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Christmas Extravaganza

Craft Fair, Christmas baking, Home based Busineses, Pictures with Santa, Skating, Parade, etc.


Greg Rickford Campaign Office Opening

The Kenora-Rainy River PC Association invites you to join them to "officially" open Ontario PC candidate Greg Rickford's Rainy River District campaign office.

Here are the details:

Friday, April 27 at 7 PM
335 Scott Street (next to the Makabi Inn)
Fort Frances

This is a free, public event. Please invite your friends - we want a good crowd and we'll have refreshments for them!

We'll also have people on hand to give out our first round of lawn signs - so you can be among the first in your neighbourhood to show support for Greg's candidacy.

Riverside Foundation Spring Luncheon

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is taking things to Emo this year for the Annual Spring Luncheon for 'Mama's Gone Country Chic'. Funds raised will go towards equipment to be announced for the Emo Health Centre.

Stay tuned for more details!

Stratton Sales Barn - Cattle Sale

We will be selling approximately 1000 head of cattle.  It is our final sale for 2017.  Come on down enjoy the auction and have a great lunch.

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Legion Aux. monthly supper

Pork Cutlets + all the trimmings - $16.00

Spring Ag Day

RRFA is hosting their Spring Ag Day.  Speakers & discussions all day.  

Learn about Clean Farms & Ag recycling programs, NOFIA's Farm Plastics study results, Agriculture/Farming & Mental Health-Let's Talk About It, Riverbank Restoration/Sustainabilty- "Where There's A Willow, There's A Way". Also Agricorp programs and Precision Land Solutions/Tile Drain specialists.

Coffee Breaks & Lunch provided.  Book your seat @ 807-487.2340 or

FF Legion aux monthly supper

This month the ladies are serving up a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Bring a friend and enjoy or

take outs are available by calling 274-3772


Small Business Service Provider Open House

Learn about funding programs and business services available in the Rainy River District and how to access them. 

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 3-7 pm
Location: Copper River Inn, Fort Frances
Cost: FREE

Who should attend?

FF Legion Ladies Aux Remberance Day Tea

Meat pies, cabbage rolls, and perogies for sale

Bake table, cookie walk, crafts and New this year pick-a-poppy

Come out and support your Legion Ladies

Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc. Annual Meeting

Come on over to hear an update on future plans to keep the door open on our Abattoir --- we all need to keep the door open to have access to local food!

Snowmobile Poker Run

Registration at 10 AM Fort Frances Groomer Shack. Lunch at Emo Inn. $20 for first hand or $40 for 4 hands. If you do not have a Trail Permit we will have event passes to purchase the day of the event.

Third-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk

The third-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk is planned for Saturday, April 7 at noon in International Falls, starting at Ronning’s. The walk will be followed by a carnival with games, food, and more at the Union Hall (509 Third St.). Everyone is welcome to attend.


Horse Rides! Family Day at Dreamweaver Ranch

You are invited to spend a day with us at Dreamweaver Ranch on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Pork Cutlets is on the menu $16.00 a person

Doors open at 4:30 with supper served at 5:30

take outs available by phoning 274-3772

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Premium Business Event - Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Rainy River Future Development Corporation in partnership with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) Public Services and Procurement Canada

Topics to be covered include:
• Understanding the Procurement Process
• Registering as a Supplier
• Obtaining Security Screening
• Building Relationships
• Bidding on Opportunities
• And the Build in Canada Innovation Program

Family Day at Dreamweaver Ranch

You are invited to spend a day with us at Dreamweaver Ranch on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 am to noon.

Come join us on a tour to meet all the horses at the ranch. Watch out for Hollywood...he likes to sniff you! After that we will get to learn how to be safe around horses while we prepare to brush and groom them. Nikki loves to be brushed! Then we will saddle up and take turns riding while being assisted by one of our ranch volunteers.

Do You Want to Run for Politics

No charge. Includes panel on: Making the Decision to Run; Planning Your Campaign; Life in Public Office. Who can attend? Women interested in running for an elected position; Women/men wanting to support a campaign; Women who want to become engaged leaders in their communities.  Registration required at or women in


New Gold BBQ Beef on a Bun

New Gold is hosting a BBQ Beef on a Bun Fundraiser at our Emo office on Friday April 20th from 11am-1pm. New Gold is partnering with the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society and all proceeds will go toward their Fairground Improvement Project. Minimum $5 donation is appreciated. Stop by, have lunch with us and meet some of our team!

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Fort Frances Legion Aux Monthly Supper

Pork Cutlets with all the fixings plus dessert $16.00 per person

a 50/50 draw will be held Lottery lic. #804417

take outs available by calling 274-3772

Careers with the Canada Border Services Agency

Looking for a career? The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for candidates interested in an exciting career in law enforcement. Two information sessions are planned for Fort Frances on February 7 at 3 pm and 5 pm. To register for one of the sessions, contact Jolene Stahn at as seating is limited.

NFN / Crossroads School Spring Pow Wow

At the NFN Roundhouse. Grand Entry is at 11:00 and lunch will be served from 12:05 - 12:30.

Special guest- Shanley Spence, 2nd runner-up of Miss Indian World 2017. She will be performing her hoop dance platform presentation.

District Ag Day

Informational day of speakers for those interested in district agriculture & the environment $10.00 hot lunch & great door prize giveaway. 

807 & Co. Boutique Pop-up Shop

807 & Co. invites you to come check out our Spring Pop-up Shop, May 10 to 12, downstairs at Curvy Chick! Don't miss out on new Spring/Summer arrivals, draws for giveaways & deals on an amazing clearance rack!

FFHS First Responders Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Spaghetti dinner to fundraise for trip to EMS Today conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. Tickets $15.00 per person, advance tickets can be purchased at the FFHS main office or by calling 275-9396. Take out service is available, please call ahead. There will be a dessert auction throughout the evening for different homemade goodies. 

2nd World Congress on Epilepsy and Brain Disorders

2ndWorld Congress on Epilepsy and Brain Disorders (Epilepsy Congress 2019) is planned to be held in Helsinki, Finland

6th Annual Fort Frances Mill Alumni

Social hour and dinner for all past mill employees! 

Mill Alumni Bauquet at 6:30 PM

Cloverbelt Local Food Coop - Public Meeting - Distribution Hub Coming Soon



Bring a friend! Invite anyone who may be interested in becoming a member.

Finding Your Way Identification Kit Clinic

Come learn about the risks of loved ones with dementia going missing and how to use the kit to help provide information to searchers if they do.

807 & Co. Boutique Pop-up Shop

807 & Co. invites you to come check out our Spring Pop-up Shop, May 10 to 12, downstairs at Curvy Chick! Don't miss out on new Spring/Summer arrivals, draws for giveaways & deals on an amazing clearance rack!

All Candidates Question & Answer Forum

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is hosting an All Candidates Question & Answer Forum.  All political candidates have accepted our invitation to attend & meet constituents for a question & answer forum/debate.    There will be a coffee/snack break midway through the evening. There is no charge. 

Everyone is invited to attend.

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship

The Frances Canadian Bass Championship will celebrate its twenty fifth year of competition in July 2019.

Many activities take place throughout the event for everyone to enjoy.

For more information please visit the website:


Estate Planning Seminar

Estate Planning Seminar

Investors Group will be hosting a free Estate Seminar at the Fort Frances Public Library on Tuesday, June 27th at 2:00 P.M.

Special Guest Speaker: Paul Brunetta, J.D.,L.L.M, Barister Solicitor

Borderland Pride: Pumpkin Pride Social

Borderland Pride is the LGBTQA Pride organization serving the Rainy River District in Northwestern Ontario and Koochiching County in Northern Minnesota.

Join us on Thursday, October 26 between 7 and 10 PM at From the Grind Up for "Pumpkin Pride", our fall social mixer for LGBTQ and straight Ally members of the Borderland community.

There are no tickets or admission costs to this event, but attendees will need to purchase their own refreshments. Around 8:30 PM, we will provide those in attendance with a brief overview of our plans for the year ahead.

Healthy Living Food Box Pick Up

If you ordered a food box for the month of November, please pick up at the Metis Hall between the hours of 12:00pm and 5:00pm.

Do not forget to bring your reusable bags.

If you would like to order for the month of December, please bring your $20 or stop by the Metis Hall to order on December 6th between the hours of 11:00am and 4:30pm.

Healthy Living Food Box is brought to you by the partnership of Metis Nation of Ontario, Gizhewaadiziwin Access Centre, Northwestern Health Unit, Valley Diabetes and our dedicated volunteers. 


Rainy River Cattlemens Assoc. Annual Meeting

Guest speaker from Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

807 & Co. Boutique Pop-up Shop

807 & Co. invites you to come check out our Spring Pop-up Shop, May 10 to 12, downstairs at Curvy Chick! Don't miss out on new Spring/Summer arrivals, draws for giveaways & deals on an amazing clearance rack!

Horse Rides! Family Day at Dreamweaver Ranch

You are invited to spend a day with us at Dreamweaver Ranch on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Come join us on a tour to meet all the

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Roast Beef with all the trimmings is on the menu

Doors open at 4:30 meal served at 5:30

take outs available by calling 274-3772

Watten Fire Department Fish Fry

Please join the Watten Fire Department team at Sunny Cove Camp to enjoy a delicious fish fry including fries, salads and beverages.  Inside and outside seating.  While there enjoy the sights of Rainy Lake on the 22 acres of pristine camping property. 

Legion aux monthly supper

roast beef is on the menu

doors open at 4:30

take outs available by call 274-3772

Emo Holly Daze

Emo Holly Daze ~ December 1 & 2, 2017
Christmas parade,

Forget Me Not Dinner

Cocktails 5:30; Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $50 each Guest speaker Dr. Barry Campbell while Entyrely Mac will provide live entertainment.

Spring Fever Day at Dreamweaver Ranch

You are invited to spend a day with us at Dreamweaver Ranch on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Come join us on a tour to meet all the horses at the ranch. Watch out for Hollywood...he likes to sniff you! After that we will get to learn how to be safe around horses while we prepare to brush and groom them. Nikki loves to be brushed! Then we will saddle up and take turns riding while being assisted by one of our ranch volunteers.

pancake breakfast

Br #29 Legion Ladies Aux.

Upstairs at the Fort Frances Legion

pancake breakfast

Adults $7. childred 5 and under $3.

Everyone Welcome

Ag Day 2019

Ag Day 2019 ~ Agricultural Trade Show & Speaker Presentations
Saturday, April 6, 2019 ~ 830 am - 430 pm ~ Lunch available
Chapple Recreation Centre, Barwick, Ontario

A Journey Beyond Talk

Community. What does it mean for us? .... Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples in this country. What does this mean here in our district? How do our lives impact each other? What is being done here, and elsewhere, that is leading to all people having prosperous lives? Right Relations Circle of Rainy River District. With presenters Shaun Loney & Robert Horton.  Feast: 5:30pm Session: 6:30pm on Monday June 19, 2017 @ Sunset Country Métis Hall, 714 Armit Ave, Fort Frances

FF Legion Auxilliary Monthly Supper

This month we will be hosting a Roast Pork Dinner, so come out and enjoy!

St. Mary's Catholic Women's League Christmas Tea & Bazaar

Handmade crafts, stained glass, Christmas tree, wreath, 50/50 draw, cookie draws, special draws, silent auction, jewelry table, sewing table, religious table, baked goods featuring Italian crostoli, cinnamon buns & sticky buns.  Kids zone-Children's table/face painting/fish pond & jelly bean guess.

Ice Dragons Vendor Blender

Join us for a vendor blender in the upstairs banquet hall at La Place Rendez Vous Hotel during the Ice Dragons Challenge.  Everyone Welcome.

RRVAS Fall Fair (Emo Fair)

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s invites you to the Fall Fair in Emo, Ontario on August 16th through the 19th. A whole weekend’s worth of quality family entertainment!

Spring Into Hawaii Emo Fair Fundraiser

Come and be transported to the beautiful islands of Hawaii while supporting your local Emo Fall Fair in our pursuit to get new bathrooms and kitchens built.  The food, the music and the decor will make you think you have stepped onto a plane and flown to the tropical islands.  Come out have some fun participating in games, try your hand at the limbo contest and enjoy the commraderie of your Friends, Family and Fellow Community Members  all while supporting this very worthy cause.

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Turkey Dinner is on the menu

with all the trimmings


doors open at 4:30 dinner at 5:30

take outs available by calling 274-3772

Borderland Pride Roundtable and Brainstorming Meeting

Community input sought for Borderland Pride

June is Pride month in Canada and the United States. Pride celebrates identities of LGBTQ2 individuals and recognizes the ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ2 community. 'LGBTQ2’ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirited. ‘A’ is sometimes added to the acronym to refer to straight ‘Allies’ of the LGBTQ2 community.

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Monthly supper

Lasagna and all the trimmings

$16.00 a serving

take outs available by calling 274-3772

Borderland Quarter Horse Show

The Borderland Quarter Horse Association invites you to come out and watch competitors show their horses in this American Quarter Horse Association sanctioned show.  Expect to see some of the best Quarter Horses from Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota as they complete for points and prizes.  You're not going to want to miss this display of beauty and grace as they show their horses best abilities in riding, ground and speed events.  For more information and a complete list of classes please go to

Small Business Service Provider Open House

Learn about funding programs and business services available in the Rainy River District and how to access them.

Business Information Open House

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rainy River - 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Rainy River Senior Centre
Emo - 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre

Lion's Legacy Golf Tournament

Presented by Fort Frances Lions Club, F.F. Voyageur Lions Club, and Emo & District Lions Club. Held at Kitchen Creek Golf Course and entry includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and supper. Call David Beach (276-0464), Bill Michl (276-1334), or Joanne Ogden (271-0941) for more information!

FF Legion aux monthly supper

Roast Beef Dinner with all the fixings including homemade pies or Desserts

Take outs available for pick up PH:274-3772

Borderland Pride Organizing Meeting

Borderland Pride hosted a community roundtable meeting in Fort Frances on July 12. It was well-attended and the organizers have decided to move forward by recruiting an organizing committee and crafting a plan to bring Pride to Borderland in 2018.

Individuals who are interested in being part of a planning committee or who have ideas for Pride-related events for our communities are welcome to attend this organizational meeting.

Questions can be directed to

Fort Frances Christmas Parade

2017 Fort Frances Chrstmas Parade
Theme : Christmas Candyland

For all event information, vist

Borderland Pride: The Big Gay Mexican Mardi Gras

Borderland Pride's second social mixer will take place on Thursday, February 15 from 7 to 10 PM.

We will be hosted by Barajas Mexican Grill in International Falls (right next to Cine 5, for those who haven't been).

Join us for our first-ever "Big Gay Mexican Mardi Gras" - an all ages networking social for the Borderland LGBTQ2 and Ally community. There is no cost to attend.

Barajas has a large selection of snacks and beverages. They are licensed to serve alcohol. Legal drinking age in Minnesota is 21.

Rainy Lake Square Grand Opening

Grand Openinng of the Rainy Lake Square. Ribbon cutting, cake, speeches by dignitaries.

Remembrance Day Tea

FF Legion Aux to Branch 29

Remembrance Day Tea

2pm-4pm  Adults $5.00 Children under 7 $2.00

Baking table, cookie walk, meat pies, cabbage rolls, perogies and

again this year "Pick-A-Poppy"

We'll see you there

Fort Frances Horticultural Association meeting

The Fort Frances Horticultural Association will hold its next meeting on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (the old CN station). The group, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is planning a district convention here May 31-June 1. It’s a good time for new members to join. All gardening experience levels welcome.

Alberton Summer Celebration

Come on out for a great time with the whole family!  Everyone is welcome to attend the Alberton Rec Committee's annual Alberton Summer Celebration.  This FREE event is sponsored by Ontario 150. 

Kids can enjoy a petting zoo, bouncy castles, face painting, fun and games. Adults and kids can dance to our live band 'The Phoenix Project', and enjoy food, drinks, and treats from a number of vendors, including the 'I am Awesome and I Know It' booth.  Hope to see you all there!



Tax Tips for Small Business

Join us to learn about your tax responsibilities as a Small Business.

Rainy River Valley Gold Rush Gala

Emo Fair Grounds Fundraising Gala held on the Emo-LaVallee arena ice surface beginning with Drinks at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a special evening including Cake Roulette, Penny Table, Silent Auction, Music, Panning for Gold, Games, Prizes and Entertainment. In the spirit of the Gold Rush Days, come in costume fitting the 1890's Gold Rush Era of Miners and Gals if you desire.

Music by Party Rock DJ Services with Dance to follow.

Funds raised will go towards new bathrooms, kitchens, and many other Emo Fair ground upgrades. Construction begins Spring 2018!

Colonization Road: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people, often by way of colonization roads.

Join the Rainy River District Right Relations Circle for a screening of 'Colonization Road', a film which explores the roots of our region's colonial history, Indigenous-settler relations, and the path to reconciliation and decolonization.

Dress For Work-Workshop

Dress For Work

Make-up Workshop


Learn how to apply makeup for a job interview and everyday wear

To sign up please email

Canada Day Activities

Come out and celebrate Canada's Birthday.Enjoy a picnic, vendors, food trucks, family games, and inflatables. We will also have small crafts rentals(kayaks,canoes and paddle boards) for rent!

Celebrating Small Business Mix & Mingle

Celebrating Small Business Week - Mix & Mingle

Open to all businesses in the Rainy River District.  This is a great networking opportunity to talk with service providers and other business people.  Share an appetizer and a beverage while you meet new people, collaborate, and bring your business to the next level.

This event is brought to you by Rainy River Future Development Corporation, Northwest Business Centre, PARO Cente for Women's Enterprise and Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

Riverview School Christmas Tea

Homemade Soup and Bun with Strawberry Shortcake and Beverage $5.00.  Penny Table and Draws

Riverside Foundation for Health Special Events Committee Annual Spring Luncheon

Annual Spring Luncheon fundraising event to support district health care.  This year’s theme is “Mama Needs to Relax”.  

Dress For Work-Workshop

Dress for Work-Workshop

Self-Care Workshop

Making Dreamcatchers 

Instructor: Nathalie from Betty's

To sign up please email

Terry Fox Run - Fort Frances

Come join us once again for the annual Terry Fox Run in Fort Frances! Celebrating over twenty years of the run being held in Fort Frances, last year we raised over $4,000 for innovative cancer research and we hope to have an even stronger showing this year!

Registration begins at 1 pm with the run starting at 2 pm. The race will follow the same route as last year, beginning at the Sorting Gap Marina and following the waterfront up to Point Park and back. We'll have food and draw prizes to follow, so make sure to bring your wallets and to work up an appetite!

FF Legion aux monthly supper

the monthly supper is a Ukrainian Style Dinner

with perogies, cabbage rolls, chicken, vegies, buns and


come early and bring a friend.

NWHU Workplace Wellness Challenge sign up deadline

October is Healthy Workplace Month and the Northwestern Health Unit is inviting workplaces to participate in our 5th annual Workplace Wellness Challenge!

Emo Spring Fever Days

Emo Spring Fever Days occurrs each Spring in Emo, Ontario. Local businesses have sales and product specials, they have free draws, and community activites. Browse the sales and have a snack or meal at one of the friendly eating establishments.

Emo Holly Daze

Emo Holly Daze ~ November 30 & December 1, 2018

Christmas parade, fireworks, craft show, draw prizes, merchant specials, cutest baby contest, tree lighting ceremony, food drive, and much more!

Santa Claus will even make an appearance! Pictures with Santa available too!