1600 Grand Ave
St. Paul MN 55105
Space is still available on the second BWCA Canoe Trip!
The first trip runs from August 16-20. A second trip is being offered August 21-25. Please note that while all general information remains the same for the second trip, the arrival date and meals will begin on Tuesday, August 21.
Explore the Boundary Waters With Mac Alumnae!
Last year’s trip down the Namekagon River, was so successful we are excited to offer another wilderness opportunity. This August, join a small group of Mac women for a professionally guided canoeing and camping adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota. We will be recreating a treasured Macalester tradition - Macalester women first made this trip in the 1940s and 1950s under the leadership of beloved gym teacher, Ruth Schellberg.
Our guide will be the incredible Chris Heeter, founder and lead guide of the Wild Institute. Chris has guided women’s wilderness trips since 1984, and has a deep understanding of the restorative nature of women traveling together in the outdoors. She is a patient teacher who specializes in creating safe, playful environments for women to renew and explore and laugh… a lot!
Experience Not Required
You do not need any previous canoeing or camping experience. This trip is designed to inspire you, inside and out, in a beautiful and wild setting. We'll pack up camp some days, other days we'll stay set up at a campsite for 2 nights and take optional day trips from there. Women of all shapes, sizes, and ages travel with us. This trip includes longer and shorter days of paddling, and some portages (where we carry packs and canoes across land to the next body of water) each day, so you'll want to be in moderately good shape, able to paddle for several hours and carry weight for about a half mile.
Participants should be ready, willing and able to canoe — Chris will show us how to paddle and help us portage. Our guide will follow the American Canoe Association standards for instruction and safety. The focus on this trip is not about pushing yourself beyond limits or learning that you can handle stressful challenging situations—you already know that, and you probably do it every day. This trip is designed to provide great fun in a beautiful natural setting as you camp and paddle, all while connecting with interesting and adventurous women from the Macalester community.
Food matters! Our guide will bring hearty and delicious, primarily vegetarian, fare. You may be surprised by the amount of fresh vegetables and mouth-watering menus we can prepare outdoors. Thursday dinner through Monday lunch are included in the trip's overall cost. Our first dinner and breakfast will be sit-down meals at Camp Voyageur, our hosts for the first night of the trip.