This two-day, one-night package starts at $350 and is available from June 15 to September 2, 2013. Jump on board with skilled canoeing guide Cliff Speer. You’ll spend one night out in a tent to kick things off, and then a short two-day paddle on a stretch of river not far from Saskatoon. The experience will introduce you to the exhilaration of canoe-camping. Speer, an avid and highly skilled outdoorsman, offers lots of how-to instruction with emphasis on safety and enjoyment.
Are you just starting out in the world of canoeing? No problem. This trip is designed for beginners to feel comfortable and develop confidence.
According to the CanoeSki website: “The river channel consists of glacial till covered by a thick layer of fine sand that is constantly being shifted to and fro by the variable current. At lower levels, usually in mid-summer, many sand bars surface creating lots of natural beaches — great for wading and swimming as a refreshing break from paddling on a summer canoe trip. ... We travel downstream to a wilderness riverbank campsite that has access to hiking trails in a unique wildlife refuge. Our overnight camp is completely self-sufficient; all the food and equipment needed to make a comfortable camp, including drinking water, is carried with us in our canoes. The intent of the program is to introduce people to camping and paddling in a relaxing and enjoyable format.”
- June 15 – 16
- August 3 – 4
- September 1 – 2
- Meals and camping gear (except for sleeping bag and rain gear)
- Tents & waterproof packs for personal items
- Certified canoeing instructor/guide
- Canoeing & safety equipment
- Parks Canada Historic Site entry fees
- Return transportation by passenger van from Saskatoon
Vacay.ca Recommends Seeing Saskatoon
If you have time after your canoeing trip, check out Saskatoon. Adrian Brijbassi, Vacay’s managing editor, was mighty impressed with his recent visit to Saskatchewan’s largest city. Brijbassi stayed at the Sheraton Cavalier while he toured the city, including visiting the trendy Broadway Avenue stretch and kayaking on the South Saskatchewan River with CanoeSki.
In an article headlined “It’s time to take Saskatoon seriously,” Brijbassi writes about the city’s new-found wealth: “You need to go to Saskatoon. Not only to realize that there may indeed be a tomorrow where prosperity is possible but to enjoy the sense of vitality that seems to arise when people, businesses and municipalities have a little extra in their pockets. The positive feelings that good times engender is palpable here in an outpost that many Canadians scoff at without ever paying it a visit.”
Packing list, liability waiver and detailed trip info with CanoeSki: Contact Cliff Speer at 306-653-5693 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.