Ely is calling! Ely, Minnesota is the entry point to the world's premier lakeland wilderness area and is considered to be the "Canoe Capital of the World." National Geographic designated the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as one of the world's "Top 50" scenic places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The BWCAW is the largest wilderness preserve east of the Rockies and the nation's most popular one.

Ely has a greater concentration of dogteams and dogsled racers and outfitters than any other community in the continental U.S. and is often referred to as the "Sled Dog Capital."