Now is the time to plan your 2017 High Adventure Canoe Trips to the Boundary Waters. Our High Adventure Canoe Trips allow you to experience wilderness based your group’s goals. Making that happen is our primary function. We don’t dictate routes, pace, menus, or the number of people per canoe. Whatever your crew is coming to do, we will work with you to plan your route through the wilderness.
All High Adventure canoe trips are centered on your interests. Your itinerary is set by your ability level. Your route and pace is designed individually around you specific needs.
High Adventure Boundary Waters canoe trips offer a true wilderness experience. There are no roads through this area. Aircraft and motorboats are heavily restricted.
Our High Adventure Boundary Waters trips are 5 to 14 day wilderness canoe camping experiences. Typical treks cover 25 to 100 miles. You will travel through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota or Ontario’s Quetico Park. Our High Adventure Expedition Specials may be set-up to include both areas. All of our High Adventure trips start from our lakeside canoe base. You may leave or return directly from our docks. Other trips may start with van or boat transportation. We also offer fly-in high adventure canoe trips to Canada.
We are just six miles from Ely, Minnesota.
Our High Adventure Canoe Trips
All of our outfitting services are designed to give Boy Scout troops flexibility.
Your High Adventure Boundary Waters crew:
- Sets the requirements for your participants to attend
- Determines the number of participants (starting with eight)
- Picks the number of days on the water (starting with five)
- Picks the arrival day of the week
- Picks whether to stay overnight before or after at our lake side base
- Picks the starting entry point location
- Picks the pace of the trip
- Picks the goals of the trip
- Picks the number of layover days on the trip
(Of course we will give our best advise for your needs on all of these)
The success of any high adventure program is more about the people you go with than the place you go.
A perfect trek may have crystal blue skies, comfortable temperatures, and no bugs. But it becomes a slow death march with a poorly prepared, poorly led crew. Likewise a few days hiking in the rain with a sharp crew leads to lifelong golden memories.
A High Adventure canoe trip should take your crew to a new level in the outdoors. It should develop the aims of Scouting:
- Growth in confidence,
- The opportunity to both lead and follow, and
- An appreciation for each crew member’s contribution to the group’s efforts.
Good equipment, good food, good surroundings, and good weather are all part of the picture. The biggest part is the challenge and satisfaction of accomplishing the goals of your high adventure canoe trip program. Setting these goals, knowing their importance, and preparing to meet them is the most important aspect of the trip. North Country can help with all of these.
High Adventure Canoe Trip Packages
Our traditional Boy Scout canoe trip outfitting is complete. We use the same gear we offer to our private party customers.
First, what we DON’T do for a High Adventure canoe trip:
- We don’t require groups to bring their own sleeping bags, pads, utensils, cups and bowls
- We don’t require jungle boots to be purchased
- We don’t require extra copies of maps to be purchased at $50 to $90 per crew
- We don’t limit our supplied personal packs to one per three participants
- We don’t send nine people out in only three canoes
- We don’t use 72-pound aluminum canoes
Now, how WE do a High Adventure canoe trip instead:
- Our outfitting is complete. You need only supply:
hygiene and grooming items,
fishing rods with basic tackle and lures
group compass and first aid lit.
- Foot ware should be rugged with closed toe and heal. They should drain easily.
- One set of maps, may be purchased ($16 to $32) as we plan your route with you, or bring your own
- Though we encourage two person’s personal items per pack, you may have as many as you need.
- The only time we recommend a 3-person canoe is for an odd number group size
- Our featured offering is a 2-person Royalex canoe (50-pound class): quiet for fishing, lighter for portaging.
Our 64-pound aluminum canoes carry a $5/person/day discount: for the true novice, this canoe most stability on the market (short of some sort of outrigger set-up)
- We offer the most top quality group menu in the Boundary Waters featuring the 1st night out having a choice of Certified Angus Beef ® steaks or a pair of 1/3 pound Angus burgers.
- Most groups opt to spend the night before their trip in our lakeside bunkrooms versus a motel in town.