Ely is a unique small city located in the northeast corner of Minnesota, U.S.A. It serves as a gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The B.W.C.A. has more than one million acres of wilderness. It offers over 1,500 miles of water trails. Ely is known as the "Canoe Capital of the World". Ely's "family wilderness vacation" is a strong drawing card to the area. Over two hundred outdoor outfitting businesses meet the needs of every kind of traveler. Ely has something for everyone. Shopping in Ely is always fun. Local businesses provide handcrafted items, art work, or fireside dining. Ely's many wilderness routes attract cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, snowmobiling and hiking opportunities. Many resorts, campgrounds, and motels provide a full range of services.