Bicycling from the Capitol to Canada
U.S. Bicycle Route 41, also known as the North Star Route, connects St. Paul, Minnesota’s State Capitol City, to Canada.
USBR 41 combines existing roads and mixed-use paths and trails to create a bicycle route that winds its way through some of Minnesota’s most beloved and popular locations.
Nearly half the route is on state and regional trails, and it passes through two nationally recognized bicycle-friendly communities: Duluth and Grand Marais, and many other cities with small-town charm. USBR 41 passes through two national parks – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Grand Portage National Monument – and connects to nine state parks and the Superior National Forest. Roughly half of USBR 41 closely follows the North Shore of Lake Superior.
USBR 41 meets USBR 45, the Mississippi River Trail, in St. Paul. When combined, the routes connect two of the nation’s great water bodies. They continuously link Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake to the Mississippi River, the world’s fourth longest river—all by bicycle.
Ribbon-cutting and bicycle ride
MnDOT and partners celebrated the recent USBR 41 designation at a ribbon-cutting event in St. Paul on May 20 at 9 a.m.
The event was held in St. Paul at Lower Landing Park/Lambert’s Landing at the intersection of Shepard Road and Sibley Street. The ribbon-cutting kicked off a six-day bicycle tour from St. Paul to the route’s end at Grand Portage State Park at the international U.S. - Canada border. Details and information (PDF).