Grand Portage

Wow did it storm last night. Must be why I slept so good! Woke up to 53 degrees. Just a little on the chilly side today.

My friend Michael came down and had coffee and lunch with me. I had a walleye sandwich and it was really good.

After Michael left I planned on going to Grand Portage. The last city before you enter Canada.

Grand Portage, The Great Carrying Place or the Kitchi Onigaming are all names used in the history of this portage once used for fur trading between the Voyageurs (French Canadians) and the Native Americans.

Arriving at the Heritage Center and browsing all the exhibits, which were awesome, I decided to walk to the Grand Portage National Monument.

Inside the reconstructed depot area I found the Great Hall and Kitchen.

There were employees in costume of the era in all the buildings. This is the kitchen where the lady was preparing cookies and fish.

The Grand Hall was very elegant.

There was also the lookout tower.

The Warehouse

The palisade that surrounds it

A fur press

Living area outside the palisades for the Native Americans

Across the street I found a trail to an overlook of the depot.

I think I was the only person who took that trail today.

One more stop in Grand Portage and that was at the Grand Portage State Park. When I got there I was this far from Canada.

The park sits on the Pigeon River which separates Canada and Minnesota.

I get the girls ready for the walk back to the High Falls. It was an easy walk that was paved the entire half mile there.

Just going to say it was pretty impressive.

Was I right? I think the girls were even impressed!

Well, its time to head back to Grand Marais and to camp. These two decided to come see us by the road.

You know, I never get tired of looking at Lake Superior. Each little glance is so different and so beautiful.

Just a bunch of Blackeyed Susans.


  1. Just found your blog and I am just getting caught up on past posts BUT I would say it would be cool if you included the restaurants you stopped at, the campgrounds you stayed at (with pictures), and other cool places you stop on the journey. Just my 2 cents! 🙂


      1. I am loving all of the lighthouses though. I think you’ve done all of these small towns proud! My mom actually lives in Minnesota so I am loving all of those recaps and I am jotting down notes of places I’d like to visit there. 🙂


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