Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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Access for 90 days
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||Bruce Hyer was born in Hartford Connecticut. At age five, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said "I want to move to Canada, build a log cabin in the wilderness, and live off the land." When 30, he did just that, living solo at Shawanabis Lake for 2 years. Then he moved to Thunder Bay to propose and lobby for the creation of Wabakimi... a 25 year successful project. Caribou biologist, forester, guide, and bush pilot, Bruce created many of the portages and routes in Wabakimi. Bruce got a bit distracted for 7 years as a Member of Parliament in Canada. He is now back at Wabakimi, and is currently working on a book about the biology, history, politics, and canoe routes of Wabakimi.
Woodland caribou used to range far south into Minnesota and Wisconsin. Today, roads, logging, and human disturbance have driven them far north into Canada, and made them a species at great risk. One of their few remaining haunts is Wabakimi Wilderness Park, a few hours north of Lake Superior. Presenter Bruce Hyer is a caribou biologist who fought (successfully) to create this 5,000,000 acre virgin boreal wilderness as a refuge for woodland caribou. Five times the size of BWCA or Quetico. No Roads. Never logged. Canoeists get to enjoy the vast maze of lakes and rivers too! Wabakimi is accessible only by canoe or floatplane. Over half of Wabakimi paddlers saw a Wabakimi caribou in 2021. Only a 12 hour drive from Madison! Bruce will talk about caribou habitat and biology. As well as some tips on how to see these magnificent animals, but without endangering them further. He will also talk about the best habitat for canoeists in Wabakimi and how to access it.
Wabakimi Wilderness Park is twice as big as Yellowstone or Connecticut, and five times the size of the Boundary Waters or Quetico. Surprisingly little known, Wabakimi receives less than 1,000 paddlers per year! A key person in the creation of Wabakimi, Bruce Hyer is known to many as Mr. Wabakimi. He will talk about how to access and plan a Wabakimi trip. It can be tricky! He will also talk about the unique natural features of this unique unspoiled wilderness. Never logged. No roads. Unspoiled boreal forest. Many rivers and hundreds of lakes. And home to one of the last herds of woodland caribou! Pure wilderness, and less than 12 hours from Madison. Ready for a paddling area larger and wilder than BWCA or Quetico? Consider Wabakimi Wilderness Park, and check out www.wabakimi.com.