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.


Reflections on Ricing

Photo courtesy of LynnAnne Vesper, canoe and dogsled guide as well as ricing instructor for the Ely Folk School.    When Johnnie first began ricing, she and her husband were on the same lake as Mooney and Mooney’s husband, Joe. Johnnie recalls being in awe of Mooney, who looked so relaxed and barely seemed to…

Brielle’s Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Brielle’s Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup   2 cups wild rice, cooked (preferably hand harvested – not the dark-colored commercial kind) 4 cups water 8 cups chicken stock 2 lbs chicken – thighs or breasts, cut into bite-size pieces and lightly sauteed ½ pound butter (or combination of butter and olive oil) 1 large onion,…

When is Rice a Verb?

The above image, Dave & Amy Freeman ricing on Nina Moose Lake, was featured in the 2018 Boundary Waters & Quetico Calendar.    The following article was originally published by Raven Words Press in the 1999 Ely Summer Times.   In late summer, when the wild rice ripens on the shallow, mucky-bottomed waterways near Ely…

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