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The Team


Jean-François has paddled the Côte-Nord since 2000. He's an outdoor fanatic, and loves sea kayaking, river kayaking, rafting, trekking, biking and skiing. He’s outside in each season and plays on every type of terrain. Jean-François is an experienced paddler who knows the Minganie extremely well. He is detail oriented, he adapts easily, and loves to share his knowledge and his passion. Jean-François teaches outdoor education during the off-season and is a ski patroller at the Petite Rivière St-François in the winter.

Marie-Josée Talbot

Marie a travaillé en Kayak avec Mathieu dans l’archipel de Mingan pour quelques années au début des années 2000. Depuis elle a vécu et guidé en Patagonie au Groenland ou au Népal.  Entre les mers du sud le et la terre de Baffin, Marie est une vadrouilleuse qui partage sa passion du kayak de mer et ses connaissances de biologiste marine avec générosité.  Son rire est contagieux; il installe le bonheur dans le cœur de ses collègues et de ses invités.

Mathieu Bourdon

Mathieu is crazy about water and paddling. He moved to Minganie in 1996, dropped anchor in the region he has been traveling in the region’s backcountry tirelessly ever since. He is an expert in anything that involves a paddle, from sea kayaking, rafting, river kayaking and canoeing. He has taught, developed maritime and river trails, worked as a guide, mentor, and provided safety training. His passion for water and the territory of Minganie guide his life. He works closely with public rescue agencies to improve the safety practices of sea kayaking and refine the knowledge of the ocean currents that govern the archipelago. Mathieu is an explorer in love with the territory he lives in. He has navigated between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the river for more than 24 years. He has studied the seasons, learned the stories of the region, and knows the plants and animals, and he loves nothing more than sharing his experience and knowledge with Noryak’s guests.  

Gabriel Rondeau

Born in Montréal, Gabriel has left the city to study Adventure Tourism in Gaspé
for three years before arriving in the Minganie region. Drawn to the North Shore
by the breath of the sea and the words of Gilles Vigneault, he has a profound
love for the St Lawrence and Northern Quebec. Gabriel has an extensive
experience as a sea-kayak guide, working on whale-watching tours in
Bergeronnes and Tadoussac over the past summers. When winter arrives, his
paddle is replaced by snowshoes. He hunts and traps, and explores the Innu
territory from Manicouagan to Labrador on winter camping expeditions. For him,
the poetry of this land is inspiring and a way of defining his intimate connection to
this beautiful territory.