Our ambassadors seek to instill in you the desire to explore lakes, rivers and oceans and to reconnect with nature on water so that you can live your own adventures.They build on the strength of a community that shares a love for the great outdoors and that collectively contributes to making our rivers accessible so that we can, in turn, understand the emergency and feel the urge to protect them. At abitibi&co, the boat embodies exploration, whether it is peaceful or intrepid.

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Gabriel Rivest

Canoe ambassador | Biologist, Teacher and Photographer

Whitehorse, Yukon

What is your vision of the outdoors? To me, that encompasses the familiar paths just behind my house in Whitehorse as much as the more remote places. I like to enjoy the outdoors without being surrounded by people and, above all, without having to keep my dog ​​on a leash. For the bigger adventures, I always try to think outside the box - although in the Yukon it's not too hard!

Your favorite place to hang out? There is nothing like the edge of a beautiful pit filled with trout.

A cause that is close to your heart? Subsistence fishing and hunting. Although the resources appear to be abundant in the north, they are actually much more limited than in some places in the south. It is therefore important to take care of it. The example I often give is the lake trout: a very common fish in the Yukon, but whose populations are declining due to overfishing.

Your dream trip? The Horton River is at the top of my list right now. But there are too many for me to choose from. A friend just put the Leaf River in my head, and just like that, I have a new dream!!

Instagram @gabe_rivest

Guillaume Rivest

Canoe ambassador | Owner and guide of Exode, Builder of Adventures, Journalist specializing in the outdoors and the environment content.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec

What is your vision of the outdoors? For me, adventure is an opportunity to face yourself. It's a moment that is as sporty as it is introspective. In an expedition, we completely take away from our daily life and reconnect with ourselves. It’s also a great way to really get to know each other.

Your favorite place to hang out? Any place where you can't hear an engine. In general, the whitewater sections on rapids that feature a surf wave do the job very well.

A cause that is close to your heart? The preservation of biodiversity and natural spaces.

Your dream trip? Cross the Northwest Passage in a kayak (and / or a fairly impressive number of rivers that titillates me).

Instagram @rivestguillaume

Alexandre Nadeau

Canoe ambassador | Adventure guide

Québec, Québec

Your best outdoor story? ​The Passage of Travelers (old Voyager's channel on the French River).

Your favorite place to hang out? Somewhere in nature where I can unhook and realize how small we are in this nature that surrounds us.

A cause that is close to your heart? Everything that affects our planet earth.

Your dream trip? ​I have a lot of interest in the Yukon and Northwest Territories canoeing, but otherwise a beautiful wild river embedded with trout.

Instagram @mary_alex_rediscover

Hélène Phillion

Kayak ambassador | Director of strategic support at BESIDE, and partner

Magog, Québec

Your favorite place to hang out? When I was in Saguenay, my thing was to go to sleep on the banks of the river in Grandes-Bergeronnes, to go kayaking in the evening and very early in the morning, just before starting the day again at the office. Since I have been in Magog, I have taken a daily getaway to the peak of Ruisseau Des-Chênes in Orford, before breakfast, in summer as in winter. The view is magnificent.

Your vision of the outdoors? Mountains, rivers and seas have always been my playgrounds, I feel at home, at home bigger than me. I need the great outdoors, its people, nature and the song of animals to keep my balance. Whales and their migratory routes are my favorites, and I've had fun following them for over 30 years.

A cause that is close to your heart? Children's health with the Charles-Bruneau Foundation and the health of the planet with the David Suzuki Foundation

Your dream trip? Swimming with humpback whales at Silver Bank, Dominican Republic.

Charles Préfontaine

Kayak ambassador | Teacher at Cégep de Gaspé in Tourism Adventure Tourism and Adventure Guide.

Gaspésie, Québec

A word to describe your vision of the outdoors? Self-discovery, confidence, tenacity, territories, exploration, immensity, humility in the face of the forces of nature.

Your favorite place to hang out? On the sea, in a wave.

A cause that is close to your heart? Mental health, suicide prevention and issues of social exclusion.

Your dream trip? Circumnavigation of Quebec-Labrador-Nunavik via the St.Lawrence, the Labrador coast, Ungava Bay, Hudson Bay and James Bay, but more realistically for now, to make my children discover a Descent of the Saguenay Fjord in a sea kayak.

North Shore Fly fishing

Ambassadeur canot | Collectif de pêcheur à la mouche spécialisé en création de contenu plein air, pêche et aventure

Québec, Côte-Nord

Un mot qui décrit votre vision du plein air, ou votre attitude face à l’aventure? Pleinitude

Une cause qui vous tient à cœur?  La protection du saumon de l'Atlantique et ses rivières.

Votre meilleure histoire de plein air ou d’expédition? Lorsque nous sommes allés pêcher pour la première fois la rivière Godbout. Nous sommes arrivés à la ZEC vers 19H30, à la pluie battante et nous allions pêcher le lendemain matin. Nous sommes montés en côte-à-côte en pleine noirceur et avons remonté le chemin qui longe la rivière jusqu'à notre site de camping. Là, nous avons monté nos tentes sous les épinettes qui semblaient les plus charnues. Après avoir monté nos cannes et planifié la journée du lendemain. Nous nous sommes levés juste avant l'aube pour nous diriger à la fosse qui nous avait été suggérée pour la première drop. La journée sur la Godbout n'a pas été facile, les conditions n'étaient pas les meilleures. Après notre dernière drop, à la fosse Etienne, nous sommes allés démonter notre campement pour nous diriger vers la ZEC de la rivière Trinité, où nous allions dormir pour être les premiers sur la rivière le lendemain. À l'aube, à la fosse aux 9 milles, Félix a eu de l'action au bout de sa canne, mais sans succès. Nous avons pêché toute la journée en se déplaçant de fosse en fosse et vers 16H, Jean-François a brisé la glace sur la côte, en capturant son premier grand saumon. 

Votre ‘’trip’’ de rêve? Aller en expédition sur une rivière dans le Grand Nord où on peut avoir la chance de capturer de l'omble de l'Arctique ainsi que du saumon de l'Atlantique.

Votre endroit préféré pour décrocher? Sur le bord d'une rivière, les deux pieds dans l'eau, avec la gang.

Un truc que tout bon aventurier devrait savoir (ou avoir)? Chaque fois qu'on part à l'aventure, on devrait avoir sur soi un moyen pour partir un feu et savoir comment faire en utilisant les moyens du bord.

Sabrina Barnes

Ambassador |

Montréal, Québec

For Sabrina, her fishing journey began at the age of 13, when she joined a fly fishing group at the Point de Mire youth center in Verdun. His dream? It was to fish Atlantic salmon with his grandfather. Since that time, fly fishing has become his greatest passion. She is now certified as a throwing instructor by the prestigious International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and prostaff for the companies Sage, RIO and Redington. Over the past two summers, she has caught a variety of fish, both freshwater and saltwater, and has worked at the Iron Bow Fly Shop located in Calgary, Alta. permit to specialize in trout fishing. Now a columnist, you can follow her through her articles in Sentier Chasse et Pêche as well as in Fly fishing Destinations. It is with great enthusiasm that she is now embarking on a career in fly fishing where she wishes to share the pleasures of this magnificent sport with as many people as possible.

Follow her on her Facebook page as well as on sabrinabarnes.com.

Miguel Hunter

Canoe ambassador |

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec

A word to describe your vision of the outdoors? Freedom.

Your favorite place to hang out? The wild nature.

A cause that is close to your heart? The environment.

Your dream trip? A whitewater canoe expedition in the Yukon.

France Lemire

Canoe ambassador |

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec

Your vision of the outdoors? Discovery.

Your favorite place to hang out? Zec Kipawa. The grandeur, beauty and seclusion make this an experience like no other.

A cause that is close to your heart? L’Action boréale.

Your dream trip? My most beautiful outdoor expeditions are those which lead me to explore the bewitching natural universe of my native region, my homeland, my Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Continuing this quest, my dream "trip" will take me paddling the magnetic Harricana River in its wilderness from Amos to Waskaganish. My most beautiful outdoor expeditions are those which lead me to explore the bewitching natural universe of my native region, my homeland, my Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Continuing this quest, my dream "trip" will take me paddling the magnetic Harricana River in its wilderness from Amos to Waskaganish.

Instagram @francelemireat

Sylvain Baribeau

Kayak ambassador |

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec

Sylvain Baribeau accidentally discovered kayaking at the age of 36. It was his love for water that gave him the prick from his first experience. Far from being a great athlete, he was won over by the ease of movement, the peace and quiet, the absence of engine noise and the smell of petroleum. After exploring the lakes and rivers of Abitibi, he felt he had to evolve and started to want to train. He soon noticed that there was a shortage of coaches in the area, so he took training, which he constantly refreshes and develops. Safety is its primary motivation. Too many people, he said, drown because they ignore the basics of safe boating and how quickly hypothermia can assault them. He also enjoys the technical side of kayaking, and teaches his students to have good posture and good movements, which he believes are essential to avoid injury as well as premature fatigue. For Sylvain, kayaking is fun, and he invites everyone to join him on the water.