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Boreal Forest Primer - Churchill River - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

 

Churchill RiverThe Churchill River is a series of island filled lakes joined by rapids or falls. This canoe trip will take you from Sandfly Lake to Otter Rapids, a distance of 150 kilometres with a maximum of 12 portages. When you paddle the Churchill you spend a lot of time watching eagles and pelicans soaring overhead searching for fish. We will take some time to study these birds. We'll watch pelicans fish and we'll search for eagle's nests.

 

Description

Churchill RiverThe Churchill River is unique in its form. It is a series of lakes joined by rapids or falls. Flowing over the Precambrian Shield, it passes through a forested landscape of rock outcroppings and muskeg. The many lakes making up the Churchill are sprinkled with tree-covered islands. The rapids are generally short and shelf-like in nature. Both novice and seasoned canoeists enjoy travel on the river because the more difficult rapids can be easily portaged by those without the skills to run them. The total trip length of the route is 105 km, which we will cover in eight days, travelling approximately 14 km per day, which is about 4 hours of paddling. Along the route are rapids, which we’ll either elect to run or portage after evaluation of conditions by the guide. There is a maximum of nine portages on the route, which average 300 metres in length.

The route of the Voyageurs passes through some of the Churchill's most beautiful country. Photographic opportunities abound along the entire length of the trip.

Churchill RiverYou may see bald eagles and white pelicans fishing below rapids, moose wading in the shallows, black bears wandering along the shore, and enjoy evening concerts by common loons at sunset. As we trace the path of the Voyageurs east, your guide will tell the stories and sing the songs of these adventurous times. You will also see ancient rock paintings of the first inhabitants of the Churchill area, and learn about the flora and fauna that live in this unique boreal wilderness.

The Saskatchewan portion of the Churchill River still flows free and clean and we drink it right out of the lake. Surprisingly, by July the Churchill River's water temperature reaches 18 degrees Celsius, so swimming and bathing are a pleasure! On our route we will see some outfitting camps and native homes, but the Churchill River is still very much as it was 150 years ago when the voyageurs paddled it. For more information on this period of history before you paddle the Churchill, there are two great books available: Sigard Olson's The Lonely Land and Canoeing the Churchill by Greg Marchildon and Sid Robinson.

Costs

$2695.00 These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

This price is based on either joining the planned date trips or on a private group of a minimum of 5 people.

Suggested Dates

August 18 to 26, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

*Please apply for trip before June 16, 2016.

Please include a $500 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card orVisa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

Package Availability

May 25 to September 28, 2015 or 2016 for groups of 5 or larger.
 

Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive in La Ronge or Missinipe, Saskatchewan, either by commercial plane, bus or car. If you are arriving in La Ronge by public transportation we will meet you and transport you to Missinipe. Preferably arrive by late afternoon. The group will meet with their guide in the evening to discuss the trip. We will supply accommodations for the night for you at our base in Missinipe.

Day1

After breakfast (on us) we will load into a float plane and fly to Sandfly Lake. From here we will start our canoe trip down the Churchill River.

Day 2 to 7

During these days your guides and you will paddle and portage our way down the Churchill River.

Day 8

By mid afternoon you will arrive at Otter Rapids where your shuttle vehicle will meet you to take you 6 km to Missinipe. We can arrange rides to La Ronge this evening if you must catch a flight. If you wish to spend the night in Missinipe we can again arrange a place for you to stay. For those who wish to stay Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, we will be supplying a barbeque.

Churchill River

 

Churchill River

 

 

 

 

Castels in the Sand - Athabasca Sand Dunes - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

Athabaska Sand DunesBecause this area is so unique and so fragile, the Saskatchewan Government preserved it as a Wilderness Park. On the wilderness trip you'll get to hike through an area unique to North America. You'll get to stand on top of the biggest sand dunes on the continent. You'll see plants that only grow here. You'll understand why the Athabasca Sand Dunes Wilderness Area is being protected.

Description

Athabaska Sand DunesIn the northwest corner of Saskatchewan, along the south shore of Lake Athabasca is an area unique to North America. The Athabasca Sand Dunes boasts the largest area of sand dunes and the biggest sand dunes in North America. You'll think you've somehow ended up in northern Africa. It was a long float plane ride. Hmmm?

The group with fly from Saskatoon to Uranium City where the group will be driven across Lake Athabasca.The group will spend several days hiking to the largest dunes. Then you'll return to the shores of Lake Athabasca to await a ride back across Lake Athabsca to Uranium city.

Costs

$3995.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

July 19 to 26, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please apply for trip before June 19, 2016

The total fee for the expedition is $3995.00 Canadian plus 5% GST.

Please include a $800 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Saskatoon. You will need catch the Pronto Air flight to Uranium City at 7:00 AM. The flight arrives in Uranium City at 11:30 AM. Your guide will join you on the flight in Prince Albert. Upon arrival in Uranium City, the group will meet Dean Klassen. Dean will drive the group to Lake Athabasca, one of the world’s largest lakes. Dean will launch his boat and take you across Lake Ath- abasca to Thomson Bay. After getting organized and setting up camp you will spend the rest of the day hiking to get your first glimpses of the sand dunes. 

 

Day 2 to 7

There are numerous day and overnight hikes to choose from. You may hike to the petrified forest or to the William River. Or to the largest sand dunes in North America. Or just wander around finding some of the indigenous plants that grow in the area. There are many possibilities, all depend- ing on what the group wants to do

Days 7/8

Depending on the weather, Dean will either arrive the afternoon of Day 7 or the early morning of Day 8 to take the group back across the lake to Ura- nium City. If he arrives on Day 7, the group will spend the night in one of Dean’s houses. Then on Day 8 Dean will drive you to the Airport to catch your flight back to Saskatoon. 

Lake Athabaska Sand Dunes

 

The Glory of the North - Fond du Lac River - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

This trip is done in conjuction with Black Feather.

Fond du Lac RiverCome paddle the Fond du Lac River at this most beautiful time of year. The scenery is phenomenal. The rapids are a blast. The campsites are superb. There is a good chance of seeing lots of wildlife. You'll want to have lots of room on your camera’s memory card.

 


 

Description

The Fond du Lac River in fall can be breath taking. The forest can turn a brilliant oranges and reds under the northern sunshine. You’ll want to stay up well after dark to watch brilliant displays ofnorthern lights.

fond du_lac_01The Fond du Lac River flows across northeastern Saskatchewan through picturesque sandstone gorges. Many of the rapids flow over rocky ledges making the whitewater rather interesting. Other parts of the river flow through marshy areas where moose and caribou roam. Stinted jack pine with some black spruce and white birch cover the shore.

The trip starts at the northern end of the Wollaston Lake road at the community of Points North. We fly out from Points North to Waterfound Bay. The float plane picks us up again at Burr Fallson Black Lake at the end of the trip.

Several explorers visited the Fond du Lac River in the early fur trade days. They were looking for an alternative route to the rich fur bearing Athabasca region. The normal route was through the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers. The Fond du Lac River route was rejected largely because it took the ice at least a month longer to leave. Mapmaker and explorer David Thompson paddled this river in the late 1700s. With his account in hand it is still possible to find his camping spots and other interesting events along the route.

There are many highlights on this trip. Certainly one of the most picturesque is Manitou Fallswhere the river tumbles through a narrow limestone gorge. You will want to have your camera handy here. Other highlights include things like: the fantastic camping spots along the way, the fun of shooting rapids and the possibility of seeing wildlife along the river edge. The fishing is great.

Costs

$4295.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

August 4 to 13, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please apply for trip before July 11, 2016

Please include a $900 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

Itinerary

Day 0

We will meet the group at Points North Landing in northern Saskatchewan. We will have a Hotel Room for you that night. Your guide will meet with you and discuss the trip.

Day 1

The canoes are waiting for you at Points North. We will load a float plane and take a short flight to Waterfound Bay on the Fond du Lac River.

Day 2 to 9

We will continue down the Fond du Lac River arriving on Black Lake. We’ll enjoy some of the best camping spots anywhere. We’ll likely spend an extra day enjoying the scenery at Manitou Falls.

Day 9

The floatplane will arrive in the morning to transport us back to Points North. Once back in Points North, you can board your flight back south. If necessary we can arrange a Hotel Room for that night in Points North.

Fond du Lac River

 

Falls & Rock Art - The French Ducker Route - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

This canoe trip both starts and ends at the Churchill River Canoe Outfitters base in Missinipe. The route passes through some of the most beautiful country in the north. You’ll see island filled lakes and awesome waterfalls. You’ll camp overnight on “rocky ledges” “close by the water’s edge, silent and still”.

You’ll living the song: “Land of the silver birch. Home of the beaver. Where still the mighty moose wanders at will. Here on a rocky ledge, I’ll build my wigwam. Close by the water’s edge, silent and still. Quick as a silver fish, canoe of birch bark, o’re mighty water ways carry me forth. Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more."

Description

This is a beautiful route for the beginner paddler. You will get to see some typical Precambrian Shield type terrain – granite rock outcroppings and island filled lakes. You’ll paddle through some excellent examples of the disappearing northern Boreal Forest - large stands of black spruce, jack pine, trembling aspen and white birch. You’ll paddle “The land of the silver birch; home of the beaver.”

There are numerous points of interest along this route. You’ll see the power of the Churchill River at Twin Falls and Robertson Falls. You can imagine some of the native history when you look at the ancient rock paintings in Rattler Bay. You’ll camp in some awesome spots where the call of the loon may serenade you in the evening. You will get to see areas where the forest is rejuvenating from two forest fires: one from about 12 years ago and the other from 2 years ago.

You will see wildlife on this trip. You will most likely see bald eagles and possibly golden eagles circling overhead looking for a meal of fish. You may witness white pelicans fishing below rapids. It is not unusual to see black bears wandering along the shore or if you make some special effort you could even see a moose eating in the shallows. There will likely be squirrels at every camp site. Sometimes otters and mink are seen looking for crayfish or clams near the shore. All this can make for a rather entertaining canoe trip.

For more information on this period area before you arrive, there are two great books available: Sigard Olson's The Lonely Land and Canoeing the Churchill by Greg Marchildon and Sid Robinson.

Costs

$995.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

August 12 to 16, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please apply for trip by July 13, 2016.

Please include a $200 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive in Missinipe, Saskatchewan, either by commercial plane, bus or car. If you are arriving in La Ronge by public transportation we will meet you and transport you to Missinipe. Preferably arrive by late afternoon. You will meet with your guide in the evening to discuss the trip. Your guide will give you a waterproof canoe barrel to put your gear into. We will supply accommodations for the night for you at our base in Missinipe.

Day 1

After breakfast (on us) you and your guides haul your gear down to the docks. From here you will start your canoe adventure. This day you will paddle through a maze of islands on Otter Lake. Your camping spot will be in a secluded channel near the far end of the lake.

Day 2

This day you will get to see Robertson Falls and Twin Falls. These are two of the three falls that drain Otter Lake – part of the Churchill River. This night you will camp at another secluded spot on Otter Lake.

Day 3

The rock paintings in Rattler Bay will be the highlight of this day. After that you’ve got a short portage of about 250 metres (where you carry your gear and the canoes between two lakes) to get to Ducker Lake. There is a great lunch spot on Ducker Lake. Then you need to portage again (about 100 metres) to get to French Lake. There is a great place to spend night on French Lake.

Day 4

We’ve got another portage this morning. This is a long one, about 450 metres, that joins French Lake with Otter Lake. By mid afternoon you will arrive back at Missinipe and the end of your trip. We can arrange rides to La Ronge this evening if you must catch a flight. If you wish to spend the night in Missinipe we can again arrange a place for you to stay. For those who wish to stay Churchill River Canoe Outfitters will be supplying a barbeque.

 

Forest House Wilderness Lodge - The MacLennan Lake Area - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

 Description

MacLennan LakeNorthern Saskatchewan is a canoeists paradise! The region boasts more than 100,000 lakes and many rivers, rugged rock outcroppings and forested landscapes. The MacLennan Lake area is a gem in this canoeing paradise. This canoe trip will take place in this gem.

The MacLennan Lake area is a relatively small region, only about 30 kilometres square. Yet it contains hundreds of lakes that are connected with short portages. The water in these island filled lakes is crystal clear. The shoreline is either rugged Precambrian granite rock or low and marshy. The area is remarkably beautiful.

MacLennan LakeWildlife in the region is quite shy. But if you are willing to look—you may find Moose and Black Bear. Woodland Caribou also live in the area—but are much harder to find. You will often see Bald Eagles and Osprey circling overhead. Common Loons and various kinds of ducks are quite commonly seen as you paddle along. Mink, Otter, Fisher, Martin, Beaver, Muskrat and Lynx are some of the many land animals. Lake Trout and Northern Pike are the most common fish in these lakes. If you take the time to look, there is lots to see.

Thick forest covers the land.Black Spruce is the most common, but Jack Pine is also quite prevalent as well. In some areas the forest is made up of Aspen and Birch.

The McLennan Lake area has beautiful campsites and great swimming.

All this makes for an awesome region to take a canoe trip.

Costs

$1495.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

July 14 to 19, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please include a $300 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card, American Express or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive at our base in Missinipe, Saskatchewan. Preferably arrive by early evening. We will supply accommodations for the night. Your guide will bring a waterproof barrel to you for you to pack your gear in. Your Churchill River Canoe Outfitters guide will go over the route with you and answer any questions you may have.

Day 1

After breakfast (on us) you will load into a van and drive to MacLennan Lake (about 50 km). From here you will start our canoe trip. Your first night you will likely be camping on an island on McLean Lake.

Day 2 to 4

During these days you will paddle and portage your way through the lakes of the area. A highlight of these days will be an overnight stay at Forest House Wilderness Lodge. See www.foresthouse.ca.

Day 5

By late afternoon you will arrive back at MacLennan Lake where our shuttle vehicle will meet you to take you back to Missinipe. We can arrange rides to La Ronge this evening if you must catch a flight. If you wish to spend the night in Missinipe we can again arrange a place for you to stay. We'll supply you with the evening meal and drinks. This is a great time for telling the trips' stories.

MacLennan Lake

 

MacLennan Lake

 

 

The Real Wilderness - Porcupine River - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

This wilderness trip is done in conjuction with Black Feather.

Canyons, unbelievable camping, mystifying water falls, incredible fishing, exhilarating white water, and wildlife. These are some of the things waiting for you on what some describe as Saskatchewan's best canoe trip. The Porcupine River is north eastern Saskatchewan's gem. This is a must paddle river for any serious wilderness canoeist.

Description

Porcupine RiverLocated in northeastern Saskatchewan, the Porcupine River is, an unspoiled, clear-water river in a pristine wilderness setting of spectacular beauty. The river flows through numerous rapids, over a number of spectacular falls and through several canyons. Many argue this river rates Number 1 in Saskatchewan. After paddling the Porcupine, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

The trip is designed for those who have experience\ in runningClass II+ rapids.

Very few people visit the Porcupine in a summer. The river is tucked away in a little known corner of the province. It is highly unlikely that you will see others on the river.

Porcupine RiverBald Eagles circling overhead near the top of the cliffs. You will likely see some Bears and Moose can sometimes be seen along the river. Some groups seecaribou. The fishing is incredible.

There are numerous rapids. There are only a few that absolutely need to be portaged. There are many that are questionable. The group will have to take a close look at these.

You can fly commercially from either La Ronge or Saskatoon to Points North. Or we can meet you in Missinipe and you can ride with up to Points North in our van. From there we will board a float plane and fly to Selwyn Lake. From here we will begin our decent of the Porcupine River.

The river flows into the Fond du Lac River. From here we fly by float plane back to Points North. We then board a commercial plane back toLa Ronge or ride with us in our van back to Missinipe.

Costs

$4595.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

July 25 to August 2, 2017 With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please apply for trip by July 1, 2016

Please include a $900 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card, Visa or debit card (in our office). This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive in Points North, northern Saskatchewan. Transwest Air flies to Points North from Saskatoon several times each day. Your guide will meet you at the air terminal. CRCO will have a hotel room waiting for you. Plan to arrive in the late afternoon or evening. Your guide will spend the evening talking about trip details. You’ll get your own canoe barrel to repack your gear into.

Day 1

After breakfast you will board a float plane and head for Selwyn Lake and begin the journey down the Porcupine River.

Day 2 to 8

The group will paddle, portage and camp their way down thePorcupine River. Your final camping spot will be shortly after arriving on the Fond du Lac River.

Day 9

The float plane will arrive to pick up the group around mid morning. Back on Points North you can either catch a flight back to Saskatoon that day or the next. If you choose to stay in Points North for the night, the group will have a celebratory meal together. Our van will then be heading back to Missinipe.

Porcupine River

 

Porcupine River

 

 

Rock Paintings and Whitewater - Paull River - Saskatchewan

With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.

Description

Paull RiverThe Paull River starts about 75 kilometres north from Missinipe. The river follows a southerly course over numerous rapids and a picturesque waterfall and then into the Churchill River. The canoe trip then follows the Churchill River to Missinipe where the this trip ends.

But this year we are starting the trip a little further north. We are starting on Hickson Lake. Hickson Lake is the site of the biggest and best pictograph site in North America. You will get to explore this site. Then it's 3 days of paddling to get over the divide into Paull Lake.

The Paull and Churchill Rivers are unique in their form. They are a series of lakes joined by rapids or falls. Flowing over the Precambrian Shield, they pass through a forested landscape of rock outcroppings and muskeg. The many lakes making up the Paull and Churchill are sprinkled with tree-covered islands. The rapids are generally short and shelflike in nature. Both novice and seasoned canoeists enjoy travel on the river because the more difficult rapids can be easily portaged by those without the skills to run them.

Paull RiverThe Paull and Churchill Rivers are very similar in nature. The only difference is their size. The Paull is a small river flowing at about 20 cubic meters per second. The Churchill flows at about 350. The rapids and the lakes of the Paull are all just a smaller version of the Churchill. You will enjoy seeing the contrast.

You will see bald eagles and white pelicans fishing below rapids, moose wading in the shallows, black bears wandering along the shore, and enjoy evening concerts by common loons at sunset. As we trace the path of the Voyageurs east, your guide will tell the stories of these adventurous times. You will learn about the flora and fauna that live in this unique boreal wilderness.

Paull RiverThe Paull and Churchill Rivers still flow free and clean, and we drink right out of the lake. The water temperature is at it’s peak, around 20 degrees Celsius, so swimming and bathing are a pleasure! On our route we will see some outfitting camps and native homes, but the area is still very much as it was 150 years ago when the voyageurs paddled it.

For more information on this period of history before you paddle the Churchill, we recommend Sigard Olson's The Lonely Land and Sid Robinson’s Canoeing the Churchill.

Costs

$2195.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.

Suggested Dates

July 22 to 28, 2017. With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.

Please apply for trip before July 12, 2016.

Please include a $500 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.

 

Itinerary

Day 0

Arrive at our base in Missinipe, Saskatchewan. Preferably arrive by early evening. We will supply accommodations for the night. Your guide will bring a waterproof barrel to you for you to pack your gear in. Your Churchill River Canoe Outfitters guide will go over the route with you and answer any questions you may have.

Day 1

After breakfast (on us) we will load into a float plane and fly to Hickson Lake. From here you will begin your exploration of the Pictographs. Then you with continue your trip down the Paull and Churchill Rivers.

Day 2 to 3

During these days you will paddle from Hickson Lake, through Maribell and Jewett Lakes over the divide into the Paull River drainage basin.
 

Day 4 to 9

During these days you will paddle and portage your way down the Paull and Churchill Rivers.

Day 9

By late afternoon you will arrive at Otter Rapids where your shuttle vehicle will meet the group to take you 6 km to Missinipe. We can arrange rides to La Ronge this evening if you must catch a flight. If you wish to spend the night in Missinipe we can again arrange a place for you to stay. We'll supply you with the evening meal and drinks. This is a great time for telling the trips' stories.

 

 

 

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