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“Introduce kids to the BWCA!”

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Owner description: Part of the Superior National Forest, this vast area is about one million acres in size and is comprised of hundreds of lakes and over a thousand canoe passages.
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I thoroughly believe that introducing children to the BWCA will change their lives. There are so few places left of pure solitude. We brought our son on a 10-day canoe trip when he was six years old, and our daughters now demand to make it our summer vacation every year. I recommend a five to seven day trip - enough time to go a distance into the wilderness, and more importantly, time to detoxify and acclimate to the natural beauty. *And time for the kids to withdraw from technology. It's funny, after a few days, you'll find the kids playing with chipmunks, watching eagles catch fish, and listening to loons for entertainment. As my grandpa told me when I first went on a canoe trip as a tween-ager: "I just wanted you to look up at the stars and feel small in a big world - and know that something bigger is in control." Ever since then, I've sought the solitude of the wilderness.
There are many places to start out your adventure and many resources to help you figure it all out. Perhaps narrow down your launch site to the Gunflint Trail or Ely. Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint side is highly, highly recommended. The Gunflint is more remote and has a wilderness feel to it from the very beginning. In Ely, your accommodation options are endless and the town is absolutely awesome - you would want to plan at least a day roaming around the shops there. Ely.org or elyminnesota.com are good resources.
As far as prepping for the actual canoe trip, you have two ways to begin: One, by having everything prepared for you by the outfitter. Or two, planning and packing it all yourself. If you've never done it before, go with option one. The resorts in these areas are well equipped and won't forget a thing for you! The downside is that it can be more expensive. If you already have a lot of camping gear, you can youtube suggestions for gear, meals etc. There's no such thing as being over prepared so if you chose to pack yourself, plan it out weeks in advance.
It may seem daunting, but trust me, there's no vacation more worth it. Feel free to message me with questions! Also, check out the aurora borealis forecast for northern lights before you go!

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

National Geographic includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in its list of 50 places in the world that a person should see before he dies. I've had the pleasure of paddling the BWCA for over 15 years, and have used Anderson's Canoe Outfitters as my jumping off point for each trip. They provide full outfitting, and shuttle services to the more remote areas of both the BWCA and Quetico, and are first class in all respects. I recommend them without reservation. Their phone number is (800) 777-7186.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has something for everyone. You don't have to be a seasoned paddler to enjoy the wilderness. There are so many kinds of trips you can do here that a novice paddler all the way to someone who has done this for years, can have a great trip!

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

People go here to canoe and hike and fish, but it's also a great place for cross country skiing. The resorts/lodges and so on have set up a network of beautifully groomed trails and you can ski from one to the other if you wish. The Banadad trail is a beautiful trail that runs up through the Gunflint trail( a state road) area in addition to those that are groomed by the various places to stay. We saw very few other skiers, there's enough room to spread out. and everyone is super friendly up there.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The greatest wilderness the United States has to offer. So many wonderful canoeing adventures have taken place here and I have been a member of 7. Sometimes it's cold and sometimes it's too rainy but as long as you brought food and bug spray with a little alcohol to nip away the cold you will be just fine. Well except for the bears.

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