Ely, Minnesota

Historic Preservation 

Meets the Great Outdoors

Ely is a small town in northern Minnesota with timeless charm. As the gateway into one of the world’s most popular wilderness destinations known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Ely is home to canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, dogsledding, swimming, camping, skiing, and much more. At Alley A Realty, we are working to restore and preserve some of Ely’s most unique and historically significant downtown buildings. We’re proud to begin contributing to Ely’s rich heritage and bright future!

Entrepreneurship in the Northwoods

Ely attracts a diverse group of entrepreneurs who bring main street to life with their passion and creativity. Some businesses specialize in light manufacturing of high quality products while others build on our Northwoods heritage. From the immigrants who shaped downtown Ely to the newest generation of business owners, entrepreneurship has always been a key ingredient of our culture!

It’s Rich in Culture

Whether it’s blueberry pancakes at summer festivals or visiting wolf pups at a world renowned research center, there is always something unique to experience in Ely. Here are some of our favorite cultural amenities…

It’s Great for Families


Coolest Small Town in America

Ely’s residents and families enjoy living in a walkable community with restaurants, shops, schools and the lake all within a few minutes from the front door.  Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital sits on the western edge of downtown while Washington Elementary and Ely Memorial High School, which is among the highest performing schools in the state, are conveniently located right in the heart of town. On the east edge of town, the next generation of outdoor educators and natural resource managers, among other degrees, study at Vermillion Community College. Walkability, award winning schools, a local hospital, a historic downtown and diverse outdoor recreation offerings set Ely apart as one of the coolest places to be.

Big Wilderness

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park. It contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. In the winter months, the lakes are home to dogsled teams and cross-country skiers. Throughout the year, two hundred thousand tourists embark on trips to this special place every year.


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