Rainy River District

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Rainy River District
Location of Rainy River District in Ontario
Location of Rainy River District in Ontario
Coordinates: 48°50′N 92°00′W / 48.833°N 92.000°W / 48.833; -92.000Coordinates: 48°50′N 92°00′W / 48.833°N 92.000°W / 48.833; -92.000
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Northwestern Ontario
Created 1885
 • MPs Don Rusnak (Liberal)
 • MPPs Bill Mauro (OLP), Sarah Campbell (NDP)
 • Land 15,484.83 km2 (5,978.73 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 328 m (1,076 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 20,370
 • Density 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code span P0W, P9A
Area code(s) 807
Largest communities [3] Fort Frances (7,952)
Atikokan (2,787)

Rainy River District is a district and census division in Northwestern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario. It was created in 1885. It is the only division in Ontario that lies completely in the Central time zone, except of the township of Atikokan (including Sapawe and Kawene to the east) observing Eastern Standard Time year-round. Its seat is Fort Frances. It is known for its fishing and its location on the USA border opposite International Falls, Minnesota and Baudette, Minnesota.

In 2011, the population was 20,370. The land area is 15,484.83 square kilometres (5,978.73 sq mi); the population density was 1.3 per square kilometre (3.4/sq mi).[4]



Status Name Population (2011) Mayor or Reeve
Town Fort Frances 7,952 Roy Avis
Township Atikokan 2,787 Dennis Brown
Township Emo 1,252 Jack Siemens
Township La Vallee 988 Ken McKinnon
Township Alberton 864 Michael Hammond
Town Rainy River 842 Deborah Ewald
Township Chapple 741 Peter Van Heyst
Township Dawson 563 Bill Langner
Township Morley 474 George Heyens
Township Lake of the Woods 296 Valerie Pizey

Unorganized area[edit]

First Nations reserves[edit]


Canada census – Rainy River District community profile
2011 2006
Population: 20,370 (-5.5% from 2006) 21,564 (-2.5% from 2001)
Land area: 15,484.83 km2 (5,978.73 sq mi) 15,472.94 km2 (5,974.14 sq mi)
Population density: 1.3/km2 (3.4/sq mi) 1.4/km2 (3.6/sq mi)
Median age: 41.0 (M: 40.5, F: 41.3)
Total private dwellings: 10,792 10,823
Median household income:
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]

Historic populations:[6]

  • Population in 2001: 22,109
  • Population in 1996: 23,138


As of 2013, the Rainy River District School Board has partnered with the Seven Generations Education Institute, the Ministry of Education, and local First Nations’ communities in development of new technologies and programs for revitalization of the Ojibwe language. [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rainy River District census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ Toe Protection for H-pileson Sloping Bedrock at Rainy River Archived 2016-04-01 at the Wayback Machine.
    Page 2, "Mean river elevation is...328m"
  3. ^ Compilation of Northwestern Ontario's 2011 census data
  4. ^ a b "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Latter, Heather (2013-04-10). "Native language initiatives enhanced". Fort Frances Times Online. Retrieved 2013-04-14.