Boundary Waters & Quetico Calendar

The Boundary Waters & Quetico Calendar gives you twelve outstanding photographs to remind you of where you’ve spent some precious, perhaps even life-changing, moments. Locations are identified so you will know exactly where these familiar scenes are awaiting your return. When our most enthusiastic customers get in touch, they always comment on the sidebars. These contain a variety of topics from human and natural history to camping tips and even recipes, with some occasional philosophical rants about wilderness and getting kids outdoors. Moon phases, hunting and fishing seasons, emergency contacts, permit information, holidays and local events are included. With all that we try to leave enough room for you to add your appointments and special events on each date.  Order yours here.

Past Calendars

Ely Summer and Winter Times

The Ely Summer and Winter Times was first published in 1996. It’s filled with articles and information interesting to full-time and seasonal Ely residents, tourists, business visitors, and Ely enthusiasts who don’t live here (yet). Distributed for free at most Ely locations and with a promise of only 1/3rd advertising space, the Times is a great place for businesses and non-profits to get their message to just about everybody at a very reasonable rate. New with the Summer 2019 edition, the Times will also be online at our website with live links to advertisers’ websites and others that relate to article topics. The Times can also be posted on others’ websites with our permission. Subscriptions to the paper version are available here, and the advertising rates here. Archived issues are available here (Please be patient – we’re still working on these.)  And back issues in paper, if we have them, are here.


Baby’s First Blueberries: A Quetico Adventure

Late July is a great time for canoe tripping in the border country—the lakes are warm enough for long swims, the black flies are mostly gone, the mosquitoes usually don’t come out until sunset, and the blueberries are ripe. Picking blueberries always reminds me of the year we transformed our canoe tripping style due to…

Blueberries: A primer

Photo credit: Paul Sundberg. This image and text below were featured in the 2017 Boundary Waters & Quetico Calendar.    Blueberries are more than delicious, abundant, and free for the picking. They are also one of the most healthful of all fruits and vegetables. With plenty of fiber and vitamin C as well as natural…

Insula’s Mint-Infused Blueberry Cocktail

Celebrate blueberry season with a refreshing cocktail! (Or make a tasty spritzer without the alcohol.) This recipe was generously submitted by the folks at Insula Restaurant. Serves two* Still providing delicious meals with curbside service.  INGREDIENTS 1 cup blueberries 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves Juice from one lime (fresh; about 2 tablespoons) 1…