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Discover fort frances & rainy river district

Scenic Beaches • Service Areas • Camping Facilities • Outdoor Events • Pow-Wows • Walkways • Tourist Information • Border Crossing & much more!

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Come and discover Fort Frances and the Rainy River District, communities that have been crossroads destination for centuries. Today’s travellers can experience great shopping, wonderful dining, and terrific accommodations. Our pristine wilderness lakes and rivers make you feel that you have stepped ashore as the first explorer. Our waters, filtered by hundreds of square miles of bullrushes, provide a safe and fun place to swim, fish, and boat. Our majestic coniferous forests are wilderness parks filled with amazing wildlife. Our winters offer snowmobiling along miles of groomed trails, ice fishing, hockey tournaments, and curling bonspiels. Cross-country ski trails provide a challenge for both novice and competent skiers.

Our summers offer many exciting outdoor activities. Golf at one of our award-winning courses or feel the “heat” of our weekly stock car races. Walk our fabulous waterfront, or enjoy social games of slo-pitch and soccer. Our advertisers look forward to providing services and products that will make your visit and stay in our communities memorable. The Fort Frances Times is pleased to publish this eleventh edition of the Discover Fort Frances & District. We invite your suggestions and comments to help make this annual publication even better.

Sincerely, Jim Cumming, Publisher

Discover the District Contents Fort Frances............................ 04 Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls.......12 Local Events.............................15 Emo.........................................16 Step Outside............................17

Contact Morson/Bergland.....................18 Pow-Wow............................... 20 Rainy River.............................. 22 Good Eats.............................. 23

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District Events January

Lion’s Club Polar Plunge (January 1) W. Derksen Open Squash Tournament

February

Family Day Activities (FF Public Library) Valentine’s Bake Sale (FF Public Library) Ladies’ Curling Bonspiel

March

Nestor Falls Winter Carnival Church Curling Bonspiel Big Island First Nation Fish Derby

April

Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts Badminton Club Junior/Adult tournament Border Figure Skating Club Ice Show Downtown Scott Street Easter Egg Hunt

May

Rainy River Farmers’ Market season opens Market Thursdays season opens Borderland Racing season opens Emo Walleye Classic Rainy River Trade Show

June

Relay for Life (Ft. Frances & Rainy River) Fort Frances Mall Days Fly-in, Drive-In BBQ Strawberry Social Mini-King & Mini-Queen contest

July

Canada Day Celebrations (Most towns) Fun in the Sun (Fort Frances) Rainy River Railroad Daze Ken Pentney Memorial Golf Tournament Sioux Narrows Christmas in July Event Riverfest (International Falls, MN) Casting for Cash (Lake Despair)

August

Sioux Narrows’ Arts Festival Fish Fry (Bears Pass) Lake of the Woods Bass Tournament Pig Roast at Bass Lake Park Sioux Narrows’ Paradise Triathlon Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival

September

Life Chain Fort Frances Zombie Walk Great Canadian Chili Cook-off

November

Credits Advertising Sales: Debbie Ballard, John Pierce, Sue Fletcher, Murray Wepruk, Jim Cumming, Tanya Jerome Editorial: Beth Caldwell, Mike Behan, Ian Scott, Tanya Jerome, Rosanne Farmer, Leanne Spry Magazine Layout/Design: Tanya Jerome Advertising Layout/Design: Rosanne Farmer, Leanne Donaldson, Tanya Jerome

Historical Reference: Pam Hawley Photography: Duane Hicks, Heather Latter, Morson Tourism Association, Nancy Miller, Municipality of Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, Linda Plumridge, Sarah Pruys ©Northcoastmedia, Inc., Rachel Laurenti & Jennifer Hennek, Kallie Kantos - Perception Photography Images, Edith Jenkinson - Edith Jenkinson Photography

Friends of the Museum’s Fall Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Gala (FF) Fort High’s Musical Revue Remembrance Day Services Remembrance Day tea The UNFC’s Remembrance Day Pow-Wow East Indian Supper

December

OPP’s Stuff-A-Cruiser Emo’s Holly Daze Community Christmas Dinner

Big Grassy First Nation Fish Derby Fort Frances Community Chest Fundraiser Nordic Ski Club Candlelight/Moonlight Ski Snoasis 5 (Fort Frances Museum) Snowmachine Poker Run (FF-Emo) Fort Frances Men’s Curling Bonspiel Emo Spring Fever Days Bridal Show (Northwoods Gallery & Gifts) Fort Frances Business & Community Expo Easter Cantata Fine Line Art Gallery Annual Show Sioux Narrows Spring BBQ Shrine Circus Fort Frances Gun & Hobby Show Beat the Band 1K & 5K walk/run Purina Walk for Dog Guides Teddy Bears’ Picnic (FF Public Library) Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival Walk for Alzheimers Pow Wows begin (See page 21)

Coast to Coast Classic Car Tour Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Quest for the Best Bobby Mainville Golf Tournament Rainycrest’s Garden Party Bass Lake Park’s kids Fishing Tournament Nestor Falls’ Softball Tournament Cornell’s Barn Concert season opens Men’s Classic Golf Tournament Emo Annual Fall Fair Morson Bass International Alzheimer Society’s Ride for Memories

Crow Lake Classic Bass Tournament Musky Cup (Sabaskong Bay) Sticks & Stones Bonspiel/Golf Tournament Rainy River’s Giant Pumpkin Festival Rainy River Family Day and Safety BBQ Bassin’ for Bucks Tournament Kids and Company Concert series begins Fall Walleye Classic (Naicatchewenin First Nations) Kids’ Hallowe’en Scavenger Hunt Fine Line Art Gallery’s Christmas Extravaganza Ski/snowshoe trails open Moonlight Madness (Downtown FF) Festival of Frost (Downtown FF) Alberton Christmas Bazaar

Santa Lucia Supper Christmas Cantata Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s Family Day

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Ice Box Days (International Falls, MN)

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Triple P Sport Race (Bass Lake Park) Tour De Fort Concert Series begins Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL Hockey starts Splash and Dash Aquathlon Terry Fox Run/Walk Rainy Lake Fall Bass Classic Rainy River Walleye Tournament

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Fort Frances ÂÂ Walk, bike or jog the La Verendrye Parkway, a twomile cobblestone walkway that runs along Rainy River. ÂÂ Launch your boat at the Sorting Gap Marina and explore Rainy Lake, grab a hard ice cream cone to eat while enjoying the sights. ÂÂ Take time to relax and enjoy a meal at one of our local restaurants.

With an abundance of charm, Fort Frances could be your final destination. Try your hand at one or a few of our fun attractions– you won’t be disappointed.

ÂÂ Curl up with a good book in the cozy lounge area at The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. They also boast an exciting children’s area and WIFI. Visit: www.ffpltc.ca for information

ÂÂ Be entertained at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, a popular catch and release tournament which attracts anglers from all over North America and features activities and events for the entire family.

ÂÂ Experience a true North winter with a pair of crosscountry skis or snowshoes on the area trails. Try ice fishing on Rainy Lake or go snowmobiling on the abundant snowmobile trails across the district.

ÂÂ Skateboard at the Kiwanis Skate Park with 9,500 sq. ft., featuring an array of ramps, rails, and stairs. North of the Memorial Sports Centre.

ÂÂ See if you can spot your favourite classic at the Candian Coasters Coast to Coast Classic Car Tour in July.

ÂÂ Find a treasure at Market Thursdays on Scott Street featuring businesses and artists from Northwestern Ontario.


Featured Services Fort Floral, in downtown Fort Frances, offers uniquely Canadian items. Stop in and see the large selection of souvenirs and gift items. Betty’s on Scott Street will entertain your whole family no matter what age. The large collection of games, toys and gifts, will satisfy any family member. For the crafter pick up all your crafting supplies with a unique Northern flair. Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, with an abundance of Canadian art, home decor, and a varied collection of kitchenwares, will keep you perusing their impressive shop for hours. McTaggarts is your fashion destination. They offer quality apparel coupled with the latest fashion trends for the whole family. With a modern dining area, sports bar and patio, Boston Pizza is Canada’s first choice for casual dining. With over 100 items on the menu, you’ll find something for everyone. La Place Rendez-Vous with its panoramic views of Rainy Lake, a welcoming patio and relaxing lounge, is a must! Try one of their specialty dishes; the walleye will surely hit the spot. While here book a room overlooking the lake and fall asleep to the sound of waves against the beach. The Copper River Inn is a great choice, with a cafe, bistro, bar and grill, you’re sure to find what you crave. Relax in one of the northwoods themed rooms, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a break in the hot tub or sauna. The Bistro serves a unique breakfast in the morning or pick up a perfect pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven. The Super 8 has all the comforts any traveller could want. Restaurants and stores within walking distance of the motel. Friendly staff, ample parking, free high-speed internet and a Superstart Breakfast makes this the place you can rest easy. North American Lumber has all you need to keep your retreat in tip top shape. They have everything you need for small, medium and large projects. Stop by and see what may interest you this weekend. Make Fort Frances your final destination, you won’t be disappointed, in fact, you may not want to leave. The area has much to offer, a vacation home may be what you’re looking for. The friendly staff at Cousineau Real Estate can make those dreams a reality. With over 60 years of experience they’ll find you exactly what you’re looking for. See map on page 6 for service locations.

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ÂÂ Climb the Lookout Tower, 115 steps with views that will take your breath away. ÂÂ Enjoy one of our numerous parks and playgrounds.

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ÂÂ Board the Hallett, Rainy Lake’s legendary tug boat, offering a unique glimpse into the area’s past.

ÂÂ Get a workout in at the Memorial Sports Centre. Home to two indoor ice surfaces, weight and fitness rooms, a conference room, auditorium, squash courts, and swimming pool. ÂÂ Take an in-depth look at the history of the Rainy River District at the Fort Frances Museum. Their collection of artifacts and photographs will take you back in time. photo courtesy of Kallie Kantos, Perceptions Photography Images


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The Shops o Have it All Downtown Fort Frances is full of special places to visit and shop. Walk to clothing stores, pharmacies, decorating and gift shops. There are a variety of unique restaurants and beauty salons where walk-ins are always welcome. Specialty stores are full of clothing and footwear for every occasion, from a day at the lake to weddings to an evening at the soccer pitch. Looking for souvenirs? You will find them at many of the Scott Street Shops. Enjoy fine or casual dining or take-out. The Great Canadian Main Street offers many choices. Craft lovers can visit stores brimming with supplies and ideas. Market Thursdays, held in front of the Museum, spill onto the street with local crafts, vegetables and art.

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The Pink Store of Stop by and browse through our store filled with wonderful collections of gifts for everyone on your list. We have a marvelous treasury of toys for both amusement & education. Games, games and games – no batteries required. Enjoy our extensive library of books from unique authors. Betty’s proudly supports local artists and their crafts. We have a beautiful rainbow of knitting supplies. We invite you to savour the fabrics of the North we carry because the experience of the North is truly Unique. 266 Scott St www.bettystheoriginal.com

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La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel Restaurant & Sports Bar Canada’s First Choice for Casual Dinning Celebrate here!

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Winter

photo courtesy of Kallie Kantos, Perceptions Photography Images

Winter the way it was meant to be! Tell tales of walking on water while ice fishing one of our many lakes. Enjoy the crystal snow on a warm day while snowshooeing the trails. Whatever you try, you’ll go home with plenty of fun, snow-filled stories.

ÂÂ Entertian the family at Snoasis–a celebration of all things winter ÂÂ Ski or snowshoe the trails at Kay-NahChi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre ÂÂ Go snowmachining on our completely groomed trails ÂÂ The perfect winter day–build a snowman, make a fort or have a snowball fight, end the day by warming up with hot chocolate

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NORTHERN ONTARIO SPORTFISHING CENTRE murals that take you back-in-time to a by-gone era, so typical of the forgotten camps on the lake. Oh, if only those old walls could talk – the stories they would tell.

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There are many things to see and do at the NOSFC. For the fishing enthusiast, the NOSFC hosts a summer series seminar and master angler programs. At the front entrance of the NOSFC is a BOOK TRADING POST created by Jake Blosser and inspired by the towering pines so plen-

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The Northern Ontario Sportishing Centre is a contemporary structure, with floor-toceiling glass windows offering a panoramic view of Regina Bay. Form follows function, in this grand design by David Nelson (Nelson Architecture) and the visitor perspective is strongly influenced by the great outdoors. The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre (NOSFC) is a play to see and be seen. The interior does not shy away from the history and heritage of the region: antique fishing boats, vintage motors, and old lures pay tribute to the rich and colourful past of all of those who have ever fished on the lake. A small room has been lovingly painted with

Speaking of stories: Here at the NOSFC, visitors can watch videos and learn more about five classic fish species (Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Muskellunge, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass) found in the Lake of the Woods region. Looking for a place to hang socially? There is always someone to talk to at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre. Here you can sit on the comfy couches and connect to wi-fi (it’s free): post to Facebook, upload pictures on Instagram, and tweet about “the big fish”.

It is one of the only golf courses where the adventure begins before your hit the first tee! Here at White Moose Golf Course, an avid sportsman can head out on Lake of the Woods, pull up to a dock in Long Bay, and walk right up to the clubhouse. Touted as one of the Top 14 golf courses in Northwestern Ontario, the White Moose Golf Course, carved out of the Whiskey Jack Forest, is a 9-hole, Par 35 course. Taking a road trip? White Moose Golf Course is located about 7kms north of Sioux Narrows. Pack your golf clubs, book your tee time, and take a drive along the

scenic, picturesque King’s Highway 71. Just like the town, this small 9-hole golf course rivals the bigger 18-hole courses – and just like the town that it is close to, stakes its claim on the idea that “bigger isn’t always better”! White Moose Golf Course | Open 7 days a week | May to September | 807.226.5319 #funfact: A links is the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Britain. The word “links” comes via the Scots language from the Old English word hlinc: “rising ground, ridge” and refers to an area of coastal sand dune and sometimes to open parkland.

tiful in the Boreal Forest. Here you can “take a book and leave a book” – in the spirit of little free libraries everywhere! Looking for original works of art? Artists from the communities of Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows have their art on display and for sale at the NOSFC. Bring a camera – you never know when a small herd of deer might be passing through. Or take a stroll down to the waterfront and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake of the Woods. We promise, you will not be disappointed. So, whether you come by water or by land…a memorable experience is waiting for you at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows. #did you know: In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, people traveled to camps, lodges and resorts on Lake of the Woods by steamer boat. Fleets of steamers regularly traveled from the northern shores of Kenora down south to the Rainy River district. NOSFC | Open 7 days a week | May to September | sportfishingcentre.com


SIOUX NARROWS & CALIPER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARKS in the Canadian Shield, book your site now! Sioux Narrows & Caliper Lake Provincial Parks: Naturally!

Photo courtesy of: Brandi Charlebois

On the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods, nestled on Regina Bay, is a little hidden gem – beautiful and lush Sioux Narrows Provincial Park. It is picturesque and peaceful. Sioux Narrows Provincial Park is ideal for the lake lover: boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and world-class fishing eagerly await. If a quiet get-away is what you seek, look no further than the woodsy oasis on Caliper Lake. Walk among Caliper’s towering old growth red and white pine trees. Both parks offer welcoming dayuse areas: sandy beaches for swimming and open green spaces for throwing a Frisbee. Playgrounds and a covered pavilion with barbecues offer amenities to help create an unforgettable experience with family and friends. For your next wilderness escape

#groupcamping: Sioux Narrows has two group campsites; the first is located on a point on the shores of Lake of the Woods. This private site has its own dock and excellent swimming and camping opportunities. It is suitable for 30-40 people. The second group campsite is also private, just outside the main camping area. This cozy spot is ideal for a group of 20-30 people. Caliper Lake has one group campsite located on the east side of the park, directly overlooking the lake. This site is perfect for all ages, from 3 to 93 and can accommodate up to 40 people.

looking for simple pleasures and artisanal goods. All kinds of crafters – felters, jewellers, sewers, painters, carvers, potters – showcase their unique creations and original works of art. Local retailers, grocers and restauranteurs revel in the activity and open their doors to welcome old friends and make new friends. The Arts Festival in Sioux Narrows is supported by the helping hands of countless volunteers from the community. Gather your friends and head to the Arts Festival, a oneof-a-kind crafters market. #festivalpasttime: Check out the license plates. On the August long weekend, you will see vehicles from almost everywhere: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, California, Vermont, Texas – just to name a few.

ARTS FESTIVAL IN SIOUX NARROWS For more than five decades, artisans have been selling their handcrafted wares at the Arts Festival in Sioux Narrows. In the last few years, 55 juried artisans make up the Arts Festival in Sioux Narrows – an annual event that takes place on the August long weekend. The streets literally hum as more than 2,500 people come to Sioux Narrows

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Nestled along the banks of the Rainy River, Emo is directly north of Minnesota. A full-service community located in the heart of the Rainy River District, Emo features medical and dental facilities, an elementary school, public library, museum, bank, fitness centre, grocery and clothing stores, hardware store, restaurants, and a recreational centre.

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ÂÂSpend a full day at the ÂÂLaunch your boat at ÂÂEntertain the whole ÂÂBe a spectator at the ÂÂHand-feed wild Lions Club Park along the waterfront and gain family at the Annual Emo Emo Walleye Classic a bears at the Isaiah Emo’s waterfront. With access to Rainy River. Fall Fair, held the third two-day annual event Wildlife Sanctuary, barbecue grill tops, plenty weekend in August. The held in early June, north of Emo. Here of covered picnic tables, ÂÂGrab a bite and cheer on fair features a midway, a featuring anglers you can observe a a children’s playground, your favourite racer from fair queen competition, an vying for more than variety of Ontario’s and a playful spray park the sheltered grandstand exhibition hall, livestock $35,000 in prize wildlife. this spot offers countless during the summer at the & horse shows and much money. hours of fun. Emo Speedway more!

1. Borderland Racing. 2. Emo Fall Fair. 3. Emo Walleye Classic. 4. Isaiah Wildlife Sanctuary. 5. Cloverleaf Grocery. 6. Tompkins Hardware.

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a perfect community in which to work and play! Featuring a full complement of retail amenities, well known events, and comfortable lifestyle activities. Join us for . . . • Spring Fever Days in April. • Emo Walleye Classic Fishing Tournament May 25-27, 2017. • Canada Day Festivities July 1, 2017. • Stock Car Racing Saturdays all summer at the Emo Speedway. • Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society Fall Fair August 17-19, 2017. • Holly Daze Christmas Shopping event December 1-2, 2017.

Contact us at 807-482-2378

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Cloverleaf Grocery, located in Emo, is your one-stop, full-service grocer! The store offers a deli café, in-store bakery, custom cut meat, Canada’s jam, a souvenir section, & more! Tompkins Home Hardware, in downtown Emo, can handle all your vacation needs; from boat and motor repairs to lumber and hardware to furniture and appliances. Tompkins will deliver right to your door.

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Things to do ÂÂ Find an Oasis on Rainy Lake with an abundance of secluded beaches, one is never far away. ÂÂ Visit Pither’s Point Park or one of the Provincial Parks in the area and enjoy a refreshing swim in one of our lakes. ÂÂ Visit the Mermaid by Copenhagen Island. Legend says an artist built the mermaid to honour his wife who drowned at this spot in the 1920’s. Her ritual was to swim out daily from the cottage and sun bathe in the midafternoon sun. ÂÂ Grab a canoe or kayak and enjoy the sights and sounds of our lakes. ÂÂ Climb aboard a sailboat on Rainy Lake. The Rendez-Vous Yacht Club invites you to enjoy a leisurely evening ride! Members offer free sailboat rides. For a schedule of events, visit them on facebook. ÂÂ Reel in the big one, sparking memories that will last a lifetime. Our freshwater lakes make the perfect spot to fish for your favourite catch. This area is on the map as a top spot for the sportsman. ÂÂ Take in one of the numerous fishing tournaments, be a spectator or join in the fun with four months of hot angling action. Check the events section on page 3. ÂÂ Keep your eyes peeled for one of the local parks each with their own unique attraction. Enjoy a picnic lunch while watching your children laugh as they run and jump, slide and swing. ÂÂ Experience a true North winter in Northwest Ontario with a pair of snow shoes or crosscountry skis on the area trails. ÂÂ Ice fish or go snowmobiling on the abundant snowmobile trails across the district.

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ÂÂ Hike the trails. Quiet, well-groomed trails on Eighth Street in Fort Frances are an easy trek into the wild. In Nestor Falls/Sioux Narrows you’ll find three hiking trails, ranging from 3.6 5.9 kms from beginner to advanced. ÂÂ Visit Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Center. Take in the historical significance of the site.Work up an appetite on one of their numerous trails and grab a bite to eat in the restaurant.

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ÂÂ Walk, run or bike the La Verendrye Parkway a two mile cobblestone walkway built against the banks of Rainy River. Stop along this path and explore the Hallett, a heritage site or climb the 100 foot Lookout Tower and take in the spectacular views.

Step Outside Take a deep breath, and relax. Life doesn’t get better than this.


Morson/Bergland ÂÂJoin us when the air comes alive with the sounds and excitement of the Big Grassy & Big Island First Nations annual Pow-Wows.

ÂÂSpend a day at ÂÂUnlock the history Oscar’s Bay Beach at Tomahawk Park, with its sand Lighthouse, more beach, self-guided than a century old, it walking trails, picnic holds local artifacts shelter with tables and and historical playground it makes photos. Located on for a perfect day! Lighthouse Road left of where Hwy 621 & Hwy 619 meet.

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The communities of Morson-Bergland are located on Highway 621, 35 miles north of the Canada/U.S. border crossing at Rainy River. More than 30 businesses are here to serve you including restaurants, a nine-hole golf course, full-service resorts, campgrounds and marinas.

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ÂÂStep back in time with ÂÂCatch a glimpse aboriginal artwork that of some of the 280 dates back 800-900 species of birds that years and tells the live in the area. stories of long ago at Painted Rock Island. ÂÂSpot the lunker at the Morson Bass ÂÂFish for walleye, International fishing muskie, northern pike, tournament. crappie, and more.

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Enjoyed your stay? Interested in being more than a visitor? Kathy Judson at Remax can help find your perfect paradise, a little piece of heaven in the area. Stay...you’re always welcome in our neighbourhood.


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One-stop shopping with: Gas Bar • Deli Café • In Store Bakery Custom Cut Meat • Fresh Produce Souvenirs • Great Northern Hot Cereal Gourmet Coffee • Canadian Wild Rice Subs to Go • Slushies

Phone: 807-482-2793 • Toll Free in USA: 800-263-8003 Find us on the “web” at: www.canadasfood.com

Ontario Free Estimates!

See us for all your building supply needs from cabins to docks! For a copy of current sale flyer, see our web page:

www.northamericanlumber.ca

Fort Frances • 861 King’s Hwy • 807-274 3853 •bhoughton@northamericanlumber.ca

A Unique Location on Lake of the Woods

Island Splendor... Feel it! Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Golf and Relaxation

www.lakeofthewoodstourism.ca E-mail info@morson.org

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Toll Free: 1-800-508-9976

Buying or Selling? Check my website or give me a call!

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A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honour Aboriginal culture. Pow-wows vary in length from one day A site of National Historic Significance

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It has deep cultural and spiritual meaning to the Ojibway of Rainy River First Nations and indigenous people throughout North America.

• Tour our World Class Cultural Interpretive Centre

The place of the Long Rapids contains the largest group of Burial Mounds and associated Village Sites in Canada. The Laurel Culture inhabited this region from about 300 B.C. to 1100 A.D., and large Laurel Mounds are located on river terraces that span our site.

• Enjoy Scenic biking and walking trails • Take advantage of Amazing bird watching opportunities • Feast in the Hungry Hall Restaurant

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There is no shortness of First Nations culture to experience in the Rainy River District. Take a trip out to the Kay-Nah-Chi-WahNung Historical Centre, where you will learn about First Nation culture and tradition and the historical significance of the site. A visit here is a must for every traveller to the area.


Pow-Wow Schedules June 9-11 Mitaanjigamiing First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information call 807.274.2188 June 16-18 (call again next week) Rainy River First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.rainyriverfirstnation.ca June 23-25 Couchiching First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.couchichingfirstnation.com July 7-9 Ojibways of Onegaming First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information call 807.484.2162 July 7-9 Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.nigigoonsiminikaaning.ca July 7-9 Naotkamegwanning First Nation (Whitefish Bay) Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.naotkamegwanning.net July 14-16 Seine River First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.seineriverfirstnation.ca July 28-30 Naicatchewenin First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.naicatcheweninfirstnation.ca August 11-13 Big Grassy First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.biggrassy.ca

sessions of five to six hours to three days; however, major pow-wows called for a special occasion can be up to one week long.

August 11-13 Lac La Croix First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information call 807.485.2431 August 18-20 Big Island First Nation Annual Pow Wow For information visit www.bigisland.ca

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The birch bark canoe was the main mode of transporting goods vast distances via waterways. Created by the aboriginals that inhabited the lands, the birch bark canoes were later used by the voyageurs. The voyageurs, fur traders of European descent, traded European goods with aboriginals for beaver and other animal pelts. A birch bark canoe is on display at the Fort Frances Museum, located on Scott Street in Fort Frances.

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ÂÂTravel back in time to at the Railroad 4008 Heritage Museum.

ÂÂEnjoy the Great ÂÂBe entertained at the ÂÂThe world’s longest Pumpkin Festival it’s a Rainy River Walleye street ends right here! fun event for all, where Tournament, featurRainy River boasts Toronto, ON green thumbs vie for ing some of the best itself as the end of “Railroad Daze”—an the honour of growing anglers and includes a the line for the world’s annual event is sure to the biggest pumpkin. variety show, fish fry, longest street—Yonge be a highlight in your and a kids’ free miniStreet (Hwy. 11) which summertime fun! tournament. begins in Toronto, Ont.

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Rainy River is located on the Ontario/Minnesota border across the river from Baudette. It is a major toll-free entry point into the area from the U.S. This full-service community, nestled on the shores of its namesake, is a perfect getaway for weary travellers, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts. Second St.

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1. Railroad 4008 Heritage Museum. 2. Great Pumpkin Festival. 3. Rainy River Walleye Tournament. 4. The Walla Walla Inn

The Walla Walla Inn, located in Rainy River, features 18 guest rooms, with modern decor some with fireplaces. When in Rainy River stay at the Walla Walla Inn where a good nights sleep awaits you.


Great Eats Food is the centre of most gatherings and here, we’re no different. We love good food! Surrounded by the lake, family farms and great hunting spots, we have the freshest of the fresh! While here enjoy some local walleye caught in one of our pristine lakes. Fresh Walleye is second to none. This easy cleaning fish is a dream: fun to catch and better to eat! Great for a shore lunch or your dinner table. Ask a local for their favourite way to cook this delicacy! Make sure to pick some wild blueberries to take home, you won’t regret it.

ÂÂ At La Place Rendez-Vous the Northern Ontario Walleye is an absolute must or try their everpopular wild rice soup, it’s a house specialty ÂÂ The spicy perogy pizza at Boston Pizza has a long list of fans here in Fort Frances and their jambalaya fettucini definitely deserve a taste

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ÂÂ The blueberry brioche french toast hits the spot for breakfast at the Copper River Inn or savour the roasted artichoke and spinach wood-fired pizza

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Ahh the great outdoors – where the free spirit of wild abandon leads to bad pictures and tell it like it was stories in the nursing home. Fort Frances – a better life exposed. Call the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce for more information 1-800-820-FORT. VISIT WWW.FORT-FRANCES.COM

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