Ontario’s Magnetawan River drains the western side of Algonquin Park into Georgian Bay. The “Mag” is a less-well-known whitewater river for paddlers as the water levels are suitable for canoeists for only part of the year – but, when the water is right, this is a great run.

This Magnetawan River trip begins at Wahwashkesh Lake and takes us west towards Georgian Bay. Along the way are Class I – III rapids, swifts, a few narrow lakes, and several portages. The focus of the trip is on improving your whitewater skills in these technical rapids. The guides will help with your technique, maneuvers, and river-reading skills. You’ll become more confident with experience and coaching as we paddle Canal Rapids, Three Snye Rapids, and Thirty Dollar Rapids.

Paddlers who wish to join should be confident intermediate to advanced canoeists looking for some spring excitement. This is a great warm up if you are considering heading on one of our Nahanni or Broken Skull trips which are rated skill level 3 or 4.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Mon. May 19 - Fri. May 23, 2025 $1,795 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Black Feather Guide Warm Up on the Lower Magnetawan

What's Included


  • 6:1 Ratio


  • all meals & snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 5 lunch

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS expedition canoes
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Local Transportation

  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from trip
  • van shuttle to the beginning of the trip

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)