Northern Tier

High Adventure

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Update: 8/16/23

About Northern Tier High Adventure

Northern Tier is the premier BSA experience for canoeing. Paddling in North America's Canoe Country is a time like no other. With lakes stretching as far as the eye can see, all connected through a large web of waterways, we will paddle across them in specially designed tripping canoes. Completing short portages between waterways will get us from lake to lake as we explore the biodiversity of the Northern Boreal Forest unique to Northern Minnesota and Canada. 

Wildlife, remoteness, beautiful camping, fishing, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! Join us! 

Each of our crews can have up to 8 people, with 2-3 of those being adults. We will also have a guide with us the entire time we are paddling and camping. Each canoe has three people in it. The person in the back steers, the person in the front provides paddling power, and the person in the middle navigates with the map and takes a break. Those positions rotate within the canoe and people can switch between canoes during the trip. 

Who is eligible to participate? 

Itinerary Overview

Our trip includes a 7-night trek . . . 



Next steps

BLue Sky Shuttle and activities

When we fly in and out of Minnesota, Blue Sky will host us. Check out the details here

Key contacts


Swim Tests


Patagonia article about the efforts to protect teh boundary waters from a mining project. Beautiful photos included.