River descents

Descent of Rivière du Gouffre - La Familiale - 8 km


A must for families


The Gouffre river is still a wild salmon river, ideal for recreational kayaking. Several routes dotted with easy whitewaters are offered to beginners, families, groups including school groups, as well as more experienced adepts.

We offer a rental service to suit all tastes along with a shuttle service. While descending the river, you will have the opportunity to stop on one of the beaches for a swim, to enjoy a picnic or just take in the scenery.

Relax, live the present, take a deep breath, have a good look at all this wilderness, feel its power and let the river currents guide your trip.

A glimpse of what to expect

The Gouffre river's forest landscape is unique as it meanders through a valley seated in blue clay and sand.

The last leg snakes through a more rural and urbanized section: the village of Baie-Saint-Paul. On the West bank, next to the Leclerc bridge, is a historical fresco about Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul and the hinterland, from the olden days until now.

The environment you will be exploring

The source of the Gouffre river is lac des Coeurs, located in Grands-Jardins National Park. It flows 72 km before joining the brackish waters of the St. Lawrence estuary at the Baie-Saint-Paul wharf. All the routes we offer on this river come to an end at the mouth of the river, near our facilities at the wharf, 210 rue Sainte-Anne.

This river is well-known because of the presence of Atlantic salmon, Speckled and Rainbow trout in its waters. Its many pools attract salmon fishermen.

The Gouffre river is nonetheless a fragile environment. Let's remind ourselves that we are visiting a unique ecosystem. PLEASE follow our example and Leave No Trace of your passage.

Information and price

Opening period

From June 12th to September 19th, 2021


Baie-Saint-Paul wharf, 210, rue Saint-Anne, Baie-Saint-Paul, G3Z 1P8

Price for each participant

La Familiale (12km) La Balade (20km) L'Aventure (25km)
Adults (18+) 49 $ 59 $ 69 $ (12 years old and +)
Youth (4 - 17) 34 $ 44 $


The package includes…

  • Rental of Solo or double kayak
  • Shuttle to the river starting point
  • Basic kayaking instructions
  • Nautical equipment and dry bags

The package excludes…

  • Your personal sports clothes
  • TAXES NOT INCLUDED (14,975 %)


Included equipment

  • Solo or double kayak
  • Paddles
  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
  • Dry bags
  • Dry suit rental available

Required equipment

  • Wool or Polar sweater
  • Short or swimsuit
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra clothes
  • Enough water for the whole day
  • Sunglasses and suntan lotion

Route and length

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La Familiale (8 km)

The Baie-Saint-Paul wharf.

Shuttle service from the parking lot at the Baie-Saint-Paul wharf to your kayak starting point is included in the rental price. All kayak routes end at the Baie-Saint-Paul wharf. Reservations mandatory. Children from 4 years.

Difficulty level
8 km / Easier route, with some fun whitewaters to discover the river's challenges. For beginners.


  • From 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours (depending on the water level).

Departure hours

Several departures daily. Participants must arrive 30 minutes early to get prepared.