Romaine Hydro Project Threatens Tourism to Renowned Magpie River - Travel Company



    Boreal River, a Quebec company that specializes in whitewater wilderness
    trips on the Magpie River, says that Hydro Quebec's Romaine River Project
    threatens the Magpie, will cost the environment, and will detract from
    tourism in the entire region. The company is offering an 8-day rafting
    trip on the Romaine next August, so that anybody can experience the area
    first hand.

    MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Boreal River, a whitewater trip company
based in Montreal, Quebec that specializes in week-long wilderness trips on
the renowned Magpie River is concerned about the effects of the proposed
damming of the Romaine River on the environment, tourism in the Cote-Nord
region, and the future of the world famous Magpie. The company is offering an
eight day guided rafting trip on the Romaine in August 2009. This will perhaps
be one of the final chances to see the mighty river in person before the
environment undergoes drastic changes.
    The Romaine River is currently under imminent threat from Hydro Quebec's
estimated $6.5 billion development plan, which would forever alter both the
river and the surrounding wilderness. The river runs through the heart of one
of the largest tracts of undisturbed forests in the world. Scientists worry
about the accumulation of mercury in the water, the loss of habitat for
wildlife, and greenhouse gas emissions from the flooding of Boreal forest to
create the giant reservoirs. Construction of access roads and the 500 km long
transmission lines will open the previously pristine area to other types of
development.
    Tourism in the region is endangered as well: the dam project would render
future rafting trips on the Romaine River impossible. The nearby Magpie River,
counted amongst the top ten rivers for multi-day rafting trips in the world
and the number one such river in all of Eastern North America, will be crossed
in two places by the power lines from the Romaine Project. Mingan Archipelago
National Park, an island chain in the Saint-Lawrence Gulf that is visited by
whale watchers, sea kayakers, and birding enthusiasts, sits right in the
Romaine estuary and will see changes to its environment as well.
    Until the damming occurs, Boreal River will be offering everyone the
opportunity to experience the Romaine River first hand. "We fly in by float
plane and spend a week exploring a landscape where few travelers have dipped
their paddles or left their footprints," says Danny Peled, founder and
director of Boreal River. "This trip is for anyone who is physically active.
No previous whitewater or camping experience is necessary to take part in this
spectacular wilderness journey.
    "I've been lucky to have guided trips on some of the greatest rivers in
Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, and the U.S.," says Peled. "On my first visit to
the Cote-Nord I was awestruck. The Romaine and Magpie Rivers are like no
others in North America. They have warm water, truly pristine wilderness, and
practically non-stop current with great rapids for rafting and kayaking."
    "When people first arrive to the area they are taken by the beautiful
landscape and charmed by the friendly maritime culture of the coastal
villages," says Peled. "After a week on the river surrounded by nature you get
a sense for how lucky we are to be have places like this and to able to visit
them".
    Boreal River is a member of '1% for the Planet', donating one percent of
gross sales to non-profit organizations working on local and global
environmental issues, including Alliance Romaine, a group that is committed to
safeguarding the future of the Romaine River. As well, all Boreal River trips
follow the 'Leave No Trace' camping guideline, adhering to the expression,
"leave only footprints, take only photographs".




For further information:

For further information: Danny Peled, (514) 475-7039

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