Offered from June 1 to 30, canoe excursions on the Owl River are a unique blend of wilderness and history. See a diverse array of wildlife, observe dramatic terrain ranging from forested tundra to the treeless Hudson Bay coast; and view archaeological sites that illustrate the human history in the area.

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

Canoe excursions on the Owl River are a great new way for Canadians to experience Manitoba’s northernmost national park.

Spanning approximately 168 kilometres, the route traverses the entire breadth of Wapusk National Park and typically takes four to seven days, depending on conditions, with canoeists camping along the way.

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

Parks Canada’s fenced Owl River camp in Wapusk National Park Parks Canada’s fenced Owl River camp in Wapusk National Park

To enhance your experience, you have the option to hire a Parks Canada interpreter who will accompany you during the journey.

Keeping visitors safe in Wapusk National Park is a priority. Due to the remote nature of the park, rules and conditions are in place to ensure that you can enjoy this adventure without negatively impacting on the park’s ecological integrity.

This opportunity is offered prior to the Hudson Bay becoming ice-free to minimize the risk of encountering polar bears. Please contact Parks Canada well in advance to discuss seasonal river conditions and other safety concerns.

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.