At Women’s Wilderness Discovery, we’re pros at custom-crafting the Boundary Waters canoe trip, or winter day trip or wilderness workshop you’ve been dreaming of. And we believe this stunning wilderness canoe country should be accessible and affordable for all women and families year-round. For an incredibly reasonable per-day price, you are fully outfitted with all trail gear, gourmet meals, snacks and beverages, US Forest Service permit reservation and user fees, and your professional female guide, a seasoned veteran and teacher at heart.

Design Your Own Trip

Rally your friends or family members – up to 8 campers if you wish – decide on dates that work for everyone, choose the length of your trip, then contact us. It’s really that simple! Traveling solo, or just a couple of friends? You can still choose your own dates. Then, let us know if you’d like to open it as a “Join On” trip.

Day Trips

Perhaps booking a Day Trip better fits your schedule while visiting Ely, MN. We’re happy to help you create a memorable day in the BWCAW by canoe or a hike in the summer, or by traditional Ojibwa snowshoes in the winter. Whether it’s just you, or you’re including friends or family, we take care of it all. Prices for adults and youth cover up to 8 hours, trail lunch, all the necessary gear, and your professional female guide. No advance permit is necessary for day trips into the Boundary Waters summer or winter. Contact us to plan your special excursion.

“Join On” Trips

We understand that not all women seeking a wilderness adventure necessarily have family or friends who are as excited by the idea. So, we created the Join On trip. These are monthly scheduled Boundary Waters canoe camping trips created for women-only…women of any age. Just like all trips with Women’s Wilderness Discovery, they are fully outfitted and professionally guided by women who know canoe country. We provide gourmet foods, accommodating all dietary needs, and create the Menu Plan for the group. What a great way to connect with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, and make new friends! You’ll always find Join On trips posted on our website. We offer trips of varying lengths and prices. And that price is simply based on our reasonable per-day price. Click below to see the upcoming seasonal trips that have openings.

Summer Canoe Trips

Our definition of heaven: a canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  Design your own trip or join an existing one. Savor the silence as you dip your paddle and glide across pristine wilderness lakes. Here are our current trips.


Learn methods and skills that will not only enhance your comfort but keep you safe. Fine tune your skill set for a better winter or summer experience!  More details here…


Our prices are more than reasonable.  Click here for details.


On our documents page, you can find waivers, packing lists, and group gear lists for both summer and winter camping, along with supplemental packing information for the transitional autumn season.