How do I determine a route that is right for me?
FAQ - Answers to your frequently asked questions...
Voyageur's experienced staff has paddled the routes in both the BWCA and Quetico Park. They will help you determine the perfect route for your trip by asking you a few questions to determine what the main objectives of your canoe trip are. They are always willing to speak to you about a route and you can call them toll free at 1-888-CANOEIT. The other option is to use their awesome trip route planner. This program has a large database of trips to choose from and gives immediate results. You answer a few questions and then it will give you route options depending upon your answers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why should I choose to paddle with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters?
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is located at the end of the Gunflint Trail, 56 miles from the nearest town. You are already in the wilderness when you begin your trip up the Trail. There are fewer people who visit the BWCA from the Gunflint so it tends to be more remote than other locations. Mike and Sue Prom, owners and operators of Voyageur do an excellent job outfitting groups for the canoe country wilderness. Their love of the wilderness and pride in what they do makes Voyageur Canoe Outfitters the best outfitter around. They live up there year round, paddle the wilderness waters and are extremely knowledgeable about canoe camping and fishing. They have an excellent facility and an awesome staff that provides a one-of-a-kind outfitting experience. They are also the only outfitter to guarantee your satisfaction. To read their guarantee.
Do I need to reserve a permit to enter the Quetico or BWCA?
Permits are required to enter both the BWCA and Quetico Park. There are special regulations regarding both parks including a group size limit of 9 people per party. If you have more than 9 people then you need to break up into two or more groups. Voyageur Canoe Outfitters can take care of all of the necessary permits needed for your canoe trip. Just give them a call toll-free at 1-888-CANOEIT, give them the information and then they can make your reservation. If you want to make your own reservation for the BWCA or Quetico then you can call their toll free numbers which are 877-550-6777 and 888-668-7275 respectively.
What is the difference between the BWCA & Quetico Park?
The Quetico Park is located in Canada and allows fewer people to enter than does the BWCA. There are not designated campsites or latrines at the sites. The Quetico has an overnight camping fee/person and requires a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit. The BWCA is located in Minnesota and has designated campsites with latrines and firegrates. There are more permits available to travel in the BWCA and these are easier to obtain than permits for Quetico. To request a brochure or make a reservation either call 1-888-CANOEIT or go to the online form.
How do I know what entry points Voyageur services?
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters offers its outfitting services to all entry points on the Gunflint Trail. They have two entry points into the BWCA right from their dock; Seagull Lake #54 and Saganaga Lake #55. They also have access from their dock into the Quetico Park via Cache Bay and can arrange fly-in wilderness trips as well. If you are unfamiliar with these entry points then take a look at the entry point page.
Should I choose the Complete Outfitting Package or bring my own gear?
Unless you have all of your own top of the line equipment I would go with the complete outfitting package that Voyageur provides. They use the best equipment and keep it maintained for their guests' use. Everything is packed for you and ready to go when you arrive, no need to fuss at home with trying to find your pack you used as a scout 17 years ago! Their complete package includes trip routing, a stay in a private bunk and a hot pancake breakfast in the morning. The best part of the package is that when you return from your trip with the equipment wet and dirty, they take care of it and you go on your way. More information about the variety of outfitting packages can be found on on the complete outfitting page.
I'm afraid I won't like the food, should I pack my own?
The menu Voyageur Canoe Outfitters offers is like none other. They and their staff have tested all the freeze-dried entrees and they even include lobster on their menu! Be sure to check it out for yourself. Since the BWCA and Quetico do not allow cans or bottles it is difficult to pack food for a canoe trip. I like to leave it to the experts and have it all done for me. There is always more than enough food and it is of the best quality.
Is the Kevlar canoe the best one for wilderness travel?
The type of watercraft you choose to use on your wilderness trip depends upon the type of trip you are planning on taking and the level of experience your paddlers have. The Kevlar canoes tend to be less stable because they are narrower and have a rounder bottom so they travel faster through the water. They are lighter and easier to portage than a traditional aluminum or royalex canoe. Both the royalex and aluminum canoes have a flatter bottom for better stability. They are heavier but sturdier than a Kevlar canoe. The aluminum canoe has a keel and is easiest to steer for the beginner. A kayak is another option but is more difficult to portage than canoes. You can try the different types of canoes out at Voyageur before your trip.
I have more questions about my possible canoe trip, what should I do?
Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew are available to answer your questions at 1-888-CANOEIT. You can also find answers to most of your questions by searching their extensive website or by checking out their site map for the topic you are interested in. Once you have booked your completely outfitted canoe trip package with Voyageur, they will send you out a trip preparation packet that has valuable information regarding a wilderness canoe camping trip.