LynnAnne got the nickname "Icebreaker" after
venturing out on an early spring canoe trip
BEFORE the ice went out.  Imagine LynnAnne
skidding her canoe across ice just to reach water,
then breaking ice with a paddle to reach portages.  
You could call her a die-hard canoeist.

She has called Ely home for over ten years, and
considers this small town to be a well-kept secret.  
"Every time I pick up an 'Outside' magazine that
has an article titled 'Fifty Best Small Towns
in America,' I think, 'Please don't let Ely be
mentioned in that article.'"  
In winter, LynnAnne guides dogsledding trips in and
around the Boundary Waters at
Wintergreen Dogsled
Lodge.  In addition to the Boundary Waters, dogsledding
has taken her to the Rocky Mountains and the Arctic.

LynnAnne has facilitated a winter photography workshop
with professional photographer Layne Kennedy through
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge.  She learned several simple
techniques from him for improving composition and
lighting, and she has shown her photographs in Ely's
ArtWalk.  While guiding, LynnAnne carries a Panasonic
Lumix, a compact camera with a powerful zoom – perfect
for canoe trips.  If you would like to improve your skills
using your digital camera, LynnAnne is happy to share her
LynnAnne Vesper
Wilderness Guide
LynnAnne graduated from Gustavus Adolphus
College with majors in French and German.  She
has a long-standing interest in Swedish language
and culture.  The Swedish folk instrument
nyckelharpa caught her interest a few years ago,
and she is learning to play it.  She recently studied
in Finland for a year, immersing herself in the
culture of Nordic folk music.
Guided and fully outfitted canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) near Ely, Minnesota
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
LynnAnne learned to camp and canoe with
her family in Canada's Algonquin Park, in
Ontario north of New York state.  At twelve
years old, she and her sister began canoe
racing.  Her family moved to Minnesota five
years later, and LynnAnne eventually settled
in Ely, on the edge of the Boundary Waters
Canoe Area Wilderness.  LynnAnne is still
known to enter canoe races.
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There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance,
adventure, solitude and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost
forgotten, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.
– Sigurd Olson
LynnAnne making portaging a canoe AND a pack look easy.
Conversation and a sunset - a summer evening in the Boundary Waters doesn't get any better than this.