Come along with Adventurer Jim Baird, his girlfriend Tori, and their dog Buck as they paddle a wild and seldom traveled river of Quebec’s breathtaking Côte-Nord region. Watch the story of their adventure unfold in this 15-part video series as they use and learn a variety of wilderness travel skills, including everything from whitewater paddling maneuvers to axemanship and, when unwanted visitors show up, operating a bear banger. You’ll get to see things from the dog’s perspective too. So grab a paddle, and get ready for a 14-day journey that begins 118 miles from the nearest road. Or scroll through the Lessons from the Trail video archive below for tips and skills videos from Baird’s previous adventures.

Lessons from the Trail: Last Day on the Natashquan

Lessons from the Trail: Last Day on the Natashquan

By Jim Baird We left a big chunk of paddling for the last day, and after breakfast, we headed out in perfect weather with some uncertainty as to how long it would take to bypass the obstructions that [...]

Lessons from the Trail: Whitewater Paddles

Lessons from the Trail: Whitewater Paddles

By Jim Baird The first rapid of the day was long and wide. To run it, we had to get out into the middle of the river right off the bat in order to avoid getting swept into the rocks on river right. Th[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

Lessons from the Trail: Expedition Fishing Tackle

By Jim Baird When you head out into the wilderness, you don’t always know what kind of fish you’ll be catching, and the species of fish in the water below your boat may change throughout y[...]

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

Lessons from the Trail: How to Use an Axe

By Jim Baird The current was strong and it only took three-and-a-half hours to travel 18 miles down the wide, powerful Natashquan River. The day was foggy and at times it felt as though we were paddli[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Lessons from the Trail: Heavy Rain

Episode 11 of Jim Baird's Côte-Nord Adventure canoe-tripping across the wilds of Quebec outlines lessons learned in dealing with heavy rains in the remote stretches of the Natashquan River.

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

Lessons from the Trail: Bear Trouble

By Jim Baird The river’s name, Natashquan, comes from the Innu language meaning, “where one hunts bear.” However, on this evening, I felt like things were the other way around…[...]

Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

Lessons from the Trail: The Big Carry

One thing you learn pretty fast when canoe tripping is that the difficulty of a portage doesn’t depend entirely on its length. It’s more about how much weight you’re carrying, how ru[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Delaying The Inevitable

Lessons from the Trail: Delaying The Inevitable

By Jim Baird We paddled through still water that reflected the surrounding forest and mountains. It was a beautiful day, and we looked up to see waterfalls that poured down from the alpine. We made sl[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Cleaning Pike and Brook Trout

Lessons from the Trail: Cleaning Pike and Brook Trout

By Jim Baird Nothing is better than enjoying your catch of fresh fish around a campfire after a long day on the river. The opposite is true for cleaning fish, especially when black flies come into the[...]

Lessons from the Trail: Maneuvering a Canoe in Whitewater

Lessons from the Trail: Maneuvering a Canoe in Whitewater

By Jim Baird To find the average drop of a river, check the contour interval marked on the topographic map to see how many feet each contour line represents. Then, you can count how many contour lines[...]