After the summer crowds have left, the quiet beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) rewards paddlers who explore the winding rivers, scenic lakes, and deep woodlands of this protected area. In September the air is crisp and the fall colors are starting. On our autumn canoe journey, we travel through a chain of lakes, picking a route that fits our desire to balance seeing as much as possible with having time to relax. Please join us for a wonderful autumn adventure!
This trip is great for any woman in basic good health. Beginning canoeists are offered the training they need to build new skills with confidence. More experienced paddlers have ample opportunity to improve their techniques and learn new wilderness living and traveling skills. Rating: 1 2  4 5
Each day's mileage will depend on weather, terrain conditions, campsite availability and group ability. The portaging takes place on wooded trails, full of roots and rocks that is inevitably slippery in places. This is an excellent trip for both novice and experienced canoe paddlers and for anyone comfortable with camping that wants to explore a beautiful corner of the country.
Our first and last night will be spent in a simple but sturdy bunkhouse. There are shared bathrooms. While camping we will utilize 2-4 person tents, provided by our outfitter. Due to the campground sizes restrictions, it is not possible for participants to each bring their own tent.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The camaraderie of the group and the magnificent Boundary Waters.
My love of being in nature was enhanced significantly by canoeing the fabulous interconnected waterways, walking in the unspoiled forests, discovering the many varieties of lichen and mushrooms, watching breathtaking sunsets and seeing a million stars out at night! Top it off with two brilliant guides who know and love the Boundary waters and who are passionate about showing our group this one of a kind place, made the trip uniquely special.
The guides made this trip unique. Their task was to keep all 6 participants of different abilities and needs safe, fed, warm and dry enough, injury free, and happy. Somehow on day one, we could tell we were in good hands!
The amazing guides, the solitude of the boundary Waters, and amazing new friends I met made this trip a memorable check off my bucket list.
The guides and the location.
I had never canoed so I was very far from my comfort zone. Deb and Adele were patient while still encouraging me to step up my game!
The boundary waters has been on my bucket list for a long time and this was a perfect introduction to paddling in this wilderness. The women on the trip as well as the guides were wonderful. The full moon night paddles were magical.
Our guides, Deb and Adele, made the trip so special with their care! Their efforts to make the experience memorable succeeded in every way-from fabulous meals to glorious campsites to informative talks.
Wonderful group of women experienced in camping and paddling. Terrific guides who knew the territory well and shared their enthusiasm for the boundary waters.
- It challenged me. - It introduced me to a place I'd always wanted to explore, but hadn't found a way to do it. Five days & four nights in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness left me feeling like a true Minnesotan. It was full of contrasts: Headwinds & calm glass-like waters, foggy mornings & sunny/sparkling afternoons, sweaty days & chilly nights, long paddles & short portages, rocky/sharp terrain & soft trails, alone & in community. It made me feel strong & yet so small compared to the vast expanse. It was…Incredible. Mysterious. Inspiring. Beautiful. An awesome learning adventure, so different than anything I’ve ever done.
This was my first trip with AGC but it won’t be my last. It was a treat to travel with such a congenial group of women and two of the best guides one could hope for. Canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters is a perfect way to “get away from it all” to a place of peace, serenity and natural beauty. The trip was well organized and ran smoothly; even the weather cooperated. As a vegetarian, I didn’t have great expectations for the food, especially on a camping trip. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! Kudos to the chefs.
The place and a chance to canoe.
No rating can express the inner joy & peace that comes from being in the Boundary Waters. Travelling with like-minded women and two of the best guides I've ever had, tops any expectation one might have.
This was my second trip to the Boundary Waters. The first was in 2002, with AGC, and my memories were of a wonderful trip. I have wanted to go back for a long time. This trip not only confirmed all my memories, but exceeded my expectations and has now made new memories. I remember the loons and their haunting calls, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the lovely campsites, the calm and peaceful lakes with few people, the portages. We did a different route than my last trip. I enjoyed Ely, and the Wolf Center there is not to be missed. This trip also added one day of wind for challenging, yet great learning and paddling, and for me, 20 years older than my first trip, nice physical challenge, but always just as much as I was willing and able to do. The guides were spectacular, as they were on the first trip. (I probably went with Deb 20 years ago, so no surprise about great guides! ) and my fellow participants were friendly, encouraging and fun to be with. I hope I get to return again.