Northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area is truly canoe country! If you enjoy a little physical exertion and the unique feeling of dipping your paddle into the water to propel your canoe, then Minnesota canoeing just might be for you.
The combination of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Ontario, Canada’s Quetico Park forms one of the world’s great wilderness areas: the largest international area set aside for wilderness recreational purposes in the world. For thousands of years, the area has served as a travel corridor for native peoples and, more recently, as one of the main routes to the west for European explorers and fur traders. The so-called Voyageurs’ Highway ran through what is now the BWCA and Quetico Park. Today its quiet waters and non-mechanized mode of travel serve as a haven from the pressures of modern-day living.