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Have an Unforgettable Northern Minnesota Vacation on the Gunflint Trail!

Find outdoor bliss surrounded by the pristine wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area! The Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters is centrally-located for all your outdoor adventure needs. Experience the tranquility of endless canoe routes, take an excursion on land by hiking the historic Gunflint Trail, or go on a scenic drive into Superior National Forest. The lodge's secluded lake-shore cabins include a dock, deck, lawn furniture, and grill. Escape to Minnesota's Northwoods today!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 30 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Grand Marais
  • Nearby Water Poplar Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


When you stay at Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters in Grand Marais, MN, you'll be surrounded by water and beaches! Located right in the Boundary Waters area, you can wake up and head out in a boat or just relax by the shores. The choice is yours!


Family owned and operated for more than 70 years, the Nor'Wester is adorned with many of its original handmade furnishings and furs from the family's hunting and trapping trips. Today, it's a celebration of the great outdoors for you and your family! Make your next family getaway an adventure!


From Hiking to Canoeing, Nor'Wester offers an array of outdoor activities and excursions to get you at one with Nature. And since it's right on the Gun Flint trail, you can rest assured that you'll be able to experience the beauty and tranquility of one of the best hiking areas in the country. Reconnecting with nature has never been this easy!


The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is full of beautiful lakes and rivers, making it the ultimate Minnesota fishing destination. When you stay with Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters, you're just seconds away from Poplar Lake and the other waters in the area so you can easily cast your line. Whether you're a beginner or an expert angler, you're sure to get some trophy catches to bring home with you!


The natural setting of Grand Marais Minnesota is the perfect backdrop for your next romantic vacation. Enjoy the proximity to the Boundary Waters by taking a canoe or rafting trip together. Spend the day strolling the shores of Poplar Lake or go for a hike together along Gunflint trail. This is the perfect destination for the outdoorsy couple.

Pet Friendly

Dogs are welcome in both the R.V and Tent Campground and the Bunkhouse, so feel free to bring Spot, Fido, and Clifford! Each pet is simply an extra eight dollars per day you stay. Just make sure they're attended to at all times, for both the resort's sake as well as theirs!


Situated on Poplar Lake, you are sure to enjoy the scenic landscape with your family and friends whether it is Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. And being located right in the heart of the Gunflint trail, if you're not feeling Poplar Lake, don't worry, there are lot's more to choose from! After all, you're in the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes.'

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

At Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters, you'll find these secluded lakeshore cabins both private and fully-equipped with all the kitchen utensils and appliances you need for a comfortable getaway. Each cabin has its own dock, deck, lawn furniture and charcoal grill! Lakeside camping and RV sites are also available if you're looking to "rough it" a little.


With top-of-the-line gear, the best ultra-lite food and expert guides born-and-raised in this area, the resort will provide breathtaking guided canoe trips through the legendary, wildlife-filled Boundary Waters Canoe Area. You'll make memories you'll never forget in the hands of the experts. Enhance your outdoor adventure at Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters!

  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Pack N Play
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Picnic Tables
  • Refrigerator
  • Basketball
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Beach
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fishing Pier(s)
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Fishing Guides
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Nearest Airports

  • Thunder Bay Airport (YQT) / 58.2 miles
  • Atikokan Municipal Airport (YIB) / 72.5 miles
  • Ignace Municipal Airport (ZUC) / 110.4 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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