Search Courses

The base camp for the second Outward Bound school founded in the United States is located on the edge of the most spectacular canoe wilderness in North America. The Voyageur Outward Bound School is in Ely, Minn., the gateway to the renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a rugged maze of pristine lakes and rivers that straddles the U.S.–Canadian border, west of Lake Superior.

The Voyageur Outward Bound School doesn’t boast. They do. The first all-women’s Outward Bound course launched its canoes from Ely in 1965. The first urban programs were offered by Voyageur 25 years ago, and today they continue to deliver innovative courses at their Twin Cities Center in downtown St. Paul.

Leave it all behind as you disappear by canoe, on a true wilderness expedition, carrying all your supplies for one week or three. You can do more than you think you can. Discover your strengths, find new confidence and accomplish more than you ever thought possible. With both a wilderness base camp and an urban center, Voyageur brings the promise of Outward Bound to an incredibly broad spectrum of students, including those with special dietary needs. 

Mush behind a pack of sled dogs in the Great White North or be mesmerized by the haunting wail of a loon on a summer night.  Paddle a sea kayak beneath sandstone sea caves on Lake Superior or climb the rugged cliffs that tower above the lakes. A proud, rich history combines with a confident and compassionate approach to helping people of all ages and walks of life realize their true potential.

Featured Courses

Boundary Waters Dog Sledding & Cross Country Skiing

On skis and dog sleds you blaze trails across the snow covered frozen lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely, MN. On this expedition, you won’t just learn how to run dogs, and explore one of the most remote, beautiful and harsh environments on the planet. 


Boundary Waters Dog Sledding To Florida Keys Sailing Semester

On this semester course, there is never a moment when you are not “in class.” Every choice you make—how hard you work to master a skill, how much you prioritize the group tasks over your own needs, how you treat others or respond to challenging situations—will affect you and your whole group, on the trail, on the boat, in camp, or while eating a meal. 

Boundary Waters Dog Sledding & Cross Country Skiing Pathfinder

While on the expedition you will navigate a route over frozen lakes and rivers and travel the overland portage trails between them. You will develop skills in backcountry skiing, winter camping, managing and mushing dogs, and controlling a dogsled.




Courses areas for Voyageur Outward Bound School


Canoeing, Backpacking, Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, River Kayaking, Service Projects, Challenge Courses, Whitewater Canoeing, Dog Sledding & Skiing


Classic for Middle SchoolHigh SchoolCollege and AdultGap Year/SemesterInstructor, InterceptVeterans and Custom Programs