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Churchill River #1 Boreal Primer Expedition

2024 Dates
# of Days
Skill Level
Aug 14th to 21st

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Aug 14th to 21st

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Duration (days)




Skill Level


Day 1 - August 14 Travel to Missinipe, SK

  • Rendevous in Missinipe. 

  • 5 PM: Pre trip meeting, gear check, dinner, 

  • Overnight at CRCO in Missinipe (accomodations included)

Day 2  - Charter Float Plane upstream Churchill River

  • Breakfast

  • Charter flight to Needle Falls on the Churchill River

  • Begin the journey!

Day 3 to Day 7 - Paddle the Churchill River

  • The unspoiled clear waters of the Churchill flow through a number of lakes and rapids. There are many fun runnable rapids, and a few small waterfalls which will be portaged. Each night, we will camp at a new site, surrounded by ruggedly beautiful scenery.

Day 8 - End of the Adventure

  • Paddling ends at Devil Lake or Otter Rapids. Shuttle back to Missinipe or La Ronge

  • (optional) Group Dinner and overnight in Missinipe

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  • 5:1 ratio


  • Tasty meals & snacks from Day 1 supper to Day 8 Lunch

Canoeing Equipment:

  • Prospector expedition canoes

  • Paddles, PFD, helmets (you may bring your own)

  • Throw lines and other safety accessories

  • ‘Kitchen’ - tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc

Safety Equipment:

  • First aid and repair kits, communications equipment (satellite phone)

  • Canoe rescue gear

Local Transportation:

  • Charter flight to Needle Falls from Missinpe, Saskatchewan

  • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip


  • 1 night in Missinipe on Day 1

What Is Included

  • Saskatchewan tax: GST 5%, PST 6% of the trip fee

  • Personal clothing and gear - recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided

  • Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous - La Ronge, Saskatchewan

  • Accommodation and Meals in Missinipe SK after the trip

  • Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control - i.e. weather, unsafe paddling conditions, forest fire, pandemic, etc

  • Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip - please contact us at CRCO for more information

  • Gratuities - we recommend $20 per day per guide

  • Tents (Available upon request) standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent

What Is Not Included

Let the aroma of a fresh-brewed coffee draw you from your tent to a buffet of fresh fruit and granola while bacon and eggs sizzle on the grill! Shore lunches include a curated selection of gourmet meats, spreads, cheese and bread.  After a great day of paddling, enjoy a nutritious, hearty meal with a tasty dessert while you sit around the fire to tell tales of your adventures.

Our focus is on fresh, local ingredients to cultivate a menu that is unique to our home in the boreal forest. From sourdough bread with saskatoon berry jam to Saskatchewan wild rice with Chanterelle mushroom gravy, our delicious eats will have you going back for seconds every time. 

What is the Food like?

Fly  to Saskatoon SK (YXE), From Saskatoon Fly to La Ronge SK via Rise Air flight 502 on the fist day of the itinerary. You will be then greeted  by CRCO staff and shuttled by Van to Missinipe which is our home base  and the launch point to the expedition. Alternatively you may drive to Missinipe yourself.  Missinipe is located 480 km north of Saskatoon SK.

How To Get To This Trip

Sit around the campfire with Ric Driediger himself as celebrity guest on our August 14th expedition!

The Churchill River is unique in its form. It is a series of lakes joined by rapids or falls. Flowing over the Precambrian Shield, it passes through a forested landscape of rock outcroppings and muskeg. The many lakes making up the Churchill are sprinkled with tree-covered islands. The rapids are generally short and shelf-like in nature. The more difficult rapids can be easily portaged by those without the skills to run them. The total trip length of the route is 105 km, which is covered in eight days. The Voyageur Highway passes through some of the most beautiful country. You may see bald eagles and white pelicans fishing below rapids, moose wading in the shallows, black bears wandering along the shore, and enjoy evening concerts by common loons at sunset. 

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