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Boundary Waters Canoe Trip in Northern Minnesota

  • Canoe Country Outfitters

    629 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN (map)

    47.903198 -91.857086


    Boundary Waters Canoe Trip 

    August 9 - August 16

     The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (named by National Geographic as one of "50 Places of a Lifetime" to visit) and Quetico Provincial Park hug their respective sides of the Minnesota & Canadian border. Together they make up an area containing 3 million acres of roadless wilderness, protected from motorboats, lodges, and the encroachment of civilization. This is a land scraped to ancient bedrock by glaciers,with the depressions becoming crystal clear lakes, surrounded by boreal forest and bog. The Quetico-Superior, as it is often called, contains almost 3000 lakes, with some going many years without human visitors!   This land has always been a stronghold of the wolf, and is not only rich in wildlife, but in history as well. The Cree and Ojibwa Indians left their mark here as did the French Fur Traders. Long before Lewis and Clark headed up the Missouri River, the Voyageurs were paddling through this land as part of their canoeing highway to the Arctic. It still exists as the wilderness they saw. 

    We will rendezvous in Ely Minnesota , where we will begin our 6 day/5 night canoe trip. We'll catch a variety of fish from sparkling, clear, water, and see wildlife that may include: Moose, bear, wolves, eagles, otter, and beaver. At night the skies will be ablaze with the Milky Way, the Perseids Meteor Shower, and possibly the Aurora Borealis, to highlight our campfire tales.  

    We will cross portage trails used by Voyageurs almost 300 years ago and travel land and lakes much as they did. City life and your jobs will seem centuries away as we see no roads, buildings, or T.V., and hear no motors, commercials or car horns. We will feel muscles wake up that we'd forgotten we had, and the call of the loon will lull us to sleep amongst whispering pine boughs and soothing lake breezes. 

      Eddie Deacy has been guiding canoe trips for over 30 years and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for 40 consecutive years. His cooking, campfire tales, singing, good humor, fishing knowledge, and old-school skills, leave a lasting impression on all who paddle with him.   This is an all-inclusive trip, leaving you with no worries except what clothes, fishing lures and camera to bring.  

    You need not be a canoeing expert, but you should be in fairly good physical shape, as we will travel roughly 35 miles & cross 25 or more portages.

    The cost is $820.00 per person

    Included with this trip :
      -Dinner @  Chocolate Moose... in Ely, MN upon arrival, on Saturday evening, August 9. 
     -Motel accommodations at Canoe Country Outfitters on evening of August 9. 
     -Hearty breakfast at popular Ely restaurant on first morning (August 10). 
     -Shuttle to Lake One 
     -6 days / 5 nights canoeing and camping. 
    -All the Food on canoe trip...Well balanced meals, including bacon, egg, hash browns &  other great breakfasts. Good lunches & Dinners that always include meat (steaks, polish sausage, fish), potato or rice, vegetables, and desert.          Also, plenty of hot coffee, snacks, & treats                             

    -Guiding, which includes packing, preparing, & cooking of all the food, Finding & helping  with the catching of fish, cleaning & cooking the fish, doing the dishes, cutting firewood, helping with camp set up, & doing the bulk of the portaging...and a little bit of singing.

    -All camping permits and daily fees.   

    -All canoes, paddles, life vests, tents, packs, tarps, rope, thermorest mats, sleeping bags, kitchen ware, water filters, toiletries, soap, and guide prepared gourmet meals  on the 6 day canoe trip. 

     -Shuttle back to Ely upon canoe trip’s conclusion. -Last night (August 15) stay at a quaint Ely Inn, that includes breakfast. 

    **What’s not included is you, your personal gear, camera, and if you fish, a pole & license. (Minnesota 7 day license is $ 39.00)
    Pickup & drop off at the Duluth MN Airport can be arranged for a fee.

    A deposit of $[masked] is due by April 30, to reserve your spot. The balance is due by June 15, 2014.

    There is a limit of 8 participants.

    Contact Eddie Deacy, to sign up…. [masked]  

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  • Ed D.

    Thanks, for the nice words Nancy !
    It was a real pleasure, to have you along on those trips.
    You always seemed to have a great attitude ...even while portaging through knee-deep mud.

    March 18, 2014

  • Nancy

    Ed! My canoe guru!!! I wish I could make this trip, but I can't this year!!! I sooo loved the two trips I took with you. And several of the people that I met on those trips are now among my core group of friends! What a fantastic experience. You are a great wilderness leader, thanks! Enjoy the trip!!!

    March 7, 2014


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