Aha! Adventure - Churchill River, SK
Dates: Sept 10-18, 2022
Paddle through a succession of shimmering lakes, connected by short portages, rapids and waterfalls. Follow the path of early explorers and discover great camping, fall colours and fishing in the Canadian Shield. Come alive in the land of wind, water, rock and dancing northern lights! We will start our trip at the historic Stanley Mission and paddle to see Nistowiak Falls which is one of Saskatchewan’s highest and most beautiful waterfalls. We aim to do the 4-portage route (although the route actually has 7 portages).
There will be a pre-trip meeting via Zoom. After you register, you will receive an email 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 Aha! Adventure 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!
Cancellation Policy: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The balance is due 30 days before the trip start date. No refunds on or after this date.
Prerequisites: No experience necessary. Guides can teach you what you need to know on your trip. You should have an average fitness level.
Sept 10: We will meet in La Ronge, SK where we will stay for the night at Nut Point Campground. You can also stay at a hotel in La Ronge if you wish. Guides will plan to be at the campsite by supper time if you are staying at the campground. You will be responsible for your own supper that night.
Sept 11: We will pick everyone up and drive as a group in the van to the put-in at Stanley Mission (1 hour drive). You can drive on your own or you have the option to come in the van. We will arrange parking in Stanley Mission (at the Northern Store).
Sept 11 - 17: Paddle the Churchill River system. We will start the trip off with a stop at the historic Stanley Mission to see Saskatchewan’s oldest church. Enjoy fishing, fall colours, northern lights and great camping. We will canoe to see Nistowiak Falls and do a loop in the area for the week. If the weather is favorable, we will plan to do the 4-portage route (but the route actually has 7 portages!).
Sept 17: We will take off the water in the afternoon and travel to Rosthern, SK. You can stay for the night in Rosthern/Saskatoon if you don’t want to travel further this day. There are camping or hotel options in Rosthern and Saskatoon.
Sept 18: Finish your travel home.
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
You will meet the group in La Ronge, SK. From there you will have the option to join the group in the van to Stanley Mission or drive on your own to Stanley Mission (parking available at the Northern Store – we give them a donation).
Medical Form and Waiver:
In order to participate in this trip, you are required to fill out all your registration and medical information.
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.
COVID information: All are welcome on our trips, as long as you are not currently sick with COVID. We respect everyone’s private health information and freedom of choice. We are outdoors for the duration of the trip; masking is not required but a personal choice. You are welcome to carpool in the van on certain trips where it is provided, but if you are more comfortable you can organize your own transportation.
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. On the day of the trip, you will need to be able to answer “no” to all these screening questions. If cancellation is required at the last minute, you will need to have trip cancellation insurance. This will protect yourself and Aha! Adventures. We will do our best to provide and encourage clean practices during food preparation and around camp.