Rivière du Gouffre descent - La Balade - 20 km


A stroll in the Charlevoix wilderness


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 May 20th to September 30th, 2018


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+) 44 $ 54 $ 59 $
Youth (4 - 17) 29 $ 39 $ 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

Route and length

La Ballade (20 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.

Difficulty level

  • 25 km / Route starts in the wilderness, a bit more technical. A nice full day of activities for sportier types.
  • 20 km / Beautiful sand cliffs, white water, for people in shape.
  • 12 km / Easier route, with some fun whitewaters to discover the river's challenges. For beginners.


  • From 3 to 4 1\2 hours (depending on the water level).

Departure hours

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

Departure From Wednesday to Sunday Return Time
10h La Balade (20 km) ~ 14h


Reservation conditions

  • Reservations will be confirmed by the payment with a credit card.
  • It is possible to reserve on-line till 48 hours before the activities.
  • To reserve the day beforevor that very day, please contact us to 418.665.2332.
  • We shall communicate with you if he had to have changes in your reservation there.