Aha! Adventure - Geike River, SK
Dates: June 18-28, 2022
This is an excellent smaller volume trip with lots of fun white-water and minimal portages. We take one floatplane to the put in and are able to paddle back to our vehicles. The river has a lot of variety from eskers, rock and sand. The rapids are rock dodging fun and require fast moves, so you should have river skills for this trip. Depending on water levels we may have to do some lining on a few of the rapids. A true northern adventure!
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!
Prerequisites: Intermediate canoe skills. You should be able to paddle class II rapids and be able to control your boat in a rocky river.
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. We recommend trip cancellation insurance.
June 18: We will meet in Missinipe, SK where we will stay for the night at the Paddler’s Hostel at Churchill River Outfitters. Try and aim to be there by 7 pm 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.
June 19: Drive the rest of the way to Wollaston Lake where we will meet our floatplane to take us up the river and land on Highrock lake, the start of our adventure.
June 19-27: Enjoy 9 days of paddling the Geike River. (130km) The river has numerous exciting rapids and ledges to navigate. We will have a few portages to get around some of the larger rapids/ falls. The trip will end on Wollaston Lake.
June 27: We will end at our vehicles and drive back to Missinipe and stay in the Paddler’s Hostel again.
June 28: After breakfast at the hostel, you will 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
2 Nights at the Paddler's Hostel
Floatplane to the put-in
You will need to meet the group in Missinipe at the Paddler's Hostel. You will leave your vehicle there and travel with the group to the put in on Wollaston Lake. You can choose to drive to the put-in on your own, but it is a rough road and you will be leaving your vehicle at your own risk in a remote location.
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