Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage was the center of the North American fur trade 300 years ago. The Grand Portage National Monument includes a reconstructed palisade with a great hall, a kitchen complex, and a canoe warehouse. An Ojibwe Village, a voyageur encampment and the ruins of Fort Charlotte are adjacent to the site. Trade goods are displayed for hands-on examination in the Great Hall. Reenactors recreate daily life at the depot as it readied for the rendezvous between the North West Company men from Montreal and the voyageurs of the Canadian wilderness.Start your visit at the Grand Portage Heritage Center, built in 2007. It includes films about the area's heritage, artifacts and other exhibits about the lives of Native Americans and voyagers. Then head to the palisade to see a fur press in action, examine trade goods, find out why beaver pelts were so valued, visit with the fort cook in the kitchen, learn about the historic garden, and watch craftsmen building birch bark canoes.The Mount Rose Trail, a half-mile climb into the woods, includes 16 stops with information about local geology and plants of the boreal forest. You also can walk part or all of the historic 8.5-mile Grand Portage, where fur traders would haul goods and canoes between Pigeon River and Lake Superior to avoid the dramatic and dangerous waterfalls. The biggest event each year is the historical recreation of the Rendezvous and Grand Portage Pow-Wow.Grand Portage National Monument is located on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, home of the Ojibwe band. While the historic site closes during the winter, the Grand Portage grounds are available for experienced snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Note: Mosquitoes, gnats, and black flies are abundant during spring and summer, especially in the back country. Primitive campsites can be found at Grand Portage State Forest, 218-387-3039. There is a $3 admission to the monument with a maximum of $6 for a family.For more information on Grand Portage National Monument, visit the National Park Service website.
170 Mile Creek Rd
- Minnesota, United States of America 55605
- 47.95757000, -89.69148000
- Visit Website
- (218) 475-0123