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Wapusk National Park of Canada

Canoeists travel the Owl River in Wapusk National Park Canoeists travel the Owl River in Wapusk National Park
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New! Owl River canoe excursions in
Wapusk National Park

You could be one of the first visitors to paddle northern Manitoba’s Owl River thanks to an exciting new offer from Parks Canada in Wapusk National Park! Offered for the first time in 2013, canoe excursions on the Owl River are a great new way for Canadians to experience Manitoba’s northernmost national park.

A group of canoeists camp along the Owl River in Wapusk National Park A group of canoeists camp along the Owl River in Wapusk National Park
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Offered from June 1 to 30, these canoe excursions are a unique blend of wilderness and history, with the chance to see a diverse array of wildlife; take in breathtaking terrain ranging from forested tundra to the treeless Hudson Bay coast; and view archaeological sites that illustrate the human history in the area.

Spanning approximately 100 kilometres, the route traverses the entire breadth of Wapusk National Park and will take approximately four to seven days, depending on conditions, with canoeists camping as they go.

The trip begins at the Herchemer rail stop, where the rail line crosses the river, approximately 30 kilometres west of the park boundary. As they journey towards the coast, the Owl River’s many swifts and class one and two rapids make it an enjoyable and exciting route. Once canoeists reach Parks Canada’s Owl River fenced camp, just five kilometres inland from the Hudson Bay coast, they can arrange for helicopter pick-up (at their own expense).

Parks Canada’s fenced Owl River camp in Wapusk National Park Parks Canada’s fenced Owl River camp in Wapusk National Park
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For adults (18 and over), canoeing the Owl River will cost $25 per day, and for students (under 18) with school groups, the cost will be $6 per day. There is also a Northern Park Backcountry Excursion/Camping annual pass available ($150 for adults, $30 for students) which would cover canoeing the Owl River.

Though not required, canoeists have the option of having a Parks Canada interpreter accompany them on their journey to interpret the park and enhance their experience, at a cost of $290 per day.

Visitor safety within Wapusk National Park is Park’s Canada’s top concern, and due to the remote nature of this adventure opportunity, some basic rules and requirements for canoeists have been set. These rules are also in place to ensure that visitors can enjoy this new opportunity without negatively impacting on the park’s ecological integrity.

For more information about canoeing the Owl River, please contact Parks Canada’s Churchill office at 204-675-8863 or wapusk.np@pc.gc.ca .