I do this for my love of wilderness and canoeing. That attitude affects everything we do here. I want you to feel the office is a great place to just walk in, get a coffee and talk: about the trip you just finished, water levels, the weather, or that portage through the muskeg into Trout Lake.
I've been traveling this area, guiding and exploring since 1973. My knowledge of the many routes in Northern Saskatchewan is extensive. I can introduce you to the lesser-known rivers, or help you chose the river or trip that is right for you.
Ric Driediger, Owner: Churchill River Canoe Outfitters
Ric has been invovled in wilderness leadership and guiding since 1973. Most of these years have been spent wandering around the Churchill River region of Northern Saskatchewan.
Ric has owned and operated Horizons Unlimited Wilderness Services since he started the company in 1979. His company purchased Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in 1986.
Ric knows nearly every nook and cranny of the Northern Saskatchewan wilderness. If you want information on any canoe route - he's the one to ask. He's well known for his stories of adventures and misadventures from his many years of travel and hearing the tales of canoeists returning from their trips.
Not only is Ric renowned for his knowledge of the north's most spectacular waters, his innovative marketing strategies earned Churchill River Canoe Outfitters the Saskatchewan Tourism Business of the Year Award in 2004. In 2013 Ric also received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Saskatchewan Tourism.
Ric works with his wife Theresa and his two kids Daniel and Sarah.
During the winter months Ric works part time as pastor in a small Mennonite Church in Langham, Saskatchewan.
Theresa has been described as the "backbone" of Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, by her husband. The two met on a canoe trip on the Churchill at the age of nineteen and were married a year later. Since then, they have explored the waters north of Missinpe and share a profound passion for the beauty of the north.
Ric and Theresa's first venture in Missinipe was running a non-profit organization called Wilderness Trails. During this time they purchased their first cabin, which now serves as quarters for Churchill River Canoe Outfitters staff.
The duo moved to Ottawa, Ontario, in 1985, and returned to Missinipe in 1987, after Theresa had completed her Masters in Counseling at St. Paul's University. It was then that Ric and Theresa purchased Churchill River Canoe Outfitters.
Theresa is a licensed psychologist in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Currently Ric, Theresa, and family winter in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Theresa works as a psychologist from her offices in Saskatoon and Rosthern,
"I love the people of the north. The Cree taught me about parenting, loving children, and maintaining strong family ties."
Theresa's love affair with anything connected to canoeing twigged an interest in cedar strip canoe construction. She began building canoes in 1981, and handcrafted nine works of art, before taking a break to devote time to her family. Theresa is planning to resume cedar srtip canoe construction immediately after she completes a new shop, using post-and-beam construction.