River descents

Rivière du Gouffre descent - La Balade - 18 km


A stroll in Charlevoix's countryside


This descent will make you navigate between a good sporting challenge and a nautical ride full of discoveries. Follow an 18-km downhill course on the waters of the Gouffre River, a wild salmon river punctuated by whitewaters easy to cross. The « La Balade » descent is accessible and appreciated by adults and teenagers looking for a challenge. You will come across Charlevoix’s most beautiful riverside landscapes in a fun ride that will awaken your sense of adventure.

About “La Balade”

“La Balade” is a descent of about 3:30 to 4:30 without a guide, including a rental service assisted by a shuttle. You can go downriver with a single or double recreational kayak. A waterproof bag is included in the service. The use of closed shoes or fastened sandals is mandatory. Neoprene booties and neoprene clothes are also available for rent.

The environment you will be exploring

The Gouffre River is a river with unique forest landscapes, winding through a valley of clay and sand. At the end of the route, you will cross a more rural and urbanized section: the village of Baie-Saint-Paul. Wandering the river you will have the opportunity to stop on one of the beaches, an ideal time to go for a swim or enjoy a picnic.

This river is well known for the presence of Atlantic salmon, brook trout and rainbow trout. You might also come across fishermen on your way downriver. The Gouffre River remains a fragile area, let us be aware of the unique environment we are visiting.

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 Balade (18km) + Insurance + Insurance and wetshoes
Adult (18+) 59 $ 61 $ 65 $
Youth (4 - 17) 44 $ 46 $ 50 $

Complements to your descent :

  • Breakage and evacuation insurance : 2 $
  • Watershoes rental : 4 $
  • Wetsuit + watershoes rental : 10 $
Taxes are not included.


The package includes

  • Renting of a simple or double kayak
  • The shuttle to the launch point
  • Basic kayaking instructions
  • Nautical equipment and waterproof bag

The package excludes

  • Your personal sports clothes
  • Taxes are not included (14,975 %)


Included equipment

  • Simple or double kayak
  • Paddles
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Dry bag
  • Wetsuit rental available

Required equipment

  • A closed shoe or an attached sandal (no flip flops)
  • Short or swimsuit
  • Wool or polar sweater
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra clothes
  • Enough water for the whole day
  • Suntan lotion

Route and length


La Ballade (18 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 6 years old and over are accepted.


This is a moderate course, with fun whitewater, great for learning the challenges of a river.


Total duration varies from 4h30 to 6h (including the handover of equipment, transportation and the descent) The descent takes about 3h30 to 4h30 (varies according to the water level).

Departure hours

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


Cancellation policy

  • Up to 7 days before the activity : 10% of the total amount will be non-refundable, without change fees during the same season.
  • From 7 days to 48 hours before the activity : 50% of the total amount will be non-refundable, without change fees during the same season.
  • From 48 hours to the day of the activity : 100% of the total amount will be non-refundable, change with a $20 fee during the same season.
  • The day of the activity : 100% of the total amount will be non-refundable, without possibility of modification.