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Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
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Ely, Minnesota 55731
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Quetico Park Permits and Entry Points


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Entry
#
Entry Point
Name
Daily
Permits
Ranger
Station
11 Baptism Creek 1 Dawson Trail
12 Pickerel Lake 3 Dawson Trail
21 Batchewaung Lake 2 Nym Lake
22 Sue Falls 1 Nym Lake
23 Mack Lake 3 Nym Lake
31 Cirrus Lake 1 Beaverhouse Lake
32 Quetico Lake 3 Beaverhouse Lake
41 Three Mile Lake 2 Lac La Croix
42 Maligne River 2 Lac La Croix
43 McAree Lake 2 Lac La Croix
44 Bottle River 1 Lac La Croix
51 Basswood River 2 Prairie Portage
52 Sarah Lake 2 Prairie Portage
53 Kahshahpiwi Lake 2 Prairie Portage
61 Agnes Lake 7 Prairie Portage
62 Carp Lake 2 Prairie Portage
71 Knife Lake 2 Cache Bay
72 Man Chain Lakes 2 Cache Bay
73 Falls Chain Lakes 3 Cache Bay
74 Saganagons Lake 2 Cache Bay

Just What is "Quetico" [Kwet-ick-oh]

Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Quetico Permits for Canoe Trips
Piragis Northwoods Company

Quetico Permits for Quetico Canoe Trips

Quetico is a protected, pristine wilderness retreat of international acclaim west of Lake Superior on the Canada-U.S. border. The park’s tangled network of lakes once formed water routes travelled by Ojibway and fur traders. Now it is primarily the destination of experienced canoeists seeking solitude and rare glimpses of wildlife by cascading waterfalls, glassy lakes and endless forests. The park is accessible at four points by canoe.

The last of the glaciers receded from Quetico about 12,000 years ago, leaving a landscape dominated by exposed bedrock, rounded, smoothed or scratched, crushed into boulders or shattered to form imposing cliffs.

The visitor to Quetico will find a primeval wilderness of limitless forests, mirror-smooth lakes, and innumerable bogs, all supporting a rich variety of plants and animals. The northern forest is mainly black spruce, jack pine, trembling aspen and white birch, with sheltered pockets of more southern trees such as oak, elm, silver maple, yellow birch and basswood. The park also has magnificent stands of red and white pine. Red squirrels, chipmunks, beaver and mink are among the smaller mammals. Larger species such as wolf, bear and moose also live here, and in summer more than 90 species of birds nest in the park.

Quetico's many interconnecting waterways were the highway system upon which explorers sought the passage to the West. They were also a vital transportation route that supplied tons of fur pelts to the markets of Montreal and Europe in the mid-17th century. Today these waterways are a wilderness paradise for canoeists.

Quetico is primarily a wilderness canoeing park. There are 2,200 backcountry (interior) campsites, accessible by canoe, scattered around the park on over 600 lakes.

Visitors entering Quetico directly from the United States must obtain a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit from Canada Immigration (or by mail from Canada Customs) before crossing.

Canoeing:

Stretching 60 miles from east to west and 40 miles from north to south, Quetico is renowned for its rugged beauty - its towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and spruce forests, picturesque rivers and lakes - and for the best wilderness canoeing in the world. Except for Dawson Trail, the park is accessible only by water. There are no roads, no logging and regulations help preserve its natural and remote splendour.

Hundreds of lakes and rivers are linked by portages averaging 400 m.

Some areas of the park are more easily travelled than others. Portages and campsites are not signed.
Call (800)223-6565 or e-mail

Fishing Licenses in Canada:

Fishing Licenses are no longer available at the Ranger Stations. Licences can now be obtained online ahead of your adventure at www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard. Licences can also be obtained over the phone by calling 1-800-288-1155 or in person at issuer locations.

Quetico Licensing Help Line 1-800-387-7011

Drew Brockett or Adam Macht for help routing and planning a great canoe trip.


What do I need to take a Camping Trip in Canada's Quetico Park?

Quetico Permit Reservation and Fees

In Quetico there is a permit fee of $30 per permit. In addition, there is a nightly camping fee per adult per night and per youth under 18 years of age per night. The $30 permit fee is non-refundable. Please call Drew or Adam at 1-800-223-6565 for more information about nightly camping fees in Quetico as these vary depending on location.

Canadian Customs

RABC- If you are taking a trip to Canada in the Quetico Provincial Park you may require a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (RABC) -- $30 per adult or $30 per family (children 17 yrs and under). You will find the current info and application online direct from customs. Everyone entering at Prairie Portage will require this RABC as well as those entering by several other locations such as Clay Lake fly-ins and in some instances Lac La Croix fly ins. Please note: The RABC application process can take some time (normally 3-4 weeks) and campers requiring it are encouraged to apply well in advance of their trip. Click here to contact customs and download the form needed.

The following is from the CANPASS website and may not include the most recent updates. For all current info, please click the above link to the downloadable form.

CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC)

The CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) program is now being delivered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Please note that the turn around time for mailed in CANPASS RABC permit applications is at least three to four weeks.

The CANPASS RABC program facilitates the border clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border into Canada in remote areas.

Eligibility

Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are eligible to apply for a CANPASS RABC permit.

U. S. citizens and permanent residents must meet normal Canadian visitor legislative requirements, as described in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In general, visitors must be in good health and law-abiding, and they must have sufficient funds for their stay in Canada. For more information on immigration requirements for visitors to Canada, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site.

You may not qualify for a CANPASS RABC permit if one of the following applies:

you are not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada or the United States;
you have been previously charged with a contravention of customs or immigration legislation;
you have a criminal conviction for which you have not received a pardon; or
you provided false or incomplete information on the CANPASS RABC program application.

Application

Fees

The processing fee is CAN$30 per application.
The processing fee is waived for principal applicants under 18 years of age.
The processing fee is not refundable.
The processing fee is for the primary applicant plus qualifying family members.*
Applications presented in person at a port of entry or CBSA office may be paid by cash, credit card, debit card or a cheque drawn from a Canadian financial institution.
Applications presented in person at a port of entry or CBSA office may be paid by cash, credit card, debit card or a cheque drawn from a Canadian financial institution.
Cheques drawn on U.S. bank accounts are not acceptable.
*Qualifying Family Members

A family consists of a principal applicant and a spouse (including a common-law partner or same-sex partner who has lived with the principal applicant for one or more years), and dependent children under 18 years of age. Dependent children must be children of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse, or children of whom the applicant is the legal guardian.

If you are the legal guardian of children or you have adopted children and you want them to be included on the permit, please provide legal proof of adoption or guardianship.

Please list all dependents who may be travelling to Canada in the next year. Dependents cannot be added after the CANPASS RABC permit has been processed.

Mandatory documents

Submit identification every time you apply for an RABC permit. Each person 18 years and over must provide two pieces of identification: one primary document and one secondary document (see the list below).

Photocopies of identification papers are acceptable. Do not mail in original documents. If you submit a photocopy of the pages bearing your photograph and signature in your passport, no further documentation is required.

Each child (under 18 years of age) need only provide a primary document.

Custodial parents or legal guardians must attach a copy of supporting documents, such as a court order or letter of authorization if the application is for a child under 18 years of age who will be travelling with a non-custodial adult.

Primary Documents

a passport *

a U.S. Permanent Resident Card

a state-issued birth certificate

a Canadian Permanent Resident Card

a Record of Landing (IMM 1000)

a province-issued birth certificate

a citizenship card

a citizenship certificate

a U.S. Certificate of Naturalization

Secondary Documents**

a driver's licence (preferred)

a U.S. Social Security card

a Canadian Social Insurance Card

* If you submit a photocopy of the pages bearing your photograph and signature in your passport, no further documentation is required.

**Please note that hospital certificates, army cards, work identification cards, or any other form of identification not issued by the government are not acceptable.

Submitting your application

All applications are thoroughly screened through various databases in Canada and the United States. False statements made on your application regarding criminal convictions or contraventions of the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act may result in refusal to issue a CANPASS RABC permit. In these cases, the CAN$30 processing fee is not refunded.

In Person

Applications can be made in person at any of the following ports of entry:

Fort Frances
Rainy River
Pigeon River
Sault Ste. Marie
Emerson West Lynne
Applications can also be made at the Thunder Bay CBSA office, located at 201 North May Street.

By Mail

To avoid processing delays at the border, it is recommended to apply by mail three to four weeks before your trip.

Mail your completed application and photocopies of supporting documents to the following address:

Canada Border Services Agency
201 North May Street
Thunder Bay ON P7C 3P4
Telephone: 807-624-2162
Toll Free: 1-877-854-RABC

You must fully complete and sign the application.
You must ensure that you have provided your credit card information.
You must submit photocopies of all of the required identification.
You will receive a mailed response, unless an interview is deemed necessary.
Application Processing

The application processing time is three to four weeks.


Using your CANPASS RABC permit

Program conditions

You must have the CANPASS RABC permit in your possession when you cross the border into Canada at the remote locations identified above.
CANPASS RABC permits are valid only for the above locations, and may not be used to cross the border into Canada at any other location. If your CANPASS RABC permit is expired, it will not be accepted .
RABC permit holders entering Canada to work must be in possession of a valid work permit, where applicable, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Reporting procedures

CANPASS RABC permit holders entering Canada where there is an open CBSA office are not exempt from the normal reporting process.

Dependents travelling separately must have a copy of the CANPASS RABC permit in their possession.

Declaring goods

All firearms must be registered and presented to the CBSA at a port of entry before being brought into Canada. Related f orms are available from the Canada Firearms Centre and any CBSA office.

CANPASS RABC permit holders who are importing goods that will remain in Canada, or who are importing goods over their personal exemption limit must contact a CBSA office prior to departing from the United States and provide a full description and the value of all such goods. A border services officer will issue a reference number to CANPASS RABC permit holders and advise them of the steps they must follow when they arrive in Canada.

The following are phone numbers for port of entry offices to report goods that will remain in Canada or that are over the exemption limit:

Fort Frances807-274-3655
Rainy River 807-852-3341
Pigeon River 807-964-2093
Sault Ste. Marie 705-941-3063


Be prepared to communicate the following information:

a full description of the goods you are importing, including their value; and
your credit card number
The CBSA officer will provide you with a reference number, which is your proof that you have reported the goods. Keep the reference number with you when you cross the border. A Casual Goods Accounting Document (B15) will be prepared and mailed to you, along with your credit card receipt. Keep a copy of this document on file as proof that you reported your goods to the CBSA.

Fishing Licenses in Canada:

Fishing Licenses are no longer available at the Ranger Stations. Licences can now be obtained online ahead of your adventure at www.ontario.ca/outdoorscard. Licences can also be obtained over the phone by calling 1-800-288-1155 or in person at issuer locations.

Quetico Licensing Help Line 1-800-387-7011

For more information:

Information for Visitors to Canada and Seasonal Residents
I Declare – A guide for residents of Canada returning to Canada

Permit Expiry and Renewal

CANPASS RABC permits are valid for one year from the date of issue.

Submit identification every time you apply for an RABC permit.

The phone numbers for CANPASS RABC program port of entry offices are as follows:

Fort Frances 807-274-3655
Rainy River 807-852-3341
Pigeon River 807-964-2093
Sault Ste. Marie 705-941-3063


To reserve your Quetico Permit please contact us.

Call Drew or Adam today at 1-800-223-6565 to discuss your trip and plan your route.

We carry Fisher, McKenzie and Voyageur Maps as well as a handy map of the entire Quetico. We also stock mapbooks and guide books. Please follow this link to our online Boundary Waters Catalog for the maps you need.


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