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A full week of family fun is happening February 19-27! The first annual Drill and Chill ice fishing tournament has partnered with local organizations to create several fun activities, to beat back the winter blues!

The first annual Drill and Chill virtual ice fishing tournament will be held February 19-27. This virtual tournament is a great way to spend time together outside, with a chance to win prizes! There’s $2,000 up for grabs, with prizes for the Longest Pike and Longest Walleye. The entry fee is only $20. To sign up, follow the link on the Destination Fort Frances Facebook page or website.

Take-home activity kits will be available from the Fort Frances Library, beginning February 22. The STEM activity is “Fishing for Ice”, with each participant being entered to win a prize basket.

Let’s fill the town with snow-fish sculptures! A snow painting kit will be ready for pick-up from the Fort Frances Museum, starting February 22. Families are encouraged to sculpt a fish out of snow, then paint and decorate it, for a chance to win prizes. A photo contest will determine the first, second and third place finishers, with all participants entered to win a prize pack.

For adult participants, a Medallion Hunt will take place across local businesses. A clue will be posted each day on the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, with the top hunter winning $500 in local gift certificates.

A 55+ Movie Matinée will take place March 4 at 1:00 pm at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Free admission! We will be showing “Belfast” – A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. Rated PG-13. 1hr 37m. Covid-19 protocols in place; proof of vaccination required. Please call 274-9879 or email to reserve your seat!

How to Edit a Poem with Evan J – will be held Saturday, March 5 at 11 am at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. A free event for ages 14+. Learn and practice poetry editing techniques! Please bring one current unfinished poem if possible. Space is limited – please email, call 274-9879, or visit to register. Covid-19 protocols in place.

Billet homes are urgently needed for the Fort Frances Lakers. Without billets, there can be no hockey. Billet families provide a safe home, healthy food, private bedroom, and access to laundry and internet. To find out more, call Sarah at 275-6991.

Birch Bark Yarns is (virtually) hosting the 100 day shawl Knit-A-Long! The Knit-a-long is free and everyone is welcome to join!  Together we are learning to knit a lace shawl in 100 days!    To join us,  join the “100 Day Shawl KAL” Facebook group.  More details are available on the group page as well as on our Facebook Page @birchbarkyarnsco. Or email us The KAL will run until April 10.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 tickets are continuing into the new year. Don’t miss out! 10 chances for $10, 100 chances for $20 or 250 tickets for $40. Get your tickets now at

The Fort Frances Lions Club TV Bingo will run Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., on Shaw Cable. Tickets at all the usual places.

The Right Relations Circle meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre at 10 a.m. – EVERYONE WELCOME. This community group is committed to improving settler-Indigenous relations in the Rainy River District (Treaty 3 territory) through education, outreach, sharing, and advocacy on issues of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion.

All seniors are invited to play BINGO each Friday at 1:30 p.m. Participants must show proof of full vaccination. For more details, call Cindy Noble at 274-7656.

Manitou Mounds is 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.

Join the Air Cadets! If you’re between the ages of 12 and 18, enjoy outdoor survival, marksmanship, shorts, planes and having fun, this is the place for you! Registration is free – join anytime. For more information, contact the Squadron at Visit to learn more about the Cadet program.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Centre is holding in-person events! Each week brings new activities and crafts. To see the week’s offerings, and how to register your child for some fun activities, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON Centre on Facebook.