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Grand Portage National Monument

170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
+1 218-475-0123
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A view of the fur trade industry with the perspective of the native american

grand portage is a great place to stop for gas and stretch before either coming or going to Canada... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
An amazing place, full of history

I knew nothing about this area before this visit. It is a well thought out monument. Every aspect... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Oro Valley, Arizona
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On a hot sultry day in mid-July 1802, partners of the most successful fur trade company in North America, the North West Company, met in their majestic Great Hall at Grand Portage and voted to move their summer headquarters from the protected shores of Lake Superior’s Grand Portage Bay 50 miles north to the mouth of the Kaministquia River. Almost from the time the vigorous Anglo-Scot Nor’Westers had organized at Grand Portage in the mid 1780’s an emerging United States wanted them out. The July vote would mean that 18 buildings constructed from native squared spruce, pine and birch and over 2,000 cedar pickets surrounding them would be torn down, transported north in company schooners and used in constructing the new Fort William far from U.S. soil. As early as 2,000 years ago, Indian Nations probably used Kitchi Onigaming “the Great Carrying Place” to travel from summer homes on Lake Superior to winter hunting grounds in the interior of Minnesota and Ontario. In 1729 Cree guide Auchagah drew a map for some of the first French fur traders showing them how to reach the "western sea" of Lake Winnipeg. Other Europeans would follow, in time, Grand Portage became the gateway into rich northern fur bearing country connecting remote interior outposts to lucrative international markets. Reopened in 1951 as Grand Portage National Historic Site, designated a National Monument in 1958, its nearly 710 acres lying entirely within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, the reconstructed depot celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe lifeways. Today as yesterday, the people, the cultures and the land have much to share.
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170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
+1 218-475-0123
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

grand portage is a great place to stop for gas and stretch before either coming or going to Canada or the casino. This national Monument has excellent hands on learning experiences for all particularly on weekends when knowledgeable volunteers are present. How to build a...More

Thank zylig
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I knew nothing about this area before this visit. It is a well thought out monument. Every aspect of it is a history learning experience. Information that any American citizen should be aware of. Took me back to my grade school days when we learned...More

Thank SharonLDRN
Reviewed 11 October 2017

an interesting historical location on the shores of Lake Superior. Knowledgeable docents interested in explaining the life of trappers and natives living on the shores of Lake Superior; well worth exploring for an hour

Thank Traveller60004
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We stopped here on our way to Grand Portage National Park and was not disappointed. We joined a tour of the site and heard all about life in the compound during the 1700s. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we came away knowing a...More

Thank 24QueenBee
Reviewed 6 October 2017

When you visit the Grand Portage National Monument you'll notice a signpost just behind the fort for the "Grand Portage" itself. This is the beginning of the actual portage the fur traders used to transport their canoes and goods between Lake Superior and the old...More

Thank NorthernExpat
Reviewed 5 October 2017

After traveling to Grand Portage to visit my husband's aunt, we decided to visit the National Monument. We were not disappointed. Such a beautiful visitor center. The guide that took us to see the building replicas was very pleasant and had much information about the...More

Thank 449bettyr
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Authentic replica of early life in Minnesoa during the fur trader days. Thoroughly enjoyed the replicas of old buidling found in a trading post. Modern visitor center with introductory film and very helpful staff. Spectacular views of Lake Superior also. Will gladly return.

Thank LindaK56
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Very nice main facility with wonderful views to Lake Superior. Informative staff with lots of educational opportunities. The "monument" is really a rebuild of the original camp for the voyageurs and native Americans as a headquarters for the fur trade in the late 1770's-early 1800's....More

Thank JandG_LaPorte
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We stopped 2 hours before closing, and didn't have time to see everything. But what we saw blew us away. The guided tour of the living history portion was excellent. The guide was well informed and enthusiastic, and really explained how the local history fit...More

Thank U2055OYjane
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I decided to stop here to see the national monument and glad I did. While there, I saw the fort and a replica of an indian village. Also in one of the buildings, there was a guy there building birch bark canoe of various sizes....More

Thank Tom v
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terri P
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Response from Dwight D | Reviewed this property |
I believe a sign said only service dogs were allowed on the trails.