Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to Fifteen Wilderness Rivers


240 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55046-369-1
DDC 797.1'22'097124




Reviewed by Monika Rohlmann

Monika Rohlmann is an environmental consultant in Victoria, B.C.


Laurel Archer is a canoe guide and instructor. For 12 years she has
lived and worked in northern Saskatchewan, paddling most of its major
wilderness rivers several times. Archer frequently writes for a number
of outdoor magazines and has previously reported on her canoe trips to
other continents.

The rivers covered in this guide are Churchill, Sturgeon-Weir,
Montreal, Paull, Foster, Haultain, Clearwater, Wathaman, Geikie, Cree,
Carswell and William, Waterfound, Fond du Lac, MacFarlane, and
Porcupine. Archer reviews each river in detail, beginning with a general
overview. Trip length, difficulty, access, seasonal timing, regional
characteristics, local history, level of solitude, fishing, and special
equipment are all followed by topographical references to field notes.
An eight-page section of photographs provides a teasing glimpse of
rivers and rocks.

This is a technical book filled with facts and details. If you already
know and appreciate the Saskatchewan wilderness, Northern Saskatchewan
Canoe Trips will get you into the water and downriver. Archer has
painstakingly documented the rivers and generously shared her notes
about rapids and campsites; her writing is organized, consistent, and
reliable. The Boston Mills Press is to be congratulated for their
continuing support of books like this one.


Archer, Laurel., “Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to Fifteen Wilderness Rivers,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 15, 2024,