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 [...]

20 01, 2021

Grand Portage National Monument

2021-02-15T18:28:27+00:00History, Hovland/Grand Portage|

Grand Portage National Monument is a United States National Monument located on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Portage, MN. It is an Ojibwe monument that forms a bridge between time, people, and culture. You'll learn about and explore the partnership between Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the fur trade. While there you can see historic cooking and baking demonstrations and learn about fur trade history, and area history. History of the Grand Portage Known by the Ojibwe as the Gitchi Onigaming or "Great Carrying Place" the 8.5 mile portage trail allowed American Indians [...]

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 07, 2020

4th of July

2022-06-15T14:39:10+00:00Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

The 4th of July on the North Shore is as fun and festive as you can imagine.  With activities, parades, and firework shows all along the Lake Superior shoreline.  Wherever you are, you probably aren’t far from a 4th of July Celebration.  Here’s a list of happenings around the area. In Cook County Tofte: Tofte has quickly become the place to be in Cook County on the 4th of July! A full day of events including live music, fabulous food, a beer garden, bingo, a craft show, and minnow races.  It all starts with the Annual Tofte Trek 10k Trail [...]

1 01, 2020

Hovland Dock

2021-02-25T21:44:27+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Hovland/Grand Portage|

Located on Chicago Bay in the ghost-town of Hovland, MN (19 miles northeast of Grand Marais), is the last remaining vintage commercial dock on Lake Superior. The concrete dock dates back to the early 1900’s when Hovland was a thriving economic hub in the area. Its primary use was a loading and unloading site for passenger and cargo ships traveling between Duluth and Canada. Today the dock stretches out about a hundred feet into the deep water, with a couple sections disconnected and submerged into Lake Superior. An old bell that was rung in years past to signal the arrival of a [...]

1 01, 2020

Susie Islands

2021-08-09T14:59:43+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Hovland/Grand Portage|

The Susie Islands are a group of 13 islands off the North Shore of Lake Superior near Grand Portage. The three major islands: Susie, Francis, and Lucille were all named after a member of the Falconer family who once lived in Susie and mined its copper ore in the early 1900’s. Though copper ore is no longer mined from the islands, they still have much to give: an environment for growing rare flora and a breathtaking view from the roadside overlook along Highway 61. The islands are all home to unique and unusual flora due to their location. Because the islands are offshore, [...]

1 01, 2020

Rydens Border Store

2021-10-05T17:26:23+00:00Hovland/Grand Portage, Local Businesses|

If you have intentions of crossing the U.S./Canadian border in the future, you’ll want to make sure you keep Rydens Border Store on your radar for two reasons: one is for its location and the second is because of the goods the store offers. Rydens Border Store has been a family-owned business since 1947 and is located only a half-mile from the US/Canadian border and five miles north of Grand Portage. Though it is close to the border, when you visit you’ll feel like you’re a world away from everything else. The store offers the essentials such as food and [...]

1 01, 2020

Grand Portage State Park

2022-04-27T21:34:45+00:00Hovland/Grand Portage, State Parks, Waterfalls|

The highest waterfall in Minnesota! A beautiful welcome center with picnic shelter! Amazing scenic views! Grand Portage State Park has it all. This state park sits on the border to Canada, so it’s a bit of a drive, but the views are worth the trip. In addition to being an incredibly beautiful and accessible state park, this is a unique park. Grand Portage State Park is the only state park that is operated in a partnership between the state parks service and local Native American band. The park is located entirely within the Grand Portage tribal lands. The nearby National [...]

1 01, 2020

Judge C R Magney State Park

2022-03-22T20:00:59+00:00Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, State Parks, Waterfalls|

Judge C R Magney State Park is best known as the home of the mysterious Devil's Kettle Waterfall. However, that's not the only thing to see and do in the park. Located approximately fourteen miles northeast of Grand Marais, this state park has a lot to offer guests. It is also well-known for its great hiking trails and trout fishing. Our Favorite Things to Do in Judge C.R. Magney State Park 1. Hike to Devil’s Kettle Waterfall: This waterfall on the Brule River splits in two with one side flowing downstream and the other side disappearing into a mysterious hole known [...]

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