“Way North of Ordinary” Cook County, Minnesota includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. The Cook County Visitors Bureau inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lake shore. Stay in touch via Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.
The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is a multi-disciplined planning and development organization whose jurisdiction encompasses the Northeast Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. The mission of ARDC is to serve the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizens groups a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems and fostering local leadership.
The Town of Atikokan is located in the heart of beautiful Northwestern Ontario. Dubbed as “The Canoeing Capital of Canada," Atikokan is surrounded by thousands of lakes and rivers and is the gateway to the world-renowned Quetico Provincial Park. We have a thriving population of 2,800 residents in a safe, healthy community with a diverse economy, strong ties to the wilderness and a creative spirit.
The Atikokan Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit, community-based corporation based in Atikokan, Ontario. The AEDC works to promote the community and area, and to maintain and recruit business to the community, through business plan development and community strategic planning, self-employment, employment counseling services, small business loans and community outreach. Its service area covers over 2,400 km2 and includes three First Nations as well as Upsala.
Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Founded by Charles K. Blandin in 1941, we are the state’s largest rural-based and rural-focused foundation. As of June 30, 2015, the foundation leveraged the proceeds from a trust worth more than $420 million. Our mission is to strengthen communities in rural Minnesota, especially the Grand Rapids area. Our vision is of building healthy rural communities grounded in strong economies where the burdens and benefits are widely shared.
The Minnesota County of Cook conscientiously delivers public services that are responsive to citizen needs and supportive of community potential.
Duluth is a first-class city offering first-class amenities. Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth is the gateway to adventure in northeast Minnesota. Nowhere else can you find breathtaking views of the city, St. Louis River, and Lake Superior from hillside vantage points that span 18 distinct neighborhoods making up the social and cultural foundation of the city. With over 160 miles of hiking, biking, and skiing trails, inspirational natural beauty, world renowned Duluth goods and top-rated restaurants serving specialty fare, Duluth satisfies all tastes, clears the mind, and touches the soul. Make Duluth your next destination.
Eveleth is the Gateway to the Iron Range. From Eveleth, residents and visitors have many choices – remain in Eveleth or go east to Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, and the North Shore; north to Virginia, Cook, Orr, and International Falls, with many stopping points and lakes along the way; and west to Chisholm, Hibbing, and Grand Rapids. Eveleth is a 100+ year old community with a heritage entrenched in hockey (home of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the largest free-standing hockey stick and puck), mining, and tourism.
Fort Frances is located in Northwestern Ontario along the Ontario-Minnesota border with International Falls, Minnesota offering the Rainy River District the best of two nations. The Rainy River District, often referred to as Borderland, offers excellent access to the Upper Midwest of the United States and east/west connections to the prairies and Eastern/Southern Ontario. The town of Fort Frances is the regional hub of the Rainy River District where warm, friendly people live in a relaxed and satisfying lifestyle with superb natural treasures and exciting outdoor activities, coupled with great entertainment. Experience the riches of the sun filled summer days, the kaleidoscope of fall colours, the crisp cool air of winter mornings and bursting revival of every spring. The town is the judicial, medical, and business centre of the area and has the infrastructure to supply the needs of all area businesses, both large and small.
Fort William Historical Park is one of the largest living history attractions in North America, devoted to re-creating the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade. Fort William Historical Park is recognized as one of the Top Ten Attractions in Canada and one of the world's most impressive historic sites. Fort William Historical Park, often referred to as The Fort, is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario in a rural setting along the Kaministiquia River. With 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres, Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a nonprofit organization located in Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mission of the Friends is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters, the most visited wilderness area in the United States.
The City of Grand Marais, with its scenic harbor, bridges Lake Superior with the Gunflint Trail and the Boundary Waters. The County Seat of Cook County, Grand Marais is known for its natural beauty, its arts and culture, and its many outdoor activities.
Grand Portage National Monument protects, commemorates, and interprets a reconstructed fur trade depot of the North West Company, the historic Grand Portage trail, native heritage, and history of cross-cultural contact and accommodation between traders, Ojibwe, and other participants in the fur trade.
The International Falls Economic Development Authority mission is to be a catalyst for economic development that results in new investment, job creation, diversification of the local economy and expansion of the tax base of International Falls.
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) is a State of Minnesota development agency located in Eveleth, Minnesota. IRRRB’s mission is to promote and invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.
Koochiching Development Authority’s mission is to support the economy of Koochiching County in job retention, growth, and economic infrastructure for the stability, health, safety and welfare of the residents of Koochiching County.
Lake County is located in the Arrowhead Region of Northeastern Minnesota covering 2,062 square miles, with a population of 10,866 people. Within our boundaries are four state parks, a National Forest, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). All offer superior hiking, camping, fishing and winter recreational opportunities.
Lakehead University, founded in 1965, has a reputation as a dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred post-secondary institution. With over 8500 students at campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, there is a rich blend of academic excellence and opportunity for a variety of social and recreational activities in two stellar, lake-centered regions of the province. Lakehead University hosts nine Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as a world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and a Biorefining Research Institute.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages 76 state parks and recreation areas and more than 5 million acres of state land to provide outdoor recreational opportunities, manage conservation and wildlife habitat, and ensure sound commercial use of natural resources.
Mountain Iron is a Statutory Plan A City in Saint Louis County, Minnesota; in the heart of the Mesabi Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota. The City’s motto is the “Taconite Capital of the World”. The City has a total area of 71.31 square miles.
The Corporation of the Municipality of Neebing is a municipality in the District of Thunder Bay, in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is made up of five geographic townships (Pardee, which is situated next to the Minnesota, U.S. border, Crooks, Pearson, Scoble and Blake). Neebing’s vision is to value the natural beauty of our community and our unique quality of life, while respecting our heritage and recognizing our diversity. The Municipality actively seeks out economic development opportunities which will provide the basis for social and economic growth, the enhancement of the quality of life for all residents, and the protection, preservation and conservation of our natural resources. Our geography is unique and our beautiful landscape is rich in wildlife.
The U of M Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership (NMSDP) is part of the University of Minnesota Extension. NMSDP facilitates sustainable development in northeastern Minnesota by identifying and supporting targeted research and education projects and by developing networks of cooperation. This involves community representatives and University personnel working together to develop and implement community-based partnership projects. Our current focus areas include energy, food systems, natural resources, tourism, and community infrastructure.
The Northland Foundation is a resource for people, businesses, and communities in Northeast Minnesota working toward prosperity through economic and social justice. Our purpose is to strengthen families, grow a sustainable regional economy, cultivate leadership and philanthropy, and foster respect for all.
The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge is one of Northwestern Ontario's most diverse and memorable year-round country experiences. We're a great place to live and do business as well as a destination for families, artists, nature lovers, history buffs and anyone looking for a getaway. Renowned for our farmland, rivers and rolling hills, Oliver Paipoonge contains several communities within its boundaries including Kakabeka Falls, Murillo, Rosslyn, Slate River Valley and Stanley.
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provided financial support for the development of Heart of the Continent Geotourism website through the partnership fund with Tourism Northern Ontario. The marketing arm of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation's (OTMPC). The OTMPC collaborates with tourism partners and colleagues at home and internationally to develop and deliver exciting, integrated, research-driven marketing programs that reinforce Ontario as a strong tourism economy and a premier, four-season travel destination.
Ontario Parks protects representative ecosystems in Ontario while providing opportunities for ecologically sustainable outdoor recreation. The Heart of the Continent features Quetico, Sleeping Giant, Kakabeka Falls, Pigeon River and LaVerendrye Provincial Parks.
The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota exists to acquire, protect and enhance critical lands for the public’s use and benefit. The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a grassroots membership organization that has worked vigorously on behalf of Minnesota's parks and trails since 1954. Fueled by charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, the Parks & Trails Council has been instrumental in adding more than 10,000 acres of land valued at $31 million to key areas within the state's vast network of parks and trails. The 3,400-member-strong organization has become the state's most powerful voice for parks and trails thanks to its working relationships with grassroots community groups, legislators and local governments from throughout the state.
PolyMet Mining has proposed building a modern copper-nickel mine in Northeastern Minnesota, utilizing an existing facility, that will create jobs, boost the economy and sustain our communities – all while meeting state and federal environmental standards put in place to protect our treasured woods, water, air and wildlife. We have deep roots in Minnesota mining and the expertise, experience and proven, innovative technology to develop the state’s metal deposit safely and responsibly. This is our home, and we’re committed to moving Minnesota mining forward and doing it right.
Covering more than 7,000 square miles, St. Louis County is the largest county east of the Mississippi. Its spectacular natural beauty includes Voyageurs National Park, Superior National Forest, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, four state parks, 1,000 lakes and the gateway to Lake Superior’s North Shore.
The Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota next to Lake Superior, comprises three million acres spanning 150 miles along the United States and Canadian border. The Superior is home to clean lakes, rivers, streams, and bogs; abundant winter snow and alluring summer temperatures; as well as a rich cultural history. It is renowned for its vast remote settings including the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. National Forests were established to provide clean water sources and continuing forest resources for the nation while protecting and managing the land for future generations.
Tourism Northern Ontario is one of thirteen not-for-profit regional tourism organizations (RTO) that use Province of Ontario funding to attract visitors to Ontario. Tourism Northern Ontario is the largest tourism region in geography in the province covering a vast geography (from the Manitoba to the Quebec borders) and the second largest in visitor expenditure. Tourism Northern Ontario coordinates, aligns and invests in sub-regional programs and leads in identified pan-northern initiatives aimed aim at increasing visitation and tourism revenues in Northern Ontario.
Tourism Thunder Bay is a division of the City of Thunder Bay responsible for tourism marketing, product development and the provision of visitor services with a goal to increase visitation through leisure, business and sports travel. Thunder Bay is the largest city on Lake Superior with a population of over 120,000. The City is the regional hub and gateway to the large wilderness region of Northwest Ontario. Thunder Bay is a 45-minute drive north of the Ontario-Minnesota border and centrally located in Canada along the Trans-Canada Highway. Promoted as one of Canada’s premier outdoor cities, Thunder Bay boosts on of Ontario’s busiest airports and is a visitor destination for markets in the U.S. Midwest border states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and North Dakota), Manitoba and Ontario. Tourism Thunder Bay operates two information bureaus and the city’s cruise ship terminal. The Terry Fox Information Centre is open year round. The Pagoda near the waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing is open during the summer months.
Voyageurs National Park is a 218,054 acre water and forest environment. The park was established in 1975 for the outstanding geologic features, amazing scenery, and the interconnected water routes of the fur trade. The park shares its northern border with Canada and is more than 40% water. To truly experience the park, visitors must leave their car behind and set out on a water highway, much as the voyageurs did years ago.
Voyageurs National Park Association helped to establish Voyageurs National Park in 1975 and today serves as the park's leading voice for both protection and promotion of its resources, and as a partner with the National Park Service in empowering park stewards, implementing special projects with financial and volunteer support, and working together to preserve the visitor experience and wild nature of the park for future generations.
Voyageurs Outfitters is your full-service outfitter for Voyageurs National Park and Rainy Lake. We offer personalized adventures custom tailored to your needs. We offer many sevices to help make your next vacation in Northern Minnesota the most enjoyable it can be. You decide what equipment you need, what kind of supplies you want, and it will all be ready for you. Voyageurs Outfitter can accomodate any of your needs.
Wolf Ridge is a place where children, adults, and families discover the joy and wonder of our natural world. Cutting edge educational activities on our spectacular 2000-acre campus overlooking Lake Superior inspire curiosity during multi-day accredited programs and camps.