PR: Cook County Looks Forward To Welcoming Canadian Visitors Once Again Starting November


The US/Canada Border to Reopen for Non-Essential Travel 

Cook County looks forward to welcoming Canadian visitors once again starting in November.


October 13, 2021 Grand Marais, Minn. Starting in early November, the United States will lift restrictions on its land borders with Canada for allowing fully vaccinated Canadians to travel by land or ferry for non-essential or leisure purposes. In border communities like Cook County, this announcement is exciting. 

“We have been waiting for this announcement for 19 months,” said Linda Jurek, Executive Director of Visit Cook County.

The border closure has impacted many communities that rely on Canadians for patronage, friendship and workforce. In Grand Portage, MN, a gateway community, the impact was significant. Todd Ford, Marketing Director at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino had this to say “We were thrilled to wake up to this wonderful news this morning. The border closure has certainly had a significant impact on us, as it has with so many businesses on both sides of the border. We look forward to welcoming our friends back with open arms.”

 “We’re excited to not only welcome our friends and neighbours back but we’re also excited to show them the newly finished Highway 61 corridor through downtown Grand Marais,” continues Jurek. The two-year highway reconstruction project is in the final stages of completion. The project included improved roadways, sidewalks, and a new bike path that connects Grand Marais to Cutface Creek – about 5 miles of new paved bike trails to explore. 

Along with vaccination requirements, Canadians will find that COVID-19 protocols remain in place throughout many local businesses to keep both visitors and residents safe. 

“While an exact date has not been announced, early November cannot come soon enough” added Todd Ford. 


About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at