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. History

Our next Roundtable Meeting is Oct 2-3 INFO

Notes from our last meeting on Voyageur Island – Atikokan/Quetico Notes from the Roundtable Sept 11-13

An International Treasure!

Spanning the international border between northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario lies an international treasure: the largest expanse of public greenspace 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. (See 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 read about some of the work being done Preserving International Dark Skies






2019 HOCP Science Symposium

 The Heart of the Continent Partnership invites you to attend/participate in our second science symposium 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.

Science Partnership : Promoting collaboration among scientists, managers, and other stakeholders across political, cultural, and administrative boundaries – Join us April 8-9 2019 for our 2nd science symposium in Duluth 






Bike the Heart: Heart of the Continent Partnership in conjunction with local shops  clubs and biking enthusiasts are planning 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 Geotourism WebMapGuide  that is being created to showcase each ride 

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




Geotourism 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.

Innovation award to Atikokan’s Geotourism Initiative involvement





Connecting Volunteers 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