Great news, Duluth residents and fans of the REAL North Shore. You can come back to Canal Park now. Parking is free and plentiful. Park at a meter and pay nothing; it's after October 15th.
The gulls have left the Marine Museum and are hanging dolefully on the South Pier. Virtually no need to fear gull droppings in your hair. The gates on the South Pier have been closed, but the North Pier, on the busy Canal Park side of the Canal, is still open for all.
And the late fall light is gorgeous, turning everything blue and aglow, like the Swedish flag.
Get down here while it's gorgeous, before November storms and January ice turn it gray and treacherous.