North Shore Scenic Drive Team

Team name

North Shore Scenic Drive Team

Project name

Strengthen the Duluth/Thunder Bay Regional Tourism Corridor (promoting the idea of “Two Nations, One Route”). (download Fact Sheet).


Communities along the highway connecting Thunder Bay, Ontario with Duluth, Minnesota

Team members

  • Gordy Anderson, Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Paul Anthony Pepe, City of Thunder Bay, Office of Tourism
  • Cheryl Erickson, North Shore Harbors Program
  • Bonnie Hundrieser, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
  • Judy Ness, Superior National Forest, Recreation Specialist
  • Frank Vecchio, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, Marketing Manager

Other local participants

Project details

Use “Two Cities, One Route” To Strengthen the Duluth/Thunderbay Regional Tourism Corridor. We will build on the sister city relationship between Duluth and Thunder Bay to strengthen tourism, including extending the scenic byway designation into Thunder Bay. Download Project’s Fact Sheet

Progress Report: January 2012

·         A Project Overview fact sheet was created.  This is an external document to share with others in summarizing our project efforts.

·         The formal work plan was written.  This is an internal document for revisions and updates by team leader Bonnie Hundrieser.

·         New team member, Paul Pepe, Thunder Bay Tourism Director, is working on a larger regional initiative that ties in nicely with the HOCP.  It is the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Tourism Project.  Currently Ontario Tourism is working in collaboration with partners from around the lake to gather information to support a motorcycle-friendly and quality event.

·         Bonnie Hundrieser participated in a January 17th meeting with VisitDuluth and other area partners to discuss planning for the Duluth to Canada Border section of the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Touring Project.  This project is a great fit for our efforts to Support development of a signature traveler experience that spans the byway corridor from Duluth to Thunder Bay. The NSSD is the featured route for this portion of the ride and the NSSD team will be assisting with an inventory of recommended waysides for motorcyclists to stop at along the way.

·         Bonnie Hundrieser and Cheryl Erickson attended the January 24th  Duluth Sister Cities Commission meeting to share information on the HOCP NSSD project efforts.  The Commission enthusiastically responded to the project and agreed to include information on the North Shore Scenic Drive scenic byway in their newsletter and on a future update to the Sister City websites for Duluth and Thunder Bay.  There was general agreement to continue dialog and work together to support mutual goals and objectives.

·         Paul Pepe is doing similar outreach to communicate with the Thunder Bay Sister Cities Commission.

In The News

Latitudes (Duluth Sister City Newsletter), March 2012: “Two Nations, One Route: Connecting the Sister Cities of Duluth and Thunder Bay”


Contact This Team: Bonnie Hundrieser



Attn Team members: Send page updates to Bret Hesla at [email protected]

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