Couple's BWCA Canoe Adventure
Sep 21-25, 2022
Cost: $
Aug 20, 2020

It's difficult to describe the wondrous adventure that awaits you when you journey into Minnesota's beautiful BWCA for some canoe camping! This is specifically for married couples and will be geared towards adventure that helps you build your relationship with each other and with God.

We will travel by canoe up to 5 miles per day, camping on different lakes, portaging our equipment from one lake to another. It is moderately strenuous but well worth the effort!

Wild Hearts will provide all of the necessary equipment, food, guides and transportation from the Twin Cities area.

Our plan is to launch from the Gunflint Trail, spending the first night in a bunkhouse and launching the next morning.

We generally leave the Twin Cities area around 9am on Wednesday and return approximately 7pm on Sunday. Transportation is provided from the Twin Cities to the launch site at Poplar Lake off of the Gunflint Trail, which is East of Grand Marais. The drive is about 5 hours. We may stop in Duluth and/or Grand Marais for food and souvenirs.

Wild Hearts will provide all of the equipment, food and guides.

You are responsible for:

  • Your clothing
  • Personal care items
  • Fishing license and tackle if you desire to fish
  • Getting to pick-up location
  • Adventurous attitude

We will paddle about 4 - 6 miles each day and will camp in designated campsites each night. We like to get into camp before 2pm so that we have time to set up camp and then relax or explore. Some folks will take advatage of the time to do some fishing. We will probably eat dinner around 5:30pm, with your guides doing all the cooking while the participants will be tasked with set up and clean up. The food will be plentiful and delicious! We also provide snacks for your enjoyment throughout the day. For water, we will filter all drinking and cooking water.

We will have the opportunity to have campfires both in the mornings and evenings. At times, we will take advantage of this time together to have conversation as a group.

If you desire to fish, you may do so if you have a current Minnesota fishing license. Great fishing can be had from either the shoreline or from the canoes! Some folks ask about swimming; this is usually not recommended as the water is usually fairly cold and the shoreline is generally very rocky and can be dangerous.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Participation packets will be available approximately one month prior to the trip. We will also schedule a group Zoom meeting with participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip.


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Participant Waiver of Liability
This is a required document to be signed by the participant or guardian before your upcoming trip. (.pdf download)
Participant Expectations Agreement
You agree to these expectations on our adventure.

Meet Your Guides

Mike Kapala

Lead Guide

Mike joined us recently and has trained to become a guide for our many adventures.  He has a passion for coming along other men and walking beside them, especially if they are struggling.

Mike is also an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a love for hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, and just general exploring of our wondrous wildernesses! He enjoys wilderness survival and has gained experience through his time as an Eagle Scout and his military service. All of this has built a sense of pride and responsibility in caring for what God has given us in the nature around us and the beauty of this earth.

Mike is married to his beautiful wife, Diana and they have 10 children.  Yes, they are quite busy!  Mike’s family life has given him invaluable insight to the challenges of marriage, raising children and navigating chaos (mostly the good kind). As a team, they are passionate about marriage and working with couples.

Diana Kapala


Diana also joined us recently with the goal of becoming a guide. She is married to Mike and stays home to homeschool their 10 children. This has helped to give her a wide range of communication skills and chaos coordinating!

She has had a deep love for the outdoors as long as she can remember that was instilled in her by her father through numerous camping and hiking trips growing up. From that also came a deep respect for nature and the earth God created. She enjoys hiking, climbing, canoeing, and keyaking as well. She has a strong desire to pass this on to her children.

Along with that, she shares her husband's passion for marriage and raising children and coming alongside couples in all walks of life. She enjoys working with people and watching them challenge themselves and grow.