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Short half-day excursion

The mouth of the Romaine River: A half-day journey of discovery and wonder

for beginners, families and experts

  • Length: 3 hours
  • Depart: 9:00 and 13:00 (please arrive 20 minutes early)
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Distance: 5-7 kilometres
  • Group size: Minimum of 3 guests must register for us to depart (you must book ahead)
  • Effort level: Low-moderate

At the mouth of the beautiful Romaine River, where the river meets the sea, you’ll discover the otherworldly landscape of Romaine Bay, which was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago.

The bay is sea kayaker’s paradise. The Romaine Bay is the perfect place to try sea kayaking for the first time, even with a young family. It’s shallow depth and narrow mouth means it has small waves and warmer water then the surrounding Gulf of St. Lawrence. And, with two rivers bringing freshwater from the Boreal Forest into the bay, it’s home to a rich ecosystem.

This rare geography is also great if you’re an experienced kayaker looking for a different area to paddle in, or if you just want to take some stunning photos. For intermediate paddlers interesting in pushing their limits, the mouth of the bay has some large standing waves for you to play in relatively safely.

The bay is dotted by rock islets made of granitic, a geographic anomaly in an area home to mostly limestone islands. These islands are scattered throughout the bay, forming two small archipelago-like micro-mazes. Because it’s so shallow and maze-like you can only get to it by sea kayak or small boat, which means we often have it to ourselves. All these islets are under the protection of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve and are also part of the Great Nitassinan of the local Innu people who regularly visit them.

During nesting season these islets are teeming with life: terns, gulls, eiders and several other species of birds are waiting for you. Of course, we are very careful to not disturb the birds, and we always adapt our route to avoid disturbing nesting sites, but you will have a chance to take incredible photos.

Depending on the weather and the skill level of the group, our trip options include: visiting the two micro-archipelagos’ granite islets, cays with stopovers, the false falls, crossing the mouth of the Roman River and a return by the gyratory flow of the Romaine.

What is provided:

  • Single or double kayak, paddle, skirt;
  • Clothes, wetsuit, windbreaker and neoprene booties (wetsuit is not mandatory inside the bay on hot days in July and August);
  • Basic training to allow movement and autonomy during the ride;
  • Waterproof Bags: Can be used for snack camera and change of clothes.

Do not forget to bring:

  • Spare clothes;
  • Your complete waterproof kit or waterproof-breathable clothing (anorak) pants and coat (the weather can change quickly);
  • Water shoes or sandals (however, you can use Noryak's booties);
  • Hot sweater or fleece, any clothing made of synthetic material, avoid cotton;
  • Sunglasses and fasteners not to lose them;
  • Hat;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Bottle of water and light snack;
  • Personal medication as needed;
  • A camera

Price per person (taxes not included):

  • Adults: $60.00
  • Children to teenagers 6 to 17 years: $45.00
  • Child in the center box of a double kayak (free)
  • Family discount for 2 adults and 2 children $190 (guaranteed departure)

*You can get a 15 per cent discount if you own your own boat (15 foot minimum), your own kayak gear (PFD/ wet-suit), and your own safety gear. We reserve the right to refuse this privilege if we deem any of your equipment to be inadequate for this adventure.