Heart of the Continent
Important Notice from the Heart of the Continent:
A National Geographic map of The Heart of the Continent's unique local businesses & attractions is being created and it is FREE to be on the map. You can nominate your business, event, or festival for the map to help promote travel to your region.
Each nomination should have a minimum of 4 or 5 pictures that view well in a thumbnail size, location and contact information, web and social media links, and details describing what it has to offer and what makes it great!
Nominations may be made at www.traveltheheart.org.
For more information or assistance with your nomination, contact the Chamber at 274-5773
Heart of the Continent Partnership:
Working together to sustain and celebrate the lakes, forests, and communities on the Ontario/Minnesota border.
A National Geographic map of The Heart of the Continent's unique local businesses & attractions is being created and it is FREE to be on the map.
EVENTS & MEETINGS:
Quarterly Meeting: Fort Frances, ON, June 25th & 26th
The Fort Frances Chamber is excited to host the Heart of the Continent Quarterly meeting in Fort Frances!!! Planning is now underway, and we will release details soon!
Site Launch March 19th & 20th, 2015:
March 19-20, 2015
3300 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55804; 218-726-8910
Grand Portage National Monument
170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, MN 55605; 218-475-0213
Fort William Historical Park
1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7K 1L7; 807-473-2344
The landmark project has taken two years to plan and execute and is a historically significant for all who live, work and play in the Superior border lakes region that we call Heart of the Continent. All sites and attractions that have been nominated and are on the website are invited to attend any of the venues to receive their certificate of recognition from the National Geographic Society.
THURSDAY, March 19, 2015
10:00 am CDT: Glensheen Mansion: Media conference, guest speakers, and nominees invited to receive certificate from National Geographic Society
Enroute: (For those that are traveling) Group lunch at Larsmont Cottages, on your own $ (596 Larsmont Way, Two Harbors, MN)
4:00pm CDT: Grand Portage National Monument: Media conference, guest speakers, and nominees invited to receive certificate from National Geographic Society
6:30 pm CDT: Dinner, Grand Portage Lodge.
FRIDAY, March 20, 2015
10:00 am EDT: Fort William Historical Park: Media conference, guest speakers, and nominees invited to receive certificate from National Geographic Society
Lunch – Neebing Roadhouse – informal – no set time
November 13-14, 2014 Quarterly HOCP Meeting - LAURENTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE:
Local Coalitions, Part I: Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability– Brian Bluhm will present their history, accomplishments and how they go about coalition building. Followed by group discussion on insights, connections for Heart of the Continent’s work.
Local Coalitions, Part II: Mesabi Trail – Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg and Bob Manzoline will present their history, accomplishments, and how they go about coalition building. Followed by group discussion on insights, connections for Heart of the Continent’s work.
HOCP updates including the Geotourism Initiative, the Connecting Volunteers Initiative, and recruiting new leadership to the Steering Committee.
Building Cross Border Networks for Environmental Learning, Part I - Panel members will share and compare their respective programs in relation to environmental learning. Participants to include Ontario Parks, Universities/Colleges, Environmental Learning Centers, and others.
Building Cross Border Networks for Environmental Learning, Part II: Group Discussions – Panel members will help lead group discussion on cross-border network building in relation to environmental learning.
June 26-27, 2014 HOCP Website Development Meeting with National Geographic - WOLF RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE:
Phase 1 of the Nat-Geo / Heart of the Continent Partnership is now complete! We are one step closer to the launch of the site!!! Contact the Chamber today for assistance with the process, and tips on creating your amazing spot on the Heart of the Continent website. Thank you to Wolf Ridge for your generous hospitality!
June 22, 2014 Meeting with National Geographic's Jim Dion, Director of Tourism Projects:
A great Rainy Lake boat tour & dinner with Jim Dion from National Geographic and the local Heart of the Continent representative from Fort Frances (Annely Armstrong), FF Chamber President (Mark Caron) and International Falls (Greg Thorstad, Pete Schultz, Eric Johnson, & Joe Mershon). Thank you to our hosts Rod and MaryJane Hannen (Thunderbird).
Sept. 29-30, 2014 HOCP Quarterly Meeting - SLEEPING GIANT PROVINCIAL PARK:
What a great group who met at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park May 29th & 30th for the HOCP Quarterly Meeting. This meeting included:
A video presentation on the Park by Park Superintendent Greg Wilson,
Panel Discussion on implementing and maintaining partnerships,
Presentation on the people of the Quetico region by naturalist and anthropologist Jon Nelson,
Presentation on the sister cities efforts and benefits: Duluth & Thunder Bay by Dan Nolan, University of Minnesota and Duluth,
Update on the nomination process of the National Geographic Project and business meeting,and the
New branding of tourism for Northwestern Ontario presentation by Paul Pepe, Manager of Tourism for the City of Thunder Bay.
February 7-8, 2014 HOCP Website Development Meeting with National Geographic - DULUTH, MINNESOTA:
The winter 2013 meeting was held in Duluth, February 7 & 8: Thursday at Clyde Iron
Works and Friday at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. More than thirty
leaders from both sides of the border got together to hear, share and discuss new ideas.
The meeting was designed to both hear new ideas and allow time to discuss in both small
and large group. We also conducted a little business, and approved a new member for the
steering committee: Ardy Nurmi‐Wilberg. Welcome Ardy, and thanks for this commitment
of time and energy. As always, the new connections made both in sessions and between
sessions were one of the key results of the meeting, as leaders talked informally about what
they’e up to and how to work together.
January 30-31, 2014 HOCP Quarterly Meeting - VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK - INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA:
Voyageurs National Park and Destination Voyageurs National Park (DVNP) hosted a Heart of the Continent Conference (HOCP) quarterly business meeting on January 30th at VNP park headquarters and January 31st at the VNP Rainy Lake Visitor’s Center.