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Grand Portage National Monument

170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
+1 218-475-0123
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Loved the hiking trail!

My favorite part of this stop was the hiking trail. It was rugged enough to challenge me. I was... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Karin S
Bemidji, Minnesota
Worth the drive

We arrived at Grand Portage National Monument just as a guided tour was starting. Our tour guide... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
Alexandria, MN
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On a hot sultry day in mid-July 1802, partners of the most successful fur trade company in North America, the North West Company, met in their majestic Great Hall at Grand Portage and voted to move their summer headquarters from the protected shores of Lake Superior’s Grand Portage Bay 50 miles north to the mouth of the Kaministquia River. Almost from the time the vigorous Anglo-Scot Nor’Westers had organized at Grand Portage in the mid 1780’s an emerging United States wanted them out. The July vote would mean that 18 buildings constructed from native squared spruce, pine and birch and over 2,000 cedar pickets surrounding them would be torn down, transported north in company schooners and used in constructing the new Fort William far from U.S. soil. As early as 2,000 years ago, Indian Nations probably used Kitchi Onigaming “the Great Carrying Place” to travel from summer homes on Lake Superior to winter hunting grounds in the interior of Minnesota and Ontario. In 1729 Cree guide Auchagah drew a map for some of the first French fur traders showing them how to reach the "western sea" of Lake Winnipeg. Other Europeans would follow, in time, Grand Portage became the gateway into rich northern fur bearing country connecting remote interior outposts to lucrative international markets. Reopened in 1951 as Grand Portage National Historic Site, designated a National Monument in 1958, its nearly 710 acres lying entirely within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, the reconstructed depot celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe lifeways. Today as yesterday, the people, the cultures and the land have much to share.
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170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
+1 218-475-0123
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

My favorite part of this stop was the hiking trail. It was rugged enough to challenge me. I was glad I had my hiking boots and walking sticks! The sights, smells, and sounds were beautiful. Thank you for such a gem. Also enjoyed the great...More

Thank Karin S
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We arrived at Grand Portage National Monument just as a guided tour was starting. Our tour guide, Jared, was excellent. He was interesting and informative. I can tell he really enjoys his job. It was exciting to walk on the same trail that Voyageurs have...More

Thank Jarnel
Reviewed 10 September 2016

I've been here previously during a Rendevous with re-enactors and it is a must see of historical significance. Good to tour on its own as well to see how folks(French and First Nation) lived together in early 1800s.

Thank TLV007
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The volunteers and NPS staff are dressed for the historical time and conduct period activities which brings the facility to real life. Very imprssed with the commentaries and the dedication of the staff, who I understand are mainly volunteers. We learned about buidling a canoe,...More

Thank packcal
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This is a great stop for a bit of history and a bit of a view. The visitor center is great and has all kinds of info, but you can also go down to the site and see history as it was. We saw a...More

Thank Jen D
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Our family really enjoyed this experience. All of the actors were friendly and informative. The park ranger working the desk was the best. She swore my daughter into the junior ranger program. She made a great impression on my twelve year old. Thank you!

Thank jennifer t
Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is well worth a couple of hours if you're in the area (likely for Isle Royale). The visitors center is small, but excellent with some really nice displays - great history and a variety of artifacts. You can walk across the road and there...More

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Fantastic cultural site of the National Park Service. Visitor's center first rate. Interpretive demonstrations in the nearby recreated trading post very well done. Done in conjunction with local Native American reservation, but not overly political. Well worth a visit.

Thank PvcM
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We are from the Twin Cities, so Grand Portage is about as far away as we could go without leaving the state. We stayed in Cloquet and made the trip to Grand Portage from there. The drive was beautiful, and what awaited us was even...More

Thank Heather E
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Very new and impressive visitor's center. Stop there and see the 22 min movie first. It will make everything else make so much more sense. View the exhibits and artifacts in the center and then walk down to the recreated village on the shore. Really...More

Thank David M
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terri P
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Response from Dwight D | Reviewed this property |
I believe a sign said only service dogs were allowed on the trails.