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Churchill River Canoe Trip

canoeingThe Churchill River is unique in its form in that it is a series of lakes which are 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 most difficult rapids can be easily portaged.

The total length of the route is 105 km. We will cover this in eight days; traveling approximately 14 km per day, which is 4 to 5 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 are nine portages on the route, averaging 300 meters 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.

While paddling the Churchill River you will be sleeping in tents and living in the outdoors. Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, water proof canoe packs, canoes, paddles and lifejackets are supplied. All food is supplied. Our certified guides are well experienced in the region.

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 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.

When the group arrives in Missinipe Churchill River Canoe Outfitters has a comfortable cabin waiting for you. The next morning your board a float plane. After a 20 minute plane ride you will land on beautiful Black Bear Island Lake on the Churchill River. Seven days later you will arrive by canoe back at the community of Missinipe.


Day 1:
The group would meet in Missinipe. There are several ways to get to Missinipe. Both Transwest Air and Pronto Air have daily flights to La Ronge from Saskatoon. There is also bus service to La Ronge from Saskatoon. We can pick up the group in La Ronge and transport them to Missinipe by van (an additional $440 for the group). Many groups will rent a car in Saskatoon and drive. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters will have a cabin available for you.

Day 2:
After breakfast (on us) we will load into a float plane and fly to Sandfly Lake. It is awesome to see the Churchill River from the air. This is one of the highlights of the trip. From here we will start our canoe trip down the Churchill River.

Day 3 to 7:
During these days we will paddle and portage our way down the Churchill River.

Day 8:
By mid afternoon we will arrive at Otter Rapids where our shuttle vehicle will meet us to take us 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 will be supplying a barbeque.

This package is for 7 days and 7 nights all inclusive.


The price is based on either joining the group August 14 to 21 or on a private group of a minimum of 5 people:
$2180/person Net Rate
$2725/person Rack Rate

These prices include all taxes. These prices are for the summer of 2013, however, if a booking is made for more than a year in advance we will use the current pricing plus apply an additional 5% discount.
Payment Policy: At the time of booking a deposit of 20% of the total booking price will hold the dates and reserve the spot for you. At least 1 week prior to the arrival of the group the balance is due. These payments can be done by credit card or bank transfer.
Cancelation Policy: If the cancelation occurs more than two months prior to the program, the full deposit will be refunded (less a 10%) booking fee. If the cancelation occurs between 1 and 2 months prior to the program, the deposit can either be transferred to another program or half of the deposit will be refunded. If the cancelation occurs less than 1 month prior to the start of the program, the full deposit will be forfeited.


Churchill River Canoe Outfitters
Box 1110
La Ronge, SK
S0J 1L0

Phone/Fax: 306 635 4420