Churchill River Canoe Trip,      August 5-18, 2000

There were nine of us (in first name alphabetical order): Emilee Fanjoy, Eric White, Fred Thiessen, Guy White, Joel White, Kyle Heisler, Nancy Macek, Peter Macek, Vivien Bowers.

The trip was to the shield country of northern Saskatchewan, approximately 250km north of Prince Albert. We did a loop from just north of La Ronge, starting on Nemeiben Lake and finishing at Missinipe.

Photographs are by Peter, unless otherwise noted. Click on photo to enlarge

After a day and a half on Nemeiben Lake, we used the "Six Portages" route to get to the Churchill River itself. The portages were from 300 to 600 meters long and varied from great to very muddy! Peter portaging
(Nancy's photo)
Emilee portaging Peter portaging Feet suffered
There was no perfect footwear and feet suffered. (Nancy's photo)
 
Beaver dam Beaver dam The last portage ended at a small stream which took us a couple of kilometres to Trout Lake. Everyone agreed that going over the beaver dams was the most fun. The stream ended in a large marsh where we wondered whether we would end up as in "African Queen"! There is water somewhere!
 
Camp on the Shield Once on the Churchill, we were out of the mud and onto the Canadian Shield. We could now look for campsites on the beautiful shelving granite. White Pelicans White Pelicans were relatively common, but it was always a treat to see them up close.
 
One of our favourite camp spots was on the portage around Lower Birch Rapids. Here we had a spot right beside the river. Camp beside rapid Lower Birch Rapid Lower Birch Rapid
 
Grade III rapid
(Nancy's photo)
The Churchill here is a pool-and-drop river, with lakes interspersed with short rivers which often form rapids. The rocky country also means that the river sometimes has several very distinct channels, often kilometres apart. Above Devil Lake, we chose a smaller channel which gave us a whole series of small rapids. Most we could scout and run, but some we had to portage or sneak by on side streams. Bypassing a rapid
(Nancy's photo)
 
Sunset on Nipew Lake (Left) Sunset at Nipew (Dead) Lake

(Right) Camp at Barker Lake. Having baby powdered and dry feet was a treat!

Barker Lake Camp Foot care
 
The whole group just before the end of the trip. Although the pictures don't show it, it rained every day, but also dried out most days, so with good equipment we had a very enjoyable trip! The whole group   Click to return to the trips index page