Re: BWCAW and Quetico
Jason L. Kracht (kracht@MAINMAN.EE.MONTANA.EDU)
Sat, 8 Apr 1995 14:29:16 -0600
Many people have been asking about the procedures for crossing into
Canada from the Boundary Waters. Having worked for Northern Tier for two
summers, I hope that I can shed some light on the subject.
The area in Canada north of the Boundary Waters is known as the Quetico
Provincial Park. Permits are required for entry into the Park even for
day trips. At this point of the year, overnight permits are basically
sold out for the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is a
per night per person camping fee payable at the Ranger Station upon
entering the Park. As I remember, the fee is about 4 to 5 dolars per
person per night. Fishing liscences are also quite expensive, about $30
for a 21 day liscence.
This past year the restrictions on clearing Canadian customs were
significantly tightened in the area. Each person must have proof of
citzenship with them on the trip (youth had birth certificates, adults
had drivers liscences). Drivers liscences were accepted throughout the
summers for those who had them. In addition, each person under the age
of eighteen was required to have parental permission to enter Canada.
Northern Tier sent permission forms to crews entering Canada. Without
this form, those under the age of 18 were not permitted into Canada.
After clearing Customs, each crew is given a little blue card. This card
must be turned in to US Customs upon returning to the US. For those
entering Canada through Ely, MN, US customs is located just east of Ely
at the International Wolf Center. Failure to turn in this card can
result in fines of over $500 per person.
canadian Customs rarley checks gear being taken into canada, however,
during a fire ban, the Ranger will check to ensure that you have stoves
and enough fuel to last the trip.
I hope that this information helps. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact me.
Yours in Service,
1994 Trading Post Manager, Northern Tier
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City