Rainy Lake is full of wonder, but half of the fun is pointing out that you’re looking into a different country. “That’s Canda, eh?” You don’t have to be on the lake to experience this. When you visit International Falls, be sure to include the Voyageurs National Park Headquarters in your list of places to see.
Just a mile from our office, the Voyageurs National Park (VNP) Headquarters offers a large green space to walk your dog or stretch your legs. There are several picnic tables to enjoy a lunch. Walk on the pier, the largest in town, where you will be able to clearly see Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. In sight will be its old paper mill, the historic Hallet tug boat, and the town’s lookout tower. You will be directly across the Sorting Gap Marina where there’s usually a Canadian flag flying, making it a perfect photo opportunity. If you aren’t able to cross the border, the Headquarters is a great spot to view Canada.
If you visit the Headquarters during office hours, you can tour the building. There is a public library inside focused on ecological information.
If you bring a boat, the Headquarters is also the Pat Roche boat access, providing a place to launch a boat in the upper river, above the dam and below the Ranier rapids.
The Headquarters also sits near the bike path. Take a ride to the VNP Rainy Lake Visitor’s Center, which is less than 10 miles away. Here you will be able to view Rainy Lake, historical artifacts, learn about the life of a Voyageur, and hop on the tour boat and experience even more.
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