Disappointed outfitters and paddlers adjust to BWCA closure

Dan Kraker Ely, Minn. August 24, 2021 4:00 a.m. Listen to the story here. Typically, in August, Ely is swarming with people either beginning, or returning from, canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. On Monday though, the only cars with canoes strapped to their tops were headed out of town. “Usually, this time … Read more

Our Charming Guesthouse

Women’s Wilderness Discovery offers a charming, well-appointed two-story Guest House for your overnight stay in Ely the evening before departure into the Boundary Waters. Four single beds and two sets of bunk beds provide room for up to eight people (women’s group, family group, or mixed couples’ groups). Beds are complete with linens, pillow, blanket, … 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