The Outaouais River was and will always remain the main attraction and commercial attraction in the Pontiac region and L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet is situated in the middle of it flow. On its watershed you can do numerous activities alongside historical routes of the Voyageurs and Algonquin nation that helped shape its history.
Canoeing and l’Île-du-Grand-Calumet have enjoyed a harmonious relationship for well over 1000 years. Countless islands and channels bring you into a natural wilderness paradise.
The Rocher Fendu rapids and rafting
Situated south of the island the Rocher Fendu section and its rapids have long been sought after for its size and volume. This is where commercial rafting started in Canada in the year 1975. Since, paddlers from around the world travel to this portion of the Outaouais River for kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Our island hosted the first ever Canadian World rodeo kayak championships in the 90’s. Before all of this, Native Americans and “courreurs des bois” challenged its power. At the moment, there is no public access to this section but there are a few limited access roads that enable you to travel into this section of the Rocher Fendu.
There are numerous rafting companies that offer trips for all so you can visit the historical part of the river. Challenge in groups the mighty rapids of the Rocher Fendu channel or enjoy family adventures on the Calumet channel. Its also possible to take whitewater kayaking courses, canoeing and riverboading. This section is home of the only full moon rafting trip in Canada.
Bike and cycle tourism is a unique way to tour our island. Our mix of gravel and pavement roads along with low traffic makes it safe to tour with the whole family. Countless limited access roads offer the cross-country enthusiast a large network of trails for all skill levels.
Quads, SXS and ATV’s
The provincial trail section of the Club Quad du Pontiac is accessible from our island. The municipality has authorised access to all its roads and trails on the island offering more than 120km’s of fun. Quads and ATV’s must comply with the provincial trail rules and laws but do not have to purchase the provincial trails pass.