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Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage

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  • We had never driven all the way to a Grand Portage, but finally had the opportunity to do so in mid-October. We found Grand Portage National Monument to be an absolute gem! The Visitor Center has exce...  more »
  • The tour is set up efficiently to be interesting, informative and enjoyable. The film shown in the main area is excellent. Staff were kind and helpful in the gift shop (a lot of good books). The whole...  more »
  • My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to this National Historic Site. I knew aomethibg about the fur trade in the early days of Anerica. But I didn't know the role that the Ojibwe Indians played i...  more »
  • One of the only things in the area, really, besides the casino. Very pretty with great views. The center has a nice building with inviting staff and some cool stuff to check-out. They also have "re-built" the fort to look like it once did and offer tours. Worth checking-out if you're in the area and not in a hurry.
  • This is one of the rare places where native Americans and European settlers cooperated to establish a booming fur trade. The actual trading post is recreated authentically to provide the visitor with a window to the past. Every intricate details of the daily lives of the traders are on display and one can't but marvel at the way how people used to live a couple of centuries ago.
  • Staff are excellent and enjoy what they're doing. The heritage center and old buildings are a terrific site. The trail... pop some popcorn for this. There is two campsites at Fort Charlotte which is off the pigeon river by Canada. Both sites are free and are decent. The trail though... I would rather walk to hell and back than to take that trail again. 8.5 miles of muck and swamp to walk through. From my pedometer the trail totals to about 11 miles for walking around mud pit after mud pit. Bugs are as expected for being in the middle of a forest. The entire trip is mostly uphill. Wear pants, otherwise plants and bugs will wear your legs down to the bone. Beaver pond is beautiful and so is the Pigeon River. Other than that, if you're a moderate level hiker then this is a nice challenge. I recommend a pack weighing 30lbs or less, otherwise every ounce kills.
  • Cool museum and movie at the heritage center. Unfortunately they closed for the winter on October 10 so we did not get to see the inside of the monument in person.
  • Very cool spot, worth the drive. Stop in and view the interactive historic site and take some pictures from the dock.