Northern Tier

Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.

Northern Tier offers wilderness canoeing expeditions in Northern Minnesota, Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Manitoba through three canoe bases. All trips are fully outfitted and provisioned. A highly trained staff member, called an Interpreter, accompanies all crews on their trek.

Northern Tier crews paddle in almost 6 million acres of canoe-access only wilderness - from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota to the Atikaki Provincial Park of Manitoba. Trips range in length from 6-14 days and usually include between 50-150 miles of wilderness travel. Find out more about the opportunities available at Northern Tier's three wilderness canoe bases (the Charles L Sommers Base, Ely, MN; the Donald Rogert Base, Atikokan, ON; and the Northern Expeditions Base, Bissett, MB) as well as the several provisional programs Northern Tier offers to individual scouts. 

All participants must be age 14 by the time they arrive at Northern Tier OR have graduated from the 8th grade and be age 13 by the time they arrive.

The flagship base of Northern Tier, the Charles L Sommers Canoe Base has hosted Boy Scout Canoe Expeditions on the shores of Moose Lake since 1941. Located twenty miles, outside of the town of Ely, MN, the Sommers Base outfits over 4,000 scouts each year on wilderness canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota and the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario. Trips out of the Sommers base are limited to the size of 8 participants plus an Interpreter.

High adventure of any type is a unique experience for young men and women. Northern Tier is different from what most people experience; our Bases are gateways to over 2 million acres of wilderness. Crews will experience remote wilderness unlike anything they might have before.


Trip info for August 2019 coming soon.

Northern Tier equipment packing list

2019 Northern Tier participant handbook

2018-2019  Northern Tier advisor's planning guide