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2014 Trips to International Boundary Waters Wilderness Area

The John Muir Chapter and Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club offer the following trips into the International Boundary Waters Wilderness Area including Quetico Provincial Park.

Ontario Canada's Quetico Provincial Park offers one of the world's truly unique and premier canoeing experiences.  If you’ve heard, read and dreamed about this area, you can now travel here with experienced guides for a fraction of an outfitter's price.  Share your spirit of adventure and love of nature’s wonders with new friends by paddling, portaging and camping in this pristine wilderness.  Expect to see wildlife that voyageurs, trappers and ancient Ojibway saw as you travel the same waterways they traversed centuries ago.  Learn the history of how this storied wilderness came to be as you revel in its clear, drinkable waters, star-lit skies and deafening silence.  With layover days planned for swimming, photography, fishing, hiking, exploring or just plain relaxing, these trips will have you talking about them for years to come.

All Quetico trip leaders are experienced veterans of the area with Wilderness First Aid and outings leadership training.  No experience is required, but you will find a good attitude and physical fitness essential.  Crews are always limited to a maximum of nine participants. Prices include all group supplies, equipment, food and lodging - including park permits and taxes. Not included are pre/post trip travel costs, passports, personal permits and fishing licenses.

Contact a trip leader for additional information on your participation.

Trip fees include financial support for the John Muir Chapter Outings Program and the ability to offer these trips annually, additional contributions to this fund are always welcome and are fully tax deductible.

August 1-10, 2014 (8 days, 7 nights)

This trip is geared for participants who want to maximize fishing time or for those who relish relaxing at camp and eating fresh fish. We will double portage (to keep packs lighter) to one or two base camps.  Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals with camp-baked treats. 

August 1-9 2014 (8 days, 7 nights)

  • Leader Mike McQuilkin, sumcqu@comcast.net (253-219-9208) and Scott McQuilkin, lo86blazer@aol.com (253-988-4394)- Cascade Chapter Outing
  • Departure point: International Falls, MN / Atikokan, ON
  • Trip cost $600

Put in on the Northern side of the park on Nym Lake and do a loop down to Lake Kashipiwi and back.  Layover days and fishing opportunities make this a relaxing trip.  Less trafficked area of the park makes this one even more remote.

August 8 – 17, 2014 (8 days, 7 nights)

  • Leader:  Vicki Christianson,  ctn44958@centurytel.net (715-827-0379)
  • Departure point: Moose Lake - Ely, MN area.
  • Trip cost: $600

Participants get to choose from two route options that include a variety of lakes, portages, streams, wildlife, waterfalls, Ojibway pictographs, fishing opportunities and lengths. Enjoy unparalleled scenery, voyageur history, and two restful layover days at gorgeous wilderness campsites.

Other trips of interest from our leaders.

June 5-9, 2014 (5 days, 4 nights)

  • Trip leader: Nancy McDermott, njmcderm@gmail.com (608-238-1421)
  • Departure point: Watersmeet, MI
  • Trip cost: $250

Join five other women for canoe and portage camping in the Sylvania Wilderness. This mini "Boundary Waters" has 34 named lakes with sandy beaches and record-sized red and white pines. This trip is ideally suited for women wanting a gentle introduction to wilderness canoe camping.

September 25-28, 2014 (4 days, 3 nights)

  • Trip leader: Nancy McDermott, njmcderm@gmail.com (608-238-1421)
  • Departure point Trego, WI
  • Trip cost: $150

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 6 participants.


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


Liability Waiver & Carpooling
While no experience is required, all participants must fill out a medical history, canoe experience, and then be approved by their trip leader before they can participate in an outing. All approved crew members must sign a liability waiver to participate. All forms are available for preview to any prospective participant.


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 among participants.