The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is a Canadian/American coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects that promote the economic, cultural and natural health of the lakes, forests and communities on the Ontario/Minnesota border. Representing a broad array of organizations, the partnership seeks to develop a common identity and sense of belonging. Click here to find out more about our history.


The Heart of the Continent Partnership Invites You To Our First Online Forum

HOCP Shared Lands Forum – Media Release – FINAL

A recording of our April 23rd Spring Online Forum can be found on YouTube 


Notes from the HOCP Winter Gathering at Quetico Lodging and Conference Centre January 17th 2020.    Click here for more information.

An International Treasure!

Spanning the international border between northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario lies an international treasure: the largest expanse of public green-space in the heart of North America.

Heart of the Continent Area

This 5.5 million acre (2.2 million hectares) landscape comprises a blend of working forest, rugged scenery, pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and outstanding biodiversity. Several separately managed natural areas are encompassed by this ecosystem at the “heart of the continent,” including Quetico Provincial Park, Superior National Forest (including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness), Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage National Monument and numerous Minnesota state forest lands and parks and Ontario provincial parks. Click here to see the map.

Current Projects

Heart of the Continent – Dark Skies Initiative

With guidance from International Dark Sky Association – Starry Skies Lake Superior, the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, Ohio Northern University, and the cooperation of our public land managers, Heart of the Continent Partnership is working on the designation of the world’s largest dark sky destination. 

Click here to see some of the work being done to preserve dark skies.





Heart of the Continent – Science Symposium

Our second science symposium was  held April 8-9 2019 in Duluth Minnesota. Heart of the Continent’s Science Committee is continuing its mission to build and strengthen a coalition of scientists, land managers, and stakeholders dedicated to the preservation of natural and cultural resources across the Heart of the Continent landscape.

Click here to find out more about the 2019 Science Symposium.

Science Partnership : Promoting collaboration among scientists, managers, and other stakeholders across political, cultural, and administrative boundaries. *The 2019 Science Symposium has already taken place.*


Bike the Heart In 2019Heart of the Continent Partnership in conjunction with local shops  clubs and biking enthusiasts hosted a series of rides late summer and early Fall to showcase the favourite trails and popular routes throughout the Heart of the Continent  – See the page on TravelTheHeart Geo-tourism WebMapGuide  that is being created to showcase each ride 

Click here to find out more about Bike the Heart.

Contact  Frank Jewel [email protected] or Andy Hubley [email protected]  or Courtney Lanthier [email protected]  for more information or if you or your club would like to become involved   

Geo-tourism Initiative 

HOCP is partnering with National Geographic Society to create a regional geotourism initiative, including a map and website. Our goal is to increase visitorship, build support for the region, and build community among those who care for it.

Click here to find out more about the Geo-tourism Initiative.


We are working with organizations to find ways to connect individuals and groups to benefit our public lands 
USFS and Ontario Parks working with Northwoods Volunteer Connection