Saskatchewan Resources

Saskatchewan Resources 

UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. ... adamap.htm ... p?code=CAN 
Ed note: I was unable to find a French-language link. 
Redberry Lake. ... 8&mode=all 

Environmental NGOs.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. 
CPAWS, Saskatchewan Chapter. 
The Big Wild. MEC and CPAWS. 
Canadian Wildlife Federation. 
Saskatchewan Eco-Network. 
Sierra Club, Prairie. 
Nature Conservancy Canada; Saskatchewan. ... k_ncc_work 
Conservation de la nature Canada; Saskatchewan. ... k_cnc_work 

Parks Canada. 
National Parks of Canada; Saskatchewan.
Grasslands Park. 
Grasslands Park Photos. ... index.html
Prince Albert Park. ... ional_Park 
Prince Albert Park Photos. 
National Historic Sites of Canada; Saskatchewan. ... eux70.aspx 

Canadian Aboriginal Cultural Resources.
Ed note: The source for these links is the Canadian Canoe Museum. 
Aboriginal Canada Portal. ... index.html
Aboriginal Canada Portal; Heritage and Traditions. ... 26711.html 
Native American Technology and Art. 

Handbook of the North American Indians. 
William C Sturtevant, General Editor. 
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 
Volume 3: Environment, Origins, and Population. 
Douglas H Ubelaker, Editor. 
The natural environment of the continent to which Indian cultures adapted in prehistoric and historic times, natural resources utilized by these cultures, current knowledge of the earliest Indian occupation (before 9,000 BC), and human biology of Indian and Eskimo (Inuit) populations, prehistoric, historic and modern. 2006. 
Volume 4: History of Indian-White Relations.
Wilcomb E Washburn, Editor. 
History of Indian-White relations in the US and Canada following 1492. 1988. 
Volume 6: Subarctic.
June Helm, Editor. 
Indians from interior Alaska to Labrador. 1981. 
Volume 13: Plains.
Raymond J DeMallie, Editor. 
Indians of the prairie and high plains of the US and Canada. 2001. 
Volume 17: Languages. 
Ives Goddard, Editor. 
Native languages of North America spoken by American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts. 1996. 

General information, offline. 
Ed note: Major expansion is required to include Hudson's Bay Company material, the journals and books of Mackenzie, the Tyrrell brothers, Hearne, Turnor, ... 
Ed note: For general information that is not specific to Saskatchewan, please consult the offline entries inNational Resources ... 46&t=35800
Atlas of Saskatchewan. University of Saskatchewan (1999). ... atlassask/ 
Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Aboriginal History. ... tory.shtml 
Saskatchewan Archeological Society. 
Benoit, Barbara. Mission at Île-à-la-Crosse. The Beaver, Winter 1980, pp 40-50. 
Bryce, George. The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company. Kessinger Publishing, LLC (2005). 
Holland, Lynda, Larry Hewitt and Celina Janvier: The Dene Elders Project: Stories and History from the Westside, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting, La Ronge (2002). 
Holland, Lynda, Larry Hewitt and Mary Ann Kkailther: They Will Have Our Words: The Dene Elders Project, Volume 2, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting, La Ronge (2003). 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. 
Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Country. ... /index.htm 
Northern Sandscapes / Exploring Saskatchewan's Athabasca Sand Dunes. 
The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List. 
Saskatchewan Best Hikes and Nature Walks.
Ed note: Link not found. 
Saskatchewan Wild. A Wildlife Photographic Journey. 
Saskatchewan Scenic Secrets. ... /index.htm 
Saskatchewan Scenic Drives. 
Saskatoon Trivia History Test. 
Larger than Life / Saskatchewan’s Big Roadside Monuments. ... index.htmn 
Saskatchewan Trivia Challenge. 
Parkland Publishing, Saskatoon (various). 
Karras, Arthur L. North to Cree Lake: The Rugged Lives of the Trappers Who Leave Civilisation Behind. Reprinted by Western Canadian Classics?; Trident Press, New York (1970). 
"… a story of the land before it was despoiled by promoters and developers." 
Karras, Arthur L. Face the north wind. Reprinted by Western Canadian Classics? Fitzhenry and Whiteside (2005)? Burn & McEachern, Don Mills (1975)? 
“… the compelling true story of cousins Fred Darbyshire and Ed Theriau, who spent almost five decades, from 1924 to 1975, trapping and living off the land in northern Saskatchewan. Working an area roughly defined by Cree, Wollaston, and Reindeer Lakes, Fred and Ed evolved from innocent greenhorns to expert trappers at a time when modern conveniences were unheard of in that part of the country. Intertwined with the two men's experiences are gripping accounts of the annual Hudson's Bay Company fur brigades along the Churchill River, encounters with wolves, trapper's lore, and exciting tales of memorable fur, game, and fish catches.” 
Karras, Arthur L and Olaf Hanson. Northern Rover: The Life Story of Olaf Hanson. Athabasca University Press (2008?). 
“From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, fur trader, prospector, game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeastern Saskatchewan. … Karras and Hanson reveal the geography, wildlife, and natural history of the region as well as the business and social interactions between people. The book offers a look at the vanished subsistence and commercial economy of the boreal forest, based on a fascinating personal story of courage and physical stamina.” 
Ed note: Olaf is the Hanson of Hanson Lake Road. 
Keighley, Sydney Augustus. Trader, Tripper, Trapper: The Life of a Bay Man, Watson & Dwyer, Winnipeg (1989). This largely autobiographical account provides a perspective on the fur trade in the first half of the 20th century. It is of interest to paddlers more for the information it provides on life in the area not so long ago. Keighley did not wait for the native people to come to him with their furs; he "made regular visits to their camps with sled or canoe loaded with the goods they wanted, and returned with their traded furs". The "Tripper" of the title refers to these travels, not to our kind of tripping. 
Mackenzie, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans In the Years 1789 and 1793
Ed note: The Saskatchewan part of the journal has been kindly posted by David Dice. ... kenzie.htm 
Mégret, Jean; edited by Lynda Holland, photographs by Lois Dalby. Benasni, ... , Mémento, Memento: Forty Years with the Dene, Holland-Dalby Educational Consulting, La Ronge (1996). Communities: La Loche, Brochet, Wollaston Lake, Patuanak and Athabasca region (Fond du Lac, Stony Rapids and Black Lake). 
Morse, Eric W. Fur Trade Canoe Routes of Canada / Then and Now. University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1979; reprinted in 1984). 
Noel, Lynn (Editor). Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers. Breakwater Press, Saint John’s (1995). 
Olson, Sigurd F. The Lonely Land. University of Minnesota Press; reprint edition (1997). Part of the Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series. 
Publisher’s blurb: "There are few places left on the North American continent where men can still see the country as it was before Europeans came and know some of the challenges and freedoms of those who saw it first, but in the Canadian Northwest it can still be done". 
With these words Sigurd Olson begins The Lonely Land, the breathtaking account of a five-hundred-mile Canadian canoe journey. Olson and five companions retraced the waterways used by the Voyageurs, the Hudson Bay traders, and a succession of adventurers who used the mighty Churchill River as a major waterway from Hudson Bay to the Mackenzie. 
Now available for the first time in paperback, The Lonely Land tells two stories: that of Olson's expedition and that of the Voyageurs who came before them. The text is illuminated by historical quotes, maps, and research about life on the Churchill during the fur-trading years. But each chapter is driven by the beauty and challenges that faced Olson's group.
The Lonely Land is a tribute to the unspoiled beauty of the deep wilderness and the rugged individuals past and present who take up a canoe paddle to explore it. 
Russell, Dale R. Eighteenth-Century Western Cree and Their Neighbours. Mercury Series Paper no. 143, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa (1991). 
Review by Michael B Payne: ... cree.shtml 
Tyrrell, James Williams. Journal of his 1893 trip across the Barrenlands. 
Route (modern names and spellings):Toronto, …, Edmonton, Athabasca (30 May, 1893), Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Lake Athabasca, Fond du Lac, Selwyn Lake, Dubawnt River, Beverly Lake, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Churchill, York Factory, Oxford House, Norway House, West Selkirk (1 January, 1894) and the railway. 
Tyrrell, Joseph Burr, assisted by D B Dowling. Report on the Country Between Athabasca Lake and Churchill River: with two routes between the Churchill and Saskatchewan Rivers. Geological Survey of Canada Annual Report (new series), Vol. 8, 1D–120D. S E Dawson, Ottawa (1896). 
Ed note: Description of contents to be added. 
Coffee-table books. 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Country, Parkland Publishing, Saskatoon (2008). Little detailed information, great photos. 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Northern Sandscapes: Exploring Saskatchewan's Athabasca Sand Dunes, Parkland Publishing, Saskatoon (1998). Little detailed information, great photos. 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Saskatchewan Scenic Secrets. Parkland Publishing, Saskatoon (2001). Ed note: I haven't looked at it. 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Saskatchewan Wild. Parkland Publishing, Saskatoon (2010?). Ed note: I haven't looked at it.

General information, online. 
Ed note: 
For general information not specific to Sakatchewan, please consult also the online entries in National Resources. ... 46&t=35800 
Early Canadiana Online. 
Cree material. 
Cree readings and resources. 
Saskatchewan's Aboriginal Peoples. ... 657f5fd66e 
Geographical Names of Canada. 
Ausland, Selmer. Memories Of Deep River; Hunting, Trapping, Fishing and Fur Farming in Northern Saskatchewan. 
Cockburn, R H (Editor). To Great Slave and Great Bear / P.G. Downes’s Journal of Travels North from Île-à-la-Crosse, in 1938.
Part 1. 
Part 2. 
Part 3. 
Part 4.
Part 5. 
Ed note: Part 5 is available also at Northern Waterways ... iew/73/46/ 
Route description: To be prepared.
ALLAN: Straighten out Karpan entries. 
Karpan, Robin and Arlene. Photos of Saskatchewan. 
Canoeing Photos. ... index.html 
Pictograph Photos. ... index.html 
Kennel, Rebecca. 
Ed note: A model paddling site if ever I saw one, chock full of information on canoeing in Saskatchewan and general information as well. Folder titles are Routes & Tips; Local Information; Wilderness Living; Outfitters; Archaeology; Geology; Native Lifestyle and Crafts; General History. 
Kennel, Rebecca. History of Saskatchewan Waterways. 

Provincial Parks. 
Government site. 
Wikipedia site. 
Provincial Park Photos. 

Paddling clubs and associations.
Provincial body.
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.
Four divisions: recreation (tripping), marathon (racing), flatwater (racing), and whitewater (tripping & racing). 
Local clubs and associations.
Ed note: The primary sources used in assembling the following list were the sites 
Rebecca Kennel. 
CanoeKayak Canada. ... ub_prairie ... ub_prairie 
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. 
End note. 
Amachewespimawin Canoe Club. Stanley Mission.
Ed note: Cited at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan without contact information; not found by Google. 
Historic Trails Canoe Club. Regina. 
Apparently inactive but well worth listing in view of its contributions. 
Kelsey Kayak Club. Saskatoon; whitewater. 
Contact information at ... ub_prairie 
Moose Jaw Canoe and Kayak Club.
Racing (primary focus) and tripping. 
Northwest Canoe and Kayak Club. Loon Lake. 
Cited at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan without contact information; not found by Google. 
Pelican Narrows Canoe Club.
Contact information is given at 
Pimiskatan Canoe Club. La Ronge. 
Racing and tripping. 
Prince Albert Racing Canoe and Kayak Club.
Contact information is given at 
Regina Marathon Canoe Club. 
Saskatoon Canoe Club. Recreation (tripping); marathon. 
Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club. Sprint, whitewater. 
Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club. 
ToonTown Whitewater Club. 
Contact information is given at ... ub_prairie 
The link is broken; Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club is the likely successor. 
University of Saskatchewan Kayak Club. Saskatoon; whitewater. ... s-kayaking 
Wascana Racing Canoe Club. Regina; sprint. 
Weyburn and District Canoe and Kayak Club.
Contact information is given at
Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club.

Links for paddlers. 
Alexander Mackenzie Voyageur Route. 
Canadian Canoe Museum. 
Our Canoeing Heritage. ... e-mainhtml 
Canadian Heritage Rivers System. 
I Speak for Canadian Rivers. 
Canadian Rivers Network. ... twork.html 
Google maps. 
Google Earth. 
Great Canadian Rivers. 
Trans Canada Trail. 
Links specific to Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Rivers. ... wan_rivers 
Saskatchewan Lakes. ... skatchewan 

Government links for paddlers. 
Natural Resources Canada; Topographical maps. (Toporama) 
Information about Lifejackets and PFDs from the Safe Boating Guide. ... 24.htm#lj1
Lifejackets and PFDs. ... u-1692.htm
Minimum Safety Equipment Required for the Size and Type of your Pleasure Craft. ... nu-690.htm
NB: In the case of any discrepancy between the information on this page and the Small Vessel Regulations, the formal regulatory text shall remain the final authority. 
Formal regulatory text / Small Vessel Regulations. ... 1-eng.html
Links specific to Saskatchewan. 
Road map. 
ALLAN: Find and post. 
Weather. ... html?id=SK 
Marine weather, Lake Athabasca. ... l?mapID=07 
Environment Canada, water levels. ... &region=SK 
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.
SK WSA. Stream Flows and Lake Levels. 
Includes a map showing the 14 SK drainage basins. ... ke-Levels/
SK WSA. Maps.

Paddling and related information, offline. 
KanawaCanada's Paddling Magazine. Published quarterly by Paddle Canada.
Churchill River Canoe Outfitters may have reports on rivers in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. 
Go Trekkers. Maps for sale. 
Barker Lake. 
Churchill River, Sandfly to Trout Lake. 
Churchill River, Trout to Otter Lake. 
Churchill River, Otter Lake to Nistowiak.
MacLennan Lake Canoe Area. 
Otter Lake.
Paull River. ... y_Code=220 
Grasslands National Park, East Block.
Grasslands National Park, West Block.
Lac La Ronge Area. 
Lake Diefenbaker & Area.
Prince Albert National Park. ... ions&show=
North Saskatchewan River Guide, Mountain to Prairie: A Living Landscape. North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (2002). 
Archer, Laurel. Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to Fifteen Wilderness Rivers. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2003). 
Ed note: Great background material. Exceptionally detailed reports on the Sturgeon-Weir, Montreal, Churchill, Paull, Foster, Haultain, Clearwater, Wathaman, Geikie, Cree, Waterfound, Fond du Lac, MacFarlane, William and Porcupine Rivers, all north of Prince Albert. Contains also a table with ratings for difficulty, history, solitude, wildlife and fishing, plus other stuff. A highly impressive effort in every respect. 
Greenstone Community Futures DevelopmentCanoeing the Precambrian Edge: Wilderness, Adventure and Legend. Gordon Soules Book Publishers (1998). 
I had no luck emailing the publisher 
but I bought a copy from McNally-Robinson 
The book describes six Routes in Manitoba plus six more in Saskatchewan. I posted individual entries for all 12.
Klein, Clayton, with Darrell Klein. Cold Summer Wind. Wilderness Adventure Books, Lansing (1985). Ed comment: A great read, describing six trips, but with contrived dialogue; contains an excellent bibliography, including about two dozen citations to articles in The Beaver.The only trip with a significant Saskatchewan component ran down the Cochrane River from Wollaston Lake to Brochet and Reindeer Lake. 
Marchildon, Greg and Sid Robinson. Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway. Edited by Ralph Nilson. Canadian Plains Research Centre, Regina (2002). 
Ed note: Describes the fur-trade route from the Clearwater River to Cumberland House: Methy Portage (the spelling Methye appears to be out of use; neither Methy nor Methye is recognised by Toporama; modern usage appears to be La Loche Portage), Churchill River, Frog Portage, Sturgeon-weir River, Cumberland Lake. Contains extensive notes on the trade, history of place names, history of the communities, etc. My highest possible recommendation. 
Morse, Eric W. Fur Trade Canoe Routes of Canada / Then and Now. University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1979; reprinted in 1984). 
Ed note: Morse uses Methye rather than Methy for the portage. The river running from Lac La Loche to Peter Pond Lake is the Methye (La Loche) River in [Morse] and the La Loche River at Toporama; and I saw Methy River on the SK road map. 
Munsterhjelm, Erik. The Wind and the Caribou: Hunting and Trapping in Northern Canada. Macmillan (1974). Reported to contain, in part, a description of travel on the Porcupine River. 
Stone, Joyce Allene. Oh Boy! Muskeg, Mosquitoes and Moose: It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!Wilderness Adventure Books (1992). Ed note: Cumberland House to York Factory via the Hayes River. 

Paddling and related information, online. 
cartespleinair (Charles Leduc library). 
then Canot, then Cartes (reports) or Canorama (overiew). 
If you use any of the information supplied at cartespleinair, please consider making a contribution to the Fonds pour la Préservation des Rivières (FQCK) at
Che-Mun. The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing. 
Ed note: Issues are available online two quarters after publication.
My Trip Journal.
Ed note: Search function is available; entries are apparently unsorted by either activity or location. 
Nastawgan. Published quarterly by the Wilderness Canoe Association.
To view the Index, go to 
Once there, select a Category (for example Trip information). 
To view the Archives, go to ... pubCode=NJ ; 
digitization of the database is incomplete and the Search features are not useful. 
Out There. 
The canoe-related Route information is largely under Adventure/Sports but you might want to look at other folders.
Links specific to Saskatchewan. 
Ed note: See also the paragraph Paddling sites. 
Saskatoon Canoe Club. 
The link is to a list (list only, no reports; dated 1996) of club canoe trips in SK, mostly in the southern part of the province. Many of these Routes are not covered at CCR and so may provide ideas for trips. 
SK Government. Results of Canoe/Kayak Survey. 
Saskatchewan government reports.
See the next paragraph. 
Every Trail. ... skatchewan Flatwater, whitewater, sea kayaking.
Not even a link at time of posting. 
REI. Flatwater, whitewater, sea kayaking.
No entries at time of posting. 

Saskatchewan government reports. 
The SK government has posted 55 Routes with accompanying locator maps and area maps: 
Routes are numbered 1 through 58; numbers 42, 50 and 56 were removed by the SK government. 
All but one of the Routes (#58) carries the note: 
WRITTEN BY: Original script by Peter Gregg, reviewed in 1989 by the Historic Trails Canoe Club. 
Thanks to Peter, Historic Trails and the SK government for making these Routes available to the paddling community. At least one of our other governments has comparable information but declines to release it. 
Content: Entries provide information on logistics, rapids and portages, little on campsites. 
I have posted individual entries for all 55 reports. 
I found blemishes in five reports, as follows. 
Route 6. : 
The first line is OK: Canoe Trip #6 
The short Route description is OK: La Ronge - Lynx Lake - Sulphide Lake - Fred Lake - Otter Lake
The text is incorrect; it describes Route 1 (Île-à-la-Crosse to Otter Lake). 
The locator map looks OK: 
The area map looks OK: 
Fortunately, all the documentation is available from from other Routes and I have added Route 6 to the Route Information sticky. 
Route 7.
The area map is not available. 
Route 26. 
The locator map is not available. 
Routes 47 and 48.
The locations for the scripts are interchanged. Explicitly, if you click on , 
you get the script (correctly labelled internally) for Route 48; if you click on , 
you get the script (correctly labelled internally) for Route 47. 
I have given the correct locations, marking them as mislabelled. 
Route 51. : 
The first line is OK: Canoe Trip #51 
The short Route description is incorrect; it describes Route 49 (Deschambault Lake to Sandy Bay). 
The text is also incorrect; it too describes Route 49. 
The locator and area maps, at , 
show a route from Southend to Sandy Bay via Gilbert Lake and Scimitar Lake. 
In more detail, turn east from Reindeer River just after crossing from 63M15 to 63M14 and proceed through Gilbert Lake, Mokoman Lake, Scimitar Lake, Williams River, Pauline Lake and Guilloux Lake, entering the Churchill River north of Reeds Lake. 
Bottom line: The other segments of the Route are described elsewhere, but the script for the segment from the Reindeer to the Churchill, namely Gilbert Lake and the Williams River, appears to be lost. 
Added note: Fortunately, Rebecca Kennel stored the text; I copied it from her site and added it to my entry for Route 51. 

Paddling sites. 
Ed notes: 
1. Please inform me of omissions. 
2. I post links to reports at these sites, but only sporadically. 
Borealis Paddling Expeditions. 
Bryan Hansel.
Rebecca Kennel. 
Rolf and Debra Kraiker. (Blazing Paddles) 
Mark Lafontaine. 
Peter Long. 
Warren Long. ... index.html 
Margot and Vernon Neis.
Bryan Sarauer.
Bryan's Blog. 
Some of Bryan's reports. 
North Star Expeditions Blog. 
Jason Schoonover.

Route information at CCR 
First, a comment on our coverage: 
CCR's founder, Richard Munn, started with Ontario Canoe Routes and went national only later. Since the acquisition, we have made strenuous efforts to improve coverage of the other provinces and territories. 
We must rely on the paddling community to write most trip reports, but we can help in other ways. One of our initiatives, which continues, has been to search the net for trip reports and to post links to them, as described below. 

CCR provides Route information in a variety of ways. The two main sources follow. 
• The Route Information stickys posted at Canadian Route Forums & Resources 
Click on Discussion & Resources for the province/territory and then on the Route Information sticky for the river/lake of interest. 
Once the new Routes section is up and running, we shall transfer all these entries to it. 
• The Routes section at 
contains more formal trip reports. 
The Browse feature 
gets you to a map of Canada. Clicking on a Province/Territory gets you to a map with paddling regions for that P/T. Another click gets you to a list of Routes in the region. We’ll fix things, but some Routes are filed incorrectly; check other regions if you can’t find what you want. 
The Search feature , 
which accesses the same database, allows you to look for Routes satisfying certain criteria. We don’t find this feature so useful and shall likely change it. 

You might look also at the Trip Reports folders posted in Canadian Route Forums & Resources 
Some paddlers post their trip reports in the Forums, rather than in the Routes database. 
I go through these Forums, sporadically, and post links to the reports in the Route Information stickys. 
Check out the note at the head of the thread to learn which entries have already been documented in the Route Information stickys. 

In the final analysis though, CCR’s members are the most valuable source for Route information They are highly knowledgeable, highly experienced and eager to help. If you can’t find elsewhere the information you want, just post in the appropriate Provincial/Territorial Route Forum.

Route information (trip reports, links to trip reports, etc)
Statement of CCR policy regarding Route information.
If we can’t post the information ourselves, then we’ll try to provide the paddling community with easy access to it. 
We welcome your contributions to our library of trip reports and other Route information (for example links to other sites with such information, in general just about any similar contribution to the paddling community); please post in this thread or send email to routes(AT) . 
Statement of CCR policy regarding copyright.
Copyright to the original source remains with the provider. 
Copyright to CCR's presentation of the information belongs to CCR Inc. 

Thanks to ice-breakerjmc, Rolf Kraiker, Bill Layman, Mark Lafontaine, Peter Long, Warren Long, Vernon Neis,paddlenorthpawistik (lots of great tips),, Rich and Wendy, Bryan Sarauer and the SK government.