Boundary Waters Expo and other outdoorsy activities in Grand Marais June 9-10

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Cook County, Minn. – Travel – Who better to give first-time and minimally-experienced outdoors travelers advice on planning a trip to the BWCAW than the people who have already extensively explored the area?

The Boundary Waters Expo is Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, and gives newbies the opportunity to gather a variety of information from presenters, enjoy hands-on demonstrations, activities and more.

Those who have already traveled the multimillion-acre region, will pick up some tips and tricks, and learn about new equipment.  Presenters include Cliff Jacobson, the author of Boundary Waters Canoe Camping With Style; Rob Kesselring, licensed BWCAW guide; Bear Paulsen, one-year solo paddler; and more.  Hands-on demonstrations will be given from BW Expo lodges and outfitting exhibitors located along the Gunflint Trail.

Visitors looking for additional events to check out while in the neighborhood?  Head down to the beginning of the Gunflint Trail on Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, Minn.

  • First annual Voyage North 5k & 10k on June 9 at 11 a.m.  Participants will enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Superior, surrounding Sawtooth Mountains and the quaint harbor town of Grand Marais. Walkers and runners can finish with a post-race party at Voyageur Brewing Company.
  • First annual Grand Marais Block Party. The block party will include live music, games, vendor booths and more. It will run all day from 9am-5pm.

About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at


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