Canoeing and Hiking in Minnesota's Boundary Waters
Explore the wilderness of Minnesota by canoe and on hikes as you learn about the region’s flora, fauna and glacial history. Plus, enjoy an outdoor music performance in the town of Ely.
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Program No. 4852RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

In the exceptional beauty of Northern Minnesota’s sparkling lakes and majestic forests, dip your canoe paddle into the calm water of a pristine lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. On another day, lace up your hiking boots and explore glacier-sculpted trails winding between the lakes. On this outdoor adventure, identify plants and wildflowers unique to this northern region and, depending on the week, watch for pipsissewa and wild blueberry. Enjoy trailside lunches on foot and shore lunches by canoe.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to five miles a day over uneven terrain. Canoeing up to five hours a day.
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 ...

  • Experienced instructors teach safe canoeing and hiking techniques to small groups of beginner to advanced students.
  • Natural history presentations illuminate outdoor field trips, as does a visit to the International Wolf Center.
  • Enjoy an evening paddle amid the haunting call of the loon; another evening explore the quaint town of Ely and happen upon a live outdoor music performance.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Bill Tefft
Bill Tefft is a birding expert who has more than 20 years of experience teaching Road Scholar participants of all skill levels about field identification of birds, including raptors. He is an area naturalist with a vast knowledge of the region and looks forward to introducing the birds of northern Minnesota to any Road Scholar participant with an interest in learning and seeing. Now retired, he has taught the Raptor Ecology and Ecology of Northern Birds courses at Vermilion Community College.

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

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