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The Hawkrock has recently become the most sought after river in the north. There are many reasons for this. First, for a northern river it is incredibly accessible. The put-in is at Forsyth Lake, which is accessible by road 90 minutes past Points North. Within a few hours the lake turns into a narrow channel and then a low volume river that twists and turns through rapid after rapid for 85 kilometers before meeting with the Fond du Lac. From there it's another couple of days to the confluence of the Porcupine River, which is where most groups take out.
The Hawkrock and the Fond du Lac are quite similar in nature. Both are characteristic of the Athabasca Plain geological formation. This means that instead of granite shelfs, rapids tend to be long and sinuous in nature, and very interesting. Camping is in lightly treed forests covered in soft reindeer lichen and blueberry bushes. Bear paths line the shores and provide great hiking opportunities. Wildlife encounters, in particular bear sightings, are guaranteed. Like all wild bears, these ones are timid and tend to run away before you can grab your camera -- so make sure it's ready!
In the words of a visitor from South Tirol last year, Hansjörg: "Before I came to Canada I could not understand how a large animal like a bear could survive on only blueberries. Now I understand." Indeed, from mid-August onward the blueberries are infinite and if you come then, you will have trouble finding a place to set your tent so that it doesn't get stained purple!
$2995.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST
July 11 - July 18, 2020 | August 8-15, 2020
Please apply for these trips at least a month in advance of the trip start date.
Please include a $500 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.
Arrive in Points North, either via car (a long drive) or fly from Saskatoon with TransWest Air (easy and quick). Your guide will bring a waterproof barrel for you for you to pack your gear in. Your Churchill River Canoe Outfitters guide will go over the route with you and answer any questions you may have. After dinner at Points North you will be transported to the put-in at Forsyth Lake and set up camp by the beautiful sandy beach that is also covered in blueberry bushes!
After breakfast we load up the canoes and start! Just like that! A few hours of lake and easy flatwater travel brings you to the first easy rapids of the trip -- a perfect intro to the whitewater that lies ahead. A full day of paddling to your next campsite.
Day 3 to 5
During these days you will paddle your way down the Hawkrock River. Many swifts and rapids up to class 2+ await, including the awesome "Skirting Disaster" rapids -- stay river left on this one unless you want a really bumpy ride! By the end of Day 5 you will be able to sideslip with the best of them -- a necessary skill that will help you avoid bumping sandstone boulders on these technical, playful rapids.
Eventually we reach the confluence of the Hawkrock with the mighty Fond du Lac river. Also known as the Mother River of the North, the Fond du Lac changes the paddling dramatically from the small waters of the Hawkrock. Rapids become hundreds of meters wide at points and scouting becomes mandatory to find your way over the many ledges that interrupt the technical boulder-dodging. By Day 7 we'll reach the confluence with the Porcupine and the end of the trip.
Early Sunday morning the floatplane will pick us up and transport us back to Points North. From here it's either begin the long drive south, or hop into the scheduled flight that gets you back to Saskatoon in a couple of hours. Take your pick