Paddle the path of the 18th century French-Canadian fur traders through Minnesota’s spectacular north country. Explore waterfalls, hidden coves, and scenic waterways. Listen for the cry of the loon and the howl of the timber wolf, as you glide through the crystal clear waters of the north country’s big lakes in our North Canoes. Camp among ancient rock exposures, spectacular lake country scenery, and abundant wildlife.

July 10-14

What to Expect

TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: The area lies on the Canadian Shield, with terrain characterized by exposed granite carved by the water and ice action of the big lakes. On the water, many islands provide protection from the wind. Voyageurs National Park offers a wide range of route options from very easy to very difficult–great for explorers with varied interests.

TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: Voyageurs National Park is still very wild, but also one of our more accessible adventures. You will travel in 24-foot cedar strip North canoes with your trip mates and a boat captain, plus all necessary gear. They are fast and stable boats, designed specifically for trips on big water. The average day’s travel consists of 3-6 hours of paddling, depending on weather conditions. Travel distances vary from 2-10 miles per day.

WEATHER: Temperatures in the summer months range from 40 F to 95 F. Rainfall can vary and you should expect at least one day of rain.

YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 6 to 10 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative adventures and people pitch in where they are able.

ACCOMMODATIONS: At night you will sleep in a comfortable 4-person tent with 1-2 people (although other arrangements can be made). Bathroom facilities consist of park service outhouses.

MEALS: Enjoy preparing meals together using fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast and pack trail lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, we’ll prepare our dinner together over stoves and campfires and then finish with s’mores. IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS, BE SURE TO LIST THEM ON YOUR REGISTRATION.

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.

FISHING: If interested in fishing you are expected to bring your own fishing gear. We encourage you to bring a collapsible rod and reel. Don’t forget a Minnesota fishing license.

MEDICATIONS: Please list all of your medications on your registration form. Consider bringing two sets of your medications: one set that can be kept with you, and another set that will be kept by your trip leaders. If you need assistance taking your medications, please explain on your registration form. Wilderness Inquiry will bring a collection of over the counter medications (ibuprofen, Advil, anti-nausea, etc.).

CELL PHONES AND OTHER DEVICES: You are welcome to bring cell phones and other devices like cameras, but they are your responsibility to take care of. You may have inconsistent cell service, so we encourage you to take the opportunity to unplug! Wilderness Inquiry is not responsible for any lost or broken electronic devices.

SAFETY & EMERGENCIES WHILE ON TRAIL: All Wilderness Inquiry guides possess experience in administering First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety, carry fully-stocked first aid kits, GPS communication devices, and are trained on how to respond to emergency situations while on trail. If a loved one is participating in a Wilderness Inquiry experience and you need to get in contact with them due to an emergency, please contact the Wilderness Inquiry main phone line at (612) 676-9400. We will work to get in contact with trip leaders as soon as possible.

COVID POLICY: We continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 policies. Wilderness Inquiry strongly encourages everyone to be fully up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination and take other necessary steps for the health and wellness of all. We ask you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness. We will also continue to follow all guidance and requirements of locations that we travel, keeping in mind some international destinations do require vaccinations and/or negative COVID tests. We will update this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.

GROUP EXPECTATIONS: To facilitate a safe and inclusive environment where we can all come together as our true selves, feel supported, and enjoy the outdoors in community, we have developed community agreements that align with Wilderness Inquiry’s core values and brand promise. We ask that you review these before your adventure so you can help Wilderness Inquiry create an inclusive environment for all.

Application closes May 26, 2024

Notifications made on or before May 29. 2024


Voyageurs National Park Family Canoe

CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION – Please answer all questions thoroughly! Wilderness Inquiry and the DAV serves people of all abilities. We ask the following confidential questions to get a better understanding of you. These questions do not reflect what your actual trip activities will be.

Do you have any sensory, physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities?
Are you currently under the care of any medical specialists?
Are you currently taking prescription medications?
Do you use a wheelchair, crutches, or other assistive devices?
Do you have any allergies to medications?
Do you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions?
Check any boxes that apply to you:
Do you require a caregiver to participate?
Do you use any adaptive or mobility equipment?
Do you have the ability to get transportation to/from the event?

Emergency Information

OPTIONAL INFORMATION - We are sometimes asked for the following information about the people we serve. Your responses to the questions are voluntary and will not affect your participation in our programs.

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