoix's wilderness and coast in ''Leave-no-trace'' mode.
  • We built a third of our fleet using wood, a material that allows us to service and restore the boats on a regular basis
  • We use biodegradable products to clean our equipment each day
  • We use safe shuttles to transport customers to their starting points
  • We generate stimulating and structured employment for 15 of the region's people trained in eco and adventure tourism
  • We provide nautical and tourist expertise to Regional and Provincial committees

Social responsibility

Katabatik is a member of:

  • Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve
  • Tourism Charlevoix
  • Paddle Canada
  • Fédération québécoise du canot et du kayak

Associative responsibility

Aventure Écotourisme Québec :
We are a member of Aventure Écotourisme Québec since we first opened in 2001. This guarantees that we work according to sector-based safety standards, that we hire certified guides, maintain industry-determined supervision ratios and hold civil liability insurance covering our activities.

Team

A team of passionate and professional people.

Nos valeurs : l'autonomie, l'accueil, l'appartenance et l'engagement.


Katabatik - Aventure dans Charlevoix is proud of its dynamic, dedicated and motivated team.

Our guides love to share their knowledge with our guests. They are trained in the interpretation of the Charlevoix environment, especially the maritime sector.

To insure safe supervision, they are proficient in the fields of meteorology, first aid, leadership and risk management and, of course, paddling techniques and rescue.


Sébastien Savard, manager

A Charlevoix native, Sebastien Savard is also kayakist, and philosopher in his spare time. For some twenty years, he has been proactive in developing specialized outdoors services, establishing relations between tourism stakeholders and making Charlevoix stand out as a Québec outdoors destination.

His main fields of interest are the social responsibilities of business, the sustainable development of Québec tourism, maritime safety, the development of outdoor activities, access to the St. Lawrence, the territories' environmental issues and the manner in which they are used.


Coordination
Simon Bélanger


Guide senior
Philippe Lessard


Accueil et service à la clientèle
Jacynthe Bouchard

André Chamberland

Milaidye Tremblay


Chauffeur et service à la clientèle
Bastien Primard

Félix Lemay-Boisvert

Robin Lavoie

Valérie Giguère

History

Since 2000, in constant progress !

A brief glimpse of events since the year 2000.


2000
Exploration excursions, technical training and building wood kayaks.
2001
Official opening, 1st season: 2 guides, 8 kayaks, ½ day excursions from Cap-à-l’Aigle and Saint-Irénée. Building wood kayaks.
2002
½ day excursions from Cap-à-l’Aigle, Saint-Irénée and Baie-des-Rochers.
2003
½ day and 1 day excursions, expeditions, packages and regional partnerships. Building wood kayaks.
2004
6 guides, 32 kayaks, daily excursions from May to October, numerous expeditions, packages, tour operators, 1 day excursion to Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie Provincial Park (agreement with SÉPAQ).
2005
Establishment of a point of service on the beach at Saint-Siméon.
2006
Winter kayak excursion. Rental of facilities at Saint-Irénée, excursions from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
2007
Merger and acquisition of l'Air du Large in Baie-Saint-Paul, 80 kayaks. Rivière du Gouffre descent, canyoning, paragliding, bike rentals, kites.
2009
Upgrading of Baie-Saint-Paul facilities, 15 employees, 80 kayaks with 135 person seating capacity.
2010
10th anniversary: services are centralized under one name: Katabatik - Aventure dans Charlevoix. Start of sea kayak excursions from L'Isle-aux-Coudres.
2011
Construction of a service centre at the Baie-des-Rochers wharf, purchase of comfortable hybrid bikes, design and launch of the new Web site.