Eye of Quebec Tour in a Kayak
We recommend circling René-Levasseur Island in a counter-clockwise direction with the wind at your back.
The prevailing winds are from the northwest.
From the Station located on the eastern shore, it is recommended that you cross directly, sheltered by the mountains of René-Levasseur Island, and then continue in a counter-clockwise direction from there.
The wind will mainly be behind you on the west side of the Manicouagan Crater Lake.
Conditions and safety:
Navigating conditions on the Manicouagan Crater Lake are similar to those of the St. Lawrence River, without the tides.
Waves can reach as much as two metres high in windy conditions, putting the safety of the kayaker at risk.
The weather is very changing; conditions can deteriorate or change very quick. As such, you must remain alert and attentive at all times.
Once you are past Cap Horne, northeast of the Manicouagan Crater Lake, you are at the most vulnerable point in your journey. The waves come in perpendicular to the kayak. You are advised not to venture too far from the shore.
For safety purposes, it is recommended that you notify the Uapishka Station and provide an itinerary.
It is strongly recommended that you bring along a communication system, since there is no cellular network in the area (satellite phone, SPOT Satellite Messenger).
An excursion not to be missed for seasoned kayakers. Along your journey, you will discover the beauty of the landscape and sense the imposing presence of both the waters and the Uapishka (Groulx) mountain range. Here, Mother Nature dictates the route. In return, she unfolds new perspectives of her landscape with each paddle stroke. You will spend the night on the edge of the Manicouagan Crater Lake under a sheet of stars and, if you are lucky, under the dance of the northern lights.
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Manicouagan Crater Lake
Unserviced, self-guided activity offered by the Station
7 to 9 days / 210 km