Voyageur Quote: "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."  Sinclair Lewis   "Every mile is two in the winter." George Hurbert "Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat."  Anonymous



  Snowshoeing Fun 

Winter at its Finest 





Boundary Waters Winter Fun

Winter Boundary Waters Fun














     I just had to include more than one quote for this newsletter.  It seems we, along with many other folks in the country are experiencing a real, non-global warming, old-fashioned winter. 

     The snow came early and continued to fall right along with the temperatures.  The average temperature for December 2008 was a mere 1.88 degrees.  It seemed to snow every other day but in reality there were a couple of three day stretches when we didn't receive any.  Then again we did receive snow 15 of the 31 days for a total accumulation of 27.25 inches.  We hadn't received that much snow or had that cold of an average temperature for December in the past ten years.

     January started out strong with over 8.5 inches of snow in the first three days.  Then the cold weather came and we've just barely doubled that amount during the rest of the month.  

     We live in Northern Minnesota so we should expect cold temperatures in January.  For some reason I didn't expect the temperatures to be that cold.  The lowest temperature on the Trail so far this winter was a frigid 44 degrees below zero.  Yes.  That was the actual temperature without any wind chill figured into it and the kids had school! Cold doesn't begin to describe the air at that point but my daughter refers to anything below negative twenty degrees as, "Hard to breathe cold."

     January 2009 could end up being the coldest January in over 10 years.  Currently the average temperature for the month sits at negative 1.88 degrees.  We only had 5 nights during the entire month when the temperature stayed above zero.  Many nights it dipped so low my outdoor thermometer quit registering.

     I've heard of the saying what goes up must come down but in this case I certainly hope the reverse is true for February.   



Making Tracks on the Gunflint Trail 

Come Make Your Own Tracks 




Mush for a Cure on the Gunflint Trail

Mushing for a Cure 


Run the Trail Less Traveled

Run the Trail Less Traveled


Paddle Pink

Real Men Paddle Pink






What's NEW?

Winter Fun- If you don't enjoy winter then you need to come up to Voyageur and experience it.  There are so many fun things to do when there is snow and you don't even notice the cold.  There are a couple of events on the Gunflint Trail scheduled if you need another reason to come up for some winter fun.

  • Winter Tracks- Winter Tracks on the Gunflint Trail will be held from February 26-March 1, 2009.  This is a chance to partake in all of the winter activities you could ever want.  From dog sledding to snow sculpture building, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, there is something for everyone.  Please join us for Winter Tracks 2009 and Come Play Like We Do.
  • Mush for a Cure- Here's an opportunity to be a part of something very special.  The Mush for a Cure is a Sled Dog Fundraiser where proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Mushers seek pledges or donations in order to participate in the just over 20 mile course.  This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with mushers and their dogs.  It's a spectator friendly event with a Sourdough Start.  Mushers start with boots off, laying in a sleeping bag on the ice.  Their dogs are not harnessed so when the starting sound is heard they must rush to get their boots on, teams harnessed and ready to go.  It's a great event for an even greater cause.  We sure would like to see you on the Gunflint Trail during the Mush for a Cure but if you can't make it then please show your support by donating or making a pledge for the event on the website. Find us on Facebook! 

The Boundary Waters Blog-  Updated daily!  What more can I say?  Check it out today! The Boundary Waters Blog

Facebook- While Facebook may not be new to some people it is fairly new to me.  I've been trying to figure it out and have put a page for Voyageur Canoe Outfitters on it.  If you could do me a favor and check it out then become a fan I'd appreciate it.  Feel free to post photos, discussions and even videos. 

Ham Run Half Marathon- Need a reason to get in shape this winter?  How about for the Ham Run?  You can join us on May 3, 2009 for the half-marathon or the 5k Fun Run.  Find the Ham Run on Facebook too.

Women's Trips- If you've always wanted to paddle the Boundary Waters but didn't want to do it alone then now is your chance.  Enjoy learning the ins and outs of canoe camping with other women in a non-threatening environment.

Pink Paddles- Valentine's Day is right around the corner and a Pink Paddle would be a great gift for your Valentine.  Part of the proceeds from paddle sales goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  The unique logo is a wish for women or anyone who has been affected by breast cancer.  "May your new beginning bring you strength, peace and tranquility and may your journeys over water always be safe."  If you don't feel comfortable paddling with pink then you can purchase the black graphite version with a white logo.  You won't find it on the website so email or call us if you would like to order one today.  1-888-CANOEIT



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 Passports, or Passport Cards by June 1, 2009- 

     On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada will be required to present one of these travel documents: US Passport, US Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Trusted Traveler Program Card. To find out more about Enhanced Driver’s License or Trusted Traveler Program Cards visit this website.

     Purchasing a Passport Card will allow you to travel to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and some of the Caribbean. It is less expensive than a Passport and takes approximately 3 weeks to process. It is good for 10 years for an adult and 5 years for a minor under the age of 16; just like a Passport.  The cost for a minor to apply is $35.00 and the cost for a first-time adult applicant is $45.00. If you already have a passport and wish to purchase a Passport Card then the cost is only $20.00. 

      Groups of U.S. and Canadian children ages 16 through 18, when traveling with a school or religious group, social organization, or sports team, will be able to enter under adult supervision with originals or copies of their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship.


  Pesky Pine Marten



Mysterious Martens



Promiscuous Pine Marten





 Precocious Pine Martens-

     The latest Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine had a nice article about Pine Martens.  I read the article and had to chuckle.  

     The article talked about radio-collaring pine marten in the Superior National Forest.  They only live in Northeastern Minnesota so DNR biologists wanted to learn more about their habitat, reproduction, survival and eating habits.  

     The biologists in the article were really interested in where the martens live and what they eat.  It turns out I could teach those biologists a thing or two. 

     If you follow the blog then you will know what I am talking about.  For the past two winters pine martens have been finding their way into our outfitting building.  They crawl in somewhere and make themselves right at home.  They also get into closed boxes of outfitting food and whatever else they can get their paws on.  They happen to love Backpacker Pantrys freeze dried entrees including puddings and tiramisu.   

     I personally do not like them living in our outfitting building even though they are as cute as a kitten.  So we put our crew member Jake on the task of trapping them.  We knew there was one, thought there were two but were astonished to find out their were three. 

     I guess the next time we get a pine marten in our live trap we should call the biologists.  That way they can come radio collar them before we release them back into the wild.



 Trio of Trout

Nice Trout Boys!


Fishing:  Oh Canada!

     Changes are part of life and Canada's fishing regulations are no exception this year.

     New in 2009 is the requirement to purchase an Outdoors Card.  These cards are valid for three years and are available where fishing licenses are sold for a cost of $9.00 Ca.  You can find out more about the Outdoors Card at this website. 

     On the Gunflint Trail Canadian Licenses may be found at Gunflint Lodge, on Saganaga at Chippewa Inn and at the Canadian Ranger Station in Cache Bay.  If you would like to purchase a license ahead of time then you may do so by calling the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1940.

     Non-Residents age 18 and older must purchase a fishing license and an Outdoor Card.  People 17 and under may purchase a license and Outdoor Card if they wish to posess their own limit of fish.  However, if they do not wish to have their own limit then they may fish under the license of an adult in the group with their fish counting as part of the adult limit.  Five or more youth ages 17 and younger may purchase a group fishing license as long as an adult in the group has a license.

     There are two main types of fishing licenses to choose from in Canada.  The Sportfishing License Tag and the Conservation License Tag.  If you plan to mainly catch and release then the Conservation License is the best choice.  The difference between these two tags is explained on this website.  

     One thing shouldn't change this summer in Canada.  The fishing should be just as good as ever.



Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it and tell others about it.  

  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew