With a population of 9,500, the Town of Fort Frances is the judicial, medical, and business centre of the Rainy River District. Our neighbour to the south, across the Rainy River, is International Falls, Minnesota with a population of 8,000.To our east is Couchiching First Nation, with a population of 1,000.
The town’s location on the edge of Rainy Lake offers the cottage lifestyle in a full service community. Boating, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and a world class fishery are available on our doorstep. Residents and visitors enjoy a fully developed waterfront, marina, beach area, an active arts community and recreational facilities.
The community, once a stop on the fur trade route, is today home to an Abitibi Bowater paper manufacturing plant. The facility has a long history of profitability and recently invested $85 million in new technology. Employment in the community can be found in a variety of areas; medical professions, skilled trades, engineering, education, transportation and social services.
Fort Frances is home to a range of public education options. Postsecondary education is available at the local college or in International Falls. University courses are offered through distance and virtual learning networks.
More than 100,000 tourists travel through Fort Frances every summer. Access in and out of the town is available to the US via a no wait bridge to Minnesota. Daily flights are available to Toronto, Winnipeg or to Minneapolis via Thunder Bay.
Fort Frances is proud of its history and optimistic about its future. Our community is more than a place to live and work. It is the place that you will want to call home, where neighbour still means something and rush hour is something you will never experience. You will find time to pause, time to walk to work, time to take your children fishing, time to plant a garden and time to live a better life.
We invite you to be a part of our community.