Around town

The Terry Fox Run is on Sunday, September 19. Although the event is virtual, due to Covid restrictions, a small group will be meeting at the Sorting Gap Marina at 1.p.m. All are welcome to join in, or support organizers Sandy Stalker and George Walsh on their 41st walk.

The Rainy River Walleye Tournament is almost here! There’s still a few spots left, but you don’t need to fish to have fun! The event will feature live music, silent auction, fish fry dinner and pancake breakfast, all open to the public. A kids’ mini-tournament will take place Saturday morning, followed by kids’ activities. The event will wrap up with a pig roast and dance Saturday night. For the full event schedule, visit

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

The Rainy River Future Development Corporation will be holding its Annual General meeting September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at La Place Rendezvous. Register at or call 274-3276.

A Turkey Dinner delivery is being organized by the Legion ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29. Deadline for orders is September 25. Cost is $20 per plate, cash only and must be pre-paid. Delivered to your door within town limits. To order, call Josie at 276-3293.

A free community take-out barbecue will be held Wednesday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in honour of Mental health Awareness Week. Stop by the Canadian Mental health organization, 612 Portage Ave in Fort Frances.

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.

Valley Adult Learning Association will be holding a Basic Computer Class on Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m., beginning October 14. No fee. Proof of vaccination required. Call 274-3553 to register.

The Fort Frances Public Library has extended its hours. It’s now open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care September 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.

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 draw is next week, so don’t delay!

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.

Volunteer opportunities

The Cattlemen’s Association needs a few extra hands to get the new Sales Barn ready for the first auction of the season. If you can help, call Louis Bujold at 807-276-3493.

The Fort Frances Lakers are looking for billet families and a billet coordinator, to provide a home away from home for players. To join, or just to find out what’s involved, call Sarah at 275-6991.

The Rainy River Walleye Tournament needs lots of volunteers for tournament weekend September 16-18. All welcome. To pitch in, call Richard Trenchard at 276-7580. Lots of volunteer opportunities!

Rainy River District Victim Services Program is looking for compassionate and empathetic individuals for our team of volunteers. Our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to victims in their time of need. Individuals in all major centers of the District (Atikokan, Fort Frances and Rainy River) are encouraged to apply.  Free specialized training is included and involves 30 online hours (work at your own pace) and 10 hours of in house certificate training based on Ministry Standards. For more information please visit, call 274-5687 or stop by our office at 334 Scott Street.

The FORT FRANCES VOLUNTEER BUREAU (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers. If you are a volunteer or someone interested in volunteering and believe in the positive impact volunteers have on our community, please pick up an application form at the FFVB (open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily) or send an email to requesting an application form.