Your customized tour begins at
(pronounced Vir-jill), Montana, a remote homestead-era Ghost Town along the Wild and
Scenic Missouri River, just 75 miles from Great Falls. You enjoy a warm
Montana welcome at the
Virgelle Mercantile Bed
where you settle into turn-of-the-20th century style accommodations, and
relax on the north porch as the sun sets in the Big Sky.
Or choose an authentically restored
where you watch the sunset from your own private porch. Either way, you
find a welcome basket of refreshments at your disposal. In the morning,
awake to a hearty breakfast such as Baked Stuffed French Toast with Chokecherry
Syrup, Fresh Fruit Salad, Bacon, Juice and Coffee at the Mercantile. After a
leisurely breakfast, we take you 1 mile to Coal Banks Landing where
your boat and its captain
await. After a brief orientation of the craft, you find yourself on the wide
Missouri for a 48-mile cruise through the White Cliffs to Judith Landing.
Along the way, you are treated to a riverside lunch, guided hiking, and a
wealth of information about the early days in the area from the captain.
(Note: Due to
boating restrictions, before June 15, and after September 15 of each
season, you will return to Coal Banks Landing via the boat. Between those
dates you are shuttled overland with the boat in tow to the launch site.)
(June 16-September 14)
The drive from Judith Landing to Virgelle has a fascination of its own. The
road leading out of the Missouri Breaks at
Judith Landing is a portal for spectacular scenery and breath-taking vistas.
You'll marvel at the wildlife, geologic formations and the rural lifestyle
of the local residents. Back at Virgelle, you are once again greeted with
a smile and a comfortable space to relax and enjoy the evening. Experience
a home-cooked supper, prepared just for you at the Mercantile like Whiskey-Glazed
Ribs, Lemon-Roasted Potatoes, Strawberry spinach salad and Corn-on-the-cob. Complete your
meal with a special dessert and a cup of freshly ground coffee...
In the morning,
wake up to another hot, homemade breakfast cooked-up especially for you.
Enjoy the company of friends around the table as the Mercantile crew serves
you with style. Take your time and soak up the sunrise before you ride out
on your next Montana touring adventure.
-48-mile Guided River Cruise
lodging at Virgelle Mercantile
-All meals (2 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Supper,
and Refreshment Basket)
-Overland transportation to and from the necessary river access points
-All arrangements for a hassle-free adventure
$550/Person (4-person minimum)
$825/Person (2-persons only)
Guided Trip Reservations Deposit
deposit required to reserve space on a trip.
Balance due 30 days prior to scheduled departure date.
(If we must cancel a trip, we will refund all monies you have paid.)
you must cancel a trip, any and all monies you have paid will apply toward
the balance of any services rendered by Virgelle Merc-Canoe Co. through
the end of the next year's season of operation.)
(Note: Persons wishing to participate
in this river cruise can click on the hotlink at the bottom of the page to
submit their request for reservations on one of the dates presently listed, or to
a new listing for a different date.)
As of today, we are
looking to fill these dates with ShareRide partners:
-Let us add your profile
and dates here, if you would like to share the cost of a future trip with
others... You can request a space on a trip by filling out our
guest book. Be sure to include the words 'White
Cliffs Cruise' in the comment section. We will get back to you as soon as
request to join a trip here...:
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