Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marina, museum sites open up

Whether you’re looking for something to do on the long weekend, or have family of friends visiting from out of town who might be interested in local history, gaze no further than the waterfront.
The “Hallett” and lookout tower along the La Verendrye Parkway opened for the season today, as did the Sorting Gap Marina.

Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George said the local heritage sites continue to be fairly popular.
“Because the waterfront is so beautiful, I think it’s natural people want to stop in,” she remarked.
“It’s actually one of our main tourist attractions.
“They’re visited quite often and the Sorting Gap, as well,” George added.
“It’s a good place when you’re out for a walk to stop in for an ice cream.”
George noted a digital photo frame will be put in the “Hallett” a little later in the season, which will display a sequence of images of the tug boat back during the river drive days.
Meanwhile, climbing to the top of the tower also is terrific exercise.
There is a middle platform, however, so if folks don’t want to climb to the top, they only have to go halfway up to get a great view.
Admission to the heritage sites is available at the Sorting Gap Marina and the museum.
Paying admission provides access to the “Hallett,” lookout tower, and the museum, where the exhibits change every couple of months.
The current exhibit is a showcase of 100 years of logging and paper-making in Fort Frances, which will run through the end of August.
The cost is $3.75 for adults and $2.75 for seniors and children aged six-12 (those five and under are free).
There also is a family/group rate of $12.
Visitors are given a time-sensitive tag with an access code that is changed daily.
The “Hallett” and tower sites are open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (depending on weather) while the Fort Frances Museum, which switched to summer hours as of today, is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by a caregiver age 16 or older. Appropriate footwear is required.
Visitors also are asked to take care and use caution as surfaces are uneven, and platforms are steep and high.
As noted, the Sorting Gap Marina also opened for the season today.
Its hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday (the Sorting Gap will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week starting next month).
The Sorting Gap also has started selling hotdogs this year.
As in past years, people can go there to buy ice cream, pop, chips, water, ice, and gas for their boat.

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