The Porcupine is Saskatchewan’s most northerly river, starting from Selwyn Lake on the border of the Northwest Territories. It is considered the #1 river trip in Saskatchewan. It’s a clear, wild river, rushing 150 km south from its headwaters to join the Fond du Lac River just before it cascades into Black Lake. Large falls and rapids drop through black gorges and over large granite boulders and smooth, gray gneiss. Called ‘Dead Man’s River’ by the Dene for its rugged lower canyon, the trip is not for the faint of heart. It has incredible scenery and some very picturesque waterfalls. There are quite a few rapids that you can't run, and numerous that you can. It is an excellent river for photography, from exciting whitewater shots of canoes crashing through large waves, to fantastic landscapes. This ‘Land of Little Sticks’ will always surprise you; around the next corner you may find a perfect crescent beach, a massive rock slide or the quintessential taiga. Its as close to a mountain setting as you will find in Saskatchewan! As few people paddle the river, it is unlikely that you'll see others on the river. Bald eagles, bear, moose and possibly caribou can be seen. The trip begins/ends with charter flights from Points North. This trip is run in co-operation with Black Feather.

Trip at a Glance

Whitewater wilderness canoe trip
Length: 12 days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates: July 18 to 29, 2022
Trip Fees: $5395 CAD
Trip Rendezvous: Points North, Saskatchewan 

Trip Description

The Porcupine River trip meets at Points North Landing, Saskatchewan. We will overnight there, before heading by charter flight to our headwaters, Selwyn Lake. The guides will review paddling strokes, canoe maneuvers and safety before we head downstream. At the first rapids we’ll go over river reading and route planning. From here on it is a mix of swifts, rapids and lakes. Expect a number of portages each day at waterfalls, canyons or rapids that we cannot, or you would prefer not to, paddle. The longest portage is approximately 600m. On our last day, we’ll be picked up in the morning by our charter aircraft for our flight back to Points North, to connect with late afternoon flights to Saskatoon.

Trip Itinerary

Day 0 Sunday July 17th 2022 - Travel to Points North, SK
  - Flights from Saskatoon to Points North
  - Pre trip meeting, gear check, dinner, overnight at Points North (own expense)
Day 1 Monday July 18th 2022 - Breakfast, charter flight to Selwyn Lake
 - Set up camp, canoe skills review
Day 2 to Day 11 - Paddle the Porcupine River
 - The unspoiled clear waters of the Porcupine flow over a number of waterfalls and through several picturesque canyons. There are many fun runnable rapids, and a few falls that we will have to portage. Each night, we will camp at a new site, surrounded by ruggedly beautiful scenery.
Day 12 Friday, July 29th, 2022
 - Charter Flights from the Porcupine River back to Points North
 - Optional Group Dinner and overnight in Points North (own expense) or mid-afternoon departure from Points North to Saskatoon
 - Overnight in Saskatoon (own expense) or flights home

What is Included in the Trip Price

•Guides - 5:1 ratio
•Trail Meals
 • Excellent meals from Day 2 lunch to Day 12 breakfast
 • Snacks
•Canoeing Equipment:
 • 17’ Prospector expedition canoes
 • Paddles, PFD, helmets (you may bring your own)
 • Throw lines and other safety accessories
• Camping Equipment:
 • Tents - free standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
 • ‘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:
 • Return charter flight to Porcupine River from Points North Saskatchewan
 • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip

What is not Included in the Trip Price

• Saskatchewan tax: 11% of the trip fee
• Personal clothing and gear - a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
• Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous - Points North, Saskatchewan
• Accommodation in Points North, SK (approx $150 per person based on double occupancy)
• Any meals in Points North before or 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. wind, waves, 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

The Porcupine region is cooler than most of northern Saskatchewan. The weather is affected by its proximity to Hudson Bay, and the area gets most of its annual precipitation in July. Expect temperatures to range from 5 C to 30C, but averaging from 15 - 20 C. A good rain suit is recommended, along with a thermal protection: paddling suit, drysuit or wet suit.

Frequently Asked Questions

YES, we highly recommend you to purchase 1) Emergency Medical/Evacuation Insurance, 2) Trip Interruption Insurance and 3) Trip Cancellation Insurance. Many credit card companies offer limited interruption/cancellation insurance, so please consult with yours before you book your trip to ensure you are adequately covered. Please also note that some types of insurance are only valid if they are purchased within a short time of making a non-refundable payment towards a trip. More information about these can be obtained through your preferred insurance provider. Prior to confirming your trip’s departure, we will ask you to sign a waiver stating you have either purchased adequate insurance or that you will be personally responsible and financially liable for any costs incurred as the result of any delays/cancellations/evacuations to you on your trip.