We're not the biggest thing in Grand Marais. Nope. That would be Lake Superior.

Sure, we may be the second-greatest attraction in this grand little Minnesota town, but if you can pull yourself away from the big water (and it's only 20 steps from our door), you'll find we've got everything you're looking for. From women's and men's clothing, to outdoor gear, trail maps, camping supplies, or just skipping rocks on the beach, Lake Superior Trading Post is the best shopping spot in Grand Marais.
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Current hours:

Monday -  Thursday    9 - 6:00
Friday & Saturday        9 - 6:00
Sunday                            9 - 5:30

We are always closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.  We close early on Christmas Eve, usually at 2:00.  We also close 2 days for inventory, usually mid-week in January.
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Shopping in Famous Grand Marais

It’s not like we have something for everyone. It’s more like we have everything for everyone…
“A Grand Marais shopping experience.”

It’s not like us to brag, but it’s rare that a person walks out our door without some sort of had-to-have-it item in their hands. It might just be a tasty truffle; however, it’s just as likely to be a truckload of gear.

Stop by the store and explore:
Women’s Clothing
Men’s Clothing
Kids’ Clothing & Baby Gear
Footwear for the Whole Family
Gifts & Souvenirs
Trail, Boundary Waters & Shipwreck Maps
Camping Supplies, Sleeping Bags & Other Outdoor Gear
Cookbooks & Books About the Area
Camping Dishes & Dining Ware for the Table at Home
Unique Kitchen Utensils
Large Selection of Knives
Handmade Pottery
Toys & Children’s Books
Scandinavian Gifts
Jewelry & Collectibles
About Us
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Our original suppliers could only be reached by float plane. Not much has changed.

Back in 1971, when brothers John and Ed Viren opened the Trading Post, they piloted their small plane into Canada to buy goods from native peoples who knew what outdoor adventure was all about.

In addition to being an authentic artifact trading post, the store sold outboard motors, fishing supplies, boats and things of that nature. When the Virens went to sell the Trading Post itself, the focus shifted to silent sports. The authenticity of goods sold, however, remained the same.

Linda and Richard Humphrey, who at the time also owned Wilderness Waters Outfitters, expanded Lake Superior Trading Post by bringing in what Linda calls “more interesting things to look at.” And, as Grand Marais became a hub for tourism travel, the broader our shopping categories became.

Today, Linda and Richard’s children—who literally grew up inside the Trading Post—have helped their mom turn the place into the largest outdoor gear and gift store in the area. And, while many of our products come in on the highway, we’ll never lose that genuine Trading Post experience.

The only place you’ll get lost is in the store itself.

This place was built by outfitters who grew up in the wilds of Grand Marais, so whatever the outdoor activity you’re engaged in, we have the expertise to get you geared up and on your way.

And you might just find that the biggest part of your vacation is exploring our Trading Post.