Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to 15 Wilderness Rivers Paperback – Feb 1 2003
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Will be appreciated by serious paddlers planning multi-day trips into the rugged, pre-Cambrian wilderness of northern Saskatchewan... filled with route descriptions and practical details... Best of all, Archer references her descriptions to map coordinates. (Laszlo Buhasz Globe and Mail 2003-05-10)
Provides important detailed descriptions, maps and sage advice ... this book in format, content and style has a lot going for it. (Ron Cherkewich Rural Roots 2003-03-16)
Detailed ... a keen sense of what real life paddlers -- as opposed to macho endurance heroes -- want out of a wilderness trip. (Bartley Kives Winnipeg Free Press 2003-03-23)
Archer has painstakingly documented the rivers and generously shared her notes about rapids and campsites; her writing is organized, consistent and reliable. (Monika Rohlmann Canadian Book Review Annual)
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Northern Saskatchewan is not prairie, but Precambrian Shield country, and this rugged and sparsely populated land is home to some of the best wilderness canoe tripping rivers in the world. With few roads or development of any kind, the wild beauty and solitude of the North is best experienced by canoe.
A large area of the northern half of the Saskatchewan, the Churchill River Upland, is 40% water, made up of lakes, rivers, streams and the rest is muskeg, rock, and boreal forest. Further north, the Athabasca Plain hosts rivers with amazing glacial drift features along their banks, from eskers up to 80 km long, large kames and deposits of moraine to the stunning sand dune fields decorating the southern shore of Lake Athabasca. From the northern shore of this 8000 square km lake to the border of the Northwest Territories, the Taiga Sheild ups the ante. Adventurous canoeists will find awesome granite gorges and heavy waters in this "land of little sticks."
Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to 15 Wilderness Rivers covers river trips in all regions of the northern half of the province and for all levels of paddlers, including the well known First Nations and fur trade routes, the Churchill, Clearwater and Sturgeon-weir rivers, routes growing in popularity with modern voyageurs, such as the Waterfound, Fond du Lac, William and Cree rivers, as well as some more lightly traveled routes, like the Wathaman, MacFarlane, Haultain and Porcupine rivers.See all Product Description
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I will also add that it is one of the better "Look inside" presentations I've seen on Amazon. Northern-ish Canada, i.e. the latitudinal belt running across the sub-arctic provinces, is a wonderful part of the globe to explore, especially by canoe, and for its broad range of skill requirements (there are options for every skill level; not everyone is looking for a Class IV or V rapids experience) and this guide covers them all, and more, for Northern Saskatchewan. Ms. Archer also includes considerable, fascinating history regarding the area and the river trips described. Especially interesting is the detailing of where each of the rivers covered fit into both the First Nation's history and the early fur trade voyageurs. I very highly recommend this guide.