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Quetico Canoe Trip

Piragis Northwoods BWCAW Guide Service

Trip Features
  • Trip Dates: July 13 - 20, 2024 (TRIP FULL, Waiting list only)
  • Trip Cost: $2,095 + tax
  • 7 days and 6 nights in Quetico Provincal Park. (7/14 - 7/20)
  • Nights of 7/13 and 7/20 in a hotel room in Ely included.
  • Full Outfitting Package
  • Guided by one of our exceptional and experienced wilderness guides.
  • Maximum of 8 guests on this trip.
  • Participants must be 16 years old or older.
  • Trip Activity Level: 5 out of 5
    • This is a moving trip with many miles and portages. The goal is to travel through the Canadian wilderness and take on challenges as they come up. Participants must be prepared for varying weather conditions.

Travel into the Canadian Wilderness and see its amazing landscape and natural history, fish its pristine waters, and learn from one of the most experience Quetico paddlers around.

The trip will start at the Prairie Portage Ranger Station on Basswood Lake. From there you will start north into the Quetico wilderness. You will paddle and portage your way through the park, stopping at primitive campsites, without the “luxury” of a latrine or fire grate like each Boundary Waters site has. There will be time to wet a line for some Canadian Walleyes or big Northern Pike. If photography is your thing, there is no better place to get some great wilderness shots. Finally, and maybe most importantly, there will be ample time to relax and escape the everyday routine. Keep in mind though that this trip will put on a few more miles than some of our other guided group trips.

You will meet the guide in Ely the night before the trip to go through the gear, talk about the route, and meet your fellow trippers. This trip comes with our Full Outfitting Package so you know you are getting the best gear, ultra-light canoes, and delicious food. All you will need to bring are your personal items and fishing gear. We will also have a motel room for you before and after your time in the wilderness.

See the magnificent Quetico Park that you have been dreaming of through your own eyes.


An RABC permit is required for each person (needs to be done well in advance of the arrival date), a passport is needed, and if you want to fish, you will need to purchase the fishing license online before arrival.

For those of you who have paddled the lakes of the BWCAW and have longed to expand your experience to include paddling in the Quetico, here is your chance to take a trip with somebody who knows the park intimately and is anxious to share that knowledge with you. Like the BWCAW, the Quetico is over a million acres of wilderness waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

The permitting system for Quetico is different from that of the Boundary Waters and it allows far fewer permits for the same area. The most immediate result is that solitude is much more achievable in a shorter amount of time. Fishing is great and the scenery is unbeatable. You are allowed to camp anywhere you like in Quetico Park, so there are some wonderful spots waiting for you to enjoy. 

We are so excited to offer a guided trip in Quetico and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. Space is limited so sign up soon. Call Drew or Adam for more details and to sign up.

Things to know about a Quetico Trip before signing up: 

  • This is wilderness camping. Portages and campsites will have uneven ground. You will be walking over rocks, roots, in the water, and up/down paths. It is important to feel comfortable with your mobility on uneven terrain.

  • On a canoe trip, it is important to be able to get in and out of a canoe on your own. The landings can be slippery and rocky. You will also have to get up off the ground whether it’s from your tent or camp chair.
  • We will be portaging on this canoe trip. You will have to carry everything that you bring for the trip (remember to pack accordingly). It’s okay to make multiple trips, but you should be able to carry a pack (30-50lbs) over uneven terrain. 
  • A Quetico trip requires teamwork. The guide will take a lead role on camp chores and portaging but be prepared to pitch in to help the group. 

Please Note: A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot. Final payment for this trip is due 30 days before the trip and is non-refundable. Please look into trip insurance if needed.

Contact Drew Or Adam With Questions: