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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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Very nice

What a great place to visit. The rangers are very helpful, some dress in period costumes and tell... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Flagstaff, Arizona
Very well done!

Grand Portage National Monument is really impressive! The visitor center looks new, has good... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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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 2 days ago

What a great place to visit. The rangers are very helpful, some dress in period costumes and tell stories. Very interesting! If you have never been to the area it is worth the trip.

Thank ktr11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Grand Portage National Monument is really impressive! The visitor center looks new, has good displays to explain the story of the grand portage, and has one of the best introductory videos I've seen at a National Park Service site. And that's all before you head...More

Thank Jodi307
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an amazing place to learn how the voyageurs made the grand portage. The visitor center was packed with information and the living history part was very interesting. If you're in the area, make plans to visit.

Thank clfoley1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the great fur trading posts of the voyageur era. The video and museum displays in the visitor center tell the story. There are also some reconstructed buildings here.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 1 May 2017

If you are in the area, worth the trip. Nice heritage center, etc to get a history lesson of the area. Cool place!

Thank mcdonapa
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We stopped here on a Spring Break road trip, driving from Thunder Bay towards Duluth, MN. Unfortunately, the visitor center was closed due to carpet installation, but a staff member was kind enough to come out and chat. The "fort" was also closed because of...More

Thank Joe J
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

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 excellent exhibits and seems almost new. The hiking trails...More

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 18 December 2016

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 experience was a good one.

Thank E H
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

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 in the success of that endeavor, nor the...More

Thank Marilyn S
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

To bad the grounds were closed but able to stop at the center and watch a movie if it's nice can check out the dock and walk around the outside of the grounds

Thank txpackerfan10
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terri P
are pets allowed at the visitor's center??
23 July 2015|
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Response from Dwight D | Reviewed this property |
I believe a sign said only service dogs were allowed on the trails.