Some of Canada’s richest geographic treasures are found in Saskatchewan’s north. The Churchill River stretches east to west across much of the province, and is renowned for some of the best whitewater canoeing in North America.
The Churchill is best suited to experienced wilderness explorers, but there are routes for all skill levels throughout the region’s vast lake and river systems. The Clearwater River is a designated Canadian Heritage River, in recognition of its role as a key waterway in the early days of the fur trade. Today, it ranks among the country’s most challenging canoe routes.
In the far north, accessible only by air, Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park protects the most northerly expanse of major sand dunes in the world. This fragile environment combines lakes, rivers and forests with vast areas of desert-like sand dunes, some rising as high as 30 metres. Over 50 varieties of rare plants can be found in the park, including ten of which exist solely in this unspoiled region.