BWCA Grand Portage Expedition

For experienced canoeists entering grades 10 – 12

Explore the Boundary Waters. Walk in the footsteps of history. Take on the Grand Portage! Learn new skills and make new friends. Face new challenges and be part of a team. Do things you never thought you could. This three-week expedition is one of Wolf Ridge’s pinnacle wilderness trip experiences and a once-in-a-lifetime journey for experienced wilderness trippers. The expedition travels across the Boundary Waters from end to end, culminating in portaging across the Grand Portage to the shores of Lake Superior.

BWCA Grand Portage Expedition Activities

Paddle the route used for centuries by the Ojibwe and voyageurs

Wolf Ridge’s longest trip and a once-in-a-lifetime wilderness trip for experienced campers!  On this 3 week trip, campers will begin at the western edge of the Boundary Waters and will travel across the entire wilderness area, culminating with the epic and historic Grand Portage to the shores of Lake Superior. Along the way, they will experience multiple waterfalls, rugged cliffs, and native pictographs while learning about the fascinating stories of this historic route used by both the voyageurs and native Ojibwe for centuries.

Take your canoe camping skills to the next level

Campers will arrive at Wolf Ridge on Sunday, then spend the next days practicing canoe skills and packing for their trip departure on Tuesday. From there they will put in at Crane Lake on the western edge of the Boundary Waters and spend the next 17 days traversing the Boundary Waters along the US and Canadian border. The trip ends with a portage across the famous Grand Portage, an 8.5-mile portage used for centuries by native Ojibwe, European fur traders and voyageurs, and numerous famous explorers.

Wolf Ridge welcomes anyone to register for this unique trip, but campers should know that this is Wolf Ridge’s most demanding trip, with 17 days of wilderness camping, potentially long days of paddling and portaging, and crossing the country’s longest canoe portage. Come prepared to work hard and play hard!  What to expect on a canoe trip.

Make lifelong friends

It’s easy to make new lifelong friends when you share epic adventures in the wilderness!

Professional and experienced staff

Wolf Ridge trips are lead by experienced wilderness guide/naturalists.  Our trip leaders are professional wilderness travelers and are certified as Wilderness First Responders, and in CPR, and Wilderness Water Safety.  Wolf Ridge trip leaders are also trained as naturalists, skilled in telling the stories of the wilderness landscape, from tree and animal identification to local history, and more.

Boundary Waters Traverse Canoe Expedition Camp Dates

July 3-23