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

Canoe, hike, and boat in America’s only National Park of the great North Woods, and the most famous and loved Wilderness Area east of the Rocky Mountains.
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Program No. 21938RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Voyageurs National Park (the only water-based wilderness park in the United Sates) and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, beloved by generations of canoeists and wilderness enthusiasts, are two of the wild gems of North America. In this journey, we will explore that natural beauty, from hidden waterfalls to quiet trails, ancient pine forests to scenic overlooks to legendary gold mines. We’ll visit Minnesota’s iconic North Shore, the International Wolf Center, and get a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the North American Bear Center. Through gentle paddling outings and enjoyable hikes, we will learn about the trees, plants, animals, and geology that make this region so beautiful and extraordinary. And we will learn about two giants of American conservation, Sig Olson and Ernest Oberholtzer, visiting their wild retreats and absorbing their legacies.
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 famed home known as Listening Point cabin on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters.
  • Visit Doug’s own Fawn Island on Rainy lake, and the nearby Mallard Island of wilderness champion Ernest Oberholtzer.
  • Enjoy paddling outings on Burntside Lake and gorgeous Lake Kabetogama, and a day-long boat-trip to Historic Kettle Falls, on the U.S-Canada border, accessible only by boat or plane.
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Douglas Wood
Douglas Wood has been called "Minnesota's Renaissance Man." An author, artist, naturalist, musician and wilderness leader, he is the creator of 38 books for adults and children, and the recipient of many honors and awards. As a group leader, he has led scores of trips from southern Minnesota's Bluff Country to the Northwest Territories, focusing not just on the natural world of geography and geology, flora and fauna, but on the timeless relationship between nature and the human spirit.

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

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