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"Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day."  Helen Steiner Rice  

 

 

Cross-Country Skiing on the Trail

 

   

Weather Report

Snowflakes have been falling off and on throughout the day, the week, and the past month.  We will definitely have a White Christmas here at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  The snowflakes as of late are the light, fluffy ones that drift slowly to the ground.  On the 15th of December they weren't so light and fluffy and they fell all over the North Shore and the Gunflint Trail in amounts of up to 20 inches!  Here at the end of the Trail we didn't receive that many inches but we did get enough to be able to get out and ski on the newly groomed trails.  The bigger lakes have recently frozen over and before long we will be gliding across them on our snowmobiles in search of Lake Trout.  The temperatures are predicted to be mild the next 7-10 days so come on up to Voyageur and enjoy our Winter Wonderland.

 

 

Rudolph?  

 

 

 

Wildlife: 

Reindeer or Caribou- I never realized that reindeer and caribou were one in the same animal.  In North America we call them caribou and people like to hunt them but in other parts of the country they are known as reindeer and are often herded and used for survival.  I have always wanted to see the great herds of caribou migrating across the tundra and swimming through open water.  Caribou are such a majestic animal and they used to live in the BWCA and Quetico Park.  There was once talk about re-introducing them to the area but we haven't heard anything recently. Caribou/reindeer are unique in that both the male and female grow antlers.  The female keeps her antlers from year to year but the male will lose his in the fall and grow another set by summer.  I recently read caribou of North America can run at speeds of almost 50 miles per hour and may travel 3,000 miles in a year, not too amazing since Santa's reindeer fly around the world in less than 24 hours.  Speaking of Santa, what does all of this mean for him?  Well, if I understand what I have read about caribou and reindeer, it means Rudolph is a red-nosed female caribou!  I suppose his sleigh could be pulled by only females and young males, but given the magical powers Santa has I imagine he can make his reindeer keep their antlers until after Christmas! 

 

   

 

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What's New?

Christmas- We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.  Whether or not you celebrate the Christmas Tradition we hope you enjoy this time with your loved ones.  We appreciate you reading this newsletter and we really appreciate your business.  Our guests are the ones who make it possible for us to own a canoe outfitting business and to live at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  For this and many other things we are very grateful to you all and thank you for supporting Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and our family.  If you would like to read our holiday letter or view some family photos then you can see them on our website.  Wishing you all the best in 2006 and we hope to see you at Voyageur!

The Boundary Waters Blog- Thanks to everyone who visits my blog.  It seems there are quite a few of you who like to make it a part of your daily ritual and I am very pleased.  It's fun to hear comments from my readers and it keeps me updating it on a daily basis because I don't want to let anyone down.  Friends got a chuckle after reading about downhill skiing at Lutsen, and my sister shakes her head at my story about a winter survival kit.  I hope those of you who are reading it keep on reading and if you haven't checked it out, please do so now and tell your friends too.    

Quetico Park Permits- It is that time of the year to start thinking about permits.  The lottery system for the BWCA is open and you can reserve permits for the Quetico five months prior to the start date of your trip.  We are reserving permits for May trips now and will begin reserving for June trips in January.  If you have your dates secured for an entry through Cache Bay then give us a call or e-mail us so we can reserve your permit for you.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review: 

Voyageur's Fleece Blanket- Try keeping warm this winter with a new Voyageur Blanket.  It is the same material as most sweatshirts and is very cozy and warm.  Predictions are for a colder than normal winter, so cut down on heating bills and snuggle up in a new blanket.  They are available in both green and grey so take your pick.  We'll send one to you for $30.00, so give us a call toll-free or purchase one online today.   

 

 

Winter Survival Kit

  • Extra jacket & snow pants
  • Scarf, hat, & mittens
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Warm blanket
  • Matches & firestarter
  • Magazine & toilet paper
  • Dirt or kitty litter for traction
  • Small shovel
  • Small tool box & 1st aid kit 
  • Booster cables
  • Bottle of windshield fluid
  • Cards, games, and puzzles
  • Brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • High energy snack
  • Bottled water
  • Diet Coke(I don't leave home without it)

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Skill:

Winter Driving- The holidays are some of the busiest days on the roadways.  We hope the weather is nice and everyone has safe travels this season and throughout the New Year.  Living on the Gunflint Trail we get to experience winter driving for almost half of the year and yet we still end up in the ditch from time to time.  Please ensure you arrive safely at your destination by taking your time and driving at a speed that is comfortable and safe for the conditions.  Always let someone know when you plan on arriving and the route you will take.  Be alert for icy patches especially on bridges and remember if your vehicle has anti-lock brakes then there is no need to pump them.  For more tips on winter driving please visit this informative website and if you are unfortunate enough to go into the ditch then make sure you are prepared.  I've made a list of my favorite items to keep in the car during winter.  Hopefully you will never have to use them, but it's always better to be prepared. Wishing you all a safe and memorable holiday season.

  

 

 

Bob Baker Senior

 

 

Fishing Report

I'm happy to report most of the smaller lakes have frozen over and have enough ice to walk on now.  Even the larger lakes such as Saganaga and Gunflint have frozen over, but just recently, so there is probably only a couple of inches in some places.  It will take awhile until we venture too far out on the new ice.  Lake Trout opener within the BWCA is on December 31st so most ice should be ready by then.  Outside of the BWCA and the Minnesota side of Saganaga opens on January 14th, while the Canadian side of Sag doesn't open until February 15th.  I'm not sure how many of you have ever winter fished with a spear, but it is one of my favorite things to do.  You have to be a Minnesota resident to spear and the only species you are allowed to take is Northern Pike. A neighbor of ours was spearing on a secret lake recently and was lucky enough to have a 44", 23 pound Northern Pike swim into his hole.  Normally you see 2-3 pound Northern and that is exciting enough, I can't imagine seeing a fish that big in my hole, Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew