Quetico Trips

14295 Canadian Border Road Ely, MN 55731

The Quetico Park is where Don Beans began his guiding career, he is a licensed Canadian guide and knows these beautiful wilderness waterways extremely well. Quetico offers canoeists a more rustic experience than the BWCA, the Ontario Provincial Park sprawls nearly 100 miles, encompasses 1,776 square miles, contains nearly 2,000 lakes and lies adjacent to the larger BWCA in Minnesota. The beautiful and rugged Quetico Park is a canoe camping paradise providing paddlers with views of picturesque rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin red and white pine, spruce forests, pristine rivers and unspoiled lakes.

The fishing inside Quetico Park ranges from great to spectacular. This area has some of the finest smallmouth bass angling, with 20 inch smallmouth being a common size. Walleyes abound in the 14 to 20 inch range and are a mainstay meal over campfires. Proficient anglers catch and release many walleyes in the 22 to 30 inch range each year. Northern pike inhabit most of the lakes here in the border country and range in size from the ever abundant hammer handles with lengths of 18 to 25 inches, to the routinely caught 26 to 36 inch hard hitting pike. Every year anglers with skill and the proper equipment also prove these wilderness waterways support a healthy population of 36 to 45 inch northern pike. Many lakes are also home to the indigenous largemouth bass, overlooked by many anglers searching for the bronze sided smallmouth, this hard tugging northern cousin provides a lot of sport and many top the 20 inch length and five pound mark. Lake trout can be found deep beneath some of Quetico's most pristine waters. As an indigenous species, locals will travel miles in o secret lakes to catch trophy sized trout.   

When considering a Quetico canoe trip, there are a few of differences between this beautiful park and the neighboring BWCA. Most campsites are not marked on maps, there are no latrines or fire grates provided for guests use. It does take more time to travel into and out of Quetico but as our previous guests' can attest, the camp sites and superb angling are well worth it. 

    Quetico Park is located in Ontario, Canada and has specific rules and regulations for granting access:

    • Visitors must apply for a permit 5 months prior to their trip start date (sooner than 5 months is not permitted). Permits go quickly so a prompt permit application is necessary.
    • Group size is limited to 9 guests and 4 tents.
    • All US citizens entering Canada to day fish or camp overnight must secure a Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC). This process should be initiated at least five weeks prior to the trip start date.
    • Access the RABC application at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html; scroll to Submitting Your Application and click on the Application Form PDF icon. Print the RABC/CanPass form, complete and mail.
    • Purchase a non resident fishing license and an Ontario outdoors card on line at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/2ColumnSubpage/STEL02_165323.html
    • No live bait. This includes all dead and/or preserved bait, and includes all organic bait- dried and preserved minnows, leeches, salted minnows, etc. Also includes porkrinds, anything that has an organic makeup. Fish scents (Smelly Jelly, Dr. Juice, etc. are still legal.)
    • Quetico Park is artificial lures only. Only barbless hooks are allowed in Quetico Park. Please purchase all barbless lures or pinch down your current barbs. Not every hook in your tackle bag needs to be altered, the regulation applies only to the hook(s) that are in the water .This regulation is strictly enforced.
    • Everyone returning from Canada must have a current Passport, as a primary source of identification in order to re-enter the United States. This regulation is enforced.
    • Canada charges a daily camping fee.

    Rates for Guided Quetico Trip are as follows:

    • $125.99 per person per day
    • 4 – 6 people in the party 5% discount
    • 7 – 8 people in the party 10% discount
    • 5% discount on lodging at Jasper Inn or Jasper Lofts
    • 10% discount on canoe and shuttle services
    • $275.00 per day for a Guide for 1 – 4 people in party
    • $300.00 per day for a Guide for 5 – 8 people in party

    Additional fees not included in rates above are Quetico permit reservation and camping fees, outdoors card, RABC permit, fishing licenses and taxes.

    Your Retreat into Northern Hospitality

    The Jasper Company is operated by the same owners, the Beans family, who will continue to provide the same top quality service now just all under one name.

    The Jasper Company will provide you with extraordinary lodging, fun-filled guided or self-guided trips into the BWCA and Quetico Parks, and delicious baked goods and coffee to start each day of your visit to Ely, Minnesota. Your trip can be as short as a day or extend it to a week or even longer. Stay in downtown Ely, enjoy our Guest House or Bay House located on Jasper Lake, or camp on a remote wilderness lake -- your vacation will be personalized to meet your individual preferences. Our 30 years of experience will ensure that you return home with countless memories.

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