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Canoeing tours on the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan

Explore the scenery, history and archeology on these canoe trips on the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These short expeditions are the perfect introduction to river canoeing and camping.  One night out in a tent to discover how much fun it can be and a short 2-day paddle on a stretch of river near Saskatoon will introduce you to the intriguing world of canoe-camping. There'll be plenty of how-to instruction with the emphasis on safety and enjoyment. You'll also find time to relax, swim in the sandy backwater shoals and revel in the wilderness attractions of a river on Saskatoon's doorstep.

The 2 day/1 night trip starts about 50 km south of Saskatoon and ends at the Berry Barn, about 20 km from the City. You will travel downstream to a wilderness riverbank campsite that has access to hiking trails in a unique wildlife refuge. The intent of the program is to introduce people to camping and paddling in a relaxing and enjoyable format in addition to getting acquainted with the attractions of a marvelous prairie waterway.

There is also a 3-day adventure trip into the fur trade era following in the footsteps of famous explorer and mapmaker David Thompson. Paddling the South Saskatchewan River, visit ancient fort sites where Thompson spent time as a clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company. Explore South Branch House archaeological site and hear tales of a massacre and the fort's destruction in 1794. Before exploring the forts and fur trade, discover more recent history of Metis people at Petite Ville where the trip starts and at Batoche National Historic Site mid-way through the trip. It's a multi-storied experience and a must for history and archaeology aficionados and anyone fascinated with early Canadian heroes!

The beauty of the South Saskatchewan River, a mere 30 or so kilometres upstream of Saskatoon, is the wilderness-like aura that pervades the valley. The wildlife is plentiful; the wooded slopes and coulees obscure the agricultural activity on the uplands; the scenery is inspiring, and the peace and serenity is rejuvenating. 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.


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River Canoeing

June to September

Easy / Moderate

Canoeing guides are certified and experienced.


Minimum age of 14. River flatwater with mild to moderate current. Participants should be reasonably fit but no previous canoeing experience is required.


Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and rain gear.


Return transportation from Saskatoon by passenger van to canoe trip departure point is provided.


Daytime temperatures in the summer average between 15-25 degrees Celsius (60°- 80° F). Saskatchewan's dry, mid-continental climate typically has warm to hot summer weather with more hours of sunshine than elsewhere in Canada.

Southern Saskatchewan

Canoes and safety equipment, tents, waterproof pack, and group camping equipment. 


Hiking boots, neakers, rain gear, warm clothing, shorts, bathing suit, hat, gloves. Full packing list available upon booking.


Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.


Comfortable, undesignated wilderness tent campsites along the river.



Careful planning goes into the daily menu. Balanced, nutritious and tasty meals are featured including a complement of fresh fruits and vegetables and are prepared over an open fire by your guide.

2 day tour, available June - August
$365.00 / per person - CAD
1 night. June 23-24, August 4-5, 2018.
Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018
$625.00 / per person - CAD
Dave Thompson Voyageur Trek.
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
Deposit of 25% of tour cost required to confirm booking. Balance due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation of booking prior to 60 days before departure will result in a deposit refund less a $50. administration charge. Cancellation 59 – 30 days prior to departure will result in loss of 40% of tour cost; 29 – 15 days, loss of 75%; 14 days or less, loss of 100% of tour cost. If we cancel a tour, we will refund all booking fees paid, which constitutes full settlement. There are no refunds for unused portions of the tour package after departure.

2 day tour, available June - August

Day 1

We meet in the morning at the CanoeSki base to load the van for departure. Our access to the river is via the Pike Lake highway and a backcountry farm road. After a brief paddling and safety instruction session, we launch our canoes and head downstream, watching for bald eagles that nest in the area. If the weather is in our favour and a good beach is convenient, we may stop for a swim break late morning or mid-afternoon. After lunch, we carry on to our evening campsite, which is located on the edge of a riverbank wildlife refuge. If time permits we may go for an after supper hike in the area or hike on Day 2 after breakfast.

Total paddling distance Day 1 – 12km (7 mi).
Hiking distance approx. 3 km (1.8 mi).

Day 2

Day 2 will take us downstream past massive shoreline sand cliffs and eventually past Paradise Beach with its “clothing optional” party goers and finally ending at the Saskatoon Berry Barn. There we will have some refreshments before loading up the van and heading back into Saskatoon, arriving late afternoon.

Total paddling distance Day 2 is 14 km (8.5 mi).

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018

Day 1

Day 1 will involve an early morning departure from Saskatoon, heading north to Rosthern and east to the canoe launch point at Petite Ville, an 1870's Metis wintering village on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River about a half hour’s drive north of Saskatoon. From there we paddle downstream to the junction of the historic Carlton Trail at Batoche National Historic Site where the only civil conflict on Canadian soil took place in 1885. We will hike the trail to the Batoche site and take in Parks Canada’s multimedia presentation on the 1885 Uprising and take a guided tour of the site. Returning to the river, we paddle a short distance to our evening campsite.

Paddling distance: 20 km (12 mi)
Hiking distance: approx. 4 km (2.4 mi)

Day 2

We continue paddling downstream to reach the Hudson’s Bay Co. fur trade post that David Thompson helped to build. Our stop at South Branch House archaeological site will coincide with the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s summer dig program at the site. We will learn about discoveries turned up by archaeological excavations and hear about the history of the fort. Our evening camp is a beautiful wilderness site in a forest meadow, a short portage off the river. From our camp, we will hike to check out the site of the North West Company post.

Paddling distance: 19.5 km (12 mi)
Hiking distance: approx. 1 km (.6 mi)

Day 3

Leaving camp in the morning, we may spot bald eagles nesting in the vicinity. Our final day will be a fairly relaxing paddle to reach the village of St. Louis where we will pull our canoes off the river mid-afternoon. After loading the gear and taking post-trip photos in front of the gigantic pre-historic bison, we hike to the neighboring café for refreshments. Our return drive to Saskatoon should get us back into the City about suppertime.