Tourism Saskatchewan

CanoeSki Discovery Company

Explore the Forts: David Thompson Voyageur Canoe Trek - South Saskatchewan River

Starting at

$ 595 cdn

Available from 11-Jul-2014 to 13-Jul-2014 3 Day / 2 Night package

A fascinating 3-day adventure trip into the fur trade era following in the footsteps of famous explorer and mapmaker David Thompson. Paddling the South Saskatchewan River, visit ancient fort sites where Thompson spent time as a clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company. Explore South Branch House archaeological site and hear tales of a massacre and the fort's destruction in 1794. Before exploring the forts and fur trade, discover more recent history of the Métis people at Petite Ville where the trip starts and at Batoche National Historic Site mid-way through the trip. It's a multi-storied experience and a must for history and archaeology aficionados and anyone fascinated with early Canadian heroes!

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This 3-day multi-storied historical canoe trip explores a special section of the South Saskatchewan River, taking in early voyageur history and Métis history of a century later. Named after David Thompson, a notable late 18th century explorer and mapmaker, the trip route follows part of his travels on the river and visits the archaeological sites connected to the fur trade and to Métis habitation. Starting at Petite Ville, an ancient Métis wintering village during bison hunting days, the canoe trip moves downstream to visit Batoche and get acquainted with the 1885 Northwest Resistance. A hike from the river via the historic Carlton Trail takes us to the Batoche National Historic Site where Parks Canada interpreters tell the story of Louis Riel and the Métis struggle to defend their homeland. Continuing downstream the following day, brings us to the fur trade fort sites that are associated with David Thompson's time on the river a century earlier. We learn about the discoveries that the Archaeological Society has unearthed at the ancient Hudson's Bay Co. post that Thompson helped to build. That evening, camp is established near a fort site occupied by the North West Co, a rival fur company that eventually employed Thompson as a surveyor. The trip ends at the village of St. Louis where pre-historic archaeology shows up in a replica of a gigantic bison, bones of which appeared in a nearby dig site.

Package includes

  • Meals and camping gear (except for sleeping bag and rain gear).
  • Tents & waterproof packs for personal items. Certified canoeing instructor/guide
  • Canoeing & safety equipment. Parks Canada Historic Site entry fees.
  • Return transportation by passenger van from Saskatoon.


**Unscheduled departures can be arranged for groups with sufficient advance notice.
Prices are per person plus 5% GST
Prices subject to change without notice.
Some restrictions apply.
Please see our website or phone (306) 653-5693 for additional information and other packages available.

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