One of North America's best remote northern rivers for whitewater, isolation, native heritage, historical interest and the challenge.

Threat: Hydroelectric dams and flooding as part of phase III of James Bay Project.


In a tragic capitulation, the leadership of the Cree of Quebec made a deal to allow the diversion of the Rupert River.

Map: Rupert River locator

Location Maps

James Bay Region

Rupert Region

Tourist outfitters

Photo: Garrett Kephart

Canada's Iron Man

Retracing the routes of mapmaker and explorer A. P. Low

Two Ottawa outdoorsmen have gone to great lengths at least 1,000 kilometres, in fact, down the upper Eastmain and the Rupert to give Albert Peter Low his due.

        Low's original maps: Lake Mistassini 1885

                                          Rupert, Eastmain, Mistassini 1896  (in quarters):

                                                       Southwest  Northwest  Northeast  Southeast

Camp Wabun's 2002 Descent 

A large collection of logs and photos on Camp Wabun's descent of the Rupert River through the Archipelago via Woollett Lake and the North Channel. Wabun, a youth canoe-trip camp on Lake Temagami in Ontario, has canoed the river a number of times since 1963.

Seeley's Technical Logs 

Details on Rupert River and adjoining routes, terrain, sites suggestions and more. Bill Seeley has descended the river three times, benefited from Keewaydin logs going back to 1935 and traveled with a Cree.

Routes: Lower Rupert, Rupert River: Moon to Marten, Marten River Route, North Channel Rupert River, Neoskweskau Trade Route, Tichegami River Route, Moon River Route, Albanel to Mistassini, The Fours

Other Routes

Routes, taken by Keewaydin, are mapped and summarized.

The Archipelago

A challenge to navigate or decipher on a map. This map should take out some of the mystery.

Cree Villages

A perspective on the people whose land the river traverses and their villages:

Mistissini, Nemiscau, Waskaganish


Rupert Canoe Brigade Brigades supplied up to six inland posts using the Rupert River from 1812 to 1925. 

Oskelaneo Route From 1910 to 1948, this was a canoe highway. There were even locks.

Keewaydin's Rupert Expeditions

Since 1934, Keewaydin, a Temagami summer camp, has 19 times descended the Rupert or traveled portions of it. Here are six of those trips with photos and personal accounts. 

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