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PostPosted: September 28th, 2011, 1:04 pm 
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I’m thinking of heading out that way, next paddling season and am just
wondering where I should go. Would like to do 2or3 trips, 2or3 weeks long, maybe. I know there is gazillions of books out there
and this site etc. but what might some of you suggest I do?

Later Laura

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 28th, 2011, 1:19 pm 
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"Northern Parts" is pretty vague. 95% of the Sask population considers Waskesiu way up north. To others, that's still a couple hundred kilometers south of the the southern border of canoe country.

Any criteria you might be looking for?

There aren't gazillions of books, just two.
Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to 15 Wilderness Rivers
http://www.laurelarcher.com/canoebook.htm

Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway
http://www.cpaws-sask.org/resource_links/canoeing_the_chruchill.html

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 28th, 2011, 1:38 pm 
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I like your thread title. :lol:

Allan has corralled a lot of info into his celebrated stickies for each province.

Saskatchewan:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 11&t=37395
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 11&t=27618

There's also the Saskatchewan Trip Reports forum:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewforum.php?f=112

Have you checked out the "Old Routes" tab, Saskatchewan:
http://www.myccr.com/canoedb/sk.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 28th, 2011, 3:10 pm 
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Thank you Barbara. Will read through threads I've missed.

I thinking north of highway 16/Waskesiu. I do have a few+ tripping miles
under my belt.....or rather sash. Just looking to hear of others
favourite routes.

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 28th, 2011, 3:34 pm 
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That does narrow it down a bit to about 2/3 of the province of Saskatchewan. A mere 350,000 km² or so as measured using http://acme.com/planimeter/. ;)

You ask for favourite routes. The Churchill River is my favourite area, though I haven't tripped much farther north (actually, north shore of Lake Athabasca is my favourite area, but I've never paddled there).

Still some parameters would help. Willing to fly in? Circuits? Rivers?

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(By the way, my comment is meant to be somewhat chiding, but friendly in nature.)

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 29th, 2011, 10:30 am 
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Laurel Archer's book is a must to better understand your options. I did one week on the Paull River last year and it was our best trip yet!! Fly in/drive out with Osprey Wings in Missinipe. Osprey was very good with a cost of only $420 per person to fly to the extreme northern end of Paull Lake. Fishing was fabulous, was afraid to dangle my fingers in the water. I am planning a 10 day fly in/fly out trip on the Clearwater River for next year and would like to find two other boats to reduce the flight costs. I have quotes from Voyage Air for both a Cessna-185 (one boat) and a Turbo Otter (three boats). Based on my start and finish spots the per person cost is approximately $1200 for the Cessna and $800 for the Otter. If there are any interested parties give me a PM and we can discuss further.


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 Post subject: Re: Northern Parts
PostPosted: September 29th, 2011, 2:37 pm 
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Yup, the Paull was a great trip. About as cheap as it gets for fly-in. We started on Hickson Lake near the pictographs then made our way to Paull Lake. We had terrible weather (windy, wet & cold), but as far as terrible weather it was pretty good. The strong winds were always a tail wind, it was too cold for the bugs, and the one day it rained substantially it warmed up for the duration of the rain and was calm. It was very high water that year and the pushy rapids combined with 6°C temperatures led us to be conservative and portage a lot of the rapids we would rather have run. The last portion of the trip is on the Churchill so you get a good taste of that too.

http://pawistik.blogspot.com/2009/10/tr ... art-1.html

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