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! Maximum group size: 7
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
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. Some paddling is strongly recommended. A love for paddling is recommended.
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.
I only rate it because I had a shoulder injury (not on the trip, before) that made it hard to really paddle well - I wouldn't have missed it and Adele and Elysee were VERY helpful and accomodating, but it left room for improvement (for next year!)
Location, people, guides, equipment, you name it -- all fantastic
First and foremost - the skill, professionalism, group management, calm and friendly demeanor, gourmet cooking, and delightful senses of humor that Elysee and Adele exhibited from start to finish. Secondly, the members of our group were all equally committed to contributing whatever it took to make the adventure succeed on multiple levels. Third - the gear from Voyageur North Outfitters was first-rate. And of course, surrounding all - the infinite peace and beauty of the Boundary Waters.
Our guides were both outstanding and the group we traveled with was amazing.
Spectacular scenery only accessible by canoe, awesome guides and new formed relationships. Amazing!
Our guides created the perfect atmosphere with quiet confidence, consummate professionalism and stealthy vigilance. We barely noticed how hard they were working as they appeared to be having fun right along with the group.
I haven't been wilderness camping in a long time and I forgot how quiet nature can be. I didn't know that the Boundary Waters was a no-fly zone and a designated dark sky area so to not hear aircraft was wonderful and living in an area with a ton of light pollution I was in awe of how many stars I saw and the Milky Way was just jaw-dropping. Meeting and getting to know women from all over the country was another highlight of the trip. I hope to see some of them on another AGC adventure in the future.
Everything from pre-trip planning to arriving in Duluth and making our way to Ely and onto the Boundary Waters went smoothly and easily. I really appreciate the feeling that our guides had accounted for most of the details that would come up and could come up. We got to enjoy a bit of Ely, get comfortable with portaging, and learn about the journey ahead of us before venturing out on the water. The guides were really top notch. They gave me the chance to learn new skills and to try out those new skills in the outdoors. The sheer vastness of the lakes and the sky and the scenery and how different weather conditions affected our journey was just another part of the adventure. What really made it special was that there wasn't really an itinerary in the boundary waters. We went to the places that fit our skills and the conditions and wherever we went it was stunning day or night.
What a fun adventure. A great group with plenty of support from the guides and the other participants to do new things…like portaging a canoe. The beauty and peacefulness of the Boundary Waters make it a special place.
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.