A decade ago, Ely called its 10-day fête of all things wintry—featuring broomball and giant snow sculptures—the Voyageur Winter Festival, referring to the north- eastern town’s 19th-century French settlers. But the city has since gone with the less-fussy Winter Festival to include more of its population. Among its workshops, you can bake Slovenian pastries, weave Russian birch-bark baskets, sew beaver hats or mi ens, and snowshoe to see the Hegman Lake pictographs, well-preserved examples of Native American rock art in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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