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Canada Nature Escapes... a group of small business operators bred and born in a land of unique qualities. Their focus is to share this land with a new generation of adventurers.

The Canada Nature Escapes Cooperative (CNEC) is a new brand on the Canadian travel and adventure landscape which focuses on fun, adventure and relaxation in the boreal forests and lakes of Saskatchewan and the spectacular parklands associated with them.

Together they offer a number of high-quality opportunities to take part in canoe, horseback and dogsled adventures in the very places where they have been an iconic part of the fabric of life for centuries.

There is no better place to go canoeing than on the Churchill River system that was so important to the early fur traders, or to follow the dogsled trails of the trappers who gathered those furs.

And in the gently-rolling parklands between the forests and the rapidly-growing city of Saskatoon to the south, saddle-tripping on the cattle and horse ranches has been part of life for over a century.

Current Members consist of:

Churchill River Canoe Outfitters

churchill river canoe outfitters membership photo of two canoeists paddling on a northern lakeIf it has to do with canoeing…canoe trips, canoe training, canoe courses, canoe and equipment rentals, canoe…. this company does it all with expertise second to none. They offer a variety of professionally guided canoe trips throughout the northern wilderness of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Southern Nunavut. Churchill River Canoe Outfitters is celebrating 50 years of continuous operation. With this much experience, they have the best detailed information on canoe routes, maps and general northern information anywhere. For those who want a more relaxing holiday CRCO also has 7 unique cabins and motor boats for rent in the community of Missinipe. Check out CRCO's newly constructed Canoe Hostel in Missinipe.

Forest House

Forest House membership photo of the main lodge at forest houseDescribed as Saskatchewan’s Premiere Eco-lodge, Forest House is a must see for those overwhelmed with city life and in need for some “down-time”. In summer - hiking, canoeing, retreats, wildlife viewing are combined with solitude and unique wilderness surroundings. Winter and frozen lakes give way to easier access and winter activities. Gourmet dining (straight from the northern garden on-site and even the forest itself), log and wood constructed accommodations and spectacular views make this facility a truly authentic wilderness experience.

Ness Core Ventures, Inc.

Ness Core Ventures membership photo of and arial view of the beach and lake Ness Core operates two unique sites: the Nesslin Lake Campground and the Ness Creek Music Festival Site, both located adjacent to the wild west side of the Prince Albert National Park. The Nesslin Lake Campground features lakeside camping, one of the top seven beaches in Saskatchewan well treed campsites and for those seeking a more intriguing camping experience, a “yurt”. The Ness Creek Site is home to a number of well-known cultural events such the Ness Creek Music Festival, the biennial Emma International Collaboration and the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival and Music Camp. The Site is also available for smaller functions such as family reunions, weddings, retreats and workshops. In addition to the cultural events on the Ness Creek Site, it is also home to the Saskatchewan Boreal Forest Learning Centre that offers excellent boreal educational experiences.

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve

Redberry Lake Biosphere ReserveExperience the Authentic in Saskatchewan's only Biosphere Reserve! UNESCO World Biosphere reserves are model regions that promote a sustainable way of life for all people and species within this area. Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve is one of 600 sites worldwide, one of 16 sites in Canada - and the only one in Saskatchewan! Come and enjoy the saline Redberry Lake and its surrounding 112,200 hectares of aspen parkland with natural prairie, seasonal ponds and marshes, amazing skies, sunsets and Northern Lights, with a vast variety of birds and wildlife and a rich heritage.

Sturgeon River Ranch

Sturgeon River Ranch membership photo of one of the bison that roam freely in the Prince Albert Natonal Park which is easily accessible from the ranchImagine the day when bison roamed the landunfenced and free. You can still get a view of Canada's only free ranging herd of Plains bison at Sturgeon River Ranch. Located on the edge of the Prince Albert National Park this ranch offers a variety of experiences. Hourly horseback riding, multi-day rides, horse drawn wagon trips and other ranch related activities are all part of the package. The local area offers lake and water activities as well as music festivals and camps for ranch guests.

Sundogs Sled Excursions

Sundogs Sled Excursions membership photo of Brad and one of his guests with a dog sled in the winterWe'll take you dogsledding on the southern edge of the great northern forest in Canada! .... a sense of horizons unexplored where wolves roam ice-clad lakes and snow-weighted bows greet frosted dawn...
Winter with Sundogs is a friendly, energetic and joyous wilderness experience. Your guide-hosts are well-versed in the ecology and history of the natural surroundings you'll explore. Your other hosts, the sled dogs,  offer you feelings of exhilaration, power and a basic, perhaps primal connection with a wild heritage. Dog sledding, family and educational Puppy Camps and guided nature walks on snowshoe are just a few of the programs available to you in the winter. Dryland dogcarting, guided nature hikes, loon watching and photography excursions are offered in the summer months. Sundogs experiences are based upon responsible, sustainable and educational tourism practices.