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Aha! Adventure - Beginner Whitewater Weekend, SK

Location: Barker Lake, SK

Dates: June 14-16, 2024 (includes food)

Cost: $575 plus gst

Refresh and develop your canoe skills to get ready for your whitewater canoe adventures this summer! You will practice eddy turns and forward ferries to help you feel in control of your canoe so that you can put it where you want in the river when it counts!

Prerequisites:  No experience necessary. Even if you have some canoe experience, it is good to get a refresher on your canoe strokes and spend time on the water to refresh your skills and start from the beginning. We will take you from flatwater to whitewater paddling in one weekend.

Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel or withdraw, you can have a refund minus a $45 admin fee 2 weeks before the start date.  No refund within 2 weeks of the start date.


June 14: We will meet in Youth Farm Bible Camp (YFBC) at Rosthern, SK at 8am and travel together to the Devil Lake put-in (about 4 hours).   To find us:

Please pack a lunch for the drive from home or we can also stop in La Ronge for a bite to eat on our way through if you wish to purchase something. We will travel to Devil Lake and put on the water after lunch.  From there, we will paddle to Barker Lake and find a great campsite to stay for 2 nights.  We will focus on learning and refining our canoe strokes on the flatwater.

June 15: We will have a full day of learning and practicing eddy turns, forward ferries and work our way up one of the whitewater channels. We may even get to try surfing at Surf City.

June 16:  We will spend the morning at another spot applying what we have learned and continue to practice our river maneuvers.  After an early lunch we will head back to our vehicles through one of the whitewater channels.  If the weather is favorable, we will end with running the famous Otter Rapids.  We will drive back to Rosthern and will stop for a quick bite to eat along the way.  We aim to be back in Rosthern around 7pm.


Cost Includes:

  • Safety equipment (throwbags, first aid kit, emergency communication)

  • Group camping gear (tarp/shelter etc.)

  • Group cooking equipment (pots, stoves, utensils, fuel)

  • Experienced and qualified guides

  • All canoe gear (canoes, paddles, pfd's, helmets)

  • Breakfast and supper from June 14- breakfast on June 16

  • Van transport from Rosthern


You need to provide:

  • Your own lunches (3) and snacks

  • Wetsuit or drysuit- the water is cold in June and with learning you have a good chance of swimming during the course!

  • Shell jacket/paddling jacket

  • Neoprene booties or neoprene socks with sport sandals/running shoes

  • Neoprene gloves

  • Lots of layers and extra warm clothes

  • Personal camping gear, tent


Transportation Details:

You are welcome to come in the van from Rosthern or you can meet us at Devil Lake and drive on your own.  If you are coming from a further distance, you are welcome to stay at the camp before or after the trip. Please contact Ang at for more details.


Medical Form and Waiver:

In order to participate in this course, you are required to sign an Adult Waiver or Youth Informed Consent. You will also need to fill out the online medical form.

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