Transformational Trek - Wilderness Trek: A Canoeing Experience for Women

  • 512 Meadowlark Ct NW, Byron, MN, USA
  • Aug 18 - 23, 2019 (6 days)

Event Highlights

  • What You Can Expect From this Personal Wilderness Experience:
  • -In-depth personal growth experience.
  • -A safe, thoughtful, and dynamic approach.
  • -Pre and post experience support.
  • -Life-Coaching and Wilderness Guiding.
  • -Contemplative experiences.
  • -Instruction of basic wilderness skills (as needed).
  • Personal Wilderness Experience is Most Effective if You:
  • -Are serious and committed to living a successful and conscious life.
  • -Have a love for nature or the outdoors.
  • -Want to understand more about your purpose in life and how to listen to the guidance of your soul.
  • -Are willing and able to take time for you to be in the wilderness.
  • -Are seeking the support to work intensively with current life issues and struggles.
  • -Are looking for or enjoy being with a group of like-minded people.
  • -Are seeking enhancement in relationship, career and life.
  • This is no Boundary Waters Survivor episode. This transformational trip is a canoeing and wilderness experience for women. It is a journey in to you (JOY). An opportunity to explore the wilderness and your self, with the support and encouragement of other women. There are no “extreme survivor” components. We will customize the trip to the skills of the women who have signed up to participate.
  • It will be a beautiful and joyful experience – just a little north of ordinary!


The plan is to take a 4 day loop south of Poplar Lake. Poplar Lake is found halfway up the Gunflint Trail. It is an option that will not be overly challenging so the novice canoeists will be comfortable. Our goal is to get into a wilderness setting and experience the beauty and challenge of living simply.

We will get a ride south down the Gunflint Trail from our outfitter location on Seagull Lake. This will be about a 24 mile truck ride to where we will be dropped off at the public landing in Poplar Lake.

From Poplar Lake, we’ll paddle to the south central shoreline of the lake to the portage for Lizz Lake. Here you enter in to the BWCAW. This is a fairly well traveled route so the portage trails are clear and obvious. From Lizz we’ll portage to Caribou Lake via a 70 rod portage on the southernmost part of the lake. Once on Caribou, we’ll paddle around a large peninsula to the southeastern part of the lake to find the short portage into Horseshoe Lake. From Horseshoe to Gaskin is our toughest portage of the day, so save some energy for it as it ascends up over a hill and then back down to Gaskin Lake. This is where we’ll spend the first night on one of the numerous campsites.

Now we are nestled in an area of small lakes where our group can choose our challenge level. We can choose to travel each day and discover other unique camp sites, or stay at the same site for a day and venture without gear on a short day trip. On travel days we plan to paddle 4-5 hours a day. Leaving camp after a good breakfast, find a fun spot for shore lunch and set up a new camp by mid afternoon. Time for thinking, talking, swimming and maybe a little fishing!

CliffsThe next day on our way south we’ll see the large Misquah Hills that tower over Winchell Lake on the southern shore. We’ll continue west to Omega Lake. Omega boasts a couple of nice large campsites, so may be a great place to spend the second night. Then, circle back east into Henson, Pilsbury and Meeds where we can make decisions based on the groups needs and interests.

The whole area offers some very decent fishing along the way, wildlife viewing opportunities, scenic rock outcrops and some fairly smaller to midsize lakes. There are also numerous day trip opportunities off of this route, so there is plenty offered in that variety along our way.

About This Event

This transformational trip is a canoeing and wilderness experience for women. It is a journey in to you - JOY. An opportunity to explore the wilderness and your self, with the support and encouragement of other women. There is no "extreme survivor" components. It will be a beautiful and joyful experience just a little north of ordinary!

Seagull Outfitters, Boundary Waters Canoe Area

“Getting away with a group of women for a bit of time is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. The JOY of all the world has to offer you."

What's Not Included

Transporation to and from the departure site is on your own. We of course will provide guidance and assistance as needed and/or available.


This is the rustic way, true camping. We provide all the necessary gear. Just bring yourself and your personal clothe/toiletries. A list of personal gear recommended is available on our website.


  • Towels
  • Free Parking

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All meals are provided. We are open to preparing meals for all dietary restrictions. Simply advise us of your needs.


When Flying in, choose the Minneapolis/StPaul Airport or Duluth, Minnesota. We can pick you up from either location to take you to our ultimate northern destination of the Northwoods of Minnesota.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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