**Updated : November 2022*
Last month we were given the opportunity to head out on a week long staycation with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters - although this was gifted to us as part of a collaboration, the following review is our complete, honest opinion. This post may also contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you purchase a product via these links, with no extra cost to you!
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters is a lodge/resort and outfitters station located at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Open all year round, they offer amenities for summer guests - like portaging, canoeing, hiking, fishing - and winter guests as well - like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Voyageur Canoe Outfitter (VCO) is located on both sides of the Seagull River. Their main lodge/office, bathhouse, bunkhouses, and two cabins are located on mainland, while their sauna, bath house, 5 cabins and Black Bear Cabin are located across the river. Included with a cabin rental is the use of an aluminum canoe for your entire trip! As well as use of their life jackets, paddles, and maps. Although there is no cell service or Wi-Fi in the cabins, you can use the onsite wifi when in the main cabin/lodge. While they’re staff lives onsite, so does a friendly dog named Bosley! Upon check in they provided us with a welcome basket, and guide book including all their recommend spots for hiking, fishing, and canoeing.
We want to be honest, this cabin and resort are truly a wilderness cabin and resort - we don't want to fool anyone. They aren't going to have all the amenities and "Instagram worthy" details and photo spots that other cabins in the state of Minnesota might. However, we would 100% recommend booking a stay here if you're looking to do some outdoor exploration around the Gunflint Trail! The wildlife, hiking, fishing, and canoeing areas are the best in the state, and we were so thankful to have stayed here. In our opinion this is the closest to Alaska you can get, while staying in Minnesota! Our cabin was cozy, had all the amenities we needed, and was extra spacious! Not to mention the staff was so personable and kind we truly can't wait to go back. We definitely recommend staying with Voyageur Outfitters if you're looking to explore the North Shore, Gunflint Trail, or just northern Minnesota!
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