Minnesota's Wild North

The region defined by the rugged North Shore coastline of the world's largest fresh body of water, Lake Superior; the world's premier canoe realm, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; and the historic Gunflint Trail is truly Minnesota's Wild North.

The North Shore

Lake Superior's North Shore is accessed by the North Shore Drive, also known as Highway 61. This modern highway travels the Lake Superior coastline- some 150 miles from Duluth to the Minnesota Ontario Border. Along this road are the coastal villages of Little Marais, Schroeder, Tofte, Lutsen and Grand Marais. Founded by Norwegian immigrants as fishing, farming and logging communities, these villages now serve as centers for the area's thriving tourist activities.

While in Duluth whether on your way to the Gunflint Trail or the North Shore or just taking in the sights of Duluth you will find wonderful accommodations and outstanding hospitality at the Ellery House Bed and Breakfast.

Inland from Lake Superior's rugged shoreline the land ascends some one thousand feet to the ridgeline of the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range. Along this ridgeline lies the Superior Hiking Trail and many North Shore ski trails. Here you find unexpected remoteness and some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is without a doubt the world's premier wilderness canoe area. One million acres stretch along the Canadian border for 150 miles. In the summer, hundreds of portages connect canoe-only lakes into this wilderness. In the winter, the frozen lakes provide convenient travel routes for those traveling by dog sled, skis or snowshoes.

The Gunflint Trail

The Gunflint Trail, a sixty-three mile paved road, leads you into an incomparable inland wilderness of lakes and forests. Beginning at the picturesque Lake Superior coastal town of Grand Marais, the Trail serves as an access route to the eastern end of BWCAW.

First traveled by Native peoples, followed by non-native explorers, traders and miners, the Gunflint has grown from a foot path to a modern highway. While the wilderness lakes and forests that attracted people in the past remain, the area's resorts and outfitters now cater to today's vacation travelers.

Gunflint Trail / Boundary Waters Links


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On the Snow

Dog Sledding

Sleigh Rides

Travel Resources

Bed and Breakfasts

The following list contains links to other Bed and Breakfast Inns across the country. All are members of CAIK (Caucus of American Innkeepers).

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