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Ely Resorts and Ely Outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness welcome you to Ely and to ElyMinnesota

LPF CalendarEly Resorts and Ely Outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness welcome you to Ely and to ElyMinnesota.com, your virtual gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCAW. Enjoy your winter in Ely! Need a 2016 Calendar? Check out Listening Point Foundations 2016 Calendar with photos by local Photographer Heidi Pinkerton.

This time of year we have time to plan our next BWCA canoeing adventure. We have time to reminisce about our last great adventure. And in doing so, we vividly picture canoeing our favorite lakes and setting up camp. We can imagine immersing ourselves in Nature’s comforts and beauty surrounded by the beautiful Boundary Water lakes, pines, clouds and camp life. For those of you who have had the pleasure of this BWCA experience you know exactly what I mean. If you have not, do yourself a favor and put a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on your bucket list.

During these winter months, probably the best introduction to the BWCA experience is through the writing of Sigurd Olson. Pick up one of Sigurd Olsen’s books in our Products area. If you know the BWCAW experience, introduce your friends to a glimpse of what you feel when you visit the Boundary Waters by giving them a book or two by Sig. It’s the next best thing to being here. In this tech immersed world we live in, experiencing the Boundary Waters is needed more than ever. We all need to get closer to Nature, to get back to an understanding of Nature. My personal opinion is that Nature is significantly more important than any tech device.

For those of you who have been following www.elyminnesota.com and our Threatened Waters Blog, you know that many of your friends here in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota have been very concerned about the threat of Copper Mining proposed for this area. If you’ve read any of the highly tainted bully pulpits of pro-mining advocates you might believe this nasty bad habit just might overrun the area and with their blessing. However there is some very good news to share. More and more people and professional groups basing their point of view on science, history, and a balanced view of risks and benefits are beginning to win over third generation miners and community leaders who classified themselves as “on the fence” eight years ago. They are now saying they have learned enough to get off the fence and they do not believe that Copper Mining is a good idea here in Northeastern Minnesota. I am personally so pleased that these good people have taken the time to weigh the pro and cons. They have come to the same conclusion I believe any person would who looks carefully at all the facts. The tide has turned. SAY NO to Polymet!!! Threatened Waters Blog.