Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Ladies Only 7 Day Boundary Waters Canoe Trip

July 10 – 16, 2019

Grand Marais, MN


Trip Details:


Only 4 spots left available!


Join Nick Gordon and Kelly McDermott for a paddle through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery and wildlife opportunities. Local wildlife include moose, otter, beaver, wolves, eagles, coyote and much more.

Plan to drive up Wednesday, July 10th and meet at the designated location. We will stay the first night at a beautiful lodge and go over introductions, gear check, and the finer details of our route as a group. In the morning, we will load canoes and shuttle cars. There is a local outfitter that can provide any gear or last-minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, etc.

We will paddle and portage many hours each day in very remote wilderness. There will be plenty of time to kick back and relax, swim, fish, write, etc. Meals will consist of hearty breakfasts, simple lunches, and group dinners cooked over campfire. Of course, we can eat as much fish as we like!


Difficulty: You don’t need to be an expert paddler by any means but this trip is not for first-time campers. You should be comfortable in a canoe and in the water. You should be able to provide sufficient clothing and personal gear as per the gear list. Everyone will need to help each other out when it comes to portaging gear and our lightweight canoes between waterways. The pace will be relaxed at times and challenging at others. Expect to paddle several hours a day and portaging over land when necessary. We plan to have a couple “zero travel days” during the week to relax, hike, swim, fish, etc.


AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list specifically for this trip and other details will be sent to you upon payment.


Registration: $650 


A $200.00 deposit will hold your spot. This is refundable up to 7 days after the deposit is received.


Final payments must be received by June 26th.
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Registration includes:

• BWCA Permits
• All meals
• Mess kit and utensils
• Wine with dinner
• Lightweight canoes
• Paddles
• Life Vests
• Comprehensive group med kit
• Camping fees
• Group Kitchen
• Purified water in camp
• Canoe packs if needed for your gear
• Camp Shower
• Group Tarp
• Fish Fry Stuff
• Ax and Saws
• Camp Games


Not Included:

• Personal Gear (tent and sleeping bag rental available)
• Transportation to and from the BWCA (carpooling options available)
• Out of state fishing permit – $38 for 7 days (optional)


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>>NOTE<< This trip will take place out of Grand Marais MN but the exact meeting location and other details will be sent to you upon registration.


Meet your Guides:

Kelly is a travel junkie, never “home” for long before on a quest for a new passport stamp. Her passion is encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone, giving them tools to face their fears, and travel the world on their terms. From day hiking the Tongariro Crossing to a few nights on the Inca Trail or a week’s trek up to Everest Base Camp, she combines her passion for travel with wilderness adventure and will never say no to a local brew! When in Milwaukee, she gives the occasional talk on travel planning and women’s solo travel. You can read more about her adventures on her blog


Nick Gordon, NR-WEMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.