Canada Day fun in works

Press Release

Our country turns 146 years old this year–and a collection of local community groups think that’s something to celebrate!
In the true spirit of working together, several committees have joined forces with one goal in mind: to organize and implement a day chalk full of activities in celebration of Canada’s birthday.
From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, there will be numerous events within Fort Frances for our friends, families, and visitors to enjoy.
The riverfront (mainly the Sorting Gap Marina) will serve as the hub for activities, but a handful of events will take place at Pither’s Point Park.
Organizers of the volleyball tournament at Pither’s Point Park are kicking things off early with a youth tournament on Saturday, June 29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The adult tournament will follow on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each day.
For more information on all things volleyball, contact Amy Wilson-Hands at
Also taking place at Pither’s Point will be the annual bathtub races—the longest-running Canada Day event here, having taken place for 43-consecutive years!
Tub racers hit the water at 7 p.m.
For more information about bathtub races, contact Ken Rousseau at 274-7557.
The significance of water in our community has become the overlying theme of this year’s Canada Day celebrations, and the parade will open the day with its “There’s Something in the Water” procession.
Organized by the Rainy River Future Development Corp., the parade will begin at Safeway at 9:30 a.m., then head down Armit Avenue and Front Street, coming to an end at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Those interested in participating in this year’s parade may contact the RRFDC.
Then at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies for the second-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival will be held at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Fittingly, there will be a performance of “O Canada,” followed by the marching in of dragon boat paddlers with the help of the Fort Frances Highlanders.
At 10:30 a.m., the first teams will hit the water to begin a series of races that will run until about 3:30 p.m. Paddlers and volunteers still are welcome to sign up (contact NCDS for more information).
Throughout the day, a variety of food and craft vendors–in addition to activities for the kids–will be featured at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Community Living Fort Frances & District, with the help of Bethel Baptist Church, will host a “Kids’ Fun Zone” with face-painting, a fishing wall, barrel train rides, snacks, and drinks.
Musicians and performers, meanwhile, are invited to showcase their talents to the crowds at the Busk Stop. Gifted local artist Lindsay Hamilton will implement a collaborative art project that involves balloons, LED lights, some string, and drawings by youth (or the young at heart).
When the project is complete, the fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up the sky on the evening of July 1.
Canada Day then will end with a bang with the annual fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. along the waterfront.
Finally, to wind up the festivities, the annual “Pulling for Peace” international tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls will take place Tuesday, July 2 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina (weather permitting).
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Stay tuned to for an updated Canada Day schedule as the big day gets closer.