Unfortunately one of the casualties in the 17% reduction in Meewasin Programs and Services this fiscal year are the Meewasin Interpretive Canoe Tours. The twenty year program that saw novice paddlers learn about the river from the river counted more than 100 tours last summer. Thank you all for your participation and support. Meewasin hopes to offer the canoe tours again next summer. The Meewasin canoes and accompanying equipment will be reconditioned and stored until next summer.
Meewasin Interpretive Canoe Tours provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the South Saskatchewan River from the river in Meewasin’s ten passenger voyageur clipper canoes. Tours depart from Beaver Creek Conservation Area paddling out onto the South Saskatchewan River for two to three hours allowing the paddlers to experience those of the early voyageurs. Adult groups usually paddle upriver to the Berry Barn, while youth groups canoe both in the creek and on the river, stopping on a sand bar for interpretive games. Paddles, lifejackets, canoe and safety training are provided by Meewasin National Lifeguard, Paddle Canada certified interpreters. Adult charters cost $250 per canoe. Non-profit groups access the program at no charge.
Participants in the Canoe Tour program will contribute to the scientific testing of the water quality and by assisting in sampling that will be used in a basin-wide study. This is exciting citizen science work, and a unique opportunity for canoeing participants.
Transportation to Beaver Creek Conservation Area
Beaver Creek Conservation Area Interpretive Centre is located 13 km south of Saskatoon on highway #219.
Canoe Tours run from May into the Fall and pre-registration is required. Meewasin canoe tours are now done for the 2016 season. Contact Meewasin in the spring of 2017 to find out if and when the canoe tours will resume.
Self-guided canoe maps from Gardiner Dam to the Forks, the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan rivers.