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ELY, MINNESOTA

Minnesota Winter Sampler: Dog Sleds, Skis, Snowshoes, Saunas, Wildlife

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Program #7933RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Start of Program
Feb 3, 2013
Between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM at camp.
You will be staying at the YMCA Camp du Nord that night.
Location: Ely, MN
Nearest city or town: Ely, MN
Nearest highway: Minnesota Highway 169.
Nearest airport: Duluth International Airport (DLH), Duluth, MN.

End of Program
Feb 8, 2013
Ends after sack lunch. Check out by 12:00 PM.
You will be staying at the YMCA Camp du Nord the night before.
Location: Ely, MN
Additional transportation information same as above.
Type: Other

Description: Experience an area listed as one of the world's top 50 travel destinations. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 15 miles north of Ely, is a winter wonderland for those traveling by dogsled, ski, and snowshoe. Explore scenic trails, eat delicious food, and relax in an authentic Finnish log sauna. Group size is small for active sessions. Shuttle from Duluth is available. Stay in beautiful cabins near the shore of Burntside Lake. Camp du Nord, operated by the YMCA of St. Paul, provides a private setting with miles of snowshoe trails, skier-groomed ski trails, brilliant skies, and quiet winter forests. The camp also features an authentic and historic Finnish sauna that will be fired up once during the week. Camp du Nord is a wonderful blend of cozy cabins and wilderness, providing a good setting for learning amidst snow-covered lakes, rocky shores, and evergreen forests. During the week experience a sunrise or sunset over the lake, explore the woods by following a set of animal tracks in the snow, or enjoy a starlit night from the frozen lake.

Contact info:
3606 North Arm Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-3681
web: www.dunord.org

Facility amenities: You will be sharing a lakeside cabin with other participants. Cabins are varied, but each has two to six double-occupancy bedrooms, a cozy living room, a kitchen (with stove, refrigerator and dishes), and at least one bathroom. Several cabins also have a woodstove to provide ambiance. In the spirit of the hosteling approach upon which Road Scholar programs were originally based, your accommodations are plain and simple. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own towels, soap, and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there are several phones available for you to use with your calling card (if you have one) or to make collect calls. Note that cell phone coverage in northern Minnesota is very spotty, and depending upon your carrier, may be non-existent. There are no laundry facilities on site (there are two Laundromats in Ely). Group meals are provided in the dining hall, which is a beautiful walk from the lodging. Delicious meals are single entree and are usually served family style to our group, camp staff, and occasionally participants of other programs.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared baths; 1 or 2 full or half-baths in each cabin are shared, with no more than 5 people per bath. Single occupancy sleeping rooms are available at an additional cost. Additional bath facilities are located nearby in a modern bathhouse.

Additional nights before: Please call for current rate.
Check availability and make reservations directly with YMCA Camp du Nord (218-365-3681).

Check in time: 3:30 PM

Type: Other

Description: Experience an area listed as one of the world's top 50 travel destinations. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 15 miles north of Ely, is a winter wonderland for those traveling by dogsled, ski, and snowshoe. Explore scenic trails, eat delicious food, and relax in an authentic Finnish log sauna. Group size is small for active sessions. Shuttle from Duluth is available. Stay in beautiful cabins near the shore of Burntside Lake. Camp du Nord, operated by the YMCA of St. Paul, provides a private setting with miles of snowshoe trails, skier-groomed ski trails, brilliant skies, and quiet winter forests. The camp also features an authentic and historic Finnish sauna that will be fired up once during the week. Camp du Nord is a wonderful blend of cozy cabins and wilderness, providing a good setting for learning amidst snow-covered lakes, rocky shores, and evergreen forests. During the week experience a sunrise or sunset over the lake, explore the woods by following a set of animal tracks in the snow, or enjoy a starlit night from the frozen lake.

Contact info:
3606 North Arm Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-3681
web: www.dunord.org

Facility amenities: You will be sharing a lakeside cabin with other participants. Cabins are varied, but each has two to six double-occupancy bedrooms, a cozy living room, a kitchen (with stove, refrigerator and dishes), and at least one bathroom. Several cabins also have a woodstove to provide ambiance. In the spirit of the hosteling approach upon which Road Scholar programs were originally based, your accommodations are plain and simple. During your stay, there is no maid service, and you need to bring your own towels, soap, and other toiletries. The rooms do not have telephones or televisions, however there are several phones available for you to use with your calling card (if you have one) or to make collect calls. Note that cell phone coverage in northern Minnesota is very spotty, and depending upon your carrier, may be non-existent. There are no laundry facilities on site (there are two Laundromats in Ely). Group meals are provided in the dining hall, which is a beautiful walk from the lodging. Delicious meals are single entree and are usually served family style to our group, camp staff, and occasionally participants of other programs.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shared baths; 1 or 2 full or half-baths in each cabin are shared, with no more than 5 people per bath. Single occupancy sleeping rooms are available at an additional cost. Additional bath facilities are located nearby in a modern bathhouse.

Additional nights after: Please call for current rate.
Check availability and make reservations directly with YMCA Camp du Nord (218-365-3681).

Check out time: 12:30 PM

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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5
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