Where We Are
Missinipe - a Rocky Cree word, first name of the Churchill River, meaning "Big Water."
Saskatchewan - from the Plains Cree word meaning "Land of the Swift Flowing Waters."
We live and work on the Churchill River in Missinipe, Saskatchewan, Canada, a hamlet on the section of the Churchill known as Otter Lake. We are 80 km north of La Ronge (the nearest post office!) on Highway #102, 6 km before the Otter Rapids Bridge.
Our office in Missinipe is the resource centre for canoeists and wilderness adventurers inNorthern Saskatchewan.
We have topographical maps for sale for most of Northern Saskatchewan, as well as a selection of wilderness camping and canoeing gear available for rent or sale, and information on fishing, canoe routes, water levels and portage conditions. We also manufacture specialized canoe camping equipment such as:
- The Campfire Tent
- Environmental fireboxes
Stop by if you're in Missinipe (turn right at the General Store and look for our sign) and have a cup of coffee. We would enjoy meeting you.
What to do Here
Missinipe lies on the cusp of the historic Churchill River system. It is a small, but vibrant community, consisting of about twenty year-round residents. When the ice thaws, the local population grows to around one hundred. In the the summer months, on any given day, hundreds visitors from around the world may call Missinpe "home".
These enthusiasts visit Missinipe, all with one thing in common; a love of everything northern Saskatchewan has to offer. The summer truly transforms Missinipe into a "global" community.
Local ammenities include:
Explore Otter Rapids
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Otter Rapids are located a short 6 km north of Missinipe. This spectacular whitewater setting is the perfect location to "make a day of it". Picnic in the campgrounds, walk the many trails upstream and downstream on both sides of the rapids, enjoy the fantastic view from the Otter Rapids Bridge.
When in Missinipe, Otter Rapids is a "must see". You won't be disappointed!
How to Get Here
Fly in to Saskatoon
There are several ways to get to Saskatoon. Most people fly into the city. Three companies fly into Saskatoon: West Jet, Air Canada and Northwest Airlines. Other ways to arrive in Saskatoon include train, bus and car. There are numerous hotels, restaurants and interesting tourist attractions to look into while you are there. We can help arrange a hotel room and suggest things to do while you are in Saskatoon.
Getting from Saskatoon to Missinipe
There are 3 main ways to travel from Saskatoon to Missinipe.
1. Flying is the nicest, quickest way to do it. Transwest Air (1-800-667-9356 for flights and reservations or 1-877-989-2677 for charter quotes or bookings) (www.transwestair.com) flies to La Ronge several times a day. We can meet you at the La Ronge Airport and transport you to our base in Missinipe.
2. You can rent a car or van (for the duration of your stay) and drive to Missinipe. You then leave your rental here in Missinipe during your paddling adventure. We generally rent from Budget in Saskatoon. Their phone number is 1-800-268-8900. There are so many interesting things to see along the way that the drive could end up taking many days. But it is normally a 6 hour drive.
3. You can hire a van and driver to drive you and your group to Missinipe. This is great way to go. The driver is very much like a tour guide. The tour guide can talk to you about the changing landscape and points of interest as you travel. For a medium to large sized group it is quite economical.