Our nature experts!

The team

Marie-Christine Arpin

owner
Marie-Christine Arpin, owner - Arpin Canoe Restigouche

With 27 years of experience in adventure tourism, Marie-Christine had a very early start in the field. She started paddling when she was only three years old and, at the age of 9, became the youngest employee of Arpin Canoe Restigouche under the supervision of her father, who owned the company at the time. Lovingly referred to by her team as the “Boss des bécosses” (which we could loosely translate to “The Big Boss” or “Queen-Bee”), this passionate young woman can even make her canoe dance on water! And don’t even try to get her to leave the Kedgwick forest: this smart and savvy businesswoman, with wind in her sails and her beloved river running through her veins, is no city-girl!

Louise Poirier

executive assistant
Louise Poirier, executive assistant - Arpin Canoe Restigouche

You know that kind voice you hear over the phone when you call our number? That’s Louise! Since 2014, her vast organisational knowledge, detail-oriented mind and warmth have made her an irreplaceable ally. She will be happy to guide you towards the right package to book. Affectionately called the “Minister of Finances”, this wizard of numbers is also a social media, and will answer all of your questions on our social media platforms. 

Rémi Bergeron

guide
Rémi Bergeron, guide - Arpin Canoe Restigouche

Rémi joined our company in 2015. Nicknamed “Le barbu” (The Bearded One), he quickly showed us the extent of his multiple talents. Not only is he a brilliant cabinetmaker, Rémi also crafts his own oars, cooks on campfires and knows how to keep you safe – and save your life – on the river!

Completed training:

  • Adventure Tourism Technician
  • FQCK Eau-vive 2 (Swift water rescue)
  • SEV 2 (Swift water rescue)
  • SIRIUS WILDERNESS First Respondent (80h)
  • LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Class 4 Driver’s Licence

Dominic Leblanc

guide
Dominic Leblanc, guide - Arpin Canoe Restigouche

Dominc is better known as The Ninja! Bright eyed and passionate, you will be swept away by this guide’s thirst for life and exquisite chili! Being a martial artist, you might even get a glimpse of him training while you’re taking a break on dry land. But don’t be scared: he’s still as chatty as he was back in his radio days!

Completed training:

  • Paddle Canada/Pagaie Canada
  • FQCK Canoe 2
  • SEV 2 (Swift water rescue)
  • SIRIUS WILDERNESS FIRST AID (40h)
  • Class 4 Driver’s Licence

André Savoie

driver
André Savoie, driver - Arpin Canoe Restigouche

Our beloved Historian is the one who will safely bring you back to your vehicle after your exciting journey! As he is quite the character, he may regale you with tales from the Kedgwick Hotel – of which he is now the owner – or just try to make you laugh after those long paddling hours spent on the river. Although he is an avid collector of local stories, antiquities, and river rocks, his true passion is transport security! So don’t worry, you’re in good hands!  

Samy Querry

seasonal employee
Samy Querry, journalier - Arpin Canoe Restigoucheseasonal employee

The perfectionist amongst our employees, this Management student at the Université de Moncton not only tackles anything we throw at him, he crushes it!  That’s how he got his nickname The Lawnmower Master in 2016: because he couldn’t stop at cutting the lawn, he had to sculpt it in the shape of our logo! 

Charles-Olivier Lavoie

Assistant-guide
Charles-Olivier Lavoie

His experience as a canoeist dates back to his childhood. His parents introduced him to this sport very early on. Since then, the river has remained his favorite playground and he enjoys passing on his passion to tourists who come to discover the wonders that the river has for them. Serious and helping, Charles always has the safety of the canoeists as priority. Having been military for 8 years, he never back down from a challenge. . Besides, let it wind, rain or snow, to make you a good fire, he is the man of the situation!