Lake Superior from Historic Naniboujou Lodge: Fur Trade History, Culture, Walks

Enjoy expert lectures and excursions as you learn the story of Lake Superior — from the Anishinaabe People to early fur traders, from local ecology to the grandeur of High Falls.
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Program No. 8429RSBLOG
6 days
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At a Glance

The Ojibwe called it gichigami, or “great sea.” The French called it le lac supérieur. Today, we call it Lake Superior. Experience the rugged “North Shore’s” unique landscape as you learn about the lives of Native Americans, fur traders and present day residents, including musicians and artists.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to three miles over packed earth or rocky terrain; long staircase on one optional hike; no elevators.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the vastness of the Great Lakes fur trade, learning the roles of the voyageurs and other players in this significant enterprise.
  • Strengthen your mind and body with educational walking forays and daily sessions that include tai chi and yoga.
  • Gain appreciation for the region’s plant and animal life through lectures and walks in Judge C. Magney State Park.
Featured Expert
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Bill Tefft
Bill is a birding expert who has more than 20 years of experience teaching Road Scholar participants of all skill levels about field identification of birds, including raptors. He is an area naturalist with a vast knowledge of the region and looks forward to introducing the birds of northern Minnesota to any Road Scholar participant with an interest in learning and seeing. Now retired, he has taught the Raptor Ecology and Ecology of Northern Birds courses at Vermilion Community College.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Bill Tefft
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Karl Koster
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Canoe Country Wildlife: A Field Guide to the Boundary Waters and Quetico
by Mark Stensaas
This enjoyable book highlights the important animals found in this region.
Canoe Country Flora: Plants and Trees of the North Woods and Boundary Waters
by Mark Stensaas
This enjoyable book highlights the important plants found in this region.

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