- Fort Frances, Ontario
official_name = Fort Frances, Ontario
motto = Industry and perseverance
image_shield = Fort_Frances_crest.gif
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = District
subdivision_name2 = Rainy River District
leader_title = Mayor
leader_title1 = Governing Body
Fort Frances Town Council
established_title = Established
established_date = 1903
population_as_of = 2006
settlement_type = Town
population_total = 8103
timezone = Central
utc_offset = −6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = −5
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postal_code_type =Postal code
website = [http://www.fort-frances.com/ Town of Fort Frances official website]
Fort Frances, Ontario is a
townlocated in the northwestern part of Ontario, Canada. Its population in 2006 was 8,103. It is in the Rainy River District. Fort Frances is a popular fishingdestination and hosts the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championshipeach summer.
Located on the international border with
Minnesotawhere Rainy Lakenarrows to become Rainy River, it is connected to International Falls, Minnesotaby the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge.
The first European settlement west of Lake Superior,
French Canadian fur traders known as "voyageurs" including La Vérendrye who in 1732 stopped briefly at Fort St. Pierrebefore building Fort St Charles on Magnuson Island on the west side of Lake of the Woods. A later HBC fort was established here in 1817 and the subsequent settlement was named after Lady Frances Simpson, wife of then Hudson's Bay Company Governor George Simpson, who visited the fort many times.
Over 2,400 residents consider themselves of Ukrainian origin. [http://www.kenboshcoff.ca/articles.asp?id=322]
The town was incorporated in 1903 and held a big centennial celebration in 2003.
The main employer is a pulp and paper mill established in the early 1900s with numerous owners over the years, notably
Edward Wellington Backus. The mill is now owned by AbitibiBowater, which employes 700 Fort Frances residents.
The town was struck by the
Fort Frances, Ontario Tornadoon June 25, 1946, causing major damage to the town. The tornado was a week after the deadly Windsor tornado.
Coat of arms
coat of armsfeatures a bull moose, mapleleaves, a "Magneto", representative of electricity(industry), two men in a canoe, a white pinetree and the motto "Industry and Perseverance."
Fort Frances Times" - Daily [http://www.fftimes.com/ (website)]
Fort Frances Living" - Weekly
Fort Frances Today" - Weekly
* [http://www.netnewsledger.com NWO Update]
Another radio station, CKWO FM 92.3, is licensed to the neighbouring
Couchiching First Nation.
Elementary and secondary schools
* A public school board [http://www.rrdsb.com Rainy River District School Board] with 10 elementary schools, and 4 secondary schools.
* A Catholic school board [http://www.tncdsb.on.ca The Northwest Catholic District School Board] with 5 elementary schools.
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 Rangersof the NHL
Gene Eugene, actor, musician and recording producer
Howard Hampton, 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 Whalersand Washington Capitalsof the NHL.
Timothy Sheehy, former NHL player.
Murray Bannerman, former player for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Duncan Keith, NHL hockey player.
*Keith "Huffer" Christiansen, former player for the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints.
*The [http://www.fort-frances.com/museum Fort Frances Museum]
*The [http://www.borderlandartsalliance.org Border Land Arts Alliance]
* [http://www.tourdefort.com Tour de Fort]
Sporting facilities include:
*Memorial Sports Center
* [http://www.fort-frances.com/ Town of Fort Frances] Official site
* [http://www.fortfranceschamber.com/ Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce]
hub = Fort Frances
type = ex
NW = Kenora
NWv= Highway 71
Couchiching Reserve, Dryden
NEv= Highway 502
WW = Devlin, Emo, Rainy River
WWv= Highway 11
EE = Atikokan
EEv= Highway 11
SW = Littlefork MN
SS = International Falls MN
SE = Ranier MN
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