There are many things to see and do during a visit to the Monument. How much time do you have?
Things to do if you have:
Two or three hours:
- Start at The Heritage Center:
- Explore art and craft of the Grand Portage Ojibwe community with many museum objects on display.
- View archaeological artifacts from excavations from the 1930s to the present
- Watch the feature film - Rendezvous With History a Grand Portage Story (23 minutes)
- Play "Art of the Trade"
- Browse the Eastern National bookstore.
- Visit the Historic Depot:
- Three reconstructed post and sill log buildings (great hall, kitchen, and canoe warehouse)
- four outside areas (Ojibwe village, voyageurs encampment, dock and historic gardens (European kitchen and Ojibwe three sisters gardens)) and read wayside exhibits around the depot area.
A half day:
Everything you can do in two or three hours plus:
- Become a Grand Portage Junior Ranger / voyageur - request your free booklet from a ranger at the information desk in the heritage center.
- answer the questions by watching films, looking at exhibitis and talking with living history interpreters around the various sites of the depot
- Present your completed booklet at the information desk in the heritage center to have your answers checked and receive your junior ranger patch and certificate.
- Enjoy a picnic (three tables) at the west end of the parking lot where the Mount Rose Loop trailhead wood stairs begin.
- Hike the Mount Rose Loop Trail to a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay, Mount Josephine, the gap in the hills the Grand Portage footpath goes through.
- Enjoy picnicking beside Lake Superior in the historic porkeater's camp (voyageur's who paddled from Montreal) also read the wayside exhibits in the picnic area.
- Participate in a ranger walk or talk titles have included: (30 minutes to one hour).
- Saving the Past Through Seeds: The Historic Gardens
- From Tree to Makuk
- Building a Birchbark Canoe
- Historic Bread Baking Demonstrations in the NWCo Kitchens
- What's Cookin'
- Why Grand Portage,? Walking Tour
- "My Grandpa Had One of Those," Historic Tools and Their Uses
- To the Pacific by Land 1793
- Native American Lifeways
- Bindagodiwin: The Ojibwe/Dakota Conflict
- Bagpipes at Grand Portage
- The Art and Craft in Ojibwe Technologies
- Portage into the Wilderness: Walk along the Grand Portage
More films shown in the heritage center:
- Film Shorts: "Our Home: The Grand Portage Ojibwe," "The Gift of the Birch Bark Canoe," "A Gap in the Hills: Geography of Grand Portage," and "The Men of the North West Company" - Running time for all four is 24 minutes.
- Northwest Passage - Running time is 10 minutes.
- The Voyageur - 20 minutes.
Everything you can do in a half day plus:
- Hike the Grand Portage footpath from the depot to new Highway 61 (1 1/2 mile round trip - about half an hour).
More than a day:
Everything you can do in a day plus:
- Hike the Grand Portage footpath from the stockade to Old Highway 61 (eight miles round trip - three to four hours).
- Hike the Grand Portage from Old Highway 61 to Fort Charlotte (nine miles round trip - six to eight hours).
- Hike the entire Grand Portage footpath from the stockade on Lake Superior to Fort Charlotte and back (17 miles round trip eight to 16 hours).
- Camp overnight at fort charlotte - obtain your backcountry permit during regular business hours from the heritage center or online (24 hours plus).
- Visit Grand Portage State Park - See High Falls, the highest waterfalls in Minnesota - hike to upper and lower Middle Falls.
- Take an excursion from Hat Point Marina to Isle Royale National Park for a day aboard the Sea Hunter or overnight or longer aboard the Voyageur II.