The Batiscan River takes its source in Lake Edward, North-East of La Tuque, in Upper-Mauricie. Its water flows South-Southeast, through the Portneuf Wildlife Sanctuary and Portneuf County (Rivière-à-Pierre). It meets the St. Lawrence at Sainte-Genevieve-de-Batiscan halfway between Trois-Rivières and Quebec City.
Legend has it that the name « Batiscan » originates from the Montagnais or Algonquin nation. Historians still speculate about the exact translation, but it certainly refers to bright sunny mornings and very cold winters. Batiscan possibly means: clear haze, light mist or hairy frost.
The section run during springtime is called « Gates of Hell ». With its 24 km, you need to be in good physical shape to meet up to the challenge. This section starts at Île-à-la-Croix (Cross Island) and finishes at Portneuf Wildlife Sanctuary.
A series of continuous class III and IV rapids will certainly keep your adrenalin rushing! You will encounter many memorable rapids, such as “The Three Rocks”, “Pierre Antoine” and “The Military Threshold”!