Way To Go Canoe Outfitters, Ely

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Get away TO it all in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park!

"To what?" you ask.

To pristine lakes, pine-covered forests, and unsurpassed natural beauty. To a kind of tranquility that is reserved only for those who would leave work and worries, cell phones and social media, traffic lights and headline news behind them to discover a northern wilderness paradise—the greatest of its kind in the world. This is canoe country. This is the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota and the Quetico Provincial Park, just over the border in Ontario, Canada. Together they encompass over two million acres with more than 2,000 lakes interconnected by streams, rivers, and portage trails, all set apart to be forever wild. It's here, waiting for you to come and explore!

This is the place where it is possible for an angler's wildest dreams to come true, with world-class fishing for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and lake trout. You'll also find abundant largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, stream trout, and more. Wildlife, such as moose, deer, bald eagle, beaver, black bear, otter, mink, marten, and fisher thrive here. The cry of the loon and the distant howl of a timber wolf make your Northwoods nights special occasions that linger long in your memory.

What's here is defined by what isn't here: in over two million acres of wilderness, there are no roads, no cabins, and no signs of modern civilization. Motorboats are forbidden in all but a few peripheral lakes. Airplanes are prohibited from flying below 4,000 feet.

You step out of the ordinary, work-a-day world and step into an extraordinary, unspoiled realm of sparkling blue waters, spectacular granite cliffs, and dense pine and birch forests.

Yes, this is canoe country. You'll sleep out in tents; cook out over the open fire; and drink the water right out of the lakes. Your vehicle is your canoe; your motor is your paddle; and your adventure is where your wilderness canoe trip takes you. Here you'll find the simple pleasures of life most rewarding: freshly caught fish sizzling on a hot griddle; stunning sunrises and sunsets; clean air and pure waters to clear the mind and refresh the soul. Night skies are so jam packed, you simply must stretch out on a slab of ledge rock and watch the "stars" of the show… maybe even see the aurora borealis on a cool evening. Take it all in, here in canoe country.

What we are is an outfitter. We outfit you with state-of-the-art, ultra-light canoes and camping equipment designed specifically for the Boundary Waters, along with plenty of tasty food provisions, all of which make for a comfortable, enjoyable wilderness experience. One of the most valuable things we do is design a trip for you based on the number of days you have, the makeup of your group, and the kind of trip you desire. Some people like to travel; some like to base camp. Some prefer to do a combination of the two. Whether you're primarily interested in fishing, sightseeing, photography, history, adventure travel, or just plain relaxation, we will custom design a trip for you that will meet or exceed all of your personal vacation goals.
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  • We visited the Boundary Waters two years ago with the help of Way To Go Canoe Outfitters, but did not have a Tripadvisor account back then which is why it took me so long to write this review. We stil...  more »
  • I cannot express how happy I was to use WTGO on our spring 18 trip. This was our 2nd BWCA trip on the Ely side of the BWCA. Our first Outifitter, while nice, were SO large they didn't seem to have the...  more »
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  • Had an amazing time. They provided top notch gear and an excellent training introduction to canoeing, portaging and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We spent 5 days there. They helped us plan our route, giving us a few different options, marked the good fishing spots and shared the local inside info to have a great experience. They even ranked our potential camp sites so that we could try to the best ones. Inexpensive overnight stay the night before our entry and free transportation to and from our entry point. The shower after we got back felt great. I don't have a lot of camping experience, but their help and preparation helped make this wilderness camping experience a great one.
  • Excellent hosts who put in a ton of effort to personally help with your trip. By far and away the best outfitters we have ever used.

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