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e m o c l e w CONTENTS 04 Fort Frances

Come and discover Fort Frances and the Rainy River District, communities that have been crossroads destinations 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.

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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.

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Our advertisers look forward to providing services and products that will make your visit and stay in our communities memorable.

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The Fort Frances Times is pleased to publish the annual edition of the Discover Fort Frances & District. We invite your suggestions and comments to help make this annual publication even better. Sincerely,

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Jim Cumming, Publisher

DISTRICT EVENTS JANUARY

Lion’s Club Polar Plunge

Family Day Activities (FF Public Library)

MARCH

APRIL

Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts Scott Street Egg-Stravaganza Event

Farmer's Market season opens Rainy Lake Series season opens Borderland Racing season opens Emo Walleye Classic

JUNE

Relay for Life Fort Frances Mall Days Borderland Pride Week Powwows begin

CONTACT

Publication of Fort Frances Times Ltd. 116 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ontario Canada P9A 1K2 www.fftimes.com For Advertising rates or any other information about this publication, please contact: Email: discover@fortfrances.com Phone: 807-274-5373

Canada Day Celebrations Rainy River Railroad Daze Teddy Bears’ Picnic (FF Public Library) Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship

AUGUST

Sioux Narrows’ Arts Festival Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival Emo Annual Fall Fair Morson Bass International Borderland Quarter Horse Show

SEPTEMBER

Tour De Fort Concert Series begins

CREDITS

Publisher Jim Cumming Advertising Sales: Debbie Ballard, John Pierce, Murray Wepruk, Jim Cumming, Tanya Jerome, Amanda Caron Editorial: Mike Behan, Ian Scott, Tanya Jerome, Rosanne Farmer, Stephanie Hagenaars

Magazine Layout/Design: Tanya Jerome Advertising Layout/Design: Rosanne Farmer, Leanne Donaldson, Tanya Jerome

Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL Hockey starts Rainy River Walleye Tournament Rainy River’s Giant Pumpkin Festival Kids and Company Concert series begins

OCTOBER

Riverside Foundation Fall Gala

NOVEMBER

Ski/snowshoe trails open Moonlight Madness (Downtown FF) Festival of Frost (Downtown FF)

DECEMBER

Emo’s Holly Daze Community Christmas Dinner

Historical Reference: Pam Hawley Photography: Duane Hicks, Municipality of Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, Linda Plumridge, Sarah Pruys, Kiera Kowalski, Joey Payeur

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Nestor Falls Winter Carnival Bridal Show (Northwoods Gallery & Gifts) Snoasis (Fort Frances Museum)

MAY

JULY

for a more complete current even schedule.

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FEBRUARY

Emo Spring Fever Days Fort Frances Business & Community Expo Fine Line Art Gallery Annual Show

PLEASE VISIT www.fortfrances.com/calendar


With an abundance of charm, Fort Frances is a final destination. Stop and see what we have to offer. Try your hand at one or a few of our fun attractions–you won’t be disappointed. Situated on the Canadian-American border, where Rainy Lake nar-

After adventuring, take a load off your feet and curl up with a good

rows into the river, you can wave to our southern neighbours from the

book in the cozy lounge area at The Fort Frances Public Library Tech-

shore. Among the largest communities in northern Ontario, the ‘Fort’

nology Centre, located at 601 Reid Avenue. The facility has much to

is more than an industrial hub — it’s a dynamic small town, boundless

offer, including beautiful lounge areas, an exciting children’s space and

in its opportunities and perfect for any water lover, sun soaker, and

wireless internet access. For more information visit www.ffpltc.ca.

those who seek a home away from home. When you’re ready for more excitement, catch some air at the KiOnce you’re in this bustling town, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away

wanis Skate Park, directly north of the Memorial Sports Centre, which

from river walks, sun-soaked beaches, invigorating hikes and sensa-

boasts 9,500 sq. ft. of ramps, rails and stairs.

tional fishing. Looking to soak up the afternoon sun? Head over to Point Park, just Nothing is nicer than a hot cup of coffee while enjoying the smell of

east of Fort Frances, for some beachy fun in the sun. Take a plunge in

morning dew and watching the sun rise over the water on the La Ver-

Rainy Lake or picnic under the trees in Seven Oaks and watch pelicans

endrye Parkway. This two-mile cobblestone walkway winds along the

dive for fish. When you’re done splashing around, take a stroll along

Rainy River where you can watch floatplanes glide along the water,

the beach to watch the rapids strike the railway bridge as the river nar-

grab a tasty treat from the Sorting Gap Marina, or just take in the

rows into the lake.

warming sun. Along the path you’ll find the Hallet, Rainy Lake’s legendary tugboat, and the Lookout Tower — only a quick 115 steps to

When the temperature drops, this town does not slow down. Put on

the top and spectacular views.

your snowsuit and build an ice-fishing shack on one of the many frozen lakes — just don’t forget to take it home before the ice melts! If

While out, stop in at the Fort Frances Museum, just a few blocks from

you’re looking to take part in one of Canada’s greatest games, sharpen

the river, for an all-ages art workshop or to soak in the robust history

those skates and head over to the arena for a good ol’ game of Shinny

of the Rainy River District. And on a lazy afternoon, catch up with

or polish those figure skating twizzles.

friends, or make new ones, over tea and homemade scones. Just steps from the museum, find a treasure at the Rainy Lake Market, which runs Thursday and Saturday mornings all summer long. You’ll find local vendors selling all kinds of goods and is a must-add to your to do list. The Rainy Lake Square, our newest addition, offers free concerts every Thursday evening. For a list of artists and other information, please visit www.rainylakesquare.ca


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maximum depth of 161 feet. The Lake is the remnant of Glacial Lake Aggisiz.

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Super 8 Motel

Copper River Inn

Fort Frances Times

Fine Line Art Gallery

SCOTT ST.

McTaggarts

PORTAGE AVE.

MOWAT AVE.

CENTRAL AVE.

SCOTT ST. MOWAT AVE.

ELM AVE.

Boston Pizza

WEBSTER AVE.

KEATING AVE.

MCIRVINE RD. McMunn & Yates

4TH ST. W. 3RD ST. W.

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ELIZABETH ST. W.

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The Town of Fort Frances is situated in the heart of Lake Country overlooking Rainy River

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6TH ST. W.

4TH ST. W.

Emo, Kenora, Nestor Falls, Sioux Narrows, Morson, Bergland, Rainy River, Winnipeg

EMO ROAD

Playgrounds

8TH ST. W.

MCIRVINE RD.

FROG CREEK RD.

Sorting Gap Marina/Riverfront Walkway

FORT FRANCES

Fort Frances Airport

The Fort Frances Airport is located just minutes from downtown Fort Frances, and offers service to Thunder Bay, Ontario & Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Fort Frances Chamber

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Memorial Cross Country CrossSkiing Country Sports Centre Skiing Memorial Sports Centre Country Memorial Cross CountryCross Library Skiing Sports Centre Skiing Library Cross Country Memorial Skiing Memorial Sports Centre Library Memorial Sports Centre

ALL VISITORS to Canada, including children, must carry identification. Passports or Nexus Cards are preferable. Photo ID combined with a Birth or Baptismal Certificate is acceptable. Children travelling with someone other than their legal guardian should have written permission.

Sports Centre

PATCIN AVE.

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IDYLWILD DR.

LAKE ROAD

RAINY RIVER

INT ERN ATIO NA LB OU ND ARY

1ST ST. E. SCOTT ST. E. CHURCH ST. NELSON ST.

Food: A reasonable supply of food, consistent with the length of stay and number of people in the party, providing it is for personal use is allowed duty and tax free entry. Some imported goods may require Canada Food Inspection Agency approval to import. Please contact the CBSA office at (807) 274-3655 for information.

RAINY RIVER

Chicago, IL 608.6 m/1014.6 km

Milwaukee, WI 538.3 m/897.2 km

Fargo, ND 259.9 m/433.2 km

Winnipeg, MB 223.9 m/373.3 km

Minneapolis, MN 284.1 m/473.5 km

Green Bay, WI 470.2 m/783.8 km

Des Moines, IO 516.2 m/860.3 km

Sioux Falls, SD 495.1 m/825. 2 km

KINGS HWY

Fort Frances Museum

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Sleepy Owl

Betty’s

La Place Rendez-Vous

Northwoods Gallery & Gifts

Fire Arms: Long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, imported temporarily for sporting or competition use in Canada: or in transit through Canada MUST BE REGISTERED at Canada Customs. 200 rounds of ammunition are allowed entry, duty and tax free. Hand guns or other restricted and prohibited weapons (i.e. mace or pepper spray) are NOT allowed entry into Canada. Also, no fireworks. Gasoline: The gasoline carried in the tanks of your vehicles is allowed. Small boats with outboard motors are permitted to carry 2 cruise-a-day tanks. Any gas over this amount is subject to duty and tax. Bait: Live minnows ARE NOT allowed. Frozen or salted minnows ARE allowed. Live earthworms are permitted, but only if they are packed in an artificial bedding. Worms packed in earth soil ARE NOT allowed entry. LEECHES and WAX WORMS are PROHIBITED.

FORT FRANCES

Duluth, MN 157.6 m/262.7 km

Pets: Dogs and cats from the USA must be accompanied by a valid RABIES certificate, signed and dated by a veterinarian indicating that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. The certificate must provide sufficient description and detail to enable adequate identification. While pups and kittens under the age of three months do not require a rabies vaccination certificate to enter Canada, they must be in good health at the time of entry. Pet food is not allowed.

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Thunder Bay, ON 193.6 m/332.6 km

SCOTT ST.

Tobacco Products may include 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 200 mg tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks, duty and tax free. In instances where the visit is for a shorter duration, i.e. less than 48 hours, quantities may be limited to amounts which are appropriate to the nature, purpose and duration of the visit.

Tobacco products may only be imported by persons who are the age of 19 or over in Ontario.

FRONT ST.

Fort Frances to:

There are age requirements and quantity restrictions when importing Alcohol or Tobacco Products. Personal baggage may include up to 1.14 Litres (40 imperial ounces) of alcoholic beverages (liquor, liqueur, wine) or 24 x 355 mL (12 ounces) cans or bottles of beer or ale or 1.5 Litres of wine.

The importation of alcoholic beverages is limited to persons who have attained the legal age as prescribed by the province at point of entry, in Ontario it is age 19.

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Visitors to Canada may bring in certain goods for their own use in Canada as “personal baggage” as duty and tax free goods, provided all such items are reported at Customs on arrival and are not subject to restrictions.

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The heart of every town is its core and supporting your downtown businesses ensures a thriving community. With personal one-on-one shopping experiences, restaurants, boutiques and specialty stores, keeping your money where your heart is not only generates growth in our small downtown businesses, but creates a strong sense of community and preserves our diverse, local character. By spending your money where your heart is, you support our downtown businesses in the heart of Fort Frances.

SCOTT STREET

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Visit us on the Great Canadian Main Street in downtown Fort Frances.


Kathy Judson

Fine Line Art Gallery The

sales representative

807-275-5633

An artist’s co- operative featuring the art and craftsmanship of 14 local artists.

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C H O I C E R E A LT Y LTD. BROKERAGE

INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED

Proudly serving Fort Frances, the Rainy River District and Cottage Country Buying or Selling? Check my website or give me a call!

www.kathyjudson.com

Paintings, stained glass, wooden bowls and pens, fused glass, photography, jewelry, hand made cards. If you’re looking for something unique, stop in and see us. 5 minutes from the International Bridge in Fort Frances 529 Mowat Avenue

INTRODUCING OUR SECOND LAUNCH OF THE 807 CLOTHING COMPANY EST. 1922.

We are bringing back old favorites; Bonfire Hoodie, WTF tee and Walleye Warrior hoodies and tees. Plus new designs including a 2019 limited edition tee.

AVAILABLE AT TAGGS SOURCE FOR SPORTS AND MCTAGGARTS.

807-274-2242

The

Pink Store

Since 1931

Come explore the distinctive treasures of Northwoods Gallery & Gifts

and bring a little bit of the area home with you!

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266 Scott Street 807-274-9565

Website: www.bettysthepinkstore.com Shop on-line: www.upthelaketrading.com

SCOTT STREET

Take something home to remember through our expansive selection of Canadian souvenirs. We offer Pendleton, Manitobah Mukluks and a ton of other First Nations gifts; many of our collections are influenced by First Nations culture. Books to interest everyone including a focus on books about Northwestern Ontario. Toys and games for all ages; Play = Learning! Shop our boutique of women’s fashions. A unique collection of crafting supplies; keeping in mind Betty’s (the original Betty!) belief that creating is good for the soul.

Check us out on Facebook

Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

find us on the

GREAT CANADIAN MAIN STREET Toll-Free 1 866 311 3811 273 Scott Street info@northwoodsgalleryandgifts.ca


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Throw a frisbee. Go kayaking. Eat some s’mores. Start and end the day in the great outdoors. There are day-use areas, picnic shelters, and pristine beaches to enjoy at Sioux Narrows Provincial Park and Caliper Lake Provincial Park. In between, treat yourself to a day chocka-block full of shopping, eating, and soaking up the small-town charm that stakes a claim on the idea that “bigger isn’t always better”.

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Two great events in August, starting on the long weekend with the Arts Festival in Sioux Narrows: a rare opportunity to purchase arts and crafts directly from the artisans. Come see why artists keep returning to the Arts Festival in Sioux Narrows, year after year! This cool little festival at the lake returns to Nestor Falls on August 16th and 17th with eight genre-crushing musical acts including Siouxperboat, Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir, NIce Horse, and Midnight Shine - just to name a few! Rounding out the Festival experience is an Artisans Village (crafters-of-allsorts), a craft beer tent (all proceeds supporting the Keewatin Curling Club and the Women’s Shelter Saakate House), regional food trucks serving up their incredible street eats - Gropps Meats and The Black Oven Pizza Truck. It’s all happening under a canopy of tall pines and along the water’s edge at Caliper Lake Provincial Park. For more information, visit moosenfiddle.ca

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By land or by water—there is something for everyone in Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls. We’re sure you’ll agree that a visit is in store. The mere mention of “stuff to eat” evokes the thought of fish n chips, ice-cream stands, and shoreline lunches. From sun-up to sun-down, there are madgenius chefs and mixologists cooking up amazing dishes and classic cocktails.


Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre Take a step back in time at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre (NOSFC) and explore the history and heritage of the region. Here you will find de Havilland float planes, a replica of a Boston Whaler, and the Sioux Narrows wood truss bridge, in miniature and built to scale.

White Moose Golf Course 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. The next time you are a planning a day-trip, book a tee time, take a drive along the King’s Highway (#71), and don’t forget to pack a set of golf clubs.

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EMO 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 numerous amenities to meet all your needs Spend a full day at the Lions Club Park along Emo’s waterfront. With barbecue grill tops, plenty of covered picnic tables, a children’s playground, and a playful spray park this spot offers countless hours of fun for the whole family. Entertain the whole family at the Annual Emo Fall Fair, held the third weekend in August. The fair features a midway, a fair queen competition, an exhibition hall, livestock & horse shows and much more! Be a spectator at the Emo Walleye Classic a two-day annual event held in early June, featuring anglers vying for more than $35,000 in prize money.

Launch your boat at the waterfront and gain access to Rainy River.

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1. Borderland Racing. 2. Emo Fall Fair. 3. Emo Walleye Classic, 4. Cloverleaf Grocery. 5. Tompkins Hardware.

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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

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With an abundance of local events, from music festivals to theatre performances, fishing tournaments to fall fairs and everything in between, you’ll find something for everyone here. Take a deep breath, and relax. Life doesn’t get better than this. There is strong First Nations history and culture throughout the Rainy

After a fun-filled day, the excitement continues at the Emo Speedway.

River District. Visit Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, just

This dirt oval racetrack features exhilarating races with stock cars and

west of Fort Frances, to tour the cultural interpretive centre, experi-

modified racers. And in the third week of August, entertain the whole

ence the powwow and enjoy scenic trails.

family at the Annual Emo Fall Fair. This fair has it all, a midway, a fair queen competition, livestock and horse shows as well as an exhibition

This area is well-known for its fishing, and whether by boat, jet ski

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or off the docks, this is the prime destination to get wet while you battle northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass in our freshwater

Visit Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows for more outdoor fun. Located

lakes and rivers. The Rainy River District also boasts four months of

along the eastern shore of Lake of the Woods, this area offers kayak

high-stakes, top-notch fishing tournaments that are sure to excite and

and canoe rentals to explore the lakes’ many islands and hiking trails

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for any age and ability. The Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival, which features outdoor music, craft beer and food trucks, is an outdoor party

Continue the road trip and travel the Noden Causeway, found seven

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kilometres east of Fort Frances. This three-and-a-half-mile thoroughfare hops from island to island, boasting breathtaking water views and

Whether in the sun, the cold of winter or a lazy afternoon, the Rainy

connects this border town to eastern Ontario.

River District has it all.

But you don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors in the area. Pack up the camping gear and head out to one of our many campgrounds and sit underneath the starts while roasting hot dogs over an open fire, making S’mores and sharing stories. Just down King’s Highway, the township of Emo awaits. Spend your day at the Lions Club Park along Emo’s waterfront. Here, you can play in the spray park, watch the kids enjoy the playground and barbecue lunch.

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Swim in the Lake at one of the many beaches in our area

Indulge in ice cream at the Sorting Gap and walk the Riverfront Don’t miss the Emo Fair, a favourite for both old and young Fish in the summer and in the winter Kayak or canoe any of our lakes Roast Marshmallows under a full sky of stars Ski or snowmobile the local trails

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You’ll understand quickly why the locals love the area. From hidden gems to great shopping, there’s always something to do. After a great day of sightseeing rest your head at one of our welcoming accommodations. 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! After you’ve experienced the great outdoors of Fort Frances, check

While in Emo, add Cloverleaf Grocery to your agenda, the store of-

out the great indoors, too. With lots of local shops to explore, you’re

fers a wide variety of Canada’s jam and a souvenir section.

sure to find that special souvenir. If you’re hoping to take a break from the great outdoors, or looking Scott Street is the ‘Fort’s shopping hub where you’ll find everything

for something more luxurious than the more rustic fishing resorts,

from Canadian art and home decor at Northwoods Gallery and

the Walla Walla Inn offers a relaxing stay, and even has BBQ’s for

Gifts, to quality apparel and the latest fashion trends at McTaggart’s.

guests so you can still cook up the catch of the day.

Stop in to Betty’s where you can find souvenir hoodies, games to play and books to read while you relax on the riverside or enjoy a family

We know you’ll love visiting Rainy River District, but we also know

picnic. For a one-of-a-kind gift, check out the Fine Line Art Gallery,

you’ll have a hard time saying goodbye. There is so much this small

a collective of 14 local artists, where you can find something unique.

town has to offer, with new things to discover every day. If it’s a vacation home you’re looking for Re/Max is a must to make your vaca-

And if you’re looking for ways to keep the vacation adventurous,

tion destination your home away from home.

check out Tompkins Hardware in the township of Emo for their selection of boats, outboards and ATVs. It takes a lot of energy to see everything Fort Frances has to offer. Luckily, we have comfortable beds, delicious eateries and big smiles to make you feel right at home. Fort Frances offers many places to spend your nights. La Place Rendez-Vous boasts panoramic views of Rainy Lake, while the Copper River Inn offers one-of-a-kind breakfast in the morning and northwoods themed rooms. The newly renovated Sleepy Owl is conveniently located right downtown making it ideal if you want to ditch the car and walk while you’re visiting.

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You can also stay at the Super 8 with friendly staff, all the comforts of home and within walking distance of many restaurants including Boston Pizza, where you can go to talk about the day’s activities or catch up on the latest in sports in their sports bar or out on the patio.

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Across the road at McMunn & Yates you can stock up with all the supplies needed for any of your summer D.I.Y projects too.

LOCAL FAVOURITES The blueberry brioche french toast hits the spot for breakfast at the Copper River Inn or end your day with their delicious, in-house made Crème BrÛlée At La Place Rendez-Vous the Northern Ontario Walleye is an absolute must or try their ever-popular wild rice soup, it’s a house specialty The spicy perogy pizza at Boston Pizza has a fan following here in the ‘Fort’ and their jambalaya fettucini deserves a taste The make and take pizzas at Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo is a big favourite. Don’t leave the area without picking up some Canada Jam, it never disappoints


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A modern powwow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honour Aboriginal culture. Powwows vary in length from one day sessions of five to six hours to three days; however, major powwows called for a special occasion can be up to one week long.

POWWOW SCHEDULES June 7-9 | Mitaanjigamiing First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please call 807-274-2188 June 14-16 | Rainy River First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.rainyriverfirstnation.ca

The Rainy River District is rich in First Nations culture.

June 21-23 | Couchiching First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.couchichingfirstnation.com July 5-7 | Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please call 807-484-2162

Costumes are bright and colourful regalia, decorated with feathers, fringe, bells and other material to signify Indigenous spirituality, history and culture through the style of dance. Accompanying the dancers are the powwow drummers and singers, who not only entertain, but help to tell stories about personal and cultural history.

TBA | Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.nigigoonsiminikaaning.ca July 12-14 | Naotkamegwanning First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.naotkamegwanning.net

After the Circle is blessed by a spiritual leader, the powwow begins, providing entertainment and cultural history everyone will enjoy.

July 19-21 | Seine River First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.seineriverfirstnation.ca

August 16-18 | Big Island First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.bigisland.ca

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August 23-25 | Lac La Croix First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please call 807-485-2431

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July 26-28 | Naicatchewenin First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.naicatcheweninfirstnation.ca August 9-11 | Big Grassy First Nation Annual Powwow For more information please visit www.biggrassy.ca

The modern powwow is an exciting way to experience First Nations’ dance, music, food and art. These celebrations can be traditional or competitive, and many of them are open to the public, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.


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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 23-25, 2019. • Canada Day Festivities July 1, 2019. • Stock Car Racing Saturdays all summer at the Emo Speedway. • Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society Fall Fair August 14-17, 2019. • Holly Daze Christmas Shopping event December.

Contact us at 807-482-2378

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KAY-NAH-CHI-WAH-NUNG HISTORICAL CENTRE the place of the long rapids Kay - N ah - C hi - W ah - N ung Historical Centre, t h e Place of t h e Long Rapids, is a historically significant m e e t i n g place . It is t h e largest concentration of k n o w n burial m o u n d s in N o r t h America a n d was des ignated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1969 . Visit us this summer and experience:

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“Railroad Daze” an annual summer event is sure to be a highlight in your vacation or enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival in the fall. A fun event, where green thumbs vie for the honour of growing the biggest pumpkin.

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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.

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Fish for walleye, muskie, northern pike, crappie, and more. Prefer to watch? Try to spot the lunker at the Morson Bass International fishing tournament held in August.

1. Big Grassy and Big Island First Nation Powwows & Morson Bass International Fishing Tournament, 2. Tomahawk Lighthouse.

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Join us when the air comes alive with the sounds and excitement of the Big Grassy & Big Island First Nations annual Powwows.

Spend a day at Oscar’s Bay Beach Park, with its sand beach, self-guided walking trails, picnic shelter with tables and playground.

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Step back in time with aboriginal artwork that dates back 800-900 years and tells the stories of long ago at Painted Rock Island.

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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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The sweet smell of fresh strawberries. The vibrant colours of artisan’s imagination. The tickle from the melodic sounds of musicians. The beat in your chest when the roars of applause begin. Thursdays–the Rainy Lake Square. Open air markets Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May to September. Concerts, outdoor movie nights and more. WWW. RAINYLAKESQUARE.CA

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