Thursday, June 08, 2006

Winter Tracks Festival Dates for 2007 Announced

Grand Marais, MN— The Gunflint Trail Association is pleased to announce the dates for the Third Annual Winter Tracks Festival. Planning has begun and the 2007 Winter Tracks Festival is March 1 – 4, 2007. This Festival continues to celebrate the best that Minnesota winter has to offer — in classic Gunflint Trail tradition.

The Gunflint Trail, originally a footpath for Native Americans to get to Grand Marais, MN, is a 60 mile paved road that runs from Grand Marais, MN, to Saganaga Lake through the Superior National Forest. There are 600 lakes in the Gunflint region many bordering with Canada. The Gunflint Trail is rich in Minnesota history with fur trading, logging, prospecting and is one of the most significant, protected wilderness areas in the country.

The 2006 Winter Tracks Festival was well attended by guests and residents. Activities throughout the festival included cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, races and contests, seminars, guided hikes and tours, a variety of unique dining options and shopping. Events are for the entire family. New activities in 2007 will include skijoring and snow-shelter building.

The festival is open to the public and guests of Gunflint Trail resorts, and most of the activities are offered free of charge to registered Winter Tracks participants. "This is classic winter fun at its finest," says Barbara Young, co-owner of Boundary Country Trekking and Winter Tracks coordinator. "There is something here for everyone. We realize that lots of folks need some how-to when it comes to the winter arts, so this year we are offering a variety of "intro to" events to get them started. All of us who live here love winter, and we want to share some of the fun and excitement with the rest of the world."

The resorts and outfitters of the Gunflint Trail offer a variety of lodging options, plus dining, shopping and plenty of friendly hospitality. Visit http://wwwgunflint-trail.com to explore the options. The calendar for the 2007 events will be going up soon at http://www.wintertracks.com.

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