It is wild… I paddled the Rupert with a group of teenagers (Hi Etienne!…) back in 2003. Oatmeal falls (pictured) is massive, but The Fours further downstream (and not visible from a road) are even more impressive. There’s more power in that river than any other one I’ve seen (including the Ottawa, Coppermine, Harricanaw). It’s actually not a great whitewater tripping river in some ways because everything is so big you always end up doing sneak routes (class 2 within 20m of shore and class 4-5 in the middle is a pretty common sight).
And after a 39 billion dollar buyout of the Cree (I think I have that number right, but look it up before you quote me anywhere…) Hydro Quebec is shutting it down. Believe it or not, they’re actually not damming the river itself, rather they are diverting it up into one of the larger reservoirs further north (I think the Eastmain). The flow in the Rupert channel itself will be down to about 10% of its original. It’ll basically be a creek (well, maybe a Madawaska…) in front of Waskaganish when it hits James Bay. I heard 2012 as the date when the taps go off…but again, look it up before you quote me.
The Rupert’s what I think of every time I turn off a light in my house… How many rivers have we already lost because of our need for energy and convenience? Anybody know what’s happening with the Magpie? Are they developping it?