The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is considered by many to be one of the top scenic destinations in Minnesota. Roughly 10 percent of the area has been burned in a forest fire which started August 18th.
The park is home to a significant portion of Minnesota’s moose population. While biologists state that the damage could actually benefit the moose, damage to the park could hamper Explore Minnesota’s efforts to posit the region as a place of calm and serenity.
While communities across Minnesota assist in firefighting efforts, Oakdale writer Jeff Roberts shares his first-person account of traveling through the Boundary Waters shortly after the start of the massive fire.
Recently, Explore Minnesota Tourism received the 2011 Mercury Award for its “More to Explore” television ad. The award, given by the U.S. Travel Association, said it was the best state tourism TV ad broadcast in the country this year.
The silver lining of the fires can be seen in the economic boost in the nearby city of Ely because of the nearly 600 firefighters that were moved into the area. However, this isn’t the type of tourism Explore Minnesota wants to depend on.
You should take a look at Minnesota’s extensive list of things to do. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Duty Free store on your way to save money on a host of premium goods before you even cross the border!