Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, (CRCO), is located in Missinipe, Saskatchewan, Canada on the Churchill River in the middle of the Precambrian Shield.

Our specialty is canoeing. We offer canoe trips, canoe clinics and courses, whitewater training, canoe guide training, equipment rentals, canoe route maps, and much more!

Thousands of canoeists stop into CRCO's Missinipe office every summer to ask for information on the canoe trips they are planning. Ric Driediger, the owner of the company, has been guiding trips in these parts for over 40 years. He knows every nook and cranny you can put a canoe into. CRCO has canoe trip logs written on dozens of different Northern Saskatchewan canoe routes.

If you are setting out to explore the beautiful Churchill River area, feel free to drop by our office. We are always happy to talk "paddling", and to share the latest information on routes and conditions.

If you are in need of quality equipment for your trip, we can help. CRCO offers a wide range of rentals, including canoes, tents, paddles, lifejackets, packs, and almost anything else you might require. For those looking for a guided canoe adventure, CRCO has available experienced guides. Our guiding staff are certified canoe instructors with a vast knowledge of many popular routes.

We can put together the trip of your lifetime, complete with any gear you may need, and our famous gourmet foods, carefully prepared with nutrition, variety and taste in mind.

At our base in Missinipe, we have seven comfortable cabins available for daily, weekly, or even monthly rental. With names like the Lodge, Log Cabin, Fox Den, Aspen, Hideaway, Ravens Loft, Loon's Lookout, and Eagles Nest, you can be assured that each is unique, warm, cozy and ready to become your home away from home!

Stop in. We would love to meet you!
 


Canoe Maps Canada has now merged with Go Trekkers

Go Trekkers and Canoe Maps Canada are now the same company. If you'd like to order canoe maps go to Go Trekkers website or contact Churchill River Canoe Outfitters to order.

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Book Announcements

Stories from the Churchill
Written by Ric Driediger, with Illustrations by Paul Mason
Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Review by Shelley A. Leedahl
$24.95 ISBN 9-781988-783727

Ric Driediger’s positively reverent when he writes about the beauty and challenges inherent in canoeing Saskatchewan’s vast northern waterways. The owner/operator of Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Missinipe, SK may already be known to readers—and fellow canoeists—through his first book, Paddling Northern Saskatchewan: A Guide to 80 Canoe Routes. Now this knowledgeable paddler has penned Stories from the Churchill, and he describes it as “the book [he] wanted to write” whereas the earlier book was the one he “needed” to write. There’s a difference. What comes through the page is that Driediger’s doing exactly what he was meant to, both professionally and personally, and he knows just how fortunate he is.

Even if you never intend to canoe across a morning-calm lake, brave big-lake wind and river rapids, portage through “swampy muskeg,” lose yourself in the boreal wilderness, “go solo” (“a spiritual experience”), or winter camp, this book will inform and entertain you. It’s well-written in a conversational tone, and includes anecdotes from Driediger’s own adventures and stories from his clients’ and staff’s experiences, too.

Driediger’s a natural storyteller, and in this softcover with 20 stand-alone chapters—and occasional cartoon illustrations by another canoeing aficionado, the author’s longtime friend, Paul Mason—readers are privy to a canoe-seat view through what the author describes as the best canoe routes in the world, but this is more than a book about canoeing: Driediger also shares his “philosophy of life” and his “understanding of the importance of experiencing wilderness.”

His introduction to canoeing began in 1972, just after high school graduation. He and his cousin joined a group of young adults who got a “crash course in canoeing and canoe tripping” from farmer/canoe instructor LaVerne Jantz, and in one day they went “from never having paddled to running rapids.” During that initial trip on the Churchill, Driediger “absolutely fell in love with the rock shoreline, with the complexity of the lakes, with the moss in the forest, with the knowledge that just over the hill another lake waited.”

One intriguing chapter concerns the writer’s preparations for and experiences with winter camping on the Churchill River. He awoke one morning—it was -54 degrees Celsius—unable to put his pants on: they were “flat, frozen solid.” He and his companions used their axe “to chop pieces of peanut butter, jam, honey, and chocolate,” and they “ate as [they] walked” because it was too cold to stop.
In another chapter, Driediger’s created a fictional story to explain the discovery of a sewing machine in the depths of a lake. He demonstrates how canoeing teaches humility and canoe groups form lifelong bonds. There also harrowing anecdotes about being stuck in a rapidly-filling culvert; 140 km hour winds and 1.5 metre waves; fatal lightning strikes; and drownings. Still: “Driving on the highway is far more dangerous.

Canoeing romances, cross-continent adventurers, respect for First Nations’ neighbours and the land, and the history of Churchill River Canoe Outfitters … Driediger’s book is a compendium of captivating stories.

f you are interested in purchasing the book you can email Churchill River Canoe Outfitters with your order and we will be able to ship it out to you. You can also order from Chapters and McNally Robinsons.  

We are excited to announce that Ric Driediger has published Padding Northern Saskatchewan: A Guide to 80 Canoe Routes. This book is ideal for the new or experienced paddler looking to find their next grand adventure in Northern Saskatchewan. It describes the length, difficulty, access, and feel of 80 different canoe routes. The possibilities are endless with many of the routes connecting to one another to allow for longer more extensive exertions.

This book was made possible with a generous grant from Creative Saskatchewan.

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can email Churchill River Canoe Outfitters with your order and we will be able to ship it out to you. You can also order from Chapters and McNally Robinsons.  

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Historic SK Route Info Booklets

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More than 50 documented Saskatchewan canoe routes have been researched, recorded and…
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McLennan - Small Circle Trip

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SK Historic Canoe Route 1

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Village of Ile-a-la-Crosse - Churchill River - Otter Lake Length of Trip: 386 kilometres…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 10

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Wadin Bay (Lac la Ronge) - Hunter Bay (Lac la Ronge) - Nunn Lake - Big Whitemoose Lake -…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 2

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Otter Lake (Missinipe) - Stanley - Iskwatikan Lake- Hale Lake - Lac La Ronge - La Ronge…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 3

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Otter Lake (Missinipe), Stanley, Iskwatikan Lake, Thomas Lake, Hunter Bay (Lac la Ronge),…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 30

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Otter Lake - Grandmother Bay - French Lake - Ducker Lake - Otter Lake Length of Trip: 35…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 4

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Otter Lake - Mountain Lake - Hunt Lake - Stroud Lake - Lac La Ronge - La Ronge Length of…
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SK Historic Canoe Route 5

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Otter Lake - Churchill River - Stanley - Frog Portage - Pelican Narrows Length of…
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Lodging

Aspen

Sleeps up to 6 people - Price: $270/one night , $225/2 to 4 nights ,…
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Eagles Nest

Sleeps up to 12 people - Price: $355/one night , $300/2 to 4 nights,…
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Fox Den

Sleeps up to 2 people - Price: $195/one night , $155/2 to 4 nights,…
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Hideaway

Sleeps up to 5 people - Price: $270/one night , $225/2 to 4 nights,…
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Log Cabin

Sleeps up to 8 people - Price: $315/one night , $250/2 to 4 nights,…
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Loons Landing

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Sleeps up to 6 people - Price: $365/one night, $285/2 to 4 nights,…
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Otter Lake Lodge

Sleeps up to 11 people - Price: $445/one night , $375/2 to 4 nights,…
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Paddlers Hostel

Each private cabin can sleep up to 5 people. - Price: $145/1 night, $110/2…
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Ravens Loft

Sleeps up to 6 people - Price: $315/one night , $250/2 to 4 nights,…
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