Heritage sites, marina set to open

Duane Hicks

The “Hallett” and lookout tower along the La Verendrye Parkway will open for the season tomorrow, as will the Sorting Gap Marina.
Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George encouraged residents and visitors alike to check out the local heritage sites.
“It’s a great place to bring visitors,” she said yesterday.
“If you’ve got people in from out of town and you’re looking for something to do, it’s a great thing.
“There’s a beautiful view up there [on the tower],” George added. “You don’t even have to all the way to the top.
“The [mid-platform] still has a great view if you’re nervous about going to the top.”
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.
For instance, an exhibit about “Vaudeville” just opened and will be there through June, with exhibits about the Allan Cup and International Bridge and Customs forthcoming in July.
The cost is for $3.60 for adults and $2.60 for seniors and children aged six-12, with kids five and under being free.
There also is a family/group fee of $10.85.
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 goes on summer hours starting tomorrow, is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
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 will open for the season starting tomorrow at 7 a.m.
Its hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
As in past years, the Sorting Gap will sell ice cream, gas, pop, ice, and more.