Heart of the Continent Partnership Celebrates 50 Years of

Fort William Historical Park

Heart of the Continent Partnership Gathering on July 14th with

FWHP Celebrations on July 15th, 2023

Canot du Nord Building

Parking Map 


(All times are in EST)

9:00 am - Meet and greet new committee members and public land agency leaders. 

9:30 am - FWHP welcome and overview - Patrick Morash

50 years of Fort William Historical Park.

9:45 am - Explanation of the Sister Sites Arrangement and official re-signing - Trevor Gibb, Superintendent Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario Parks - leads and other agencies involved join in.

10:30 am - 10:45 am break

10:45 am - Presentation: Lake Superior Living Labs Network - 

Rachel Portinga, Network Coordinator.

11:30 am - HOCP future - planning session - Chair - Tonia Kittelson

12:15 pm - Lunch at the Fort - (walking distance) 

Please see menu


1:15 pm - Presentation: Assisted Migration Plan -

Katie Frerker, Ecologist, Superior National Forest, USDA

2:00 pm - Presentation: Dark Sky - Cynthia Lappe & Randy Larson of Starry Skies North. Also, discuss reaching out to other areas/agencies to seek designation. Questions and Conversations.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break

3:00 pm Presentation: 4 Steps to 4 Years to ensure the future of conservation and recreation in Minnesota

Shelly Patten - Director NE Region, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

4:00 pm - Presentation: Three northern Minnesota Tribes and the USDA Forest Service Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding- Thomas Hall - Forest Supervisor -Superior National Forest, USDA

4:45 pm - Wrap-up and thank you's!

5:00 pm - Close

Saturday Celebrations!

The Grand Arrival

The Great Rendezvous

Canoes and people line up for the Grand Arrival

Canoes, Costumes, Cannons!

Fort William has graciously blocked a number of electrical and non-electrical campsites for the Heart of the Continent Gathering

Please call to see if any are available

Tel. 807-473-2331

Registering will also help us share numbers for the cantene lunch - see menu link on this page

Attached is the campground map. Presently I have the following campsites on hold for Heart of the Continent.


Camping Fees

RV Trailer Rental - $110 plus HST per night

Powered Campsite - $40 plus HST per night

Non-powered Site - $25 per plus HST per night

RV trailer rentals are available - Please call 10 days in advance


Powered Sites

P2-B, P3-A, P3-B. P4-A, P4-B and P5-A


Non-Powered Sites (Tent)

B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 and B6