26 05, 2022

Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

2022-05-26T18:58:19+00:00Events & Holidays, Gunflint Trail/BWCA|

In 1976 a group of friends and neighbors on the Gunflint Trail gathered together and organized the first Gunflint Trail Canoe Races as a fundraiser for numerous programs and causes on the Gunflint Trail. For the past 40+ years, the area has hosted the races every year - with one exception. In 1999 the catastrophic Boundary Waters Blowdown storm caused the cancelation. This was due to most of the Trail residents participating in the rescue efforts. Besides that summer, the races have been a community staple every July at Gunflint Lake. The Races Return! After being canceled in 2020 and [...]

1 12, 2021

The Dark Sky Festival

2021-12-02T15:25:28+00:00Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail/BWCA|

December is the darkest month of the year, and towns along Lake Superior's North Shore have some of the clearest night skies in the world. To celebrate the wintertime darkness, Visit Cook County presents The Dark Sky Festival. An annual event celebrating the stars, the moon, Northern Lights, and the area's dark skies. Cook County, home to the towns of Grand Marais, Lutsen, Schroeder, Tofte, Hovland, and Grand Portage, has one of the darkest skies in the entire world! Thanks to the absence of large cities and light pollution from our small northern county, visitors can enjoy clear views of [...]

12 10, 2021

Moose Madness

2021-10-12T16:58:27+00:00Events & Holidays, Grand Marais|

Hosted by Visit Cook County, Moose Madness is an annual family-friendly festival that takes place over MEA weekend each October in Grand Marais. A popular favorite amongst visitors, the festival includes several scheduled events and activities and various ways for participants to earn "Moose Bucks". You then redeem your Moose Bucks collection for prizes and other goodies. During Moose Madness you have the best chances of spotting Murray the Moose, the mascot of Visit Cook County. He gets called to town each year at the start of the festival and can be found walking around the downtown area most of [...]

24 06, 2021

Returning in 2021

2021-06-28T14:54:22+00:00Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Lutsen, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Last week, we were overjoyed that Grandma's Marathon returned to Duluth after being canceled in 2020. Seeing the runners was a welcoming sight to see! This weekend, we are excited to see the return of the Lutsen 99er. Already, the North Shore has seen the return of several popular events. Now, we are pleased to announce that there are several popular events and festivals along the North Shore that are returning in 2021! Festivals in Cook County (Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Hovland, Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder) According to the Visit Cook Count Events Calendar, things are really hopping up in Cook [...]

17 12, 2020

Outdoor Winter Events

2021-02-15T19:14:06+00:00Activities & Attractions, COVID-19, Events & Holidays, News & Updates|

Like we saw in 2020, 2021 events will look very different. This includes outdoor winter events such as the Norpine Fat Bike Classic. This week we introduce you to two opportunities on the North Shore to get outside in a safe, physically distant way so that you can still enjoy the North Shore beauty this winter. Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race Series Our first of the outdoor winter events is the Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race Series. From the Bearskin Nordic Series Website: "The Bearskin Virtual Nordic Race Series is a season-long Nordic ski event. Throughout each month skiers will race a [...]

26 11, 2020

Oh Ole Night

2021-11-25T15:43:37+00:00Events & Holidays|

After a year off in 2020, Oh Ole Night Returns in 2021! This popular holiday festival celebrates the area's Scandinavian heritage (as in, Sven and OLE, get it?) and is a popular family-friendly holiday tradition in Grand Marais. Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is a festive time in downtown Grand Marais as the Oh Ole Night celebration takes place. Shoppers explore the sales happening in local stores during the day. Then, when night rolls around, everyone gathers along the streets of town for a parade and tree lighting ceremony. The evening is then capped off with a fireworks display. The [...]

1 10, 2020

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

2022-01-13T19:10:37+00:00Events & Holidays|

Each January, the beloved John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is held in northeast Minnesota. The race is named after the mail carrier, John Beargrease, who delivered mail up and down the North Shore via dogsled and rowboat. It began in 1980. Today, there are three races for teams to choose from: The full marathon, the 40-mile race, and a 120-mile race. The full marathon begins in Duluth at Billy's Bar. Teams then follow a hilly course through the Sawtooth Mountains. The 40-mile race ends near Two Harbors while the full and 120-race continue up the shore of Lake Superior. The [...]

1 10, 2020

Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race

2021-02-15T21:14:07+00:00Events & Holidays, Grand Marais|

Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Buke Race With an abundance of gravel roads and trails, the North Shore is a prime destination for gravel bike enthusiasts.  Clearly, it's no surprise that in recent years, the popular past time has grown to include some well-known gravel bike races.  The first of the year, happening each May, is the Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race by Heck of the North Productions. The Courses The Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race features three challenging courses;  a 120-mile, a 66-mile, and a 20-mile course so the race can appeal to all skill levels.  [...]

30 09, 2020

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days

2021-02-15T21:24:46+00:00Events & Holidays, Hovland/Grand Portage|

Grand Portage Rendezvous Days is a weekend-long celebration honoring the Anishinabe culture and the area's historic fur trade. The historic trade took place between the Ojibwe and French in the 1730s, and with the British in the 1760’s. During this time, traders made a nine-mile portage, named the Grand Portage, around the Pigeon River. The portage allowed them to access the fur-rich areas of the state and establish trading relationships. Throughout the years, the relationship between the Anishinabe and the traders was strong. The Great Rendezvous was celebrated each year at the end of the fur trade season. At this [...]

1 08, 2020

Fishermans Picnic

2021-08-18T20:49:10+00:00Events & Holidays, Grand Marais|

The first weekend of August is generally a scorcher in most of the Midwest, and even on the North Shore, our temps tend to go up a little. But relative to the rest of the area, our moderate temps and low humidity persist.  This makes the perfect weekend for a visit to Lake Superior and Grand Marais temp-wise, but also because the first weekend in August is Fishermans Picnic! Known locally as Fish Pic, this is the big family-friendly festival in Grand Marais, with activities for everyone.  Celebrated annually for 9 decades, the town of Grand Marais truly comes to [...]

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