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Whitewater rafting the Kipawa River with Esprit!

The Kipawa has been rated as one of eastern Canada's best intermediate whitewater rivers. It also carries the unfortunate distinction of being one of Canada's most endangered waterways. This scenic and pristine river passes through rocky, Canadian Shield topography and through rugged, mixed-wood forests. The Kipawa River is an incredible 16 km run, from Lake Kipawa down to Lake Temiscaming, with 18 named rapids and a 90 foot waterfall.

Once a year, canoeists, kayakers and rafters alike join together for the Kipawa River Festival to celebrate this historic old river's dramatic whitewater at the Kipawa River Festival. By joining this trip, you are adding your voice to helping in its preservation. The Kipawa Day Trip includes a 4-5 hour descent, riverside snack and all safety equipment. After the trip, we celebrate the day with an ice cold beer, juice or soft drink. The first round is on us!

  Availability & Costs
June 24/25 $150.00
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The Kipawa River trips have 2 departures daily. At the time of booking, you will be scheduled for either a morning or an afternoon departure.

AM Departure:
  7:30 am Meet & greet plus safety briefing
  9:00 am Begin rafting on the Kipawa River
  12:30 pm Take out and transport back to your vehicles at put-in
PM Departure:
  12:00 pm Meet & greet plus safety briefing
  1:00 pm Begin rafting on the Kipawa River
  4:30 pm Take out and transport back to your vehicles at put in
Note: Trip timing may vary depending on water levels.

What's included in your adventure

The Kipawa River day trip includes 1 descent down the Kipawa River, riverside snack, all safety equipment, 14 ft. self-bailing rafts, internationally certified guides, local transportation, complimentary après rafting beer, juice or soft drink. Wetsuits are available to rent ($15 for a ½ suit, $25 for a full suit) at the put-in.

Local Accommodation

Camping: The festival provides camping accommodation at the put-in as well as at the take-out. Contact Camping Laniel for more details.

Hotel: The town of Temiscamingue (Quebec) offers hotel accommodation and is less than 30 minutes from the put-in of the Kipawa River. During the Festival weekend, accommodation does sell out quickly. We recommend that you make reservations in advance for hotel accommodation.

What you should bring with you for the day

All your mandatory safety equipment is provided for you. Therefore, all you need to bring with you are some personal items to help make your day even more enjoyable. We recommend that you bring a pair of shoes or sandals to wear on the river (they will get wet!), your swimsuit and/or shorts, sunscreen, water bottle, towel and a change of clothes. As the festival takes place in later part of the spring, cooler water and weather temperatures can be expected. To help make your day comfortable, we highly recommend that you bring an extra fleece or wool sweater, fleece socks and running shoes (versus sandals) for extra thermal layering. Wetsuits can be rented at the put-in.


Here is what others who have experienced rafting on the Kipawa with Esprit have to say:

"Great guides, great rapids, great food, great fun!"

"Thanks for the wet adventure! I'll definitely be back for more river luvin!"

"Incredible! That is the only way to describe the experience."