Upcomming Trips

Churchill River Whitewater Festival June 28 to July 1

Leaving Saskatoon early on Thurs. June 28th, we’ll drive to the Devil Lake boat launch just north of Missinipe.  From there it’s a 3-hour paddle including one portage to the Barker Lake area where we’ll set up camp for the weekend.  On Friday we’ll take things easy, exploring the area, fishing, etc.  The festival kicks off Friday night with a catered banquet and live band on Barker Island.  Saturday we’ll join a series of whitewater mini-clinics led by expert guides from Churchill River Canoe Outfitters.  There are rapids to suit all skill levels, and this is one of the best places in the world to learn whitewater paddling.  Sunday we’ll play in the rapids and then head back to Saskatoon in the afternoon.  For more information on the festival, see http://churchillrivercanoe.com/whitewater-festival.html

Prerequisite skills: you are comfortable paddling on smooth moving water.  Costs per person are $50 for the festival ticket (includes supper and entertainment June 29th, a dry bag, and the paddling clinics), $20 for use of SCC boats, plus food and a share of the fuel to get there and back.  For more information or to sign up, fill out this form.

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Brabant Lake to Southend July 21 to 28

We’ll depart Saskatoon early on Sat. July 21st and drive to Brabant Lake where we’ll drop off most of our group and gear.  Then we’ll shuttle vehicles 50 km to Southend and return to Brabant Lake to begin paddling.   From there, we’ll make our way down the Wapiskau River to its outlet at Steephill Lake, where we’ll head north on the Reindeer River and paddle back to our vehicles at Southend.  The paddling distance is about 125 km.  Depending on water levels and paddling skill, there are 10 to 16 portages.  Of the 10 mandatory portages, all but two (one 125 m and one 250 m) are very short (25 to 80 m).  The Wapiskau is a small river featuring many waterfalls, nice campsites, and good fishing.  Going up the Reindeer River we will face some current in places but most of the distance will be covered on lakes.  Our pace will be moderate, likely with a rest day in the middle to enjoy the scenery and spend more time fishing/relaxing.  A map of the route is available here.

Prerequisites: you are comfortable paddling on smooth moving water and are accustomed to wilderness camping.  Costs per person are $40 for use of SCC boats, plus food and a share of the fuel to get there and back.  For more information or to sign up, fill out this form.

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Pelican Narrows to Sandy Bay Aug. 25 to Sept. 3

The group will load gear at the boathouse the morning of Sat. Aug. 25th and drive to Pelican Narrows to drop off most of our paddlers and equipment.  The remainder will continue on another 70 km to Sandy Bay to drop off vehicles and return to Pelican Narrows to start paddling.  We’ll head northwest on the voyageur highway through a chain of lakes towards the height of land separating the Sturgeon-Weir and Churchill River watersheds.  After using a rail cart to cross historic Frog Portage, we’ll paddle down the Churchill River to Sandy Bay and drive home.

The total paddling distance is about 181 km and the route can be seen here.  The first part of the trip is lake travel with 4 short (<90 m) portages.  As we descend the Churchill there will be more areas of fast water and we’ll see some powerful waterfalls and the spectacular Wapumon Gorge, where the entire Churchill flows through a channel only 20 m wide.  Between Frog Portage and Sandy Bay there are about 10 portages (two 320 m, two 120 m, and the rest <60 m).  Depending on water levels and the group’s skill level, we may elect to run or line some of these rapids.  There are good fishing, camping, and wildlife-viewing opportunities throughout the trip.

Prerequisites: you are comfortable running short Class 2 rapids and maneuvering in strong currents, and you are accustomed to wilderness camping.  Costs per person are $50 for use of SCC boats, plus food and a share of the fuel to get there and back.  For more information or to sign up, fill out this form.

 

 

 

Hosting a Club trip is highly encouraged

  • Leader does not pay for boat rental
  • Leader earns a coupon that can be redeemed the following year for a free Recreation membership
  • Trips have priority choice of equipment
  • The trip leader is responsible for the collection of boat rental fees from the participants and funds must be delivered to the equipment manager before the boats can be booked/reserved for your tri

To qualify as a Club Trip, the event must:

  1. be properly advertised in SCC publications. The trip leader must:
    1. Contact the Webmaster at webmaster@saskatooncanoeclub.org to have your trip advertised on the club website
    2. Advertise in the club newsletter by contacting the editor at social@saskatooncanoeclub.org
  2. made available to the entire membership
  3. have at least 2 weeks notice given for the trip, and
  4. have only SCC members on the trip
  5. Be approved by the division director

Boat rental fees for club trips: $5/person/day

Trailer rental fees for club trips: No charge

 

 

 

Maps

The Government of Canada provides free printable topographic maps here. Turn off your popup blocker to print.

Many outfiters and outdoor stores have maps that contain additional route specific details available for purchase. 

Click on the links below to see some trips that are close to the Saskatoon area.