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Since the company's founding in 1964, Canadian Waters, Inc. has ushered countless visitors into its over 2 million-acre backyard: the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. For hundreds of years, this ancient network of woods and winding lakes and streams has been used for transportation, fishing, and camping. As an outfitter, Canadian Waters, Inc. helps customers tap into that history. The company organizes multiple- and single-day canoe trips, each of which begins with a briefing. Before anyone sets out, waterproof maps are marked with useful information, ranging from suggested campsites and fishing areas to locations of American Indian pictographs and the place where all socks go when they disappear.

The staff also prepares adventurers to tackle the wilderness for any length of time with customized gear packages. They may include canoes by Mad River, Bell, and Wenonah, as well as freestanding lightweight tents and waterproof personal packs stuffed with freeze-dried foods. The company also rents out satellite phones on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis so that travelers are never too disconnected while they escape from the daily grind.

111 E Sheridan St.
Ely,
MN
US

Located in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Piragis Northwoods Company outfits excursioneers with all the necessities for embarking into the wily wilderness of northern Minnesota. Before outfitting adventurers, experienced outdoorsmen assist in planning routes and campsites to meet outdoorsy goals and wolf-man-sighting desires. Campers then rent accoutrements such as lightweight Kevlar canoes ($30+/day), solo or tandem kayaks ($30+/day), and Kevlar paddles ($6/day). Alternatively, woodspeople can be fully outfitted with canoes, paddles, packed food, tent and tarp, packs, witch repellent, sleeping bags, and a plethora of other gear ($100/person/day).

105 N Central Ave
Ely,
MN
US

Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.

1313 Paul Bunyan Dr NW
Bemidji,
MN
US

The Rod and Rifle Rag is an hunting and fishing record keeping system developed by Davis J Hennes, LLC. Our products help encourage the preservation of outdoor traditions, like hunting and fishing. They make it easy to become a better hunter or fisher and pass that heritage down.

1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd,
MN
US

The doggy dietitians at White's Premium incorporate only natural, wholesome ingredients in their dog food, giving pets the proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals they need for a long, healthy life. Each recipe get its protein from real human-grade chicken, lamb, and fish and is always free of wheat gluten. Fill your pup's plate with Original Chicken ($9.99, 5 lb; $38.99, 30 lb)— packed with rice, barley, and a slew of minerals—or help older dogs age gracefully by giving them Senior Lite ($11.99, 5lb; $44.99, 30 lb) for help with weight management and reading small print. Other specialized cuisine includes Sensitive ($11.99, 5 lb; $44.99, 30 lb) for dogs who suffer from digestive intolerances or allergies, and Puppy (5lb $11.99, 30lb $44.99) for future dog presidents.

24463 Hazelwood Drive
Nisswa,
MN
US

Set amid the north-woods pines of the Brainerd Lakes area, Boats and Beyond Rentals places recreational trailblazers behind the handlebars of electric-start Polaris snowmobiles. Machines chew snow through the Paul Bunyan Trail's network of more than 100 groomed miles as riders hunt down local eateries, bewilder drive-thru attendants, and fuel up at rest stops. Snowmobilers can take the reins right outside the rental office or load the sled into a trailer so they may rev the heated handgrips along their favorite trail.

4758 County Road 77
Nisswa,
MN
US