Originally settled by Native Americans during the summer, this area of Minnesota has been occupied for over 2,000 years. Named the "Big Marsh" by French beaver trappers for its close proximity to Lake Superior, Grand Marais, Minnesota has roots in fishing, logging, and the fur trade.
Modern Grand Marais
Today, visitors flock to Grand Marais hotels, as well as its shopping and outdoor activities. With less than 1,400 residents, the town still offers several museums, a local theatre, and more than a dozen recreational areas. With an active community of fishermen and one of the remaining lighthouses in use, Grand Marais' ties to Lake Superior are still evident.
Four Seasons to Visit
Grand Marais' summer temperatures average between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius, while winter temperatures can dip below freezing. This area often gets more than 100 cm of snow or more a year.
Things to Do
From history to outdoor exploration, Grand Marais has a little of everything. Discover the rich maritime history of the town at the Cook County Historical Museum, or learn about its ties to the fur trade at the Grand Portage National Monument. For the outdoor enthusiast, Grand Marais has the Gunflint and Border Route Trails, and the Pincushion Mountain Cross Country Ski Trail. Grand Marais is also home to two popular festivals: the Dragon Boat Festival, where dragon-shaped boats are raced for charity, and the Fisherman's Picnic, where local fishermen provide herring for those in attendance.
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