Quebec's Moisie River: Tres Wild, Tres Buggy

The Pekans River where it empties into the Moisie. Photo Tom Downer.
The Pekans River where it empties into the Moisie. Photo Tom Downer.

Our print issue coverage of the Moisie River delves into all the blackfly-tortured details of a 400-plus km journey on northern Quebec’s wild waterway. Here follow some vids and more photos of this pristine, savagely beautiful and challenging route that is for hardy experts only.


If you’re pressed for time, ff to 11:08, where the whitewater “fails” begin. By Jay Stiles.


Here’s a second movie that emphasizes more of a “life on the river” POV. By Rich Fletcher.

Photo Jay Stiles.
Photo Jay Stiles.
Camp Boreal. Chris Davenport shot this one with a film camera!
Camp Boreal. Chris Davenport shot this one with a film camera!
Typical portage, except it appears a lot flatter than the norm. Photo Chris Davenport.
Typical portage, except it appears a lot flatter than the norm. Photo Chris Davenport.
The Blackfly Apocalypse rendered Chris Davenport (left) and Tom Downer unrecognizably puffy. Photo Jay Stiles.
The Blackfly Apocalypse rendered Chris Davenport (left) and Tom Downer unrecognizably puffy. Photo Jay Stiles.
Ian Carr (stern) and Tom Downer submarining Trestle Rapids. Photo Jay Stiles.
Ian Carr (stern) and Tom Downer submarining Trestle Rapids. Photo Jay Stiles.

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