Boundary Water Canoe Area

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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The BWCA, or Boundary Water Canoe Area, is one of the great natural wonders of the United States and Canada. The Boundary Water Canoe Area rests along the border of Ontario, Canada, and Minnesota. Within it, you can find over 1,000 lakes. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes for good reason!

The Boundary Water Canoe Area and Its Wildlife

In addition to an incredible chain of lakes both big and small, the Boundary Water Canoe Area is also home to some fantastic wildlife. Majestic eagles, gigantic pine trees, stunning wildflowers, and luscious berries are all typical of the BWCA. The area has been rigorously preserved. Motorboats are forbidden on many of the lakes, which ensures an astounding level of silence.

In fact, for many of the 200,000 visitors who come to this area every year, silence is the biggest draw. Real darkness and real silence are unknown to so many Americans. If you grew up in a city, you may have never really experienced true darkness, with no street lights, head lights, or city glow. You most certainly will have not experienced true, vast silence.

The BWCA becomes a treasured spot for many of the people who visit it. Campers expect to visit the area once, and end up coming back year after year. Many visitors take home mementos of their trip, or buy gifts for friends and family back home to give them a taste of the BWCA's magic. These may include all natural soaps made with area ingredients, or calendars featuring photos of local natural beauty.

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