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Quetico Canoe2015 Sierra Club Canoe Trips
into Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, Canada

In 2015, don’t miss the opportunity to paddle the wild Northwoods on canoe trips offered by John Muir Chapter Outings. Spanning the international border between NE Minnesota and SW Ontario, this gem in the heart of North America offers the largest expanse of wild, public access lands in the region. With over 2,000 lakes and almost 1.2 million acres of remote wilderness, Quetico offers travelers on its picturesque rivers and lakes a visual and personal encounter.  All while navigating the rugged beauty of its towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and virgin pine and spruce forests

Our trip leaders are experienced veterans with Wilderness First Aid training and Sierra Club’s Outings Leadership Training approvals in addition to their own personal outings, life and leadership experiences. For candidate participants, no experience is required, but a friendly personality, positive attitude and good physical fitness are essential assets. 

Fees generally run $600 per person, but can vary.  Trips normally last 8 days/7 nights from start (put-in) to finish (take-out).  Crews can be limited by trip leaders up to a maximum of nine.  Fees include all group supplies, equipment, food and lodging - including park permits and taxes.  Not included are personal pre/post trip travel costs, passports, permits and fishing licenses.  You supply your personal camping gear and clothing.  Contact trip leaders for additional information about registration – including where to send your $100 (refundable) deposit to reserve your spot.

Fees include support for the John Muir Chapter Outings Program and its ability to continue offering these trips annually.  Additional contributions to this fund are always welcome. 


quetico park canoe


June 20-28, 2015 (2 travel days, canoe trip: 8 days, 7 nights)

  • Leader: David Thomas 414-344-1044,
  • Trip Departure Point: Gunflint Trail area in NE MN.
  • Trip Cost: $600

Joined by his wife Diane, David will lead a trip to experience the long days and short nights around the summer solstice.  


August 7-16, 2015 (2 travel days, canoe trip: 8 days, 7 nights)

Participants get to enjoy a variety of lakes, portages, streams, wildlife, waterfalls, Ojibway pictographs, and fishing opportunities


July 31-August 9, 2015 (2 travel days, canoe trip: 8 days, 7 nights)


  • Leader:  Nancy McDermott 608-238-1421
  • Trip Departure Point: Atikokan, ON area.
  • Trip Cost: $600

Will Stahl, certified paddling instructor, joins Nancy entering from Canada to reduce portages and provide wilderness fishing opportunities with more base camp days.  Get on the waiting list, this will fill up fast.

August 27-September 7, 2015 (2 travel days, canoe trip: 8 days, 7 nights)

  • Trip departure point Ely, Mn area
  • Trip cost $600

Entering through a MN entry point, this ultralight trip will prioritize photography, drawing, painting, or fishing opportunities especially on layover days.


 Other trips of interest from our leaders:


June 19-23, 2015 (5 days, 4 nights) Sylvania Wilderness Service Project

Help stop invasive non-native thistles in the UP Michigan Sylvania Wilderness Area. Additional recreation opportunities, including hiking and canoeing. Reserve by June 10. See Friends of for background. Limited to 11. 

August 14-17, 2015 (4 days, 3 nights) Family Paddle Adventure

Enjoy a summer float on a father-child outing to prepare younger campers for longer trips away from cars.  Paddle a National Wild and Scenic River in Northern WI. Limited to eight participants.

September 24-27, 2015 (4 days, 3 nights) Women’s Paddle Adventure

Enjoy the autumn colors on a leisurely float on a women-only trip covering 25 miles of the National Wild and Scenic Namekagon River in Northern WI. Limited to six participants.


Liability Waiver & Carpooling

While no experience is required, all participants must complete a medical history and canoe experience form, and then be approved by their trip leader before participating on any outing. Liability insurance coverage provided by Sierra Club for all participants. All forms are available for viewing by any prospective participant upon request.

In the interests of facilitating logistics for some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements to the outing's starting point. Sierra Club outings insurance does not cover the time prior to, or following, the outing when crew may still travel together. Therefore, carpooling, ride sharing or similar activities are a private arrangement made among participants.


CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.