Things To Do

Modern facsimile of a traditional Ojibwe village with visitors resting on a bench in the foreground.
Visitors at the Ojibwe Village

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Grand Portage National Monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as nationally significant for its, "…association with the fur trade and exploration and colonization of the northwest, its historic/geographic link between the United States and Canada, and its excellent state of preservation in a semi-wilderness setting."

The monument preserves 710 acres which includes: the historic depot (71 acres) located on Lake Superior, the site of Fort Charlotte (98 acres) on the Pigeon River with the Grand Portage (541 acres) connecting the two depots. The 8.5 mile portage corridor and Fort Charlotte (639 acres) contain the majority of the Monument's semi-wilderness setting.

All activities begin within walking distance of the Heritage Center parking lot.

 

Activities for a Half Day

  • Two Ojibwe people paddling a birchbark canoe.

    Watch Our Park Films

    These films offer amazing stories of Ojibwe history and culure from the fur trade to the present.

  • Display cases containing cultural aritifacts.

    Explore the Museum

    The Heritage Center holds displays about the fur trade and Anishinaabe culture. Check to see if there is an exhibit on the second floor.

  • Passport books and a date stamp and stamp pad.

    Stamp Your NPS Passport

    You will find a cancellation stamp with the date of your visit at the Heritage Center front desk.

  • Reconstructed historic wood buildings on a green lawn, fenced by a palisade, in front of a bay.

    Wander the Depot

    Take a walk back in time to the historic fur trade and meet the people who made it possible

  • Audience on benches sitting under hanging canoes, watching a costumed educator.

    Attend a Program

    Stop by the Heritage Center for a list of today's programs.

  • Junior rangers wearing sashes festooned with Junior Ranger badges

    Be a Junior Ranger

    Families participate in learning about the parks through Junior Ranger activities.

 

For a Full Day or More, Add these

 

Winter Activities

  • Historic wood frame snowshoes leaning against a bannister.

    Borrow Some Snowshoes

    Ask at the front desk to check out a pair of historic snowshoes for the day. Explore the snowy Depot area.

  • A snowy forest trail tracked by skis.

    Ski Gichi Onagamiing

    Be prepared to break trail as you ski uphill on the historic Grand Portage Trail. 1.5 miles one way from the Depot to new Highway 61.

  • Structures made of leaning tree poles in a snowy landscape.

    Walk the Grounds

    Welcome to winter! Wear sturdy footwear and warm clothing to walk the snowy grounds along the lake or hike to the top of Mount Rose.

 

Trip Planning at Grand Portage National Monument

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    Last updated: September 2, 2022

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