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Fort Frances | Ontario

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Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship

Late July

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is a catch and releases smallmouth bass fishing tournament.

The dream of a catch & release smallmouth bass tournament on Rainy Lake first surfaced on Rainy Lake in the fall of 1990. Many of the anglers that fished that walleye tournament were amazed by the quality of the smallmouth bass fishery on Rainy Lake.

$10,000 First Place

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Noden Causeway

The Noden Causeway is a series of island-hopping bridges 7 km east of Fort Frances.

Opened in 1965, the three-and-a-half-mile-long bridge marked the completion of Highway 11, linking Fort Frances to Atikokan, the Lakehead, and the rest of the country.

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Lookout Tower

Come climb to the top of the tower to enjoy scenic views of the Rainy River.

This lookout tower is 100 feet tall which was originally a radar and lookout tower located near Atikokan. In 1972, it was moved to Point Park as a tourist attraction. It now sits overlooking the Sorting Gap Marina.

At the bottom of the tower is a play structure for children as well as ice cream at the Marina.

Photo: northernontario.travel

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Home Town of Stanley Cup Champion Duncan Keith

Duncan Keith is a current NHL defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks. At a young age, Duncan moved from Winnipeg to Fort Frances where he started his hockey career. At the age of 10, his coaches decided to switch Duncan from forward to defence.

He was selected 54th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Duncan is now a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks winning in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Duncan also helped Team Canada win gold in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. He has received awards such as the Conn Smythe Trophy and the James Norris Memorial Trophy.

He is currently still with the Blackhawks serving as an assistant captain.

 

You can find Duncan’s Blackhawk Sweater in the lobby of the Fort Frances Memorial Sports Centre.

Photos: duncankeith.com

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Rainy Lake Mermaid

The Rainy Lake Mermaid is said to watch the coming and goings of the lake. The beautiful statue in the middle of Rainy Lake is constructed out of steel rods, old boat propellers and cement. It was constructed in the 1930s by Gordon A. Schlichting.

The statue can be seen by boat near Copenhagen Island!

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Logging Tug Hallett

This Hallett was the largest and most powerful boat on the Rainy River. The 60 feet long and 57-ton boat was built by the Russel Brothers of Owen Sound.

This Hallett was used extensively hauling logs until 1974 making twenty trips of one hundred miles each year. This now floating museum displays what life was like as a boat logger back in the day.

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Fort Frances Museum

The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre opened its doors back in 1978. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the artifacts that show the story of men and nature as it relates to the history of Fort Frances and the surrounding Rainy River District.

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Point Park

Point Park is spacious with a large beach for relaxing, swimming or watching the sunset.

Located on the shores of Rainy Lake, Point Park has 18 campsites with hydro and water hookups.

The Park also features tenting areas, washrooms, showers and a playground. Come visit these well-kept grounds and cool over in the River!

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Scott Street Shopping District

In Downtown Fort Frances, visit Scott Street. Walk to clothing stores, gift shops, beauty shops, and unique restaurants. Watch for artisan wares featured in front of the Museum during Market Thursdays all summer.

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