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Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat: Canoeing


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA)

Explore the most famous wilderness canoe location in the world, right outside our back door! Spend four days with us exploring the Canadian Shield country. Our guides will teach you all of the paddling and camping skills needed to travel through this one of a kind wilderness. Each day you will paddle across lakes and rivers surrounded by breathtaking landscape. Look out for waterfalls, hieroglyphs, and maybe even a moose. During the evening, you can wind down with camp games, great food, and get to know your trip mates. This would also be a great time to talk to the guides about what college is like as well as ask any questions you have not been able to ask yet. Meet new friends as you as your paddle silently guides you through the awe-inspiring depths this boreal forest region. Choose your level of challenge by deciding between two difficulty options.

Canoeing the BW (Two Trips Offered for 2021)

Trip Difficulty: Moderate - During the trip we will be paddling and portaging about 6-12 miles per day, for a total of about 45 miles in 6 days. This trip can be physically demanding and will involve carrying canoes and gear that can weigh up to 60 lbs in addition to making our way across some rough terrain from lake to lake. It is a good idea to prepare physically for this trip. We will be paddling most of the day with some portaging *you will be wearing life jackets while paddling; not shown in video*.  In terms of wilderness skills and knowledge, prior experience canoeing and camping is helpful and welcomed but not required to succeed! Your guides can teach you everything you need to know. All we ask is that you come with a positive attitude and willingness to learn. If you are up for the adventure, making new friends, and spending some time in the wilderness, this trip is for you!

Number of Participants: 7 is the maximum number of participants per trip to the BWCA.  Permits allow for 9 people total, each of our OP canoe trips will have 2 guides.

Guides: Sam & Cinneididh or Katlyn & TBD 

Description: Want to start off college with an adventure? Well there’s no better place to start than in the beautiful BWCA! Join us for a six day canoeing adventure through one of Minnesota’s most treasured destinations. On this trip, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while escaping from the regular everyday life. During the day, we will paddle across lakes and rivers, enjoy some sweet views, and bond with your fellow tripmates and guides. At night we will set up camp next to the lake, cook some awesome dinner, play camp games, maybe go swimming and bond around the campfire! This is an awesome time to make new best friends and ask the guides any questions you have about college, as well as reflect on the upcoming year.

Entry Point/Route Map: #39 Baker Lake

Check out this video to get a sample of what a Boundary Waters Trip is like.

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View SOAR BWCAW Canoeing video