Resources for planning a personal or club trip can be found here.

Upcoming Trips

Shekinah Summer Camp’s Moveathon - Sept. 17, 2022 day trip

Located approximately 45 minutes north of Saskatoon, near Waldheim, SK, Shekinah is located on the North Saskatchewan river. Nestled on 287 acres in the river valley, Shekinah is a quiet place to get away from the worries and struggles of everyday life.

We have many trails that take you through our peaceful setting. You will see prairie, river hills, trees, and brush. This makes walking, hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and skating a spiritual activity.(taken from Shekinah's home web page https://www.shekinahretreatcentre.org/index)

Each year this centre puts on, what we call, a "move-a-thon". It is an event where people participate in some of the activities previously listed to come together with the community in support of this beautiful place that we are connected to. Those of us who are connected to this place are always looking for ways to share it with others so that they too can share in the experience of its wonder! And in hopes of that end, we are extending an invitation to members of the canoe club to join in this event.

The event will take place September 17, 2022. As members of the canoe club, we will meet at the canoe club that morning, at a time that will be determined later, find the boats that we would like to use for the day, load them on to the trailer, and then travel in a convoy to camp Shekinah and then our starting point at the Petrofka bridge. We will then participate in a 2 hour long paddling trip back to the camp grounds where lunch will be provided for us. After this point you will be welcome to spend your afternoon at your leisure enjoying the space of the retreat centre. In signing up for this event each member will have to register through the Shekinah Retreat Centre's moveathon page which can be found at the following address: https://www.shekinahretreatcentre.org/events/2021/move-a-thon-2022-registration  
Complete the registration and then forward a copy of the confirmation to Scott Feick (sfeick.14@gmail.com). Scott will contact you to arrange boats and carpooling from Saskatoon. You can also contact Scott with any questions about the event.

Staff-led Fred Heal Trips: June 25th, July 23rd, Aug 20th

Come join us for a day paddle in from Fred Heal Canoe Launch!! You must have a 2022 Saskatoon Canoe Club Recreation Division membership to go on this trip, and you must also have completed your in-person orientation (for new members) prior to the trip.

We will meet at the boathouse at 8:00 am to sign out boats and load them onto the trailer.  We will depart the boathouse by 8:45 a.m.  A Saskatoon Canoe Club volunteer will haul the trailer.

We will stop for a break on land once or twice along the way. Depending on the weather and how fast we paddle, the group should arrive back at the boathouse by about 1-1:30 p.m.

NOTE 1:  It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle continuously for 3-4 hours. This day trip is not intended to be a lesson but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group.  All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much.

NOTE 2:  It is ultimately up to you to arrange your own ride from the boathouse to Fred Heal Canoe Launch ( https://goo.gl/maps/2nWCHYh7LzadKZ7T7 ).  

NOTE 3:  Be prepared for the weather and bring your own food, water, sunscreen, hat, rain jacket, etc.

NOTE 4:  Space is limited on this trip.  Fill out this form once for each participant, 

    June 25th - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14Y4SWyAFc001kV-fUnBZzOVpMLGkI9_YY689Sl2...

    July 23rd - https://forms.gle/TgqGayVpn4AZhzGK9

    August 20th - https://forms.gle/U4vA4c3GLy3BYNc7A

We will email you to confirm your spot or let you know if we have put you on a wait list.

If you have questions about this trip, email staff@saskatooncanoeclub.org

Recent Trips

Kingsmere Lake, PANP, August 5-7, 2022

*** This trip is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances ***

Prince Albert National Park initially agreed to allow us to reserve group camping, but later reversed their decision.  With uncertain camping situation, the trip (with quite a few beginners) is called off.

This three-day/two-night trip in Prince Albert National Park is designed to be approachable for families (especially those with smaller children) and beginners. We’ll meet at the boathouse on August 5th in the morning to collect and load equipment. On the first day, we’ll be doing a short railcart portage (800m) and paddle (about 3.5km, staying close to the shoreline) to Westwind campsite on Kingsmere Lake. The second day we’ll stay at Westwind, and everyone can swim at the shallow sandy beach, paddle, or hike the Grey Owl Trail as they wish. We’ll return the third day by the same route (if conditions on Kingsmere are too windy, we have the option of portaging back on the Grey Owl Trail).

We will use the Saskatoon Canoe Club equipment, though participants will need to provide pfds for small children. We are looking for someone to tow the boat trailer. Westwind campsite is equipped with outhouses, a bear cache, picnic tables, firewood, and fire pits/grates. Participants will need to bring all other camping equipment for their family/bubble.

For more information or to sign up for the trip, please email Amanda Lalonde at amanda.lee.lalonde@gmail.com

 

Flatwater Kayak Skills Weekend Aug 5-7 2022, First Mustus Lake, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, SK

What
A 3 day front country camping weekend including fun kayaking excursions and focussed sessions on development of flatwater kayaking paddling skills. We encourage kayakers of a wide range of paddling skills to attend, no minimum skill level required, All we hope for is from the novice kayakers, an enthusiasm to learn, from the more experienced kayakers a willingness to share skills. All kayakers should be prepared to get wet. Skills introduced will include wet exits, rescues. paddle strokes technique, and more. While some attendees are Paddle Canada instructors this is not a Paddle Canada course, and there is no resulting certification.

A loose structure for the weekend might be as follows.:
Friday 7 am, load boats at boathouse
Friday 8 am leave Saskatoon
Friday after lunch - paddle
Saturday am - Skills session - in water session
Saturday afternoon - paddle and stroke technique
Sunday am - Breakfast and pack up - we need to vacate campground by noon.
Sunday early afternoon - paddle and enjoy the scenery
Sunday 4 pm return to Saskatoon
Sunday 8 pm Unload boats at boathouse.

We will try to keep costs at a minimum. Cost to the attendees will cover camping fees, and boat transportation fees.

Who
We want this to be open to all interested kayakers within the SCC. We expect we will draw many novice paddlers from within the SCC.

Why

Build the flatwater kayaking community in Saskatchewan
Encourage safe water recreation.
Encourage kayak specific skill development resulting in better paddling skills and better equipment awareness
Introduce kayakers to paddling venues outside of urban centers.
Have fun in our kayaks - they can be way cooler than canoes.

Where
First Mustus Lake Group Campsite (350km from Saskatoon) in the Meadow Lake Provincial Park

When
Leave Saskatoon August 5 morning
Return to Saskatoon August 7 evening

Equipment required
Attendees will be expected to:
Supply their own kayak, PFD, paddle, 50’ floating line, whistle. - or just reserve club gear, as supplies last
Reserve their slot on the trip by filling out the form and paying the event fee of $$$
Purchase their own Provincial park pass. Camping fees are covered.
Be self-sufficient for clothing, food and camping gear. Be prepared for rain. We could be paddling and camping in the rain.You should always have a change of dry clothes for off water use. A toque and warm baselayers are never out of place for kayak camping. There is a partially enclosed cook shelter at the site.
Since are 6 large camp sites there will be sharing of sites, so your camping unit should be a backpack style tent - ideally a small tent you could fit in a backpack or kayak or canoe, or sleep in your car. This is not the event to bring a 6 person stand up tent or a motorhome. Those who show up with such equipment will have to camp elsewhere
This isn’t drive in camping. At the campsite, its a 50m walk from the parking lot to the cooking area. Its a 150m walk from parking lot to the tent area. Keep this in mind when packing, since you will have to carry everything in and out.
Provide or arrange their own transportation.
Be enthusiastic to explore their boundaries in kayaks. We want to paddle, capsize, maybe try a roll, work on rescues, and go on paddles to explore the beautiful areas around First Mustus Lake.
There will be a vehicle to haul the Saskatoon Canoe Club trailer loaded with SCC kayaks.

Organizers
Who we are:
Jeff Roe, paddler with 40+ years canoe and 20+ years kayak experience, Paddle Canada Instructor, Eb’s Source For Adventure Employee
Lauren Erickson, paddler with 15 years of kayaking experience. Paddle Canada Instructor, Saskatoon Canoe Club board member.

To register please complete the form and submit payment.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11JNbt7vevlhe5zF_caouSrXYYM9JVezbRvVxC8y...

Fred Heal Trip: Friday afternoon, July 15th

Spots are available for a day paddle from the Fred Heal canoe launch to the boat house on Friday, July 15th. We will meet at the boathouse to load the boats on the trailer at 3:00 pm before driving to the canoe launch. Estimated time to paddle is 3 to 4 hours.  We will stop for a rest break on land once along the way.  Depending on the weather and how fast we paddle, the group should arrive back at the boathouse by about 8-8:30 pm. Since it's a late return, please bring a headlamp. Also, come prepared for the weather.

It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle continuously for 3-4 hours. Day trips are NOT intended to be a lesson but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group. All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much. You must have a 2022 Saskatoon Canoe Club Recreation Division membership to go on this trip.

Spots are limited. To register, complete the online form at https://forms.gle/hvBurgFR1F3xHBBX7

If you have questions about this trip, email staff@saskatooncanoeclub.org

Fred Heal Day Trip - Sept. 11, 2021

Members will sign up in advance for this 3-4 hour paddle. If you are interested please fill out this form. Space is limited. Members will meet at the boathouse at 8am, load up boats onto the club trailer and then should arrange their own ride out to Fred Heal, aiming to be on the water by 9:30am. The group should be back around 1-1:30pm.
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Shekinah Summer Camp’s Moveathon - Sept. 18, 2021

Come join Shekinah Summer Camp’s Moveathon on Sept 18th. Saskatoon Canoe Club members participating in this event will meet at the boathouse in advance to load boats and arrange car pooling. Paddlers will then travel to the camp in the morning for registration, including cinnamon buns, and then take the shuttle to Petrofka Bridge. The camp will provide snacks to use during the paddle. Once we reach the camp there will be a lunch provided. Registration costs $20 and all funds collected go towards Shekinah Camp.

The river here braids around numerous sandbars and mud flats and a number of vegetated islands, so there are good stopping spots for snacks. The changing fall leaves will be beautiful.

To register, go to
https://www.shekinahretreatcentre.org/events/2021/shekinah-bikeathon-moveathon-2021. Complete the registration and then forward a copy of the confirmation to Krista (kmfloewen@gmail.com). Krista will contact you to arrange boats and carpooling from Saskatoon.
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Fred Heal Day Trip - Sept. 25, 2021

Members will sign up in advance for this 3-4 hour paddle. If you are interested please fill out this form. Space is limited. Members will meet at the boathouse at 8am, load up boats onto the club trailer and then should arrange their own ride out to Fred Heal, aiming to be on the water by 9:30am. The group should be back around 1-1:30pm.
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Outlook to Saskatoon - Aug. 27-29, 2021

A 3 day trip along the South Saskatchewan river, paddling from Outlook to Saskatoon. This easy, pleasurable and rewarding paddle is the perfect trek for those just getting their feet wet into the world of canoeing or want a straightforward trip to wrap up the season. There will be camping along sandbars along the route, and we will conveniently end up at the SCC!
For more information and to register, click here.
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Grey Owl's Cabin - Aug. 27-29, 2021

This trip is suitable for paddlers of a novice level and up who have some paddling experience and are interested in taking their skills to the next level.  This is also a good trip for those with lots of prior camping experience but may be new to wilderness camping.  If you are beyond the novice level and just want to join in the fun, please do so as having advanced paddlers along is helpful for assisting as needed and sharing in the wealth of knowledge that exists within the club to help all paddlers have a great experience! Click here to learn more.
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Flatwater Kayak Skills Development Weekend at Anglin Lake - Aug. 20-22, 2021

A 3 day front country camping weekend devoted to development of flatwater kayaking paddling skills. We encourage kayakers of a wide range of paddling skills to attend, no minimum skill level required.  All we hope for is: from the novice kayakers, an enthusiasm to learn; and, from the more experienced kayakers, a willingness to share skills. All kayaking equipment will be provided if needed. For more information and to register, click here.
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Kingsmere Lake - Aug. 11-14, 2021

This trip will be an opportunity to experience Kingsmere Lake in Prince Albert National Park.  Weather permitting, we may canoe the Bagwa Loop and do the 3 km round-trip hike to Grey Owl's cabin.   One person in each canoe or each solo kayaker should be comfortable paddling in windy conditions and have some open-water experience. This trip involves back country camping and thus demands that every group has some wilderness camping experience and the appropriate gear.  The sites around Kingsmere are equipped with bear caches, picnic tables, firewood, and fire pits/grates, so they are very comfortable.  Overall, this trip is well suited for intermediate to experienced paddlers or ambitious beginners who are willing to learn.  To sign up please complete this form.
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Fred Heal Day Trip - Sunday, July 25, 2021

Members will sign up in advance for this 3-4 hour paddle. If you are interested please fill out this form. Space is limited. Members will meet at the boathouse at 8am, load up boats onto the club trailer and then should arrange their own ride out to Fred Heal, aiming to be on the water by 9:30am. The group should be back around 1-1:30pm.
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Borden Bridge Paddle - July 23rd, 2021

Join us for a 3-4 hour paddle starting at Borden Bridge northwest of the city. We will meet at the boathouse at 1:30 PM on Friday July 23rd to load equipment We will arrive at Borden Bridge at 3:15 and paddle 2 hours upstream on the North Saskatchewan. We will stop for a supper and then paddle back to Borden Bridge. We should be back at the boathouse at 8:30 to wash and put away the boats. It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle for the duration of the trip. Please pack a meal as we will stop on land at least once along the way to stretch our legs and have some food. The day trips are not intended to be lessons but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group and enjoy the scenery. All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much. Please register using this form: https://forms.gle/paTw41BvZpMGkMLX7
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Fred Heal Day Trip - Sunday July 18, 2021

Members will sign up in advance for this 3-4 hour paddle. If you are interested please fill out this form. Space is limited. Members will meet at the boathouse at 8am, load up boats onto the club trailer and then should arrange their own ride out to Fred Heal, aiming to be on the water by 9:30am. The group should be back around 1-1:30pm.
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Fred Heal Day Trip - Friday July 16, 2021

The group will meet at the boathouse at 2:30 PM to load equipment, drive the short distance to the Fred Heal canoe launch south of the city, and then paddle back to the boathouse. We aim to be in the water by 4:00 PM and back to the boathouse by 8:00 PM. The distance on the river from Fred Heal to the boathouse is about 20 km.

Depending on the river flow rate, the weather, and the group's paddling speed it will take about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to get back to the boathouse from Fred Heal. It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle for the duration of the trip. Please pack a lunch/snack as we will stop on land at least once along the way to stretch our legs and have some food.

The day trips are not intended to be lessons but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group and enjoy the scenery. All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much. Please register using this form.
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Fred Heal / Poplar Bluffs Day Trips - Sept. 7, 8, and 19, 2020

For these day trips, the group will meet at the boathouse to load equipment, drive the short distance to the Fred Heal or Poplar Bluffs canoe launches south of the city, and then paddle back to the boathouse.  The distance on the river from Fred Heal to the boathouse is about 20 km, while from Poplar Bluffs it is about 11 km.  Depending on the river flow rate, the weather, and the group's paddling speed it will take about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to get back to the boathouse from Fred Heal or 2 to 2.5 hours from Poplar Bluffs.

It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle for the duration of the trip.  We will stop on land at least once along the way to stretch our legs and have some food.  The day trips are not intended to be lessons but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group and enjoy the scenery.  All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much.

It is up to you to arrange your own ride from the boathouse to the start point.  With COVID-19, we do not want people from different extended household groups/bubbles to carpool together.  The easiest solution is to get somebody from your bubble who is not going on the trip to take you from the boathouse to the put-in.  SCC staff will transport the boats to the put-in.

Participants must register in advance for these trips using the following links:
Sept 7th from Fred Heal: Meet at the boathouse at 9:00 a.m. Sign up here.
Sept. 8th from Poplar Bluffs: Meet at the boathouse at 4:00 p.m. Sign up here.
Sept. 19th from Fred Heal: Meet at the boathouse at 8:00 a.m. Sign up here.
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Kingsmere Lake - Sept. 5-7, 2020 (CANCELLED)

This trip, led by Peter Beug, will be an opportunity to experience Kingmere Lake as well as an exciting way to spend Labour Day weekend.  Weather permitting we may canoe the Bagwa Loop and do the 3 km round-trip hike to Grey Owl's cabin.    Other activities will include relaxing at the campsite and/or or fishing.

One person in each canoe or each solo kayaker should be comfortable paddling in windy conditions and have some open-water experience.  This trip involves back country camping and thus demands that every group has some wilderness camping experience and the appropriate gear.  The sites around Kingsmere are equipped with bear caches, picnic tables, firewood, and fire pits/grates, so they are very comfortable.  Overall, this trip is well suited for intermediate to experienced paddlers or ambitious beginners who are willing to learn.

As always, we will expect each household/bubble to maintain appropriate distancing from others and their equipment.  Members may only share tents, food, and other supplies if they are from the same bubble.  Each extended household group/bubble is responsible to bring their own hand sanitizer and is expected to disinfect themselves and any shared surfaces or equipment when it is reasonable to do so.  For more information text Peter at 306 713-1993.  To sign up for the trip go here.
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Kingsmere Lake - Aug. 23-25, 2020

The goals on this trip, led by Baxter Kawula and Jordan Turcotte, are to canoe the Bagwa Loop and do the 3 km round-trip hike to Grey Owl's cabin from the north end of Kingsmere Lake. These will take place on separate days.  Given that Grey Owl's cabin is across the lake, we will do that activity on whichever day is calmer as Kingsmere Lake is notorious for windy conditions with whitecaps.  Besides those two main attractions, the rest of the time will be spent at the campsite or fishing nearby.

The trip is not very difficult, but at least one person in each boat should be comfortable paddling in windy conditions and have some open-water experience.  This trip involves backcountry camping and thus demands that every group has some wilderness camping experience and the appropriate gear.  The sites around Kingsmere are equipped with bear caches, picnic tables, firewood, and fire pits/grates, so they are very comfortable.  Overall, this trip is well suited for intermediate to experienced paddlers or ambitious beginners who are willing to learn.


As always, we will expect each household/bubble to maintain appropriate distancing from others and their equipment.  Members may only share tents, food, and other supplies if they are from the same bubble.  Each extended household group/bubble is responsible to bring their own hand sanitizer and is expected to disinfect themselves and any shared surfaces or equipment when it is reasonable to do so.  For more information or to sign up for this trip, text Baxter at 306-250-6267.
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Outlook to Saskatoon - Aug. 21-23, 2020

This trip, led by Louis Carter and Dan O'Reilly, will be a nice cruise on the South Saskatchewan River from Outlook SK to Saskatoon SK.  The group will leave Outlook the morning of August 21st and arrive in Saskatoon the afternoon of August 23rd.  We are flexible on time depending on the group’s preference.  We aren't planning on breaking any speed records, but love to canoe at a nice pace and spend time throwing the Frisbee on the beach, going for a swim and enjoying the company along the way.

Any member with intermediate+ canoe skills will fit right in. You are expected to arrange your own transportation to Outlook but we may be able to share the canoe trailer depending on the number of people who join.

As always, we will expect each household/bubble to maintain appropriate distancing from others and their equipment.  Members may only share tents, food, and other supplies if they are from the same bubble.  Each extended household group/bubble is responsible to bring their own hand sanitizer and is expected to disinfect themselves and any shared surfaces or equipment when it is reasonable to do so.  For more information or to sign up for this trip, text Dan O'Reilly at 306-850-1538.
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Fred Heal Day Trips - Aug. 2, 9, 14, and 19, 2020

For these day trips, the group will meet at the boathouse to load equipment, drive the short distance to the Fred Heal Canoe Launch south of the city, and then paddle back to the boathouse.  The distance on the river is about 20 km, and depending on the river flow rate, the weather, and the group's paddling speed it will take about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to get back to the boathouse.

It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle continuously for 3-4 hours.  The day trips are not intended to be lessons but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group.  All participants are expected to adjust their speed so that the group does not spread out too much.

It is up to you to arrange your own ride from the boathouse to Fred Heal Canoe Launch.  With COVID-19, we do not want people from different extended household groups/bubbles to carpool together.  The easiest solution is to get somebody from your bubble who is not going on the trip to take you from the boathouse to the put-in.  SCC staff will transport the boats to the put-in.

Participants must register in advance for these trips using the following links:
Aug. 2th: Meet at the boathouse at 8:45 a.m. Sign up here.
Aug. 9th: Meet at the boathouse at 8:45 a.m. Sign up here.
Aug. 14th: Meet at the boathouse at 4:00 p.m. Sign up here.
Aug. 19th: Meet at the boathouse at 7:00 a.m. Sign up here.
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Churchill River Whitewater Festival - July 30/31 to Aug. 3/4, 2020

The Churchill River Whitewater Festival has been rescheduled to the August long weekend.  The festival will be smaller this year in order to comply with provincial COVID-19 guidelines.  While the festival is usually a great place for beginners to try whitewater for the first time, this year the organizers have geared the activities towards more experienced paddlers.  The latest info on the festival is here.

The club trip will depart Saskatoon July 30th or 31st and return on Aug. 3rd or 4th (depending on the participants' schedules).  We'll drive to the Devil Lake boat launch and paddle (about 2-3 hours including one portage) to Barker Lake where we will set up camp for the weekend.  Some of the measures we will take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on this trip are: limiting people in each vehicle, each tent, and each food group to those from the same extended household group/bubble; assigning and labelling paddles for each person; maintaining physical distancing on land and water; performing frequent hand hygiene; minimizing the sharing of paddling/camping equipment; and frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

Prerequisites: (i) you are comfortable paddling upstream in strong currents; (ii) you are comfortable manoeuvering in Class I rapids; (iii) you are accustomed to wilderness camping; and (iv) you have a ticket for the festival.  We will share the boat transportation costs.  Space is limited.  For more information or to sign up, fill out this form.

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Ladies Night Paddle - Poplar Bluffs to Saskatoon - Sept. 17, 2019

We will be having another Ladies Night Paddle Sept 17. Due to the shorter days, this trip will start from Poplar Bluff Canoe Launch.

Please fill out to hold your spot on the trip, as space may be limited. You must be a 2019 member of the Saskatoon Canoe Club to attend and It is expected that all participants are self-sufficient on the water and have the ability to paddle continuously for 3-4 hours. Day trips are NOT intended to be a lesson but rather an opportunity to paddle together as a group. Please meet at the Boathouse at 4:00 pm as we will be departing by vehicle to the Poplar Bluff Canoe launch at 4:30 pm sharp. Please reach out with any further questions or put them in the bottom of the form. Happy paddling!

Contact: Louise Seidel chrysalistheatre[at]gmail.com

To register please fill out the form:https://forms.gle/ZGS3267RW2yDCKXC8

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Fred Heal Day Paddles - June 16, July 13, Aug. 3, and Aug. 24, 2019

This summer we will have several day trips from Fred Heal Canoe & Kayak Launch (near Beaver Creek) back to Saskatoon. This trip is an approximately 20 km (3-5 hour) paddle to Saskatoon. You will be amazed at the bird, animal and plant life found along the way. We will carpool to the launch and use club’s canoe & kayak trailer to haul our boats. Depending on the number of participants, we may need volunteers to drive their vehicles to Fred Heal Canoe & Kayak Launch, and need someone at the end to drive the drivers back to their vehicles at the launch to complete the shuttle.

Trips start at 10:30 am.

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Ladies Night Paddle: Fred Heal to Saskatoon - Aug. 20, 2019

Bring your supper to enjoy along the river. 

Leaving the boathouse at 4:30

For more information contact Lauren: treasurer@saskatooncanoeclub.org

To register please fill out the form https://forms.gle/vQYq8HFQ69TWL1TK9

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A Blind Adventure from Outlook - July 19-21, 2019

We are partnering with The Blind Adventurer Foundation to offer a unique paddling trip from Outlook to Saskatoon July 19-21. We are looking for SCC members who would like to pair up with a visually-impaired paddler for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. You should be comfortable in the stern of a canoe and ideally you would join us for the pool training session (June 12, 8-10pm) and the trip itself (July 19-21), but please let us know if you are also able to help out with either one or the other.

If you know a visually impaired person that might be interested in coming on the trip, please invite them. Thanks to a grant from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, we are able to offer free SCC memberships for visually impaired paddlers and will have some perks for the sighted volunteers as well. For more information or to sign up, please call Ron at 306-665-0388.

This trip is open to fully sighted boats as well. To sign up, email Russell at white.water.rower [at] gmail.com

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Churchill River Whitewater Festival - June 27/28-July 1, 2019

This year we have two options to get out to the festival, a group leaving early Thursday June 27th and one leaving early Friday June 28th (given enough interest to leave Thursday). We’ll be driving to the Devil Lake boat launch north of Missinipe and paddling to Barker Lake which is roughly a 3 hour paddle with one portage where we will set up base camp for the weekend.

Check out this link or go to Churchill River Canoe Outfitters’ website for the itinerary for the weekend. Please reserve your spot with the club by completing this form and paying $35 to cover gas expenses. You will then need to purchase your own festival ticket (Limited amount).

Experience with whitewater is a plus but not necessary. Experience with smooth moving water is mandatory (a.k.a strong enough current to “ferry”). This trip is being organized by Tyler Kallio.

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Brabant Lake to Southend - July 21 to 28, 2018

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, 2018

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.