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“Solid Way To Experience BWCAW”

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
Ranked #3 of 6 Tours in Grand Marais
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Owner description: Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip outfitter with lodging at the end of Minnesota's Gunflint Trail. We offer canoe camping trips into the BWCA and Quetico Park in Canada. Experience wilderness lakes, excellent fishing for lake trout, walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. There are awesome opportunities to see timber wolves, moose, deer, beavers, loons and more. Voyageur is located 56 miles from Grand Marais, Minnesota on Saganaga Lake. We offer tow boat transportation, boat and motor rentals, cabins and more all in a wilderness setting. Where the Trail Ends Your Voyage Begins.
Reviewed December 6, 2011

Took three night trip with my husband and a group of five youth from our church. For all but one of the youth it was their first time in the Boundary Waters. My husband and I have traveled on our own before, but never used an outfitter. The first night, we stayed onsite in basic cabins. The next two nights we spent out in he BWCAW.

We were given good route instruction and good information about our equipment that night. I would have appreciated more information about canoeing and wilderness basics during our training, for the sake of the young people in our group who had not canoed before. However, the staff was all very cheerful, supportive, and hard-working. We were fed an incredibly delicious pancake breakfast the morning we left, and sent off warmly.

Our weather was perfect (of course, VCO couldn't affect that... or could they?) and the trip went amazingly well. Our equipment held up well and was in very good condition. I do recommend picking your menu in advance so you know you'll love the food they packed for you. It was all delicious - I strongly suggest the lunch with the Homemade Hudson Bay Bread, because it was amazing! There was more than enough food for everyone, which is notable considering we had some hungry teenagers in our group.

We made a full loop back to VCO and were greeted warmly. There are showers available if you want to use them before you take off, which is a nice touch.

In all, if you want an experience of the BWCAW without having to invest in your own equipment, or if you want to bring a larger group, this is a solid option. Kind, wise staff; good quality equipment; helpful route planning; and a good way for a safe, short experience of the Boundary Waters.

Thank YT_Eisig
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Paddling_hiking_Gal, Owner at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

We are very happy you enjoyed your trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. We love introducing people to the Boundary Waters and especially youth, thank you for bringing them to the wilderness.

We hope you will bring more beginners to the BWCA and when you do just ask us to spend more time teaching them whatever skills you would like them to learn. Our Crew is more than happy to show folks how to paddle, portage or even set up a tent.

We're glad you liked the Hudson Bay Bread and pancakes, they are my favorites too. We do hope you return to Voyageur again soon. Thanks for your nice review.

Happy Paddling,

Sue

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Reviewed October 2, 2011

The staff at Voyager Canoe outfitter are helpful. I booked with them based on a Groupon deal. My intended departure date was cancelled due to a family medical situation. Mike and Sue at Voyager were great about rescheduling. We arrived and were given out orientation and route. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. We stayed in a bunkhouse that night. The mattress was a bit thin but it prepares you for camping. The equipment they sent us with was first class. The suggested route was perfect for our first time in the Boundary Waters. The food was good and plentiful. I would use Voyager Canoe Outfitters again.

Thank tagt
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Paddling_hiking_Gal, Owner at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, we appreciate it. It helps others make decisions on where to spend their valuable vacation time and I know others appreciate you writing it as well.

We are happy you had a good trip in the Boundary Waters and are glad you will use Voyageur again. Hope to see you soon.

Happy Paddling,

Sue

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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Have been going to the B.W.C.A. for over fifteen years. Have worked with five different outfitters. Mike and Sue along with their "crew" have always treated us with great service, advice, and quality gear. Our last eleven trips have been through Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and would never use anyone else. They treat us as family.

Thank coolcoach67
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Paddling_hiking_Gal, Owner at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

We are looking forward to your 12th trip with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. We are so happy you found us and continue to use our services. We appreciate the kind words of your review and are grateful for your continued business.

Happy Paddling,

Sue

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