Canoe Country Wilderness Canoeing
in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park
by © Lee Hegstrand
This monograph is presented as a compendium of information taken from
the author's many years of canoeing experience, from guide books and
the Internet. It
is intended to serve several audiences: inexperienced youth groups or
older individuals who have little or no experience canoeing the "Canoe
Country," a term I use in this monograph that includes the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, or BWCAW, and Quetico Provincial Park
in Ontario, located just north of the BWCAW. A compendium format is
not a high literature style and I apologize for this, however this the
tradeoff for avoiding the fluff added to make other guide literature
more entertaining. This is a busy world and for some types of literature
the more information conveyed in the least space is best.
Read what follows carefully to learn from the mistakes of others and
to insure a more successful trip. You are about to embark on an adventure
of such significance that this booklet alone cannot adequately enlighten.
Please read one or more of the books suggested in the Reading
Suggestions section, to better understand what the Canoe Country
represents. Enjoy yourself and drink in the beauty of the Canoe Country!
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About the Author:
Lee Hegstrand started canoeing the Boundary
Waters and Quetico when he was a Minnesota teen in the late 1950's.
He was bitten by the Canoe Country bug at that time and that bite
point has festered ever since. His children's high school sponsored
a BWCAW trip each year and the author saw the need for a concise handbook
on traveling in the Canoe Country for those youths and for other first
time travelers. Writing it was almost as fun as paddling those boreal
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