Who are the guides and what are their
Our guides are experienced kayakers, extensively trained
with skills certification from the British Canoe Union
(BCU) or Canadian Recreational Canoe Association (CRCA),
certification in Wilderness First Aid, and CPR. As well our
guides have many years of experience as outdoor leaders who
can identify and interpret the flora, fauna and geology
that surrounds you.
How many people are on the average tour?
Never more than 10 (plus guides). Usually the average is
What skill level is required for my trip?;
Relax, most of our tours are for novice and intermediate
paddlers, with little or no experience necessary, provided
you are in good health. Tours 7 ( Pukaskwa) and Tour 9
(Sibley to Rossport) require previous experience. All tours
longer than one day will include a mini course on basic
paddle strokes, wet exits, and rescue techniques. As well,
the pace is relaxed and easy with frequent short stops.
What kind of food should I expect on the camping
Forget the diet. We provide nutritious, carefully
prepared, full meals, catering to the vegetarian or
non-vegetarian, with plenty of fresh meat, fruits,
vegetables and snacks. If you have any dietary needs please
let us know ahead of time. On some designated tours you
must supply your own food and do your own cooking, but
supply all of the camp cookery, stoves and fuel.
How do I get to the starting point of my tour?
When you book a tour we will be happy to provide detailed
travel directions, as well as assist in any travel
arrangements with flights, car rentals or shuttles.
What equipment do I need to bring?
An equipment list is provided on the website for each
tour, as well as an itinerary.
Are there bears in the area?
Canada is blessed with a plethora of wildlife to enjoy,
including caribou, moose, deer, fox, wolf, and bears. There
is no need to worry if you are respectful and maintain safe
camping practices. Caribou Expeditions encourages the
continuous practice of "Leave No Trace" whenever you enjoy
How's the weather?
Paddling in northern begins when the ice breaks in April
and continues until the snow flies in December.
Temperatures average about 70F in the summer months. The
evenings can be somewhat cool, and of course weather can be
unpredictable. June and July are the calmest months but
water temperature is cold. By August the water in the bays
is usually warm enough to swim, so bring your bathing suit,
but don't forget your fleece! The weather in the St
Lawrence area of Quebec is similar.
How's the fishing?
Great! Please don't forget you need a non-resident fishing
license. Fees may be purchased at park headquarters or many
retail outlets with a Visa, MasterCard, or cash.
I don't have any camping equipment. What do you
We supply all camping equipment, and fully equipped
kayaks. A detailed equipment list for each tour is found on
this web site, in addition to items we suggest you bring,
such as sleeping bag and personal clothing.
What if for some reason I must cancel?
A full refund is given, less a $30 administration fee,
provided you notify us in writing, at least 30 days prior
to the trip.
Do I have to share a tent with someone I don't know
Of course not! If you come as a couple you are provided
with a three person tent (Marmot or M.E.C.) If you are by
yourself, then we give you your own two- person tent (minus
the second person!)
Is there and extra charge if I am alone ?
Only on lodge-based trips where we have costed the trips
on double occupancy; in that case, the single room
occupancy charge is listed with the tour.
I'm concerned about my personal safety.?
Don't be. We will provide you with a wilderness adventure
that is exciting, safe and educational. Our guides are
thoroughly trained and experienced.
Can I get a gift certificate for my friend?
Caribou Expeditions will be happy to assist you in giving
the gift of travel to your friends.
How soon do I have to pay, and what method of payment
do you accept?
A deposit of $200/person is required to hold a place on multiday trips, $50.00 for courses and day-trips. We
provide a full refund, less a $35/person administration
fee, for cancelations at least thirty days prior to tour;
otherwise, no refund is provided. For the whale watching
tour, the accommodations balance is due 60 days prior to
trip. Payment can be made by credit card (telephone or
on-line registration), cheque (US cheques accepted) or
money order. Note: taxes are included in all prices.
Are there any discounts that I should be aware of?
10% early booking, 10% former clients, 15% for groups
greater than five. Please; note these discounts are
Do you give a discount for bringing personal gear or
We provide a daily discount of $20 CDN per sea kayak. The
kayak must be fully equipped to meet all coast guard
regulations. We don’t provide discounts for camping
equipment, except on the wilderness canoe river trips. We
provide excellent quality Marmot or MEC tents, and
thermarests. If you would like to bring your own equipment,
please feel free to do so, but we would appreciate knowing
ahead of time, as well as the make and length of your