Great Summer Getaway: Picturesque Landscape Draws Tourists To Grand Marais

By KBJR News 1

July 14, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM CDT

Grand Marais, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Grand Marais is a small village built along the Northshore of the Lake Superior is just 40 miles from the Canadian Border.

From hiking, biking and camping to quaint shops, charter fishing and inspired art galleries, the community prides itself on being a premier tourist destination.

It was the fishing opportunity that drew Jordan Freit to Grand Marais from Wisconsin. But, it was the picturesque landscape, he says, that will keep him coming back.

"We ran into a couple of canoes in the three days we were out there," Freit said. "We had East Pike all to ourselves for two days. It was really nice."

Freit and his crew rented camping gear from Bear Track Outfitting Company. With 40 years of business under their belt, owners of the ma and pa outfitter pride themselves on catering to campers of all skill levels.

"We know what it takes taking kids canoeing or kayaking or backpacking," Cathi Williams, owner of Bear Track Outfitting said.

The outfitter offers charter fishing, scenic and bird cruises as well as lunch and dinner cruises.

But business has been down lately and owners hope it's not a sign of a long term trend.

"It's a shame that kids aren't really coming up and learning to appreciate the wilderness," Williams said. "If we don't get kids to come up here, when they are older and there are decisions made about the wilderness, they are not going to have an appreciation for it and they won't want to save it."

Many say the natural beauty near Grand Marais is an ideal setting for summer vacations and family traditions, a factor alone, that will continue to draw people to the seaside village.

"It's something for everyone, it's rough and rugged if you like that, it's cultural and sophisticated if you like that," Dave Tersteeg, Grand Marais Park Manager said.

"I'm definitely coming back next year," Freit said. "Hands down."

This weekend, 10,000 people are expected to visit Grand Marais for the 22nd annual Arts Festival.

Jennifer Walch
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