FORT FRANCES & Rainy River District

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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.

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

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!

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!

Christmas Extravaganza

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


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

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.

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


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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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