Around Town

An “Explore Rainy Lake Digital Fishing Tournament” is running August 13 to 22, with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs! Sponsored by the Town of Fort Frances in conjunction with the Rainy River Future Development Corp, the catch and release walleye and sauger tournament will be held over the MyCatch app, and managed by Registration is $25, or $10 for youth. For the full details and registration, visit the official tournament page at

The Emo Fair is this weekend! Lots of fun, games and activities. Logger competition, Fair Queen crowning, bouncy castles, cattle auction, and of course, fair food! For the full itinerary, see the Emo Fair pull-out section in the Fort Frances Times, or visit

A warm clothing giveaway is underway. Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau/Family Centre is hosting a children’s fall/winter clothing giveaway. Warm clothing such as long sleeve shirts, pants, long underwear, mitts, hats, jackets and snow pants. Giveaway has begun and will continue through to September 3, 11-3, 7 days a week, at the Volunteer Bureau, located in the old train station, 140 4th Street West in Fort Frances. All families are welcome. Donations are very welcome and will be accepted everyday 11-3 until the end of the giveaway. For more information you can call the Volunteer Bureau 11-3 at 274-9555.

An All Around Town Scavenger Hunt is underway until August 30. Pick up your entry form at the Fort Frances Library, then solve the riddles around town! Prizes for participation, and for the fastest-solving participants. To register, stop by or call the library, or e-mail

The Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy will be holding registration for the 2021/22 season at our new building (248 Scott St) on Tuesday, August 24th (ages 18 months-3 years and 5-18) and Wednesday, August 25th (ages 4-8) at 6:00 PM both nights. Class schedules and fees will be posted on and on our Facebook page one week prior to registration. If you need any other details, please feel free to contact Jessica Ogden at 276-4428 or

The Fort Frances Curling Club will be holding online registration from September 1-24, with in-person registration September 15 and 16. Keep an eye on the Club’s Facebook page for more details.

Friends of the Museum will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the museum. Open to the public – everyone welcome! New members welcome!

Fort Frances Minor Hockey is seeking senior and junior referees for the upcoming season. Experience an asset, but training available. Criminal record check required. For more, call Matt McLellan at 271-4411.

A Fort Frances Skeet Club Shoot-off is being planned for September 11. There will be two rounds before lunch, two after lunch. All shooters past and present welcome. For more information, call Ted Brockie at 274-9136 or Brad Houghton at 275-6183.

Did you know the Fort Frances Public Library loans fishing rods and tackle and ukuleles?? Members with a valid card can sign out equipment for a week.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care August 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out – there’s still time to buy before the early bird! Five chances for $5, 20 chances for $10 and the best deal of 100 chances for $20. Get your tickets now at or call the Foundation Office at 807-274-4803 to make arrangements for offline payment. Every dollar raised will go towards the $1.5-million Picture This diagnostic imaging campaign.

Manitou Mounds has re-opened to the public! The restaurant and gift shop are open, along with indoor and outdoor tours, which must be booked ahead of time, and reservations are preferred for the restaurant. To book, call 807-483-11163.

Summer programming is up and running at the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre. Outdoor story time, TD Summer Reads program, Craft Club, Senior’s Technology Workshop, Senior’s Art Studio – there’s something for everyone! Check them out on Facebook or online at to see the latest.

The annual WWRD Lions Pontoon Boat tickets are going fast! Only 5,000 will be sold. Tickets are available at the Fort Frances Times office and other local merchants, or e-mail or phone 807-483-5403. They can be purchased right online through an e-transfer at

The Fort Frances EarlyON Centre has re-opened programming to in-person outdoor events! Each week brings new activities, staged at area parks. Activities include picnics, craft time, open play, and other events. To see the week’s offerings, and how to register your child for some fun outdoor play time with other kids, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON Centre on Facebook.