While in Fort Frances, check out the many great sites and attractions we have to offer:
|• Museum & Cultural Centre
• Point Park
• The BIG Chair
• LaVerendrye Parkway
• Noden Causeway
• Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
• Kitchen Creek Golf Club
• Heron Landing Golf Club
• Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club Ski & Walking Trails
• Logging Tug Hallet
Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre
The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre is located in one of the town's oldest buildings - a school house built in 1898. Exhibits feature area history from early native life to industrial development. Travelling and art exhibits are featured on a regular basis. The museum provides programs for schools, youth groups and the public on a regular basis.
For more information, check out: http://www.fort-frances.com/museum/
Located on beautiful Rainy Lake, Pither's Point Park is the perfect spot for a family picnic, a day at the beach, or just enjoying the outdoors. After a good lunch, the kids can have fun playing on the equipment, on the beach or even taking a swim off the dock. Baseball diamonds, large open fields, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits make the park fun for the whole family.
Pither's Point Park also serves as a campground for RV's and tents.
Point Park BIG Chair
Located at the center of Pither's Point Park, the "Big Chair" has become a grand attraction for residents and tourists. Stop by for a great photo op. The kids will love you for it.
The waterfront along Rainy River, recently named LaVerendrye Parkway, offers a great view and peaceful atmosphere while you walk, jog, in-line skate or bike down the two-mile cobblestone walkway. Take a break to enjoy the view at any of the many benches and picnic pavilions along the way. LaVerendrye Parkway is handicap accessible.
Enjoy an ice cream cone or cup of coffee at the Sorting Gap Marina, located along LaVerendrye Parkway. A boat launch and fuel are also available at the marina.
The Noden Causeway
A series of island-hopping bridges just 7 km east of Fort Frances on Highway 11. The views are breathtaking! Picnic waysides and historical plaques are found on the islands. The actual bridge structure is 6,017 feet long and the highest span clears the water by 40 feet.
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, located west of Fort Frances, is one of the most significant centres of early habitation and ceremonial burial in North America. The centre features galleries and exhibits, which display different points of the last 10,000 years of aboriginal history, a 3-km walk along Rainy River, a teepee camp and village reconstructions. The centre also features a gift shop and restaurant.
Open May 4 - October 2
Wednesday thru Sunday
10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
For more information call (807) 483-1163
Kitchen Creek Golf Club
Rated one of the best 18-hole golf courses in Northwestern Ontario, Kitchen Creek Golf Club is located 8km west of Fort Frances on Highway 11. Kitchen Creek offers a complete, full service course with picturesque fairways and immaculate greens. Shop in the Pro Shop, dine in the club house or enjoy a refreshing beverage on the course. Call (807) 274-GOLF for more information.
Heron Landing Golf Course
This beautifully groomed course and unbeatable scenery make a round of golf well worth the trip to the Heron Landing Golf Course, located just 2 km east of Fort Frances on Couchiching First Nation Reserve. This newly constructed course offers all the amenities you' ll need for a great day of golf. Visit the Pro Shop for rentals of clubs and carts. The Pro Shop also features a variety of golf accessories and gifts for purchase.
Enjoy a delicious meal or snack at The Sand Wedge Restaurant after your game.
Logging Tug Hallet
The Hallet was the largest and most powerful logging boat on Rainy Lake. The 60 foot, 57 ton boat was transported in pieces by railway flatcar and reassembled for the Pulp and Paper Mill here.
The Hallet was later modified to make it more suitable for pulling booms across the Lake. A change from a single to a double rudder was necessary to make the boat stable, an early towing attempt laid the boat on its side. Other renovations occurred, including one as a result of fire. Despite the engines being changed and other minor alterations, the Hallett's essential function remained unchanged until its retirement.
The Hallet was used extensively in hauling logs until 1974. During an average year, the Hallet made twenty round trips one hundred miles each, hauling 70,000 to 90,000 cords of wood a year in average tows of 4-5,000 cords of wood, a mile in size. Modernization of woodland operations and environmental concerns led to use a pulp truck, carrying 40 cords per load to bring logs for paper production.
In 1983, the Hallet was placed in Pither's Point Park. Restoration was completed by the Fort Frances Museum.A recent relocation means that you can view and tour the Hallet on Front Street, beside the Sorting Gap Marina.
Rainy Lake Mermaid
In 1932, Gordon A. Schlichting, a Minneapolis architect, carved the Mermaid while a student spending the summers on Rainy Lake. Located in Silver Island Narrows, near Copenhagen Island, the Mermaid watches over the comings and goings of the lake.
Statesque and secretive, the Mermaid sits upon a rock in the middle of beautiful Rainy Lake. Constructed out of steel rods, old boat propellers and cement, the Mermaid is truly a work of art.
Edward Wellington Backus Mural - the first heritage mural of Fort Frances, created by artist Brian Romangnoli, depicts industrialist E.W. Backus. The mural is located on the west wall of the CIBC building located at 203 Scott Street
Fort Frances at the Turn of the Century Mural - the "Fort Frances at the Turn of the Century" Mural was created by artist John Hood and is located on the west wall of the Masonic Building, located at the corner of Scott Street & Portage Avenue.
Clover Valley Farmer's Market
Open every Saturday from May to October - 9:00am - 2:00pm. Located on McIrvine Road (behind Canadian Tire), the market offers a wide variety of handmade local crafts, baking items and fresh produce.
Lion's Millennium Park
Located on Second Street East, the Lion's Park has something for everyone. Fenced in equipment for the children to play on, a beautiful millennium fountain, and a water fountain shaped like a lion where you can quench your thirst. Washroom facilities are available.
Royal Canadian Legion Park
In the west end of town, this park offers swings, slides and monkey bars. The many trees offer not only shade but beautiful scenery. After a day of playing on the equipment, take a break and relax or have a picnic under the pavilion. Washroom facilities are available.
8th Street Walking & Ski Trails
Walk or ski as you enjoy the natural beauty of winter through clearing and wooded areas in the north end of Fort Frances Download the Ski Trail Map