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The Heart of the Continent

By Linda Tancs

Three hundred miles north of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, a water-based national park lies at the heart of the continent.  Sharing 55 miles at Minnesota’s northern edge with the Canadian border, Voyageurs National Park is named for the French-Canadian frontiersmen who traded in the northwestern United States.  Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are found here, mingling with a boreal forest, bogs, swamps, rolling hills and, of course, the lakes.  Its interconnected water routes are accessible via free public boat ramps.  Why not consider a houseboat rental and make a holiday out of it, plying the waters as the original voyageurs did in their birch bark canoes.

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