Upcoming Trips

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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Recent Trips

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.




Hosting a Club trip is highly encouraged

  • Leader earns a coupon that can be redeemed the following year for a free Recreation membership
  • Trips have priority choice of equipment

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: No charge effective Jan 7 2019 (Was $5/person/day)

Trailer rental fees for club trips: No charge

 

 

 

Maps

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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.