Heart of the Continent Partnership Geotourism Partnership with National Geographic Society
Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) will partner with the National Geographic Society to create a regional geotourism map and website. Drawing input and involvement from a wide spectrum of local stakeholders, this product will highlight the outstanding natural, cultural and historical resources in the Heart of the Continent, a binational region of more than five million acres of public lands, along with its historic gateway communities. HOCP will become a part of a network of related geotourism websites and will gain great visibility for our region by doing so.
- Hearth of the Continent Partnership (HOCP)
- University of Minnesota - Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
- National Geographic Society Maps Division
- University of Minnesota - Duluth
- University of Minnesota Tourism Center
- Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
- Superior National Forest
- National Park Service: Grand Portage National Monument, Voyageurs National Park, Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Trails
- Ontario Ministry of Tourism
- Ontario Provincial Parks
- Thunder Bay Tourism
- Fort William Historical Park
- Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa
- Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa
- Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
- Minnesota Arrowhead Association
- Destination Voyageurs National Park
- North Shore Scenic Drive Council
- Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
- Lakehead University
- Club Mesabi
- Local, County Governments
- Nonprofits: Friends of the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park Association, and others
The Heart of the Continent Partnership, working in partnership with National Geographic Society (NGS) will coordinate and develop a collaborative effort to map and connect cultural, historic, and natural tourism destinations in the border lakes region of Minnesota and Ontario. This effort will encourage land managers, tourism officials, county/city/provincial and state officials, local businesses and other stakeholders to work together promote the cross-border region and its amazing resources.
- National Geographic will publish and promote a paper map of the Heart of the Continent.
- An interactive map and web site of the Heart of the Continent will be online, easily accessible, interactive and well used by people around the country and the world.
- Links between all the National Geographic geotourism sites will dramatically extend the reach and impact of tourism efforts within the HOCP region.
- Tourism sites, parks, and communities will note increased use of sites promoted on the map and web site.