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Discover the Ely, Minnesota difference! Here, visitors experience the best of both worlds - the relaxed atmosphere of smaller-town living yet many of the advantages of big-city living. A scenic drive from the North Shore, Ely offers not only the ultimate wilderness experiences but also some of the finest places to eat and shop as well as many beautiful Minnesota resorts and lodges, rental cabins and varied year-round Northern Minnesota recreation experiences. Whether you're Minnesota canoeing into the unspoiled, world-famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) or relaxing at one of the fine hotels in Ely, you're sure to discover the last great pure experience!

The best vacations are the ones where visitors can escape modern civilization by canoeing for days, hiking along wooded trails, and exploring waterways and shorelines that are alive with nature’s bounty. The Ely area provides unique opportunities for those seeking hiking, skiing, and snowmobile experiences. The hiking and ski trail system provides many different types of experiences from short trips to a day-long trip to an extended wilderness trek. Hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails are in the Ely area. The two main snowmobile trails are the 180 mile Taconite Trail and the 90 mile Tomahawk Trial.

Ely is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Every day species include ducks, geese, songbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, seagulls, etc. The area also boasts large populations of bald eagles, osprey, and ruffed grouse. The most common of the big-game animals is the white-tail deer, but there are frequent sightings of the black bear, moose, and wolf. Wildlife is prevalent throughout the Ely area, whether canoeing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, relaxing at a lodging facility, or just sightseeing. Visitors have a good chance of seeing wildlife while driving scenic Highway 1, the Fernberg Road, and the Echo Trail. Wildlife can also be spotted while boating, canoeing, and hiking. Usually, the best time of the day to view wildlife is sunrise or near sunset.

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