Saskatchewan Safari Ep. 1 – Accessing the Porcupine River

Saskatchewan Safari Ep. 1 – Accessing the Porcupine River


An epic road trip awaits you if you decide to drive to Stony Rapids Saskatchewan to paddle one of the province’s rugged northern rivers. But because the route includes several hours on a remote, and bumpy gravel road, you’ll want to be prepared. In the video, I cover what to bring when driving a lonely northern road like this. Tori, Buck and I also get onto a floatplane which transports us off the road system, and leaves us near the wilderness border between Northern Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. This is episode 1 of a 4 part series of our trip down the Porcupine. These are the long form version of the video series Field & Stream magazine ran. stay tuned for more videos, enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe!


Northern Saskatchewan

rugged remote

unspoiled and unforgiving

here waterways teeming with fish spillover thundering waterfalls in wine from Taiga and Northern Boreal forests and

Late August and early september my wife tori our dog buck

And I spent 14 days paddling Northern Saskatchewan Porcupine river

Along the way we’ve encountered everything from exciting Whitewater rapids

Trekkers Portage’s to bad weather and Bears

This is the story of our adventure

Our trip begins with a long drive through Ontario

Manitoba and into saskatchewan where we’ll have way up North to the end of the row that stony rapid

We’re just at the beginning about nine hours on the prowl right now

There’s the most six hours between points north and stoney rabbit where there’s no place to get gas

There’s no cell phone service and so you really gotta be self-sufficient. You got to make sure that you have enough fuel

We brought Jerrycan we brought an entire plug kit air compressor to inflate the tire

Full-size fare, so these things are really important especially having a reliable vehicle. We have a diesel

Mitsubishi Pajero, it’s a four wheel drive and you know these vehicles are meant to be driven

we are in Stoney Rabbit, Saskatchewan and

Our float plane charter leaves in one hour. So we’re going to go over the flow plane base

We’re going to go through our stuff. Make sure we have everything we need and

Blow the play we’re taking a twin otter which is really exciting. It’s you

Have to see if this

Doesn’t like stairs

Okay, here. We go got my ear protection is supplying out to seven laws

We’re well past the road system now, and this is real Wilderness

It’s an amazing feeling to look out over this beautiful country that remain unaltered by the hand of man

Landen remote Selwyn laws where a trip finally begin

We start by Crossing Selwyn Lake until we reach the flow of the porcupine river

The plan is to follow the porcupine to the confluence of the fond du Lac and then continue on to the community of Black Lake

With any luck we should be done. This trip 14 days

We did a bunch of open water crossings on Selwyn Lake and now we’re camped here at the mouth of the porcupine river

Bugs aren’t too too bad a few black flies though be expected, but a lot of berries around here a lot of blueberries

We’re just getting camp set up and some firewood cut and I’m going to grab a bite to eat

It looks like a pretty nice claw here

So day two and after being really exhausted

We slept in and so we’re deciding to eat lunch instead of breakfast

Was a summer sausage ready Chris bacon cheese and mustard yep

Amazing we’ve got some pretty serious rapids to deal with today

Now I’m really excited to give this whitewater boat a test. This is a

16-6 Nova Craft Moysey which is a specific whitewater boat and now we’re going to bomb a steep and

Boulder E-class to first rapper to the trip and get those pre rapid jitters out of us because we’re going to have a lot more

Whitewater to come and what’s fucking to do? He’s going to run alongside of the posh trail. So meet us at the end

He’s actually a little worried that we’re going to go with out of my face

you cannot

Hi, good evening sighs oh nice one

We’ve got the gorgeous campsite on offset Lake of course on the porcupine river system and just before getting to camp

We call it a really nice pike – looks like a good eater. So looking forward to a good meal

teeth upStairs

Here’s how to set up a tarp. No trees

You peg down the back of the tarp to the ground or foot rocks along the back

And you tie the ends to paddles?

And use guidelines to run from the top of the paddles and then tag them into the ground and you put one

Paddle or stick in the middle to hold it all up

That’s going to be for dinner

string conservatories famous hot chocolate and Rye whiskey amen

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.