Once an important community of trade and commerce, Fort Frances is now a booming paper town. It’s located where the Rainy River flows into sprawling Rainy Lake, one of North America’s cleanest bodies of water. The “Fort” was begun as a trading post in 1688, and was first named Fort St. Pierre. In 1831, the name was changed in honor of Lady Frances Simpson (1812-1853), the first wife of Sir George Simpson, and the cousin of Sir George, the governor in chief of the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1820-1860.
One of Northern Ontario's half million lakes
With a population of 8,000, it is the largest town in the Rainy District. Fort Frances is connected by bridge to International Falls, Minnesota, making it the “Gateway to North Western Ontario”, and a busy tourist crossing. The town is the oldest settled community west of Lake Superior.

The town provides a variety of historic pioneer and aboriginal culture as well as local art found at the Fort Frances Museum. Other attractions include the Rainy Rapids, the retired logging boat Hallett, Fort St. Pierre, Lookout Tower Museum.

Town of Fort Frances

Fort Frances Attractions

Boise Cascade Canada Ltd.

Scott and Central Ave.
(807) 274 – 8878

Tour this paper manufacturing plant and see the entire process of how pulp ends up as its finished product. Open June – Aug; Mon – Fri; Closed Holidays;
Must be 12 years of age; Reservations are required. This company also offers  self-guided forest tours on the road between Fort Frances and Atikokan.

Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre

259 Scott St, Fort Frances, ON P9A 1G8
(on Hwy 11)
(807) 274 – 7891

Displays of Indian culture, fur traders and later settlement, with changing exhibits. Open all year daily; Closed holidays in winter.

Fort St. Pierre

Calder Drive, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada
3 km east on Hwy 11 in Pithers Point Park

Walk through a model of the original fort built in 1731. Watch displays of early fur trading.

The Hallett

1011 Front St, Fort Frances, ON P9A 1C1
In Pithers Point Park
(807) 274-0488

A 18 metre (60 ft) tugboat, the biggest logging boat on Rainy Lake until it retired in 1974.

Lookout Tower Museum

1011 Front St, Fort Frances, ON P9A 1C1
In Pithers Point Park
(807) 274-0488

See the showcase of displays on the lower levels then head to the top for the extraordinary scenic view of Fort Frances and Rainy Lake.

Fort Frances, Ontario Area Map