About Rendezvous Days and Pow Wow

Open to the Public

This is one event you do not want to miss. Music, dancing, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting weekend at Grand Portage National Monument!

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.

 
Several people in historic clothing gathered around a rope making demonstration.
Rendezvous Participants

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Historical Background

  • 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 every year during the second weekend of August.
  • The event is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Pow Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).
  • View the program: Rendezvous Days August 12th-14th, 2022

Reminiscences of past Rendezvous Days and Pow Wow


View the National Park Service Centennial 2016 Rendezvous Days and Pow Wow photo gallery.

 
Partners follow a bag piper to the great hall.

Participants Guide

Partners follow a bag piper to the great hall.

A man bent over next to a stack of wood pieces in an historic camp setting.

Rendezvous Resources Alert

To avoid spreading invasive insects and diseases, please burn only local wood.

Men in historic clothing holding a fur, inside a log structure

Fur Trade Fashion

A beginners guide for how to dress at Rendezvous Days

 

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    Last updated: April 16, 2022

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