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The French River offers some of the best canoeing and kayaking in Ontario. It is unique in that it offers lake and river paddling, flat water and challenging rapids. French River Adventures offers the best access to the Middle French River, giving you a choice of a beach or dock launch that puts you in the river close to the most popular day and multi-day flat water and whitewater paddling routes, including Big Pine, Rainy, Blue Chute, Cedar and Five Finger rapids. You can also follow the Main Channel to Hwy 69, complete the Eighteen Mile Island loop or the Okikendawt Island loop and many others if your preference is flat water.
Another option is to hire our Water Taxi to take you and your boats to put-in anywhere on this section of the French River, thereby increasing the time you have to enjoy your favourite spots.
Our canoes and kayaks are well cared-for and ideal for tripping. All of our boats are equipped with paddles, towlines and bailers.
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Montreal (Voyageur) Canoe Rental
Our 36-foot replica Montreal (Voyageur) canoe can accommodate up to 20 people (18 can paddle at once). For day-long events and for multi-day trips, it comfortably accommodates 14 people and all their gear. Our Montreal canoe is available for rental by groups and for special functions. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: On the July 1st weekend, we plan to paddle the Montreal canoe to the Dokis First Nation Pow-Wow. Once there, paddlers can enjoy food and entertainment offered by these Dokis Ojibwe. Everyone will be shuttled back to the Lodge at Pine Cove by Water Taxi. For more information on this trip contact email@example.com.
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French River Adventures has a number of small aluminum motorboats that can be rented for fishing or exploring the French River by guests of the Lodge at Pine Cove. If you do not have an Ontario Pleasure Craft Operator Card or equivalent, we can provide you with a short form to complete that substitutes for this card.Back to top
Other Equipment Rentals
We rent PFDs and have a limited supply of barrel packs, dry bags and other assorted equipment.
- Route Planning
- Park Permits
- Canoe/Kayak Launch
- Canoe/Kayak Shuttling
- Drinking Water
- Gourmet Picnics
- Bathroom Facilities
- Rioux's Bar
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French River Adventures offers a variety of services to help canoe and kayak trippers get underway. You can rent our canoes or kayaks or bring your own. Drop them off for launching from our sandy beach or designated canoe dock, then park your vehicle in the Lodge at Pine Cove's parking lot. We can help you plan your route, and we sell excellent laminated French River maps as well as park permits for camping. You can fill up your water bottles, rent an extra paddle or PFD and, given some advance warning (the day before), we'll pack you a gourmet picnic lunch.
When you return, we will instruct you on where you can deposit your garbage and recyclables, invite you to use our bathrooms and be the first to share your stories of white-water survived, flat-water enjoyed and wildlife observed. You can also cap off your trip with a visit to Rioux's bar in the Lodge at Pine Cove where you can enjoy beer, wine and a complete list of cocktails.