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July 17, 2019
All Day

43rd Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
43rd Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

Gunflint Lodge | Grand Marais 55604

The Gunflint Trail Canoe Races is a family-oriented fundraiser that benefits the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

According to GTVFD Chief Jim Morrison: “Funds from the Canoe Races support GTVFD Emergency Medical Services. We have new ambulance that offers much safer operations and a gentler ride to town for responders and patients. We have added glucagon, an IM injection for folks having a diabetic crisis and are unconscious. With the increasing problems with opioid overdose we now carry Narcan. Thanks to all the donations we receive from the community we are able to provide these services and continue to upgrade them.”

There’s something for everyone at the 2019 Gunflint Trail Canoe Races!

  • Seventeen Canoe Races for multiple ages and abilities and plenty of space to cheer on your favorites from Trail resorts and campsites. All are welcome to register onsite. Bring your own canoe and paddles.
  • A Food Tent with delicious, well-priced Northwoods supper staples, including home-baked dessert choices will be available starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Auctions – both Silent and Live auctions are always a highlight of the Races. Items will come from up and down the Trail and throughout Cook County, including many hand-made treasures.
  • A commemorative, fund-raising 2019 Canoe Races T-shirt will be available onsite for just $20.
  • Last but not least, one lucky $5 raffle ticket holder will win a bright yellow Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak, worth $800! Winner to be announced just after the concluding fun-to-watch Gunnel Pumping Canoe Race. The Kayak will be on display at Trail Center prior to the Races. Raffle tickets are available at numerous resorts and from volunteers.

An active committee of the Gunflint-Seagull-Saganaga Property Owners Associations, working with volunteers from up and down the Trail, have made the Races a success for more than 40 years.

This year’s overall chairman, Bob Baker, Sr. of Gunflint Lake, notes, “the Canoe Races are a true expression of how our Gunflint Trail community works together to make living in the wilderness better and better each year, for residents and visitors alike.”

July 17, 2019
12:00 am

Live Music

Papa Charlie’s Saloon & Grill | Lutsen MN

17 :: J Squared & the Makers :: 6 – 8:30 pm
20 :: DJ Beavstar :: 9:30 – midnight
24 :: Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis :: 6 – 8:30 pm
27 :: DJ Beavstar :: 9:30 – midnight

7 :: Eric Frost :: 6 – 8:30 pm
14 :: J Squared & the Makers :: 6 – 8:30 pm
21 :: Joe Paulik :: 6 – 8:30 pm
28 :: Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis :: 6 – 8:30 pm

July 17, 2019
All Day

Summer Naturalist Programs
Summer Naturalist Programs

Through a unique, nationally recognized partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, resorts and other locations in Cook County host FREE, family-friendly naturalist programs Tuesdays – Saturdays all summer long.

Naturalist program topics range from bats, beavers, and wolves to moose, meteor strikes and wildflowers. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are just visiting for the day. No resort reservations are required to participate.

Click the title to see today’s opportunities!

July 17, 2019
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sail on the Hjørdis
Sail on the Hjørdis

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

The flagship of the Grand Marais Harbor, Hjørdis shares the name of the mythical Norse goddess of war. Take a trip on this 50’ traditionally-rigged steel schooner and gain access to both the largest lake in the world and experience Grand Marais as it was approached in the centuries before Highway 61 — from the water.

The 2019 sailing season has begun! Even better than watching her from the shore is spending time aboard out on the water

Try the 2-Hour Daily Sail, or Friday and Saturday Sunset Sail!

For more details, or to book a reservation click here.

July 17, 2019
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Live Music
Live Music

Moguls Grille & Tap Room | Lutsen MN

Sundays :: Briand Morrison :: 10 am – noon
Wednesdays :: Timmy Haus :: 5 – 7 pm

July 17, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wet Your Paddle!
Wet Your Paddle!

Gunflint Trail outfitters want to introduce families and anyone interested to the adventurous joys of canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by asking visitors to “Wet Your Paddle.”
Outfitters are hosting an hour of free canoe paddling and will provide instruction if needed!

You may visit the outfitter of your choice during their selected hour of the program, but please call ahead to let them know you are coming.
Anyone coming outside of the allotted time slot will be charged normal rental fees.

July 17, 2019
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Children's Summer Science Program

Grand Marais Public Library | Grand Marais MN

Lake Superior Science Story Scouts are a free, drop-in, pop-up science, writing and illustration lab for kids entering grades k-12.

In this hands-on, eyes-focused, feet-walking, arts-infused science writing workshop we explore Lake Superior science through the “jolly ologies;”limnology,
ichthyology, malacology, phenology, aquatic entomology, zoology, etiology, microbiology, palynology, bryology, geology, glaciology, climatology, rheology, mycology, phycology. By using a digital-display microscope we investigate field samples children collect. We interpret, write and draw them.

Sponsored by Minnesota Children’s Press, and The Story Laboratory, LLC, with generous support from the Regenerative Medicine program of the
University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and Minnesota State Legislature. Big thanks to Boreal Community Media ( ) for administrative assistance.
To learn more, contact [email protected]

July 17, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

West End Market
West End Market

Mountain Inn at Lutsen | Lutsen MN

Featuring locally grown produce, delicious food, fresh eggs, handmade soaps and lotions, paintings, letterpress, pottery, live music and more! \

*Weekly offerings based on availability from growers/makers*