BWCA Bushcraft & Wilderness Expeditions offers a wide range of traditional wilderness tripping options, bushcraft courses, and hands on craft instruction from class rooms as varied as a Wilderness campsite, Folk Schools, or our wilderness based homestead.

   Birch Bark Canoe Tripping BWCA .

Birch Bark Canoe Tripping BWCA.

Traditional Wilderness Canoe Trips

Experience the Boundary Waters, and a canoe trip like none before.  Utilizing traditional gear and proven techniques developed and passed down since time immemorial, experienced trippers and novices participating in these trips will learn a ton about the storied history of the BWCA, but also go home with many new skills, and techniques that are sure to enhance your future outdoor experiences, no matter what kind of gear you use.

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Bushcraft

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   Hand crafted Birch Bark Canoe with tump line carry system.

Hand crafted Birch Bark Canoe with tump line carry system.

Hand Crafts

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There was a time not so longago in human history when the North American continent, was dominated by "wilderness" ecosystems.  Life in this wilderness demanded an intimate understanding of ones environment and a hands on approach to every aspect of sustaining life, from traveling to and from resource use areas and social gatherings, to sheltering and clothing ones self,  and feeding ones self.  There were no grocery stores, no hardware stores, no gear shops, no gas or engines to transport people or the goods they depended on.  Every thing was done by hand with human or animal power, waterways were "highways", and small bands of humans and individuals were largely or entirely self sufficient.  I have often wondered how people lived on this continent in the wild country north and west of Lake Superior (aka the great "Northwest" in the fur trapping era) during the millenia prior to the unstoppable wave of white men spreading across the New World just 400 years ago, through the end of the storied American fur trade era (mid 19th century) just 150 years ago, and finally before the arrival of mass produced space age gear spurred on by the technological advances made during WWII, and the advent of Federally designated Wilderness areas, and the rise of Leave No Trace (LNT) camping. 

Have you ever wondered how people lived and survived in the wilderness 200, 300, or more years ago?  I have. in fact that seemingly simple question is what lead me down the path to learning traditional wilderness living skills and bushcraft.

Answering this simple question has dominated, and continues to dominate, much of my adult life as Icontinue to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to live a wilderness life with a minimal dependence on modern technological goods and equipment.  Putting the skills and knowledge I have gained, answering this question, into practice in my daily life, and in my wilderness pursuits has enabled me to make traditional wilderness living and bushcraft more than just a hobby, it has become a way of life.  A way of life that we wish to share with you through the following hands on course work and wilderness experiences.