Saskatoon Sports and Leisure Show a Great Success!!!!

Saskatoon Sports and Leisure Show '09This weekend SaskWhitewater had the opportunity to participate in the Saskatoon Sports and Leisure Show. We had tremendous success talking to people about our programs, the other various programs we support, the new website, and especially the Whitewater Park and Hydro station proposal at the weir. We also met a number of new friends who we hope to work with in the future to offer some amazing opportunities to whitewater canoe and kayak enthusiests around Saskatchewan.

A tremendous THANKYOU goes out to Eb’s Source for Aventure who gracously supplied us with room in their booth all 4 days of the show. If you need any outdoor equipment and the expertise to go along with your purchace, make sure you check out Eb’s, one block east of Idylwyld on 38th street; Without the support of local companies and organizations like Eb’s we could not offer the public our programs and experience. Thankyou again to James and his staff.

As I mentioned, we met a number of new friends at his years show so we thought it would be a good idea to share some of what we learned throughout the weekend with all of you!!!!

Churchill River Canoe Outfitters – Our fantastic new friends Ric Driediger and his daughter Sara sarinaded us all weekend about how wonderful the Churchill River is and how much we had to spend more time up there with them paddling. After chatting with Ric for an hour you wonder why you don’t live in Missinipe SK!! In Ric’s words, “Almost anything you can think of that has to do with a canoe, you can do at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters. We are located in Missinipe on Saskatchewan’s Churchill River in the middle of the Precambrian
Shield”. For more information on CRCO and what they have to offer check out their website

One of the major news events of the weekend for us was learning about the Churchill River Whitewater Festival. This festival, which is organized by Ric and his gang, runs June 27-28 this year. The event takes place on the rapids just above Barker Lake at a site called Surf City. There is paddling, camping, bands, and much more to take in at this tremendous whitewater festival. for more information contact Ric at 306.635.4420 or through the CRCO website.

Clearwater Canoeing – Water For Every Pace. Our new friends Stacey and Vanessa run Clearwater Canoeing. They offer canoeing trips based around what you want including a variety of historical canoe trips. They run their trips on the Clearwater and Churchill Rivers in Northern Saskatchewan. They are located in Paynton, SK and can be reached by phone at 306.895.2001 or at through their website

Fresh Air Experience – Fresh Air is your local paddling and outdoor shop if you live in the Regina or Prince Alberta areas. Fresh Air offers outdor products and expertise to get you started in the right direction. For more information on Fresh Air Experience check out their website

Saskatchewan Environmental Society – “Saskatchewan Environmental Society is working towards a world in which healthy ecosystems, livelihoods and human communities exist in harmony with one another”. On Thursday March 19 the SES is hosting an information seminar in the back room at Amigos  in Saskatoon at 7:00pm. For more information about the SES check out their website


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