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It is important to note that BWCA entry permits are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so the earlier you reserve your trip the better chance you have of securing the best entry point.
|Quetico Provincial Park
Canada's Quetico Provincial Park is adjacent to Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area and offers canoeists another option for wilderness adventure. The Quetico is over one million acres in size and operates on a similar system of rules and entry requirements as the Boundary Waters. It is important to note that the Quetico is in Canada and does require a few extra steps to enter, especially with Canadian Customs. (see Canadian Customs at the bottom of this page).
Quetico Permits and Entry Points
Before you may enter Quetico Park an entry permit must be reserved. One permit is required per traveling group and allows up to 9 people and 4 canoes per permit. Quetico operates on a quota system with permits issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. A reservation is made by entry date and entry point. (You must enter the wilderness on the date and at the entry point you reserved - this information is printed on your permit.) Each entry point has a specified number of permits available each day - the daily quota. Some entry points have as many as 7 permits available per day and some as few as 1. (see below for a list of entry points and their daily quota) It is important to note that permit reservations are well underway by mid-January so early trip planning is essential, especially if you have a large group and require multiple permits.
Boundary Waters Outfitters will reserve all the permits for your group. We cooperate with Quetico Park and will make all the arrangements for your trip. When you are ready to make a reservation give us a call at 1-800-777-8574 and we'll get you going.
|Quetico Permit & Camping Fees:
cost is $20 per permit group (up to 9 people)
Quetico Camping Fees:
cost per Adult: $13 Canadian per night
cost per Youth (6-17 yrs old): $6 Canadian per night
(Quetico collects $100 of the camping fees at the time of reservation)
|Quetico Entry Points: (see map above for entry point location)
Map of portions of the Boundary Waters (BWCA) and Quetico Park
Areas in red are fly-in canoe trip options.
For information on Fly-In Canoe Trips click here >>
Before you enter Canada...
|Before you may enter Canada and Quetico Park you must first clear customs either in person or by mail. Most groups will need to clear customs through the mail because there just aren't many customs offices located in the wilderness. To clear customs by mail you will need to obtain, fill out and submit an application for a Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) permit. This process may take up to six or more weeks so you will want to submit the form well in advance of your trip. A Link to the Canadian Customs website and the proper forms is below.
|Links to Canadian Customs website
Remote Area Border Crossing Permit Information
RABC Application Form:
RABC/CANPASS Application Form
Above: map of Quetico entry points
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A word from Boundary Waters Outfitters
Thank you for visiting our website. We at Boundary Waters Outfitters are dedicated to our mission and to providing quality Minnesota Vacations to all who visit us here in the Northwoods. It is our pleasure to serve you in anyway we can, whether it is planning a BWCA canoe trip, arranging a stay in one of the lakeside cabins at our full-service resort or helping you purchase just the right piece of gear for your next adventure. Ely Minnesota and the Northwoods is our home and we are eager to share it with anyone who has the desire to experience all it has to offer. With so much to see and do...from fishing, to exploring, to sunsets, the wildlife, to all the little canoeing and camping tips we have picked up over the years, we are here to help you make the most of your Boundary Waters vacation. Thanks again for visiting our website and please let us know how we can help you with your Boundary Waters needs.
-Boundary Waters Outfitters owners and staff.