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Jun 9-16, 2019
Northern Tier Canoe Trek

2019 Northern Tier Canoe Trek

We hope you are dreaming of a wilderness canoeing adventure and that the thought of traveling the canoe country excites you.  North America’s Canoe Country, a vast series of navigable lakes and rivers spanning thousands of square miles, is one of the last great wildernesses on the continent. This boreal forest of waterfalls and bogs, bears and wolves, granite crags and waist-deep mud remains nearly as much of a wilderness as it was for the first fur traders who explored the area in the 1600s. Are you ready for the challenge of following in the footsteps of the French-Canadian voyageurs, paddling across the same lakes and portaging your canoe and gear across the same portages as the historic voyageurs did?

This is a wilderness canoe trip. There are no resorts or cabins, and aircraft and motorboats are restricted. A wilderness canoe trip in this area is not just a fishing trip or a laid-back vacation. Just as the voyageurs that travelled through this area in the 1700's, modern day voyageurs are physically challenged as they travel through the woods by paddle and portage. Typical treks may cover 50 to 150 miles and take 6 to 10 days. With each crew is a highly skilled technician/instructor called an "Interpreter." Sometimes called "Charlie Guides", these people can make the difference between a wilderness ordeal and an exciting and wonderfully memorable experience.

Buckskin Council will be sending 2 crews (6-8 per crew) to Northern Tier in the summer of 2019. We are looking for 16 registered Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Scouts must be 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and graduated 8th grade by June 9, 2019. All participants must complete the BSA Swim Test.


Dates: June 9-16, 2019

Tentative cost: $1,650

Scholarships are available.

Contact: Ed Dzierzak, Contingent Coordinator – 304.634.8189 –

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