Clearwater Canoeing

 

 
 

Guided Canoe Tours

HISTORY AND HERO'S
DATES: July 5th to 7th, 2013 Ongoing Throughout the 2013 Summer

Description:
Sometimes the greatest adventures start in your backyard! The north Saskatchewan is often overlooked as a trip for more perceived exciting rivers. When you gaze upon this water it seems quiet and slow. I grew up on this river with tales of the Canadian heroes that went before us! At one time this river was never quiet nor still. There was thousands of travelers, explorers, and adventures that used this river as the highway of the times. Along its banks were the first communities, forts, stores, and the beginnings of our province and nation. There was murder, love, childeren, epic battles, wars between nations, and a spirit of change, excitement, and exhileration! Its all still there! Still waters run deep on this historic route!

The nature and wildlife of our backyard is incredible! Its only takes a few moments and you will think to yourself "how did I not see this?" Take a moment and enjoy the quiet, soak in the atmosphere, and travel back in time on our History and Heroes journey.

We can start and customize this trip for your specifications. Have only a couple days? Check out our new Fort Carlton overnight or pick a put in and enjoy a campfire on a soft sand beach. Want to just get away? Try three days and two nights to reconnect and relax!

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Cost: $400 per person based on two people out for three days and three nights!

Family rates, Grandparents rates, and single parent rates are available.  Please call with inquiries.
Taxes are not included.

DISCOVERY PACKAGE-Save the Voyageurs!!

Dates:   Ongoing throught the Spring and Summer

DESCRIPTION:  Save the Voyagers- Tour and Day program

�Hello my name is Robert Scotty McScotterson from Scotland but, you can call me Bob!� The voyageurs once numbered the prairies by the thousands and now there is only Bob. Do you want to lead a life of adventure!! Do you want to explore uncharted lands and people? Then join us for this hour, half day, or full day program where we dress , eat , and then paddle like voyagers! We ran this program at Fort Carlton all summer and can adapt it to every age group and size! Viva the Voyageur!!

Save the Voyageurs-North Saskatchewan River-Fort Carlton Historic Site- Overnight

Our hardy group will float down the North Saskatchewan River in the afternoon to trade our furs from the winter at Fort Carlton. Fort Carlton was one the Hudson Bay Companies longest running forts out west and played a vital role in the fur trade and the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Once we reach the gates a tour and celebration will begin as we haggle for the best prices and goods for our furs. Then after we have received fair payment our group will tell stories and sleep in Tee Pees outside the Fort in the same fashion of the early fur traders and local aboriginals coming to trade.

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COST:  $125 per person based on group of six(adult)

Family rates, single parent rates, and grandparents rates available.  Taxes are not included.

REDBERRY UNESCO Biosphere

Description:


Available all summer and pricing based on group size and trip length.

Redberry Lake is the only UNESCO designated biosphere reserve in Saskatchewan. The biosphere includes 112,200 hectares of rolling prairie, dotted with seasonal ponds and marshes, along with aspen/shrub groves. There are small patches of natural mixed prairie, a rarity in this highly grazed and cultivated part of the prairies. Although the core area is a saline lake, the area is a critically important breeding ground for water birds and a staging point for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Redberry is an important site for the conservation of several significant species of migratory birds as well as 1 of 10 nesting sites for the American White Pelican and the Piping Plover � a small endangered shorebird. It is on the migration route of the Whooping Crane, North America�s rarest bird. Redberry Lake is a glacial jewel and one of the earth�s special places.

We are proud to offer programming in partnership with the Biosphere for Schools and Non-Profits! We offer both hiking, canoeing, and camping packages in partnership with the nature center which is also available as a educator for your research or classroom needs.

Healing with the land-Guided Hike and workshop- In this program we travel around the biosphere looking for medicinal plants and materials to make a healing salve for you to take home. The original peoples of the land did not have a pharmacy or hospital so how did they heal themselves? What did they do when someone was sick? This is an opportunity to learn about medicines in the past and how they now determine our future.

Bird Quest-A Water Adventure- This is an adventure in both paddling and bird watching. The biosphere is an important birding area and is a part of studies of the U of S students, international guests, and Nature Saskatchewan. We talk about the role we play in biodiversity and then do our own testing of the water and surroundings while exploring the lake looking for birds and threatened species.. We can also customize a program for your group with the Nature Center at the Biosphere and there is camping available on site.

NORTH WEST SASKATCHEWAN-MEADOW LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

Description:

Available all summer and pricing based on group size and trip length.

Meadow Lake Provincial Park:

Located in the North West corner of the province Meadow Lake Provincial Park is a destination for adventure. With 25 lakes, two rivers, and the Boreal Trail we have packages for every group, budget, and skill level! What sets our canoe trips apart in the park? Bathrooms! Meadow Lake Provincial park works with Leave No Trace Canada and has designed amazing backcountry sites that take you into the forest with a campfire pit, bear lockers, and a unique forest view bathroom! The other advantage we have is being so close to all of the amenities of the park, first aid services, and park wardens it is great for experienced and first time paddlers. We provided fully guided trips with qualified adventure leaders right down to maps, rentals, and outfitting for your group. We have lots of canoes, kayaks, and a voyageur canoe available. There is plenty of programs offered by the staff at the park as well so call us for your logistical needs as well.

Paddle /Hike: Mustus Lake Chain-Three Days, Two Nights

Available to schools and nonprofits is the Fist Mustus Environmental Learning Group Site. Complete with composting toilets, fire pits, staging area, and beach it�s a great start to any trip. We spend one night at the site learning canoe skills, rescue, and the principles of Leave No Trace. The next day we hone our paddling skills and travel 10km to third Mustus Boreal Trail site, settle in, and play in the forest. Third Mustus site is located on a 10km trail so our next adventure is down the trail. We collect enough natural medicines and head back to our camp to make special salves to take back. Day three we are back out on the water and back to civilization. This package can be adapted to two days, or longer for specific programming and is great for a group first trip.

Fun with Whitewater: Waterhen River-Three Days, Two Nights

This is our introduction to river tripping and whitewater and really showcases some of the beautiful scenery and recreation in the park. We will meet you at Murray Doel Campground and our first day is one of paddling skills and learning about nature as we paddle to our first Boreal Trail site with a private beach for our group. The next day we start on the Waterhen river and with each section we learn new skills and get better at rapids. The rapids are all class 1 and class 2 and are rock garden rapids. Perfect for learning new skills and with lots of birds and wildlife a great example of Boreal Forest. The next night is on the river in a another Boreal Trail site and is also right on the Boreal Trail so hiking is an option for the next morning time permitting. With a few more short sections of rapids the next morning we are off of the river. With an extra two days we also paddle all the way to the Dorintosh bridge and past some of the best birding opportunities on the river.

The Boreal Trail: Three Days, Two Night

The Boreal Trail is brand new backpacking trail that travels from one end of the park to the other at 125 km long. With each section of the trail there is new adventure or a new opportunity to see the diversity of natural history in the park. All of the sites we camp at have the bathrooms, bear lockers, and fire pits making your group first or twentieth back packing trip amazing. The trail can be hiked and adapted to every skill level or time length and should be on everyone�s bucket list for new adventures in Saskatchewan.

Waterhen Whitewater Day Trip:
Looking for something fun and different to do for an afternoon with your family and friends. The waterhen river in the park has a great section of class 2 boulder garden rapids that are great for learning on, having fun, getting your blood pumping. We put in at the Goodsoil bridge and paddle down to one of the Boreal Trail Campsites for a bathroom and lunch break! Our take out point is just minutes from our put in but, still a few hour paddle on the river away. The wildlife and scenery is beautiful and a great way to spend an afternoon!

NORTH CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN- CHURCHILL,FOREST HOUSE, AND LEAVE NO TRACE

Description:

Once that north air gets in your lungs it grabs a piece of your heart and soul. We are very lucky to have a province that is so diverse and includes the Boreal Forest and Canadian Shied! Shield paddling is an experience all on its own with majestic rock faces, giants of a forgotten mountain range, pictographs, and moss covered campsites.

Leave No Trace and SOEEA:

Leave No Trace is a set of backcountry ethics that helps us to make responsible decisions in the backcountry. With more and more people looking for that authentic wilderness experience it is getting to the point where some areas are being loved to death. LNT was designed to be flexible to your situation and area while being fun and accessible to children and adults. The only way we can save the fragile backcountry is to educate ourselves and others how best to protect it. LNT has three levels of education: Our Awareness programs are suited to every age with lots of games and modules to keep people active and engaged and can last from one hour to one day. Our Trainer course is designed to teach how to deliver the awareness programs and understand best practices in education and is typically one to two days in length. Our Master educator program is designed to teach the trainer programs and awareness programs and is five days in the backcountry with other educators sharing ideas and best teaching practices. Clearwater can deliver the Master Educator Program and we do this in partnership with SOEEA, and Forest House Eco Lodge. We spend five days out in the backcountry and at Forest House�s amazing off-grid backcountry lodge to grow as educators and spread the LNT message.
Pricing will be posted and includes all course materials, food, accomadation, and shuttle.

DATES: August 12th to 17th, 2014

Forest House Specials:

Forest House is Canada's premiere Boreal forest wilderness lodge. Located on a small, pristine, unnamed lake in Saskatchewan, Canada's northern forest, Forest House has been carefully constructed to have minimal impact on the delicate Boreal forest Eco-system. The main lodge, two cabins, and spectacular organic garden took thirty years to come to fruition. Original builders, Deb Peters and Rick Kolstad lovingly crafted their vision using lumber harvested from the local forest, banks of solar collectors to generate power, and a self- composting septic system. Every single detail of Forest House's construction, from location, to materials, to the self-sustaining garden was meticulously planned to create a harmony between technology and the natural beauty of the Boreal forest.

The Hobbit-�Not all who wander are Lost�:

Yes, I know its strange naming your canoeing package the Hobbit but, after exploring the McLennan Lakes chain I feel it�s the best fit. There are some portages full of ferns and pixie cups that capture the imagination! In this package we explore! There is no set plan or agenda merely an opportunity to see where the water will take us! Top this off with three days and two nights of wilderness luxury at Forest House! Sitting in the sauna listening to the loons you may change your mind about getting back home and choose to remain lost in paradise.
DATES: July 23th to 28th, 2014

Cost: $1200 per person
Taxes are not included. The cost is based on a minimum of 6 people, and may fluctuate.

UPPER CLEARWATER ADVENTURE
Dates: June 24 to June 30, 2014

Description:
This is a fly-out and shuttle back experienced paddlers river trip. The Upper Clearwater Adventure is approximately 143 km's and begins at Lloyd Lake and ends at Warner Rapids. This adventure is offered as an 8-day trip, covering up to 20 km's a day, including portages. This is considered an intermediate trip and some whitewater paddling skills are required. The rapids are classified from class 1 to class 4, with portage trails around the majority. We will not be running any class 4 rapids at any time during this or any other trip.

Due to the abundant history on the Clearwater River, it has the distinction of being a Canadian Heritage River. It is believed that the area was inhabited upwards of 5,000 years ago. This river has seen the likes of such famous adventurers as David Thompson, George Franklin, Peter Fidler, and George Simpson, not forgetting to mention the countless natives and fur traders that have traveled this route. There are four pictograph sites along the upper portion of the river, between Lloyd Lake and the Virgin River confluence.

There is an abundance of amazing campsites along this route. There is loads of good fishing spots. You can catch grayling, walleye, and northern pike (huge ones). Bring your binoculars and watch for local wildlife. There is a good chance for seeing bald eagles, osprey, black bears, woodland caribou, and much more along the river.

Cost:$2900 per person based on a group of three people
Taxes are not included. Due to fuel prices the cost may fluctuate.

Women's Reconnect with Nature Retreat

Dates: To be Announced!

DESCRIPTION:

Are you looking for something different? Do you need some time to unwind, relax, and discover the part you play in nature?

This retreat is designed with a holistic approach to your natural experience. I have arranged for facilitators in reiki, massage therapy, guided meditation, yoga, shamanism, body talk for seven intimate days in the fellowship of like minded women. Intermixed with the facilitators will be Leave No Trace Canada, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, and backcountry gourmet food. This is a women only trip with female guides and instructors.

With a short paddle we spend our days at Forest House Eco Lodge! Forest House is Canada's premiere Boreal forest wilderness lodge. Located on a small, pristine, unnamed lake in Saskatchewan, Canada's northern forest, Forest House has been carefully constructed to have minimal impact on the delicate Boreal forest Eco-system. The main lodge, two cabins, and spectacular organic garden took thirty years to come to fruition. Original builders, Deb Peters and Rick Kolstad lovingly crafted their vision using lumber harvested from the local forest, banks of solar collectors to generate power, and a self-composting septic system. Every single detail of Forest House's construction, from location, to materials, to the self- sustaining garden was meticulously planned to create a harmony between technology and the natural beauty of the Boreal forest. www. foresthouse.ca We also host our retreat on the beautiful North Saskatchewan River! We have limited space for these retreats and because of high demand we request you register as early as possible.

Cost per participant: $1800 (Based on a group of Six Participants) - includes all food, sessions, equipment, all safety gear, and qualified guides. This a full service trip and our guides do all of the cooking, cleaning, and look after all of details while you unwind, relax, and reconnect with nature. The purpose of this package is to empower women to face new challenges but, also have an opportunity to find a quiet place to relax and reflect.

Women's Reconnect with Nature Fun with whitewater!

August 23rd to 29th, 2014, June 20th to 22th, 2014

DESCRIPTION:

How about some fun with whitewater! This trip is a three day trip on Meadow Lakes Provincial Parks Waterhen River. This trip is a fast primer to wilderness canoe tripping and moving water. The rapids are a fun introduction to whitewater basic and are interesting for all ages. The first night is at our own private beach and includes a how to paddle workshop! The two days are all whitewater and good food as we finish our journey at our take out point just outside of Goodsoil. We have limited space for these packages and because of high demand we request you register as early as possible.

Cost per participant: $450 - includes all food, sessions, equipment, all safety gear, and qualified guides. This a full service trip and our guides do all of the cooking, cleaning, and look after all of details while you unwind, relax, and reconnect with nature.

Women's Reconnect with Nature Wilderness Expedition!

July 7th to 13th, 2014, Or ongoing depending on Group Size

DESCRIPTION: This a is seven day wilderness expedition on one of our favorite northern rivers the Sturgeon Weir. This river is full of history, beautiful scenery, whitewater (with good portages), Canadian Shield, and of course backcountry gourmet food. This is a wilderness expedition so we camp and travel through time in the north Eastern side of our province. We start on the Hanson Lake Highway and end at the south end of Amisk Lake just outside of Creighton. This is the river I fell in love with when I was first learning to tread the waters of guiding. This was my first solo trip and also the trip that almost made me miss my wedding! We have limited space for these packages and because of high demand we request you register as early as possible.

Cost per participant: $1800 per participant (based on a group of four) - includes all food, sessions, equipment, all safety gear, and qualified guides. This a full service trip and our guides do all of the cooking, cleaning, and look after all of details while you unwind, relax, and reconnect with nature.

>Voyager Adventures Big Boat Programs

New for 2013! Eight Passenger Clipper Canoe and Voyager Fur Trade Experience

DESCRIPTION:

The Voyager's built our country one paddle stroke at a time. They brought goods and travelled from Hawaii to Greenland! Come on the water with us a step back to a time when wilderness was wild, grizzlies roamed the prairies, and the songs of the voyager echoed in our valleys. We love to float the North Saskatchewan visiting the old fort sites and reminiscing about what the first eyes thought of our backyard,navigating one of the many lakes in beautiful Meadow Lake Provincial Park, or reliving history at Fort Carlton Historic Site!

Our Voyager programs are for all adventurers, ages, and abilities. All of our trips on the lakes and rivers and in the area are adaptable for families, children, adults, seniors, and people of mixed abilities. We are also a wheelchair friendly company and work with groups and families to make every outdoor moment accessible. Call for pricing for our day and overnight fully guided programs.

S'more Outdoors Clearwater Canoeing School/Non Profit Day Programs

DESCRIPTION:

We have new staff , new boats, and new programming for our 2014 season to offer all ages and groups a wilderness experience. Our day program includes three different education opportunities in 1hr - sessions that we can adapt for group size and ability of participants.

Session One: Leave No Trace Canada - Leave No Trace is an national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

Session Two: Water, Water, Everywhere but, not a drop to Drink This program is designed to talk about our water footprint and how much water do we really use. We explore conservation and different water filters and treatment methods with hands-on opportunities to filter water and reduce our impact.

Session Three: Learn to Paddle! We have staff and programming to teach all abilities and interests about the sport and recreation sides of canoeing. Based on group size we bring the students throughout the world of canoeing with introductions into voyager canoes, canoes, kayaks, and the specialized boats of the Olympic sport of canoeing and kayaking. Some of the athletes involved in Canoe/Kayak Saskatchewan are lending us their boats and expertise in order to ignite young athletes interest in the competitive side of paddling in both world champion and Olympic events.

We hope in our field trips to bring paddling and environmental awareness into the classroom. We can also depending on the amount of participants move our boats and programs to lakes or recreation areas near your school. Our day program is completely flexible and if you would like to change sessions let us know. *Pricing is based on group size Groups call for custom quote and program. We do our best to make sure that every kid gets to play!

Leave No Trace Canada Master Educator, Trainer, and Awarness Programs

DESCRIPTION:

WHY LEAVE NO TRACE
Many of us have taken a pine cone or rock, veered off the trail to dodge mud puddles, gotten too close to wildlife or tossed an apple core into the woods. While these actions may seem harmless at the time, until we learn to reduce our impact, the quality of our outdoor experiences and the recreational resources we enjoy are at critical risk. Also at risk is our continued access to wild lands as land management agencies sometimes take restrictive action to protect the resources they manage. Unless, of course, education catches up with behavior, and we all learn to leave the outdoors as unchanged as possible by our presence.

THE SOLUTION Leave No Trace believes that while these impacts are widespread and the causes are complex, the solution is simple:�Change behavior through education, research and partnerships one person at a time.
Leave No Trace is not a set of rules or regulations. Nor is it simply about remembering exactly what minimum impact skill you can practice in every outdoor situation - how far you should camp from water sources, where to pitch your tent, how to build a minimum impact fire or if you should build one in the first place. Rather, it is first and foremost an attitude and an ethic.

2013 PROGRAMS:

Awareness Workshops: for all ages and classroom sizes! These are fun sessions that can be for the day, afternoon, or hour!


Trainer Program: Is a two day course for outdoor folks to teach the Awareness Program

Master Educator Program: We are very pleased to be one of the chosen outfitters to offer the LNT Master Educator Program in Western Canada! This is the course if you would like to qualify people to LNT Trainers.

We SELL CANOES AND KAYAKS!

Rentals

Choose your Own Adventure!

DESCRIPTION:

Are you looking for an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at your own pace? We rent canoes and kayaks to whoever would like to explore our backyard in Canada�s original voyager vehicle! Rentals include lifejackets, paddles, and safety gear to make your memories on the river special.

Rental Rates (per boat)

Half Day, Full Day, Three Day, Weekly

>Canoes

$20, $35, $80, $200

Kayaks

$20, $40, $85, $230

Group Rates (4 or more boats)

$15, $30, $65, $150

Voyager W /guide Seats 7 Adults

$250 w/lunch, $500, w/lunch, and Supper See Voyager Pricing for longer periods ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE

We have been told that we cook better on an open fire than we do in a modern kitchen, so you won't be starving on our trips.  Meals are included from the time we begin to the time we end the trip and we can send you a sample menu upon request.  Shuttles, boats, PFD's, and paddles are also included.  Your guide will be carrying all maps of your route, a first aid kit, repair kit, communication (in case of emergencies), and tonnes of knowledge.  Admission to Fort Battleford, or other points of interest in the area, will also be included in the "History and Hero's" trip. 

CUSTOMIZED TRIPS AND OTHER SERVICES

Day trips in the North Battleford area are available.  Please call for prices and information.  We at Clearwater Canoeing want your river journey to be unsurpassed and will do our best to answer any questions you may have about our trips or any other routes you may be interested in.  We do offer the option of extending or changing any trip and also look forward to helping you paddle those hard to reach rivers, such as the Cree, the Williams, and the Paull.  Other services we can help you with include shuttle services, maps, attractions, and fun whitewater weekends on the Makwa or the Waterhen.  Feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions. 

 

 

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