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Town of Fort Frances (Single Tier Rainy River)

Phone : (807) 274-5573
Your Host(s) : Canada Post Fort Frances

Fort Frances, ON (Nearby: Devlin, Emo, Barwick, Black Hawk, Nestor Falls)

301 Scott St.
Fort Frances, Ontario
P9A 1H1

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Ontario Tourism Region : Northwest Ontario

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  • Pop. 8,312. In Rainy River Dist. on the N bank of Rainy R. as it leaves Rainy L. and Hwy II across from International Falls, MN and 369 km. W of Thunder Bay.
  • Fort Frances, named after the wife of Sir George Simpson, a governor of the Hudson's Bay Company who visited the fort in 1830, is the oldest continuous settlement west of L. Superior.
  • Jacques de Noyon, an explorer, fur trader, and soldier, explored the Kaministiquia route to the Lake of the Woods in 1688 and was probably the first European to travel through the area.
  • The first settlement was Fort St. Pierre, built in 1731 by Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de la Verendrye, at Pither's Point, 3 km. E of the present townsite.
  • The fort was an important trading post, as it was the farthest point to which canoes could travel from Montreal and still return before freeze-up.
  • It was occupied by six different trading companies before the Hudson's Bay Company took it over in 1821. In 1878 a canal was built linking Rainy L. to Lake of the Woods.
  • The post office, opened in 1876, had the distinction of being in three areas: frrst, the Northwest Territories; then when the boundary changed, in Keewatin; and after another boundary change, Ontario.
  • The original fort, destroyed by fire in 1902, has been partially rebuilt as a tourist attraction. The highest recorded temperature in Ontario was 42.2 degrees Celsius (108 F.) in Fort Frances and Atikokan on July 11,12 and 13 in 1936.

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Off the beaten track:
  • Duluth Junction, 1km
  • Seibert, 8km
  • Crozier, 11km
  • Rocky Inlet, 12km
  • Windy Point, 17km
  • La Vallée, 17km
  • Sims, 21km
  • Lake Wasaw, 22km
  • Box Alder, 21km
  • Burriss, 22km
  • Big Fork, 23km
  • Northwest Bay, 30km
  • Dance, 27km
  • Government Landing, 31km
  • Nickel Lake, 27km
  • Dermid, 26km
  • Barnhart, 31km
  • Aylsworth, 31km
  • Bear Pass, 34km
  • Manomin, 42km
  • Off Lake Corner, 40km
  • Burditt Lake, 46km
  • Finland, 47km
  • Farrington, 46km
  • Caliper Lake, 62km
  • Shenston, 50km
  • Manders, 50km
  • Olive, 52km
  • Dearlock, 58km
  • Stratton, 57km
  • Crow Lake, Kenora area, 74km
  • Old Mine Centre, 58km
  • North Branch, Fort Frances area, 64km
  • Leatherdale Landing, 61km
  • Turtle, 64km
  • Pinewood, Fort Frances area, 68km
  • Arbor Vitae, 73km
  • Cozy Corners, 76km
  • Whitefish Bay, 97km
  • Pawitik, 97km
  • Seine River Village, 72km
  • Horse Collar Junction, 72km
  • Glenorchy, Fort Frances area, 74km
  • Sleeman, 77km
  • Gameland, 79km
  • Bergland, 82km
  • Minahico, 85km
  • Storkson's Corner, 82km
  • Sioux Narrows, 103km
  • Gold Rock, 105km
Nearby Lakes:
  • Homestretch Island, 11km
  • Boffin Lake, 16km
  • Kehl Lake, 13km
  • Wegg Lake, 20km
  • Wasaw Lake, 20km
  • Moosehorn Lake, 22km
  • Rainy Lake, 23km
  • Nickel Lake, 23km
  • Mainville Lake, 31km
  • Spencer Lake, 33km
  • Whidden Lake, 35km
  • Mud Lake, 24km
  • Lake Hope, 32km
  • Locking Lake, 36km
  • Obikoba Lake, 31km
  • Kinnett Lake, 38km
  • Oliver Lake, 38km
  • Ash Lake, 37km
  • Pocket Pond, 27km
  • Kerr Lake, 39km
  • Clayton Lake, 33km
  • Footprint Lake, 36km
  • Calder Lake, 38km
  • Reeves Lake, 37km
  • One Mile Lake, 41km
  • Vane Lake, 40km
  • Lake Despair, 35km
  • Maple Lake, 41km
  • Poulson Lake, 32km
  • Cuttle Lake, 36km
  • Sugar Lake, 42km
  • Sphene Lake, 42km
  • Bone Lake, 42km
  • Jackfish Lake, 39km
  • Hickerson Lake, 40km
  • Obin Lake, 44km
  • Strong Lake, 41km
  • Baldwin Lake, 43km
  • Hutchins Lake, 45km
  • Smoulder Lake, 45km
  • McTaggart Lake, 35km
  • Manomin Lake, 37km
  • Loonhaunt Lake, 45km
  • Weller Lake, 41km
  • Nuttall Lake, 43km
  • West Jackfish Lake, 42km
  • Abbott Lake, 35km
  • Cold Lake, 44km
  • Hoey Lake, 45km
  • Biddison Lake, 44km