Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Paddle in the Boundary Waters

I have only been up to the boundary waters of Minnesota once on a fishing trip.  It is an awesome area with a myriad of beautiful pine trees and hundreds of lakes of all sizes.  The Boundary Waters, known for fishing, canoeing, camping and good northern Minnesota clean air, are between Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario; three parks make up the area: Superior National Forest, Voyageurs National Park and Quetico Provincial Park. Right in the middle of all three is the city of Ely.  Virginia lies just to the south of the parks.  Grand Marais (Big Marsh) is also very close. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) lies between each of the parks. It is a wilderness straddling between the USA and Canada.

Bogs, marshes and lakes…everywhere

The Boundary Waters region is characterized by a vast network of waterways and bogs within a gacially-carved landscape of Precambrian bedrock covered in thin soils and boreal forests. The Boundary Waters is a popular destination for senior recreationalists pursuing fishing, canoeing and camping, as well as for those simply looking for natural scenery and relaxation.

A Million Acres

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) has a ~million acres of wilderness, with over 1,000 pristine lakes and streams, and over 1500 miles of canoe routes. I’ve been there and I know myself why it is considered by some as the most beautiful wilderness seniors have ever seen. National Geographic named it one of 50 Destinations of a Lifetime.  In other words, a vacation you do not want to miss and should be on your “bucket list.” The wilderness here is without motors, no electricity, no telephone lines, and no roads to the inner lakes. Each season has its own unique characteristics, making them wonderful times to visit the Boundary Waters and its surrounding award winning resort communities. Take a virtual canoe trip from your desktop.  It is an award-winning video. And how about this award winning photo? If you liked the winner  here, take in more of these to whet your appetite for an adventure in NE Minnesota.

Just made for senior outdoorsmen

Hundreds of lakes and acres of unspoiled forest are home to abundant wildlife including eagles, loons, ospreys, moose, beavers and deer.  Challenge yourself mentally and physically  as you canoe to isolated campsites, traverse portages, cook fish over an open fire, sleep in a tent and share camp chores on a three-day adventure next to open waters. In addition you will want to lace up your hiking boots and explore glacier-sculpted trails that wind between lakes. Maybe even stop to pick a few wild blueberries. So are you up to it?  If so, grab a good map and head to the Boundary Waters for a fun and unforgettable time.  jeb

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