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.


Deep Space Photography

Richard Willits first started looking at the night sky through a telescope that his twelve year old son purchased at the Minnesota Science Museum. That son is now 55 years old. Willits went on to develop a hobby for deep space astrophotography in retirement. He spent the last seven years learning the technology and software…

Nordlys Cocktail Recipe

Nordlys Ingredients: 2oz Aalborg Jubileums Aquavit 1oz Green Absinthe 1oz spruce tip infused simple syrup—plain is fine too Juice of one fresh lemon 1/2oz Creme de Violet White from one egg Small handful of ice Shaker Fine cone strainer Coupe glass – Place egg white in shaker and dry shake (no other liquids or ice…

Northwoods Light Show

Photo courtesy of Jim Brandenburg. This article was originally published in the 1999-2000 Ely Winter Times.    One of the northwoods’ winter wonders is the night sky. Away from artificial light sources, the view of the stars and planets is dazzling. The sheer number is awe-inspiring, especially to urban dwellers who have become so accustomed…

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