Skip to main content

Sigurd Olson Canoe Trip

With the Listening Point Foundation

Piragis Northwoods BWCAW Guide Service

Trip Features
  • Trip Dates: August 19 - 25, 2023 (ONE SPOT LEFT!!)
  • Trip Cost: $1,495 (+ tax)
  • One afternoon with the Listening Point Foundation, 5 days paddling, 4 nights camping
  • First, second and last night hotel room in Ely
  • Full Outfitting Package
  • Guided

Please Note: Final payment for our guided group trips is due 30 days before the trip begins.

Sig Olson was one of the people who helped make the Boundary Waters what it is.  His books are very popular with anyone who knows about the BWCAW as well as people who just enjoy wilderness writing.

Join us as we help keep Sig's words alive.  On the day before the canoe trip (Sunday), you will see the famous Writing Shack where he typed away.  Also, take a little stroll into the woods and check out Listening Point and the cabin.  How exciting to see the places where he got inspiration.  It's going to be a fun week with the sights and sounds of nature (and maybe a few readings) as only he could write so eloquently.

Sigurd Ferdinand Olson (April 04, 1899 - January 13, 1982) was a writer and conservationist out of Ely, Minnesota. His lyrical, poetic style of writing drew readers into the wilderness, and inspired them to find inspiration and connection in the outdoors. As he wrote, he also taught at the Ely High School and then Junior College, and dedicated himself to the fight to preserve wild spaces. He advocated to keep roads, dams, planes, and motor vehicles out of the Quetico-Superior, and helped draft the Wilderness Act in 1964. Through the efforts of Sigurd and others, wild spaces all throughout the United States and Canada were preserved.

Described by many as the “personification of a wilderness defender”, Sigurd worked tirelessly to preserve the natural spaces that served as the muse for his writing. His emotional and unpretentious philosophies were honed during countless trips into the wilderness, and spanned nine books, countless articles, and speeches that he delivered all across the country. His words continue to inspire today, encouraging all people to get outside and find a deep connection to history, the universe, and that sense of peace that only comes with being far into the wild.

"As long as they remain, as long as there are any places left at all where man can still glimpse the unknown, he will be drawn irresistibly as he has been for ages past, and, seeing them, will wonder and dream and think long thoughts." — Listening Point, 239

We are happy to be doing this trip with the help of The Listening Point Foundation.  Please check their site out to see more about Sig and his incredible legacy.

Contact Drew Or Adam With Questions:

Photos by: Steffi O'Brien Huberty