Aha! Adventure - Hawkrock River, SK
The Hawkrock River is a clear, wild river that is a delight to paddle with no portages along its length until you get to the Fond Du Lac. There are numerous runnable rapids that get progressively more difficult as you learn and develop your white-water skills. The river flows through limestone gorges and has incredible scenery. There are wonderful camping spots from your own private beaches to expansive open jack pine benches. You will likely only share the river with bald eagles, loons, black bear, moose and possibly caribou. The trip starts and ends at Points North with a floatplane shuttle both ways.
There will be a pre-trip meeting via Zoom. You will be sent an email after you register about when this will occur. At the pre-trip meeting, you will meet your group and we will discuss clothing selection, food planning, packing techniques, meals and travel logistics.
All of our extended canoe trips are "community catered". All participants and guides take their turn providing and cooking breakfasts and suppers on the trips. Everyone looks after their own lunches. This is a fun way to share, try new meals and learn how to bake and cook in the backcountry. Guides will help at every meal and give you lots of assistance!
Dates: July 10-25/2021
Prerequisites: No experience necessary. Guides can teach you what you need to know on your trip. You should have an average fitness level.
July 10: You will have some options on how to meet the group. You can fly direct to Points North from Saskatoon and skip the long drive. If you fly, you must arrive by noon on July 11th. If you wish to drive with the group, we will meet at Missinipe. From there you will have the option to convoy with the group if you would like to drive on your own (roads are rough as you travel north, so you need a reliable vehicle) or you could join the guides in the 15-passenger van. We will stay for the night at the Paddler’s Hostel at Churchill River Outfitters. Try and aim to be there by 7pm to meet the group. If you are there early, there are restaurant options or you can bring your own food and eat at the hostel. You will share a small cabin with others from your trip for the night.
July 11: Early start! Finish the drive and gather as a group at Points North. We will take an afternoon flight out to the start of our trip on the Hawkrock.
July 11-23: Paddle the Hawkrock River and end at Black Lake on the Fond Du Lac. Enjoy fishing, swimming and playing in rapids along the way! If it works, we will try to have one or two layover days in the schedule.
July 24: We will get picked up at Black Lake in the morning and arrive back to Points North. From there, you can fly out of Points North or start the drive back down south and camp along the way. We would aim to get back to Missinipe for the night at the Paddlers Hostel.
July 25: Finish your travels/ drive home.
Optional transportation provided from Missinipe to Points North, SK. You will be required to wear a mask if you are coming in the van and in the float plane with the group.
All canoe gear (canoes, paddles, pfd's)
Safety equipment (throwbags, first aid kit, emergency communication)
Group camping gear (tarp, axe, saw, fire box, etc.)
Group cooking equipment (pots, stoves, utensils, fuel)
Experienced and qualified guides
Floatplane for the put-in and take-out
Lodging in the Paddler's Hostel for the first and last night of the trip
Cancellation Policy: $500 non-refundable deposit is required to register. Balance is due 30 days before the trip start date. No refund on or after this date. Deposit is refundable if Aha! Adventures needs to cancel the trip due to COVID regulations. If you personally need to cancel due to illness or other reasons, we highly recommend trip cancellation insurance (details below)
Medical Form and Waiver:
In order to participate in this trip, you are required to sign an Adult Waiver or Youth Informed Consent. You will also need to fill out the online medical form.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND TRIP CANCELLATION: In rare cases, if you have an emergency and need to be evacuated from the trip, you will be responsible for any extra charges. The quickest way to get off a trip is via floatplane or helicopter and if we contact these companies directly for the quickest service, you will be responsible for the expense. To ensure that there are no surprises, we recommend that you get evacuation insurance. An evacuation could be very costly in remote locations, so we recommend that you are covered through your credit card or another plan. One option available is Tugo Insurance. You may also want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance if for some reason (i.e. illness), you are unable to go on the trip.
We are monitoring the COVID situation and how it may impact our trips. As the situation and regulations change frequently, we will discuss this during the pre-trip Zoom meeting. When you sign up for this trip, you are joining a trip cohort. You should be aware that you will be spending an extended amount of time and meals with your trip cohort and the potential risks associated with that. If you become ill or know you have been exposed to COVID before the trip begins, we ask that you stay at home (if cancellation is required at the last minute, you will need to have trip cancellation insurance). We will do our best to provide and encourage sanitation practices during food preparation and around camp.