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A Voyageur’s Paradise

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a wilderness located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in Northeast Minnesota. If was created by ancient glaciers that carved the land creating cliffs, canyons, hills, and lakes. It is also home to a variety of species such as wolves, bears, fishers, osprey, and more.

The wilderness was originally called the Superior Roadless Area in 1938 but was later referred to the Boundary Waters in 1958. It became a designated wilderness under The Wilderness Act in 1964 to protect it from mining and to established recreational opportunities such as hiking, canoeing, and camping. About 250,000 visitors visit the park every year.
One of the issues the park faces is the risk of Sulfide-ore copper mining. Considering the mineral leases have been granted, the entire wilderness is in danger of pollution. Multiple streams and rivers flow into the Boundary Waters. If pollutants get into the waterways, then they can affect the water quality in the wilderness for at least 500 years, harming native species, and damaging recreational opportunities.

A Voyageur’s Paradise was created to inspire others to explore new places, support wilderness conservation, and create their own adventures. This video is based on two explorers who decided to spend their honeymoon canoeing for two-weeks in the Boundary Waters. During the expedition, they faced rapids, high winds, mosquitos, and storms. There were a few struggles, but it was all part of the wilderness experience. If you are interested in learning more about their expedition, then visit Trekking with Trevor on YouTube and check out the Boundary Waters Adventure Diaries series for behind the scenes action of the trip.


About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Trevor LaClair

Living in Missouri, Trevor is an explorer who is currently working toward a Masters of Arts degree in Biology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Throughout the year, Trevor travels across the U.S.A. working seasonal jobs as an outdoor educator. He is also an amateur film-maker and photographer with an interest in natural history and outdoor adventures. As he travels, Trevor creates videos about wildlife and places he explored for his YouTube Channel, “Trekking with Trevor.” As an outdoor communicator, his goal is to inspire people to explore new places and partake in wildlife conservation. You can learn more about Trevor LaClair at

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