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Baie Sainte-Marguerite to Anse-de-Roche Professional Review and Guide
"Paddling in the fjord is a great trip for paddlers of all skill levels. The relatively warm water of the river and the narrow width of the fjord (1–2 miles) produces a relatively sheltered body of water in a beautiful fjord with high ridges and cliffs that reach heights of almost 1,000 feet. At Baie Sainte-Marguerite a river empties into the fjord and creates a rich feeding area for beluga whales that come up the fjord from the St. Lawrence. Although commonly sighted in the area, the St. Lawrence beluga whales are an endangered species and only about 300 whales remain in the entire waterway. For this reason it is illegal to seek out beluga whales or to approach them by boat. However they are curious animals, and if you paddle in the area, it is likely that a group of whales will come to have a closer look at your kayak. In summer 1998, a group of kayakers with Caribou Expeditions was treated to a family of beluga whales swimming under their kayaks and hovering right under their boats, eyeing them from just a few feet away."
--Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman, Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario (The Globe Pequot Press).
This is a great area to paddle in, however the Park no longer allows kayaks to be put in at Baie St. Marguerite. We paddled from the ramp at Anse-de-Roche ($3/kayak launch fee) up to Baie St. Marguerite, and back. Currents were very strong (2-3 knots) in some areas, although we were paddling during a period of astronomically large tidal range, (18 feet) so perhaps currents would not be as formidable with more normal tides.
Beautiful area. I'd definitely recommend this unique trip to anyone in the area. The south shoreline is dramatic and breathtaking.
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