While the region is famous for summer activities, the lakes and woods are just as much alive in winter. After it snows, outdoor enthusiasts are actively ice fishing, dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and winter camping.
The Boundary Waters is a designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary - one of only 14 in the world. As a result, the stars shimmer brighter, the Milky Way is more vivid, and the chances of seeing the Northern lights are more likely without the negative impacts of light pollution impacting the sky.
As much as we love playing outside, we also enjoy a strong community. There are over 100 clubs and nonprofit organizations in the Ely area, and Ely’s exciting repertoire of festivals and celebrations means an even greater number of opportunities for community engagement. Notably, as quoted in an archived Ely Summer Times, “For a small town, Ely is big on art.” Arts programming not only provides space for meaningful interaction but also cultivates value within individual participants.