A Wilderness Love Story

by Suez Jacobson As posted on Great Old Broads for Wilderness It was a “win” in the Broads’ online auction that took me to the Boundary Waters in May 2017 with Peta Barret and Women’s Wilderness Discovery. I’d waited almost 50 years. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), remote and wild, stretches out over a million acres … Read more

ARTICLE: WWD brings Women into the Boundary Waters

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Twin Cities Outdoor March 11, 2020 Women’s Wilderness Discovery, based in Ely, has been bringing women into the Boundary Waters—year ’round—since 2014. Many of these women are from the Twin Cities, and many of you who read TCO love the Boundary Waters area. So I asked founder and owner, Peta Barrett, to tell us about … Read more

Summer 2022 Canoe Trips

It’s never too early to book a fully outfitted/professionally guided 2022 Boundary Waters canoe camping adventure with Women’s Wilderness Discovery. For an incredibly reasonable $190 per day/per adult you’re covered with all trail gear, gourmet food, permit reservation & user fees, and your professional wilderness guide! BWCAW entry permits are required and become available to … Read more

Winter Camping Treks & Day Trips 2021-2022

With great joy we look forward to our 2021-2022 winter trekking & camping season. (Is it too soon to hope for an early freeze up?!)  Contact us soon to satisfy your spirit of adventure in any season!  Aaaaah…WINTER! We couldn’t be more excited to share the unique solitude and beauty it brings to the Boundary … Read more

Sharing the wilderness with women—of any age

by Alissa Johnson Quetico Superior Wilderness News Last spring, wilderness guide Peta Barrett and a client walked across a portage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Her client, a confident, fit woman in her mid-60s, carried the canoe. She had expressed some concerns about doing so but was game to try with Peta nearby. … Read more

Article in Star Tribune

OUTDOORS Currents: Peta Barrett, North Woods Wilderness Guide Peta Barrett, Women’s Wilderness Discovery By BOB TIMMONS , STAR TRIBUNE April 20, 2018 – 8:19 AM Today: Peta Barrett owns and operates Women’s Wilderness Discovery in Ely, outfitting and guiding canoe and hiking adventures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The trips are year-round. Reading I … Read more

Winter on Trail…

Deep winter in the boreal forest settles in with a stunning coat of pristine white, bundling the landscape in hushed magic. Here, caught up in crisp sunlight… there, below the pale glow of a full moon, winter’s coat glints the illusion of oh-so-many diamonds scattered about. Winter brings a unique clarity – a silence – to the wilds of … Read more

What’s So Cool About a BWCA Canoe Trip?

Friends view a sunset

  Because it’s a myth-buster! It’s not brute strength… for women it’s teamwork and finesse, a CAN DO attitude with an open mind and a willing heart….And really great trail packing! Step aside guys, women can organize a load and hustle down a portage trail faster than you can figure out who’s carrying the fishing … Read more