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Wilderness canoe trip on the Churchill River

The 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. You'll watch pelicans fish and you'll search for eagle's nests. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is an environmental organization that is deeply committed to protecting the Churchill River. 10% of your trip fees will be donated to CPAWS to help preserve this incredible wilderness. The 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 you’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.

Wilderness canoe trip on the Churchill River

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. You 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 you 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.

Wilderness canoe trip on the Churchill River

Season: August 12, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Suggested Items: Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.
Suggested Clothing: Two changes of clothes for a broad range of temperatures, long sleeved shirts, long pants, wool or fleece sweater, windbreaker, dry foot wear and wet foot wear, wool socks, hat, gloves, bathing suit, rain gear.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Maximum Number of People: 8
Equipment Provided: Floatplane transfer between Missinipe and the put in location, ground transportation from the take out point back to Missinipe, group camping gear, 17' Royalex hull Trail Head Prospectors, rescue and first aid equipment, trip-proven 3-season nylon tents, tarps for group shelter, thermarest mattresses, warm Hollofill sleeping bags, waterproof floating barrels.
Transportation: Trips begin and end in Missinipe, Saskatchewan. Missinipe is accessed by road by driving north from Prince Albert and past La Ronge. Complimentary transportation to and from La Ronge is available.
Accommodations: Accommodations are in tent camps along the river.
Meal Information: Meals are included.
Guide Information: We have the most highly trained and experienced guides in Saskatchewan. Certified instructors of flatwater and whitewater canoeing as well as canoe camping. Each guide is trained in rescue, first aid and CPR, so you know you're in good hands. Most have been with us for many years, and they know the rivers they travel.
Weather Information: Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Comments: With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs
Trip Duration Price
8 days

$2595.00* per person
*Please add 5% Goods and Services Tax

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Wilderness canoe trip on the Churchill River


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