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Canoeing our inland lakes is, for some, nearly a religious experience. For others, itís an escape to crystal clear waters surrounded by pristine forest, a wonderful way to observe wildlife (especially the elusive moose) or your quiet mode of transport to the perfect fishing spot. Like so many other outdoor activities in the Grand Marais area, it can be intergenerational, relaxed, and just one of many activities while youíre here. Take the kids for their first trip, and know that this is how to grow their reverence for nature. Besides, itís fun! Itís a wonderful form of exercise as well as part of the draw of Grand Marais wellness. Thatís a package deal - it includes something physical, a sense of emotional well-being, and that spiritual sense of connection to nature that you just donít get in a cubicle or during rush hour traffic. So whether you decide to go into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or do your paddling on other gorgeous lakes, just be prepared Ė this is habit forming.
Grand Marais is a magnet for kayak enthusiasts of all levels and experience, including none. For those who already love the sport, sea kayaking on Lake Superior is their choice. The changing moods, serene and smooth one hour, exciting waves the next, the security of the harbor, the challenge of the open water Ė this canít be matched anywhere in the Midwest. Beginners and those who prefer paddling on inland lakes have unlimited choices to enjoy the sport as well. Talk about opportunities Ė at North House Folk School, you can build your own traditional Inuit kayak, handcraft your paddle and sew your own spray skirt. Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply offers high-quality gear, guided tours, rentals and friendly outdoor advice. Bear Track Outfitting Co. has a variety of kayaks, including recreational, expedition and touring boats in solo and tandem styles, so you might consider a guided BWCAW trip for the family. Get ready, waves ahead!
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