Voyageurs National Park & Canoe Country: Deep Woods, Wild Waters

Learn the stories of Sigurd Olson and Ernest Oberholzter, icons of US conservation efforts. Explore their legacies as you canoe, hike and boat in Minnesota's famed boundary waters.
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Program No. 21938RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) and Ernest Oberholtzer (1884-1977) were two of America's most influential conservationists, beloved nature writers and North Country icons. Join renowned author, musician and wilderness expert Douglas Wood as we examine their legacies, as well as Minnesota's boundary waters. Discover the beauty of Minnesota's North Shore, Burntside Lake, Voyageurs National Park and visit the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center. As you paddle and hike, learn about the region's geology, forests, plants and animals, and round out learning experiences with readings from Wood's and Olson's books.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking 2-5 miles a day and canoeing for 1-2 hours on flat water.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Led by celebrated author, musician, wilderness expert and personal friend, Douglas Wood, visit Sigurd Olson’s home, writing shack and cabin in the woods on Burntside Lake known as Listening Point, as well as Ernest Oberholtzer's home on Mallard Island on Rainy Lake near Voyageurs National Park.
  • During walks and day paddles, get close up looks at the flora and fauna of pine forests, waterfalls and lakes
  • Enjoy a day-long boat trip down Kabetogama Lake to historic Kettle Falls Hotel on the U.S./Canada border, a hotel only accessible by boat or plane.
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Douglas Wood
Douglas Wood has been called “Minnesota’s renaissance man.” An author, artist, musician, naturalist, and wilderness guide, he is the creator of 30 books for children and adults, with two and a half million copies sold. His first book, “Old Turtle,” was hailed as an instant classic, has received many honors and awards, including the American Booksellers Book of the Year and the International Reading Association Book of the Year. Doug has been invited to read his books at the White House, and recently narrated a choral and symphonic setting of “Old Turtle” at New York’s famed Lincoln Center. In his books, frequent speaking engagements, and far-flung wilderness expeditions Mr. Wood continues to explore the relationship between the natural world and the human spirit. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Reading Association Book of the Year. Douglas lives with his family in a log cabin in the pines by the Mississippi River.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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