"This trip offers so much more than the normal trips. It has to be on a par with the special factor the Galapagos had for me"
Aedin, Switzerland - 2022
Explore the gorgeous freshwater wilderness along the Churchill River System in Canada’s Saskatchewan province.
Experience the beauty of the boreal forest, visit white sand beaches, mighty river rapids and canoe portages with local Cree Elders. Journey back to a place in time when the river was essential to the survival of the local indigenous peoples.
As if Otter Lake was not remote enough - try Dead Lake! Depart after breakfast by float plane (think sea plane) and start your swim day with a scenic 15-minute flight to a beautiful white sand beach at Dead Lake Outpost Camp.
Travel to remote wilderness locations, keeping an eye out for eagles, osprey, beavers, otters, pelicans...
Explore the Canadian wilderness along the Churchill River System in Canada’s Saskatchewan province. You will be taken to unspoilt, remote locations, where clear and relatively warm freshwater swims, some in moving water and others across open lakes, will be sure to both challenge and enthral you. Eagles, osprey, beavers, otters, pelicans and even the occasional bear are not an unusual sight out here in the wilderness.
We also take you back to a place in time when the river was essential to the survival of the local indigenous peoples. Experience the beauty of the boreal forest, visit white sand beaches, mighty river rapids and canoe portages that have been created by hundreds of years of travel. Enjoy breath-taking views of your swims from the air on a scenic transfer flight in the ‘workhorse of the north’ - a float plane - and listen to a talk about how survival in the North is simply ‘a way of life.’ The meals on this trip are delicious, the people you’ll meet are fascinating, and, of course, all the swims are staged in unique swathes of freshwater that truly put the ‘wild’ in wild swimming.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for swimmers who want to experience off-grid adventures in remote, unspoilt locations. This is the perfect place to just switch off and focus on enjoying stunning swims in a gorgeous wilderness setting. While your days will be spent out in nature, evenings at Thompson’s Resort will be your opportunity to enjoy all the comforts of home, including online connectivity.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is around 3km. The average daily swim distance is around 6km.
Please note: some of the swims are current assisted so you will be swimming on average 5km/day.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- All dinners
- Water sport activities (subject to availability and may incur an additional charge. Please see 'Trip Information' section for trip specific details)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Scenic float plane flights to the start of some of your swims
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased locally
- Dinner on Day 1 in Saskatoon
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
A must do trip and would highly recommend. Amazing place to swim and be watched by bald eagles! The scenery is beyond belief.Janet S, UK - 2023
Beautiful, remote lake swimming experience, plus discovering the local culture.Daphna U, Germany - 2023
Remote, beautiful and surprisingly warm. What an adventure!Kevin S, UK - 2023
I have been on a lot of trips and all have that something special. What this one offers is tranquillity, space and the utter sense of balance you feel as you leave the lakes behind you. This trip... has to be on a par with the special factor the Galapagos had for me.Aedin, Switzerland - 2022
Looking to swim in a remote stunning location away from it all? This is your trip!Kateinka H, Netherlands - 2022
The Canadian Wilderness trip was absolutely fantastic. It was a pioneer (first run with guests) trip but everything was well planned out. The swims were gorgeous, the food delicious, and the accommodations excellent. I recommend it without reservation.Joy, 2022