With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.
The Paull River starts about 75 kilometres north from Missinipe. The river follows a southerly course over numerous rapids and a picturesque waterfall and then into the Churchill River. The canoe trip then follows the Churchill River to Missinipe where the this trip ends.
The Paull and Churchill Rivers are in classic Canadian Shield country and consist of a series of lakes joined by rapids or falls. Flowing over the Precambrian Shield, they pass through a forested landscape of rock outcroppings and muskeg. The many lakes making up the Paull and Churchill are sprinkled with tree-covered islands. The rapids are generally short and shelflike in nature. Both novice and seasoned canoeists enjoy travel on the river because the more difficult rapids can be easily portaged by those without the skills to run them.
The Paull and Churchill Rivers are very similar in nature. The only difference is their size. The Paull is a small river flowing at about 20 cubic meters per second. The Churchill flows at about 350. The rapids and the lakes of the Paull are all just a smaller version of the Churchill. You will enjoy seeing the contrast.
You will see bald eagles and white pelicans fishing below rapids, moose wading in the shallows, black bears wandering along the shore, and enjoy evening concerts by common loons at sunset. As we trace the path of the Voyageurs east, your guide will tell the stories of these adventurous times. You will learn about the flora and fauna that live in this unique boreal wilderness.
The Paull and Churchill Rivers still flow free and clean, and we drink right out of the lake. The water temperature is at it’s peak, around 20 degrees Celsius, so swimming and bathing are a pleasure! On our route we will see some outfitting camps and native homes, but the area is still very much as it was 150 years ago when the voyageurs paddled it.
For more information on this period of history before you paddle the Churchill, we recommend Sigard Olson's The Lonely Land and Sid Robinson’s Canoeing the Churchill.
$2395.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.
July 19-25, 2020
August 19-25, 2020
With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.
Please apply for trip before June 22, 2018.
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 at our base in Missinipe, Saskatchewan. Preferably arrive by early evening. We will supply accommodations for the night. Your guide will bring a waterproof barrel to 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 breakfast (on us) we will load into a float plane and fly to Paull Lake. The first campsite is just a couple of hours south.
Day 2 to 5
During these days you will paddle and portage your way down the Paull and Churchill Rivers. The small volume Paull River has many beautiful, runnable rapids, and prepares you well for the large volume Churchill that waits for you below Trout Portage!
By late afternoon you will arrive at Otter Rapids. If you are ready for it you can conclude your trip with a spectacular run down this 800 m Class II rapid. Your shuttle vehicle will then take the group the remaining 6 km to Missinipe. We can arrange rides to La Ronge this evening if you must catch a flight. If you wish to spend the night in Missinipe we can again arrange a place for you to stay. We'll supply you with the evening meal and drinks. This is a great time for telling the trips' stories.