Play: Pinawa Channel Revisited


We never expected that our Play: Tubing the Pinawa Channel post would get so much notice and attention (especially after being featured in a Narcity post), but one good thing that came out of it was the economic spinoff for some local businesses, and the boost to local tourism! This has led to some really great options for anyone planning a trip out to Pinawa to try tubing this summer who don’t want to worry about how to get picked up at the end of the channel, or what kind of tube to buy, etc. It also expands the options from just tubing to the suspension bridge to kayaking and canoeing from the start of the channel, all the way to the Old Pinawa Dam (yes, we have done that, and then we’ve gone body surfing once we got there which was super fun too!).

Casey’s Inn – Lac du Bonnet

They are now offering a few different “Pinawa Float” packages. Prices are based per person with an 8 person minimum and 14 person maximum. Please call Miranda at 204-345-6294 to book.



EduVacay (based out of Pinawa) is providing rentals of tubes, canoes and kayaks for visitors. They offer guided day trips and pamper camping options with all gear included. They also offer free shuttles. Contact them through their website: (scroll down on the main page to see their “contact us” form) or email them directly at

Wilderness Edge

Wilderness Edge have expanded their trip package options, now have 300% more tubes than last year and more than double the staffing.

The big changes are that you now can reserve your tube online up to 30 days in advance, and all payments are done online to avoid the long payment lines of last year.
They have now also included canoe rentals and body surfing packages, which were only available to their hotel guests previously.

They also offer canoe pickup at the old Pinawa Dam for those that choose that route.

A few extra tips and hints from us:

If canoeing to the dam is on your bucket list this summer, consider doing a guided tour if you aren’t experienced at canoeing. There are some rapids that you will have to navigate through depending on the water levels. This is a beautiful canoe trip, and also a long one (4-ish hours) with 1-2 areas that you may choose to portage vs canoe through.

Keep these dates in mind when planning a trip to the area as there may be extra traffic, less parking, larger crowds and a lot of extra activities to enjoy:

– Canada day long weekend in Lac du Bonnet for lots of fun and incredible fireworks!

– July 20-22 is the Pinawa Birthday Celebration weekend!

– August long weekend is the Fire and Water festival in Lac du Bonnet.

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful Pinawa golf course while you’re in Pinawa if you like golfing or are just looking for somewhere to grab some food.

PS – Please be careful driving in the Pinawa area – there is a lot of wildlife and it’s a very active community with bicyclists, walkers, joggers and hikers. This is an area that you definitely want to slow down and enjoy 😊


As with all of our posts, we do ask that you DON’T litter – please take your trash with you if the garbages are overflowing there (extra awesome brownie points if you pick up some extra garbage on your way out too as this was sadly a HUGE problem last year) Pack out what you pack in, and leave no trace. Thanks for visiting our blog!


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