A paddling adventure just outside Saskatoon to add to your bucket list!
Back2Nature Wellness and Events is excited to offer this overnight stand-up paddleboard adventure for beginner to expert paddlers on the serene South Saskatchewan River. This is an all-inclusive trip, with all of the gear and food provided for a two day, one night interpretive guided overnight camping experience on the sandy shores of the South Saskatchewan River.
The South Saskatchewan River offers a unique opportunity to connect to the water and land while only being a short distance away from Saskatoon. The magnificent sunsets and sunrises that nature offers us will be viewed from the stability of your supplied quality paddleboard as you glide through the water and begin to unwind from the hustle and the bustle. The beauty of the night skies will be experienced in your own private backcountry tent supplied that will allow you to breathe in the nature air as you fall asleep under the starry night sky.
This is your opportunity to deepen the connection you have with nature and yourself and to allow yourself the opportunity of relaxation and adventure!
The total paddling distance for this trip is 25 km over two days. We will be paddling downstream along the river which offers a bit easier paddling if there is no head wind. You’ll have the option of standing, kneeling or sitting on your paddle board to allow for maximum comfort on your trip.
You will be meeting your paddling guide at the Victoria Boat House in Victoria Park, Saskatoon to board a shuttle which will take us to our launch location.
We will be camping overnight on the sandy shores of the South Saskatchewan River.
You will meet your paddling guide at the Victoria Boat House to check in and for our pre-trip meeting. We will enjoy a picnic lunch (not provided) in the park during our pre-trip meeting and prior to boarding our shuttle. Following our pre-trip meeting, you will board the shuttle with your personal gear to our launch location.
Once we arrive at our launch location, you will be provided with your gear for the trip and instructions on loading your gear onto your board. Your guide will walk you through a paddling instruction for the trip.
We will paddle downstream for approximately 12.5 km (2-3 hours) to our overnight camp spot. Once we arrive at our camping spot, you will unload your gear and set up your sleeping area for the night prior to assisting with making dinner. After dinner you will have time to relax and unwind, sit by the fire (if there is no fire ban) or star gaze.
You’ll rise to the sounds of nature around you and slowly stretch out of your tent to be treated to a breakfast on the beach. We will move slowly in the morning to pack up our camp and head back out on the water for another 12.5 km (2-3 hour) paddle back to the city. Along the way we will stop for lunch along the shore before arriving back into the Saskatoon city limits.
This two-day, one night stand-up paddleboard adventure is all inclusive. This means that the following is supplied for you on this trip:
Skilled, trained and knowledgeable outdoor guide
Transportation to the launch location
High quality touring stand-up paddle board with leash, paddle and fin
PFD (personal flotation device)
Dry bags and compression sacks for equipment
Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, sleeping mat, lantern, headlamp, chair, table and eating utensils)
Delicious meals and snacks (supper, breakfast and lunch)
Safety equipment (first aid supplies, emergency signal device, navigation maps)
The following items you will be responsible to provide:
Personal clothing and toiletries
Submersible and dry land footwear
Sun hat and glasses
Sunscreen and insect repellent
Rain jacket and pants
Water bottle and/or thermos
Other optional items (i.e. camera, binoculars, book, PFD, bathing suit, small packable pillow)
Level of Difficulty
Since this adventure includes a total of 25 km of paddling (~12.5 km each day), previous paddling experience is recommended.
You will have the option of paddling either standing, kneeling or sitting down. We will be taking breaks along the way to create a relaxing paddling atmosphere.
Weather in Saskatchewan can be unpredictable, therefore the days may be hot, cool, calm or windy. Therefore, prepare and pack for any weather situation.
A few days prior to the trip, the guide will assess the weather situation, and if need be, may need to cancel or delay the trip if inclement weather surfaces.
Kyla has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and promotes an inner journey in the outdoors! She has a passion for assisting others in cultivating self-awareness and connection with self in an outdoor experience. She has worked as a biologist for the past 16 years and is well versed in the outdoors having conducted many field surveys and camping trips in remote areas.
Kyla has been guiding participants on outdoor adventures for the past three years. She has been trained as an outdoor field leader through the Outdoor Council of Canada and holds certification as a hiking, winter, overnight and paddling field leader. Kyla is also trained in wilderness first aid and CPR.