Travel Tuesday: Boundary Waters, Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota, USA

When glaciers melt, what type of landscape is left in their stead? The answer lies in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness featured today in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar.

This enormous territory stretches across over a million acres from the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota to the Canadian border. In 1926, the government earmarked the land for preservation, and in 1964, it officially became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness offers an unparalleled environment of peacefulness in nature that is difficult to come by in this day and age.

In a Wilderness area as large as the Boundary Waters, it’s easy to sink into the natural landscape and forget about the fast-paced, perhaps not-so-pristine environment you may be seeking to escape.

 National Wilderness Preservation System

So what do the glaciers leave in their wake? Craggy cliffs, canyons, rolling hills, rock formations, and rock-filled and sandy beaches alike. Of course, as the name of this Wilderness area implies, ample waterways beckon canoe enthusiasts. Several thousand lakes and streams flow through the canyons and forests of the Canoe Area Wilderness.

In between your days exploring via canoe, you can enjoy the phenomenal camping the Canoe Wilderness Area has to offer. From remote backcountry campsites, to developed campgrounds in the National Forest area, to privately-owned campgrounds and RV resorts around the area, you’ll have your pick of camping experiences here.

For those who love the solitude that winter offers, or just favor cooler temperatures, wintertime visits to the area offer the potential of dogsledding trips and ice fishing adventures. Particularly for local Minnesotans, Canoe Area Wilderness offers a wonderful way to continue playing outside in spite of the cold.

If you’re traveling from outside of the state, be sure to practice your best Fargo accent with How to Talk Minnesotan, wherein you’ll learn to jive with the locals in vocabulary and intonation. For a briefing on Minnesota culture, listen to the ever-popular radio show, Lake Wobegon, hosted by Garrison Keillor with a medley of musical and comical acts. Then head to the Boundary Waters, where you’ll fit right in.


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