National Park Getaways - Voyageurs National Park
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INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – The sun is slipping south, and a few minutes are shaved off of each day. More and more often, snowflakes stipple the sky. They form clean, white layers on forest trails, tree branches, and even the backs of black bears, who, eating their fill before hibernation, seem to observe Halloween (gorging themselves on treats) and Thanksgiving (they’re feasting) simultaneously and ahead of schedule, celebrating the holidays before their seasonal nap.
The bears, however, will sleep through something truly special—a soothing adventure and a thrilling lullaby: winter at Voyageurs National Park. Come here to savor the calm of snow silently filling the air around you or stretching smooth as a fondant over hard earth and frozen lakes. Break into the tranquility on your snowshoes (borrowed for free from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center, if you haven’t got your own), skis, or snowmobile. Crunch your way over the white stuff, or glide atop it, or leave little clouds of it rising in your wake. Reward yourself—and return to equanimity—with a mug of hot chocolate—its sweetness blanketing your tongue, its warmth coursing down your throat as you gaze from a visitor center at the wintry landscape you’ve traversed.
Winter is wonderful at Voyageurs, but so are spring, summer, and autumn. Read about the wildlife, scenery, and recreational opportunities you can find at this Minnesota park in this week’s National Park Getaway, the latest in a series of travel articles at www.nps.gov/getaways. Read about Voyageurs, and then explore the 71 destinations of previous Getaway articles.
Did You Know?
Voyageurs National Park experienced a large, lightning-ignited fire on the Kabetogama Peninsula in 2004. This young eagle survived the fire and returned to its former nesting tree in time for park researchers to take this photo!