Our Testimonials

“Peta was fantastic guiding our group....Everything from the pre event planning correspondence and advise, to the direction and instruction on the trail, she is enthusiastic, competent, knowledgeable and organized. You will do more than you think you can under her coaching. You will eat better than you ever have in the wilderness, with Peta offering up culinary delights that she prepares in advance and at every stop. She is tireless in making sure it's a meaningful and comfortable experience for all, no matter your experience and ability level. Thank you for a wonderful time Peta!!”
Couldn’t have been better…
“We were a group of six sixty-something women, some of us re-experiencing the paddling adventures of our youth. Peta was the perfect guide and companion. Her gear, from the Kevlar canoes to tents to sleeping bags, was super clean, high quality, and in really good condition. Her organization and systems were really impressive. The meals were spectacular, with Peta providing really wholesome, delicious and varied meals. Meat her husband hunted and/or grilled, eggs and veggies she dehydrated, fresh fruit, etc. - and both non-dairy and gluten-free options. Honestly, nutty pancakes (gf) with maple syrup and venison bacon for breakfast, then tuna melts for lunch. Really outstanding. But, most of all, Peta was the perfect host for an authentic Minnesota adventure. She has my unqualified recommendation..”
Women-Specific Gear
“I worked with Women’s Wilderness Discovery to co-create a mindful wilderness retreat experience in the BWCAW.  I was delighted how much care and thought was put into every aspect of the trip from women-specific gear that was made for comfort (life jackets designed for women) to top-of-the-line camping gear that was in amazing condition and lightweight. The food was also amazing—yuuuuummmm!  Even the venison bacon which I was slightly skeptical of was delish and I actually prefer over regular bacon! When it came to pick-up our ride was 45 minutes early—delightful not to wait for a ride!  I would highly recommend Women’s Wilderness Discovery for anyone who wants a well-organized and safe wilderness experience.”
Magical Trip!
“Six old friends went out with Peta for five days and four nights from Poplar Lake down to Winchell and back around. Peta was a great guide and excellent company. The equipment she provided (tents, pads, sleeping bags, canoes) was spotlessly clean and in perfect condition and the food she planned, prepped, packed and prepared was outstanding, catering to our vegetarian, carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, gluten-desired, and dairy-desired needs with ease, creativity, and gourmet results. I've never eaten better camp food. We had such a great time with her. And the magic she produced with us in the beautiful Boundary Waters resulted in a deep peace for all, as well as the conjuring of the biggest and most beautiful moose imaginable. Thanks, Peta!”
Top Ten Reasons to Travel into the BWCA with Women’s Wilderness Discovery
  1. You’ll be working with a terrific outfitter who specializes in helping women discover the BWCA (although men are certainly welcome).
  2. You’ll travel with an experienced guide who can help you navigate the many lakes and lead you on an excellent adventure.
  3. Your guide will be extremely knowledgeable about the outdoors, camping, wilderness safety, and anything else you might need to know up there.
  4. Everything you need, except your clothes, will be provided for you.
  5. Better yet, all of the equipment you’ll use will be first rate.
  6. These trips accommodate just about every camping and canoeing skill level.
  7. You will enjoy delicious meals that are healthy, filling, and not dehydrated.
  8. You’ll get all of these skills and services for a reasonable rate.
  9. This is the perfect way to experience the BWCA with a friend/family group.
  10. Or, you can go on your own and make new friends to share your adventure.
Ann Girres
Amazing Day Trip!
“We did a day trip with Taylor last week and it was INCREDIBLE! Myself and my three children (13, 12 and 9.) I've been wanting to explore the BWCA for decades, but just have been so intimidated and didn't even know where to begin. WWD and our guide were incredible in choosing a trip that was doable for the four of us, but also educated us on portaging, the BWCA in general, even down to how to paddle. We were absolute newbies to adventuring via canoe and we can't wait to come back for longer. Would definitely recommend Women's Wilderness Discovery. They make adventuring in the woods so easy, affordable and FUN! Truly the highlight of our vacation to Ely and some priceless memories. Many thanks!”
Lifelong Love
“Peta re-introduced me to the BWCA in the winter of 1999 with a youth group. I slept in a quinzee, climbed a rock palisade, blazed snowshoe trails through the forest, and skied on lakes amidst the islands. She has brought me back to the BWCA every summer and most winters since. I will admit, I prefer the BWCA in the winter stillness. Yet, going to sleep in a cozy tent with loons serenading me to sleep is not bad either. I have been one of the lucky people to savor many of Peta's gourmet meals over the decades. Every person should experience the safe, yet exhilarating guided trips through Women's Wilderness Discovery.”
No Worries for a Diabetic
“As a 75 year old insulin diabetic with some physical limitations I was worried about trying to do a canoe trip. But, Peta is such an excellent guide and so caring and willing to accommodate me that the trip was a true fun outdoor experience. I am so impressed with her capabilities; especially the food she prepared for us. As a diabetic the food was fresh and excellent. Her bunkhouse was so clean and fresh and more like a motel room. I am so pleased to have this outdoor experience. Thank you.”
“Had a great 4 day trip with Peta as guide. Entered South Hegman and found a wonderful base campsite a short distance away. Rainy that day but cleared for the next three days. Went into North Hegman to see the pictographs and bog; then next day into Little Bass. 34 degrees on the last two nights but stayed warm in the tents! Wonderful meals, especially the biscuit bread cooked in old pie pans.”
BWCA rookies no more
“As 2 old (in both senses of the word!) friends and BWCA rookies we chose a Peta-led canoe trip as our retirement celebration. Peta possesses a vast amount of camping, canoeing, and botanical knowledge that she readily shares. She is equal parts cheerleader, teacher, coach. She pushed us just enough so we accomplished more than we thought we could. The food was delicious, the equipment top notch, the scenery gorgeous. The trip was a resounding success and so much fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

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