Explore true Minnesota and Canadian wilderness through canoeing trips and winter camping
Gateway to Adventure in the North Woods
Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America's gateway to adventure in
the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, Scouts from Northern Tier's three
wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes,
rivers, forests, and wetlands in Northern Minnesota,
Northwest Ontario, and Northeast Manitoba. In the winter, Northern Tier
is home to the OKPIK Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA's premier
winter high adventure program.
Starting from one of three bases, Northern Tier Crews will paddle in almost 6 million acres of canoe-only wilderness.
Charles L. Somner's Canoe Base: Ely, Minnesota
The flagship base for Northern Tier is the start of canoe trips for
the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area and the Quetico Provincial
Park in Ontario.
Donald Rogert Canoe Base: Atikoken, Ontario
Crews leaving from here paddle far into the northern Quetico and the
Crown Lands park-and area rich with wildlife and fur trading history.
Northern Expeditions Canoe Base: Bissett, Manitoba
Unofficially, the most rugged experience in the BSA! All crews start
their trip by float plane into the Northern Canadian Wilderness.
The Boundary Waters and Northern Tier are great for winter High
Adventure too. The Somner's Base in Ely Minnesota offers winter camping
and dog sledding trips all winter long.
Get More Information
Visit the Northern Tier website to learn more and register a trip visit