Tourist sites set to open


The local riverfront will be open for business just in time for the May long weekend.
The “Hallett” and lookout tower along the La Verendrye Parkway open for the season tomorrow, as will the Sorting Gap Marina.
The “Hallett” took on some water last year due to the high-water event—which probably came in through the motor shaft in the aft—but most of the site will be accessible, Community Services manager Jason Kabel confirmed this morning.
“We are still doing some clean-up in the hull into next week so the lower section won’t be available . . . until later next week,” he noted.
Admission to the heritage sites is available at the Sorting Gap Marina and Fort Frances Museum.
Paying admission provides access to the “Hallett,” lookout tower, and the museum, where the newest exhibit highlights the Noden Causeway, which turns 50 this year.
The cost is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children aged six-12 (those five and under are free).
There also is a family/group rate of $12.
Visitors are given a time-sensitive tag with an access code that is changed daily.
The “Hallett” and lookout tower are open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (depending on weather) while the Fort Frances Museum, which switched to summer hours as of today, is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by a caregiver age 16 or older. Appropriate footwear is required.
Visitors also are asked to use caution as surfaces are uneven, and platforms are steep and high.
Meanwhile, the Sorting Gap Marina also opens for the season tomorrow.
Its hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
The Sorting Gap is where people can go to buy ice cream, pop, chips, water, ice, gas for their boat, and more.