Ely | Midwest Living


The remote, lake-filled, 1 million-plus acres of the Boundary Waters near Canada lure adventurers who mix days of hiking and canoeing with legendary characters, tiny towns and excellent pie.
Ely is a last outpost of sorts: Outfitter shops jam-pack the main drag of Sheridan Street, ready to send you off on an adventure with portage packs full of gear and a canoe tied on top of your car.
Northern Minnesota, a vast expanse of lakes, streams and woods that stretches along the Canadian border, offers a quiet respite from urban life.
Tackle the pristine wilderness in luxury by renting a roomy houseboat in Minnesota's 30-year-old Voyageurs National Park. Written by Berit Thorkelson.