Saskatchewan Safari: Episode 3

Jim Baird, Tori and Buck paddle the Porcupine River in this four-part adventure canoe series.

By Jim Baird

Tori, Buck and I pass the Porcupine River’s amazing “Eye Cave”, and take some time to check it out. I then line a heavy rapid, and go over some key pointers to keep in mind while lining a canoe. I also rig up a smoking teepee, and smoke a Pike in camp before heading into the Porcupine’s formidable lower canyon. We proceed with caution and the canyon was dubbed “Dead Man’s River” by Dene natives paddlers in days of yore. Nearing the confluence of the Fon Du Lac River, I then solo a boulder-ridden class 3 + in an attempt to redeem myself from my previous dumping. Do I make it down with the open side up?

Watch more episodes of Saskatchewan Safari:

Saskatchewan Safari: Episode 1

An epic road trip en route to the putin.


Saskatchewan Safari: Episode 2

Heavy rains and headwinds compound with serious whitewater challenges.

Saskatchewan Safari: Episode 4

Bears, portages, and wind, oh my!

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Jim Baird is an avid paddler and consistent contributor to C&K.  If you’re interested in Canadian Rivers check out his take on 5 Ontario Classics.   Notably, Jim and his brother Ted,were the winners of the 2016 season of History Channel’s ALONE survival show. Check out 'The Things We Carried' on the 10 pieces of gear essential to Jim and Ted's survival success. Watch Baird’s Lessons From the Trail, a 15-episode C&K series following an expedition through Quebec’s Côte-Nord region.