• A fall day on Mt. Rose overlooking the historic depot at Grand Portage.

    Grand Portage

    National Monument Minnesota

Rendezvous Days and Powwow

Stone Bridge Singers
Grand Portage's Stone Bridge Singers open Rendezvous Days and Powwow.
NPS Photo / Beth Drost

The Grand Rendezvous (Held every year the second full weekend in August.)

  • The hustle and bustle of summer activity peaked with the North West Company Rendezvous held here at Grand Portage. This was the time when furs from wintering posts, which reached into Canada, were delivered down the historic Grand Portage. The annual Rendezvous is still celebrated here during the second weekend of August. The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Powwow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The annual gathering is our biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage. Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from our historic past. This is one event you do not want to miss. Music, dancing, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting weekend at the Grand Portage National Monument!
    • The annual Rendezvous Days and Powwow is Friday through Sunday August 8-10, 2014. The 2014 registration form (.pdf) will be available March 7, 2014 as two links on this page: in the participant information below (text link: 2014 Rendezvous Days Registration Form) and "View 2014 Rendezvous Days Registration Form" on the right side with a small photo (image & text links). Please print and mail the registration form with your fee. Also, please review the 2013 Rendezvous Days Participants' Guide and 2013 Rendezvous Days Resources Prtotection Alert linked in the text and on the right side of this page. The Paticipant's Guide and Resources Portection Alert will also be updated by March 7, 2014. We look forward to your return!
    • Please Note: The Schedule of Events is typically finalized in July of the year. Once prepared, we will replace the 2013 schedule with the 2014 schedule.
    • View our Rendezvous Days 2013 photo Gallery

Did You Know?

Drawing by C.W. Jefferys of David Thompson in Athabaska Pass 1810.

The great geographer David Thompson mapped most of Canada and the northern U.S. west of Grand Portage (1794-1821) a tribute to the exploratory achievements of the Nor’westers.