The Bird River is a truly spectacular trip that takes in all the best that Nopiming park has to offer. The trip departs from Tulabi falls and travels along the Bird River, going through some of Nopiming’s beautiful and remote lakes along the way.
This trip is a great step-up from our Seagrim Lake 2 night trip. With an extra night, and slightly longer days of paddling it's a fantastic option for anyone new to canoeing, but ready for adventure!
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What to expect
Each day you can expect a delicious breakfast prepared by your guide, followed by some time to relax and enjoy the views while drinking your morning coffee or tea. Once we pack up, we'll get on the water and paddle for about 1.5 to 2 hours before finding a spot for a lunch break, as well as swimming if anyone wants to cool off. After lunch we will continue paddling for another 2 to 3 hours and then settle down at our spot for the evening. The only exception is day one, when we try to put in a bit more distance and will likely be paddling for 3 hours after lunch. We have between 0 and 3 portages per day (carrying gear by foot between lakes), the longest is roughly 400 metres but most are closer to 150 metres. At our site, your guide will teach everyone about the basics of clean and responsible camping and help with site setup along every step of the way. You can choose any number of ways to enjoy your time at the site, including swimming, hiking, picking blueberries, or just chatting around the fire. Your guide will prepare a delicious camp dinner, and fire roasted s'mores are always on the menu for dessert!
1. The waiver, and medical info form will be sent to you after booking and need to be filled out and signed to go on the trip
2. Our trips depart from the Winnipeg Canoe Kayak Centre at 80 Churchill Drive (just across from Churchill High School). There is street parking available in front of the centre.
3. We will meet at the centre at 9:00am the morning of our departure, aiming to leave at 9:30am.
4. We will return to Winnipeg mid-afternoon on the day of our return. Roughly between 4 and 6.
5. You only need to bring what is mentioned on the packing list. Anything else is provided by us. We have boats, paddles, lifejackets, gear, food, tents, sleeping bags/mats, and a passenger van to transport you from Winnipeg to Nopiming Park
6. We are outdoors for our entire trip. We camp in tents and spend our days on the water and around the campsites. Be prepared for rain, sun, bugs, and hot and cold weather. Sunscreen, bug-spray, rain-jackets, and 1 or 2 warm sweaters are recommended depending on forecast (check packing list below)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner
This trip is rated for beginner paddlers. We only paddle on small lakes with no moving water, and we never paddle longer than 15 kms in one day. At the beginning of your trip we will teach you some paddling basics and make sure you learn the basic skills needed to make your trip a success. If you ever want advice feel free to ask your guide to evaluate your paddling!
This trip has medium length portages. No longer than 600 metres. You are expected to help carry equipment along the portages, but you are never expected to carry more than you feel comfortable with.
Once at camp, guests are expected to share in the duties of setting up and maintaining the campsite. This includes setting up tents (don’t worry, your guide will teach you how to set up our tents), collecting firewood, and packing up your own sleeping bags and sleeping mats.
Even though it’s summer, we are outside almost all the time, and it can get cold, especially at night.
Anything you bring will be paddled across lakes and carried over portages, therefore it’s important to pack light. Don’t worry about not having a change of clothes every day, after a few days in the woods everyone’s gonna be a bit stinky! There are no shower facilities on the trip, but you can always jump in the lake to wash off if needed.
*When cotton gets wet, you get cold. Please bring technical clothing that will wick away sweat. Wool or polyester both work great. Workout clothes are a good bet.
· 2 shirts
· 1 pair pants
· 1 pair shorts
· 1 pair of underwear per day
· 1 pair of socks per day (bonus points if you bring wool socks)
· 1 swim suit
· 1 towel
· 1 pair of shoes, sturdy hikers or runners
· 1 pair sandals, for swimming and for wearing at the site
For Cold and Rain
Please check the weather before your departure and adapt accordingly. For example, a trip in May with plenty of rain forecasted will want to bring an extra sweater
Make sure to pack your gear either in a waterproof bag, or to place your valuables in ziplocs and your clothing in a garbage bag. If it rains before we get our tents set up then your bags will get wet.
· 1 rain jacket. Please don’t forget a rain jacket, keeping dry is the most important step in staying warm.
· 1-2 warm sweaters/jackets
· 1 toque
· Warm base layers/pyjamas, shirt and long underwear.
· 1 pair gloves
· Bug spray
· Water bottle
· A good book
1. No alcohol
2. No drugs
3. Safety first. (Detailed safety instructions will be given on the trip)
4. Minors must be accompanied by an adult
5. Respect the environment. We carry out all our garbage, make sure you dispose of everything properly while on the trip.