We make the majority of our gear using local materials from our land and surrounding forest and with traditional tools and technologies. Check our facebook and blog on this website for stories and photos of the gear-making process.
TRAVEL: Skis, Snowshoes and Toboggans
Birch is a wonderful tree that provides many things, among them is its lightweight yet strong and flexible wood. We carefully select and harvest straight, clear-grained trees to make our traveling gear. We boil and/or steam long thin boards into ultimate snow-sliding and walking equipment.
CAMPING: Wall Tents & Woodstoves
We sew custom wall tents from tightly-woven lightweight cotton canvas. Paired with a homemade woodstove (we often recycle old steel drums for the metal), spruce bough floor, and caribou hide sleeping pad it will keep you toasty warm.
CLOTHING: Winter Apparel
We want you to be warm- and while we can't dress you head to toe in fur and moosehide we are able to provide most customers with a homemade anorak and some additional warm items like overmitts and Neos overshoes.
We offer a program where you can make your own mukluks and then do a snowshoe trip wearing them!
We feel the best..
when we are moving through the country as sustainably and simply as we can. We find that we enjoy travel more when we move through the forests and rivers under our own power, our bodies finding that glorious zone of comfort so we feel that we belong, in even the chilliest of temperatures.
We see more....
when we’re looking for things that we can interact with: dead standing trees for firewood, edible and medicinal plants, tracks, new routes. We hear more when the only sounds we make are the rhythm of sliding skis and trotting paws. We are warmer when we trap and sew our own clothing out of materials that breathe and biodegrade. Our food tastes better if we worked to get it, and eat it out of wooden bowls. Our lives are richer the more days and nights we spend under the stars. These experiences are what we wish to share with our clients.
Our trips are authentic.
You will travel on trails we have cut, stay in tents we have sewn, and use gear that is made from and indigenous to the area we’re traveling in. We guarantee that you will learn, laugh, and experience something unique every day.
In this complicated and ever-merging world, we strive to live as close as we can to the place we’re in. We hunt, fish and grow much of our food and feed our dogs fish as well. We strive to provide for our clients healthy, homemade food that is local to our community and produced in a safe manner. We make our sleds, skis, and snowshoes from local wood with simple hand tools. We do our best to use technology that is cost-effective and doesn't insulate us to any great degree from a direct experience with our environment.
The Boreal forest has a wealth of wisdom, we can always learn something new. We named our company BorealJourneys because our trips are about experiences more than destinations, because they are rooted in a way of living.
We limit our trip sizes and vary campsites to limit impact. We guide trips based off of road-access rather than airplane. Our dogs run on fish rather than fuel or imported dog food. We live in the place we guide, and we want to make sure that it is still just as beautiful and bountiful when we're in the ground and future generations are tromping around.