Canoe Trip Planning

The following is a list of the required paperwork for all Northern Tier Summer Treks. Please read through and complete every piece of information on this page related to your trek

Step 1: Choose your base

Step 2: Financial Planning

Step 3: Choose your Canoes

Standard outfitting at Northern Tier includes Kevlar canoes (less than 50 pounds). For a discount of $30 per canoe per day, Aluminum canoes (75 pounds) can be rented. Kevlar canoes are not available in Bissett where aluminum is the standard

  • Lightweight Canoe reservations are handled through the online registration system. View your confirmation email for details or contact Northern Tier directly: info@ntier.org or 218.365.4811
Step 4: Get Registered

Step 5: Preparing for Northern Tier

Step 6: Required Documents

The following documents must be absolutely complete upon arrival on base:

    • Health and Medical Record
      – Every participant must have a “Health and Medical Record” that has been completed and signed by a Doctor in the past 12 Months. They must meet all health restrictions to be permitted to go on trail.
    • Swim Classification Form – Leaders and participants must complete
      a swim test prior to arrival at a Northern Tier base. Each leader and participant must be rated a “Swimmer” using the BSA swim test.
    • Crew Roster_2021– Must be submitted prior to arrival
    • Wilderness First-Aid Training – At least one adult advisor must have proof (completion certificate) of BSA approved Wilderness First Aid training. Minimum WFA course length is 16-hours.
    • CPR Training – At least one adult advisor must have proof (completion certificate) of CPR Training
    • BSA E-certifications – At least one adult advisor must have proof of training (completion certificates) in each of the following BSA E certifications: Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, and Safe Swim Defense. Anybody on the trip that is 18 or older must have proof of up to date Youth Protection training.
    • Fishing Licenses – If your crew wants to fish you will need to purchase the appropriate license before they arrive at Northern Tier. There will not be an opportunity to purchase them once you arrive.
      • Northern Tier recommends that all Fishing Licenses be purchased online in advance of your trip. If youth under the age of 16 (for fishing in Minnesota and Manitoba) or under the age of 18 (for fishing in Ontario) would like to fish, they can fish under the license of a single adult. However, their catch will be restricted to this adult’s limit.
      • MINNESOTA FISHING LICENSES- All individuals, 16 years of age and older need to obtain a license to fish in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), licenses can be purchased in advanced over the phone by calling 1-888-665-4236, or online. For current pricing and license information visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
        NOTE: A Social Security Number is required to obtain a Minnesota Fishing License.
      • Ontario Licenses- 18 years of age and older are required to have an Ontario fishing license. Scouts under the age of 18 can fish under a licensed adult.  Licenses must be purchased prior to arrival. LEARN MORE

Base Specific Paperwork

Found below is more information and paperwork specific to each base that must be read and completed in a timely manner prior to arrival

Ely, MN
Ely Registration Info
When reading the schedule note the following:
  • You will arrive at Northern Tier on the date designated on the schedule.
  • Your first night will be in a cabin on base.
  • Your final night will be in a cabin on base and you will depart for home on the date noted on the schedule.
  • All nights in between will be spent on-water. 

Step 1:  Park Selection, Permitting, and Border Crossing

 

Step 2: Read the Ely specific Advisors Guide

Atikokan, ON
Atikokan Registration Info
When reading the schedule note the following:
  • You will arrive at Northern Tier on the date designated on the schedule
  • Your first night will be in a cabin on base.
  • Your final night will be in a cabin on base and you will depart for home on the date noted on the schedule. 
  • All nights in between will be spent on-water.

Step 1: Park Selection, Permitting, and Border Crossing

 
 
 
Step 2: Read the Atikokan Specific Advisors Guide
 
Step 3: Plan your travel to Atikokan
Bissett, MB
Bissett Registration Info
When reading the schedule note the following:
  • You will arrive at Northern Tier on the date designated on the schedule.
  • Your first night will be in a cabin on base.
  • Your final night will be in a cabin on base and you will depart for home on the date noted on the schedule.
  • All nights in between will be spent on-water. 

Step 1: International Travel – Border Crossing

Step 2: Float Plane Reservation

Step 3: Read Bissett Specific Advisors Guide