Autumn in Canoe Country
September 26 - October 3rd (maximum of 3 participants)
Physical Difficulty: Moderate/High
You awake at sunrise to see everything shrouded in fog, and it will be this way for hours, the lakes are turning over and winter is approaching. You load your gear into the canoe and paddle to an overlook in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. You land the canoe and bushwhack to the top of the precipice and wait for the fog to clear. When it finally burns off the landscape is revealed like unwrapping a Christmas present. The beauty of the autumn foliage coupled with dissipating fog is unlike anything you ever seen. It is humbling watching complexity of the planet unfold in front of your very eyes and I want to share it all with you. This trip is so much more about the relationship one has with the planet than it is taking pictures. It’s about connecting with yourself and natural world.
On this 8 day 7 night all-inclusive trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness we will venture far off the grid to experience the raw beauty of canoe country and the boreal forest during the height of fall colors and the seasonal turning over of the lakes. We will travel through this vast wilderness by the means of canoe and portaging from lake to lake. We will camp on the water’s edge and watch the stars dance as we enjoy a campfire at night. Photography will be a constant as we paddle and hike through the week. We will be graced by the presence of loons on almost every lake, and if we’re lucky, we will encounter a moose on our travels. For of those that are anglers, we can fish as we paddle and photograph, catching lake trout, pike and walleye. Recently, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been dedicated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of 13 in the world, and the largest. Astrophotography opportunities are endless, and if luck is on our side we can watch the aurora borealis dance across the sky. I’ve been going here for the last 16 years and the reason is this: I am closest to nature and truly a part of it when I am here.
I will be frank, nothing about this workshop will be easy. We will be physically exhausted, sore, sleeping out in the elements, and at the mercy of what mother earth sends our way. You will feel alive and invigorated, it is an experience unlike any other. It is these experiences that altered my life and resulted in my life long devotion to northern Minnesota and the boreal forest. It’s something that everyone needs to experience.
- Transportation to and from Minneapolis International Airport
- All Meals (excluding alcohol) – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Solo Canoes for each participant.
- Paddles and life vests.
- Tents and sleeping pads (you’re responsible for your own sleeping bag).
- Cookware and water filters (communal).
- Packs for clothes and outerwear.
- Dry bags or Pelican Cases for camera gear while canoeing.
- Suntan lotion.
- Water Bottles if needed.
- 10% of every workshop fee will be donated to the non-profit Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to aid in protecting this magical place for generations to come.
*The boreal forest is a demanding ecosystem to work in, and can be challenging. We will have an adventure of a lifetime, but there is no guarantee that we will see everything you hope for on this trip. We will put in the time and effort to document the fauna, flora and landscapes of the region, but we are at the mercy of mother nature and what she throws our way. Prepare for long days and an experience unlike any other!
*In light of covid19 masks will be required in the vehicle. Hand sanitizer will be provided in the vehicle.