Stephanie and Forrest’s BWCA Honeymoon

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Stephanie and Forrest’s BWCA Honeymoon

I experienced the BWCA when I was younger and really wanted my fiancé to see it. He loves the outdoors and is an avid kayaker, hiker, camper & mountaineer. We live in Alaska now, but our wedding took place in central Minnesota. So this was a perfect way to celebrate our honeymoon and canoe the Boundary Waters.

We got married at 3pm on a Saturday in central Minnesota, partied afterwards, and then skipped Sunday’s farewell brunch to drive to Ely – arriving a mere 24 hours after we tied the knot.

The friendly and knowledgeable team at Ely Outfitting Company had everything ready for us. Using their Complete Quality Outfitting Package was so sweet! Every time we go camping at home it is a day or two process to get everything together and packed. It is well worth it to have someone else do that for you – makes it even more relaxed and vacation-y. And it was crazy-convenient to let someone else take care of the canoe trip honeymoon details while we focused on the wedding details.

Our BWCA adventure was a great start to our extended honeymoon travels. I love the Boundary Waters because the wilderness experience it offers is on par with some of the wilderness in Alaska, but the access is much easier. And, the BWCA allowed us to spend time as just the two of us enjoying something we both love while still being active – perfect!  I recommend the BWCA to anyone I know that loves the outdoors – and for outdoorsy newlyweds like ourselves, a BWCA honeymoon could be an awesome fit.

WHEN we come back, we will most definitely be using Ely Outfitting Company again.


– Stephanie (and Forrest), Sept. 2014 BWCA Honeymooners