Quebec's Endangered Romaine River Now Accessible To All With Green Company's Rafting Trip

Thursday, 04 December 2008
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Dec 04, 2008 - Boreal River, an environmentally friendly whitewater trip company based in Montreal, Quebec, is offering an eight day guided rafting trip on the Romaine River, one of the most beautiful, undisturbed, and enjoyable waterways in the world.  The Romaine River is in peril, and the summer of 2009 may be one of the final chances to see this mighty river in person before the environment undergoes drastic changes.

The Romaine River is currently under imminent threat from Hydro Quebec's estimated $6.5 billion development plan, which would forever alter both the river and the surrounding wilderness.  The dam project would render future rafting trips on this river impossible.  And construction of access roads and the 500 km long transmission lines threaten tourism in the surrounding region including the famous Magpie River.  Until the damming occurs, Boreal River will be offering everyone the opportunity to experience the Romaine River first hand.

"We fly in by float plane and spend a week exploring a landscape where few travelers have dipped their paddles or left their footprints," says Danny Peled, founder and director of Boreal River. "This trip is for anyone who is physically active. No previous whitewater or camping experience is necessary to take part in this spectacular wilderness journey.

"I've been lucky to have guided trips on some of the greatest rivers in Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, and the U.S.," says Peled.  "On my first visit to the Cote-Nord I was awestruck.  The Romaine and Magpie Rivers are like no others in North America.  They have warm water, truly pristine wilderness, and practically non-stop current with great rapids for rafting and kayaking."

Founded in 2008 by experienced river guides and touring experts Danny Peled and Letha Henry, Boreal River specializes in multi-day whitewater trips in the Cote-Nord region of Quebec.  On the renowned Magpie River, the Romaine River's sister body of water, participants can raft, kayak, learn how to fly fish, and experience the virgin boreal forest.  

"When people first arrive to the area they are struck by the beautiful landscape and charmed by the friendly maritime culture of the coastal villages," says Peled. "After a week on the river surrounded by nature you get a sense for how lucky we are to be have places like this and to able to visit them".

Boreal River is a member of ‘1% for the Planet', donating one percent of gross sales to non-profit organizations working on local and global environmental issues, including Alliance Romaine, a group that is committed to safeguarding the future of the Romaine River.  As well, all Boreal River trips follow the ‘Leave No Trace' camping guideline, adhering to the expression, "leave only footprints, take only photographs".

http://www.borealriver.com

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Boreal River offers multi-day whitewater trips in Quebec. All inclusive 8-day trips to the world class Magpie and Romaine Rivers feature whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, and pristine wilderness. Trips meet in Sept Iles in Quebec's North Shore.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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