Friday, February 24

In Ely, Minnesota, winter is more than just a season – it is a snow packed play land. Located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely boasts a wide variety of things to do, which is why visitors come back again and again. Photo opportunities are endless around Ely, especially in winter when the snow highlights the landscape and tree limbs wear winter caps. Locals and visitors alike take advantage of the snow and frozen lakes by skiing or snowshoeing to places that are not normally accessible. Many winter outfitters carry equipment and winter gear to cover any need. For visitors that come to watch the race, why not have your own dog sled experience? There are many area dog sled operators that offer day trips of varying length.

Our downtown is very special as well, with many locally-owned galleries and shops filled with artwork, outdoor gear, toys, clothing, jewelry and Northwoods’ gifts. Our dining scene is like no other with steakhouses, brewpubs, coffee houses and bakeries serving up food to delight almost any palette, whether you want to grab a sandwich, indulge in a scone (or two), sample a wild rice dish, or enjoy Italian, Mexican, Infusion and more.