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|Motto: Industry and perseverance|
|• Mayor||Roy Avis|
|• Federal riding||Thunder Bay—Rainy River|
|• Prov. riding||Kenora—Rainy River|
|• Land||26.85 km2 (10.37 sq mi)|
|• Density||301.8/km2 (782/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−5)|
Fort Frances is a town in, and the seat of, Rainy River District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The population as of the 2011 census was 7,952. Fort Frances is a popular fishing destination, it hosts the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship annually.
Located on the international border with the United States where Rainy Lake narrows to become Rainy River, it is connected to International Falls, Minnesota, by the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge. The town is the third largest community of Northwestern Ontario after Thunder Bay and Kenora, the town offers many shopping and dining outlets. Resolute Forest Products (AbitibiBowater) is the main industry in Fort Frances.
Fort Frances and International Falls is the setting for the fictional Rocky and Bullwinkle television series, created by Jay Ward in collaboration with Bill Scott and Alex Anderson. International Falls, in the series, was nicknamed "FrostBite Falls". The series continues today through syndication. Fort Frances was also where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) fictional character Dudley Do-Right was stationed as an officer to combat the notorious Russian spies "Boris and Natasha" and his sworn enemy, "Snidely Whiplash”.
On August 25th, 2013, the town hosted the final pitstop in the Kraft Celebration Tour. They received the most votes out of all 20 communities
- 1 History
- 2 Transportation
- 3 Climate
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Coat of arms
- 6 Media
- 7 Education
- 8 Notable Fort Francesians
- 9 Culture and attractions
- 10 Sport
- 11 Sources
- 12 External links
This was the first European settlement west of Lake Superior; it was established by French Canadian Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye, first commander of the western district. In 1731 he built Fort St. Pierre near this spot as support for the fur trade with native peoples. In 1732 his expedition built Fort St. Charles on Magnuson Island on the west side of Lake of the Woods. After some time, Fort St. Pierre fell out of use.
In 1817, following the War of 1812 and redefinition of borders between Canada and the United States, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) built a fort here. Officials named the subsequent settlement after Lady Frances Simpson, wife of then Hudson's Bay Company Governor George Simpson, who visited the fort many times.
Incorporated in 1903, the town held a big centennial celebration in 2003.
The main employer is a pulp and paper mill established in the early 1900s. It has had numerous owners over the years, notably Edward Wellington Backus. Now owned by Resolute Forest Products, the mill employs about 700 persons.
Ontario Highway 11 and Ontario Highway 71 are two major roads in Fort Frances. Both are part of the Trans Canada Highway and the latter ends in Fort Frances. The town is connected to Kenora via Highway 71, while Highway 11 provides connections to Devlin, Emo, and Rainy River to the west, and Atikokan to the east.
Canadian National Railway travels into Fort Frances with freight traffic only and travels across the International Bridge into the US.
Train, truck and car traffic to and from the United States is via the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge over the Rainy River.
Fort Frances Transit operated until 1996 and Fort Frances Handi-Van Transit is a provincial funded service run by the Town of Fort Frances. Caribou Coach Transportation Company Incorporated runs a bus route to and from Thunder Bay. This route was once served by Greyhound Canada.
Fort Frances has a relatively extreme humid continental climate with bitterly cold winters and temperate summers. Temperatures beyond 34 degrees C has been measured in all five late spring and summer months. Summer highs are comparable to Paris and the Los Angeles Basin coastline in California, whereas winter lows on average resemble southern Siberia and polar subarctic inland Scandinavia.
|Climate data for Fort Frances (1981−2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||10.0
|Average high °C (°F)||−9.5
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−15.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−21.0
|Record low °C (°F)||−45.0
|Precipitation mm (inches)||34.7
|Rainfall mm (inches)||0.0
|Snowfall cm (inches)||34.7
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||8.1||6.4||6.1||7.3||13.4||13.3||12.9||11.7||12.6||11.6||8.1||8.0||119.4|
|Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||0.0||0.64||2.0||6.0||13.4||13.3||12.9||11.7||12.6||10.5||2.5||0.58||85.9|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||8.1||6.0||4.2||2.0||0.12||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.08||1.5||6.2||7.5||35.6|
|Source: Environment Canada|
Fort Frances had a population of 7,952 people in 2011, which was a decrease of 1.9% from the 2006 census count. The median household income in 2005 for Fort Frances was $54,859, which is below the Ontario provincial average of $60,455.
Coat of arms
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There are no local broadcast outlets or repeaters serving Fort Frances; Shaw Cable carries CBWT-DT (CBC), CBWFT-DT (Radio-Canada) and CKY-DT (CTV) from Winnipeg, CJBN-TV (Global) from Kenora, CITV-DT (Global) from Edmonton, and TVO, plus CITY-DT (Citytv), CHCH-DT (independent), CFTM-DT (TVA, live feed) and TFO.
United States network programming on Shaw TV comes from Detroit (WDIV-TV, WXYZ-TV, WWJ-TV, and WTVS) and Rochester (WUHF); stations from the Duluth television market are not available on cable, though they are available over-the-air from repeaters in International Falls.
- FM 89.1 - CKSB-9-FM (Première Chaîne, repeats CKSB, Saint Boniface, Manitoba)
- FM 90.5 - CBQQ-FM (CBC Radio One, repeats CBQT-FM, Thunder Bay)
- FM 93.1 - CFOB-FM, 93.1 The Border FM hot adult contemporary
Elementary and secondary schools
- Fort Frances High School
- Robert Moore School
- JW Walker School
- St Michael's School
- St Francis School
Seven Generations Education Institute
Notable Fort Francesians
- Dave Allison, former coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators
- Mike Allison, former player for the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Rangers of the NHL
- Gene Eugene, actor, musician and recording producer
- Howard Hampton, Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario) of Kenora—Rainy River (provincial electoral district) and former leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party.
- Chris Lindberg, silver medalist with the Canadian Ice Hockey Team at the 1992 Winter Olympics
- Neil Sheehy, former player for the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals of the NHL.
- Timothy Sheehy, former NHL player.
- Murray Bannerman, former player for the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Duncan Keith, NHL hockey player of the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Keith "Huffer" Christiansen, former player for the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints.
- Lori Eaton - Now living in Thunder Bay.
- Gene Stoltzfus - founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Steve Arpin - ARCA Re/Max Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Car Driver
- Todd Dufresne - social and cultural theorist best known for his work on Freud and psychoanalysis
Culture and attractions
- The Fort Frances Museum
- The Border Land Arts Alliance
- Tour de Fort
- Folk Festival
- Pither's Point Park
- LaVerendrye Parkway
- Scott Street and Kings Highway Shopping Districts
- Kitchen Creek Golf Club
- Heron Landing Golf Course
- Logging Tug Hallet
- 8th Street Walking & Ski Trails
- Little Beaver Snow Park
- Royal Canadian Legion Park
- Clover Valley Farmer's Market
- City Hall
- The Parkway Tower
- Rendezvous Yacht Club
- The Noden Causeway
- Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre
Fort Frances is home to the following amateur sports teams:
- Fort Frances Lakers (Junior ice hockey)
- Fort Frances Thunderhawks (Senior ice hockey)
- Fort Frances Muskies (Football)
- Fort Frances Muskies (Hockey)
Fort Frances was the home of the former amateur sports teams:
- Fort Frances Borderland Thunder (Junior ice hockey)
- Fort Frances Canadians (Senior ice hockey)
- Fort Frances Royals (Junior ice hockey)
Sporting facilities include:
- Memorial Sports Center
- Energy Fitness Centre
- "Fort Frances community profile". 2011 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "A Short History of Fort Frances". Town of Fort Frances. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Fort Frances Airport". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- Note that extremes data was combined from the Fort Frances station data with the airport data after 1995 when the original station was stopped operating.
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