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Tourist sites ready to open


The local riverfront attractions will be open for business just in time for the May long weekend.

The Sorting Gap Marina, where people can go to buy ice cream, pop, chips, water, ice, and gas for their boat, opens tomorrow.

Its hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

As well, the “Hallett” and lookout tower along the La Verendrye Parkway also open for the season this Friday.

Admission to the heritage sites is available at the Sorting Gap Marina and Fort Frances Museum.

Paying admission provides access to the “Hallett,” lookout tower, and the museum, where the newest exhibit about the history of local transportation is on display.

The cost is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors/children aged six-12 (those five and under are free).

There also is a family/group rate of $12.

Visitors are given a time-sensitive tag with an access code that is changed daily.

The “Hallett” and lookout tower are open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (depending on weather) while the Fort Frances Museum, which switches to summer hours this Friday, is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by a caregiver age 16 or older.

Appropriate footwear is required.

Visitors also are asked to use caution as surfaces are uneven, and platforms are steep and high.

Meanwhile, the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre is set to open tomorrow as well.

To celebrate, the centre will host an open house starting at 10:30 a.m. with free coffee and snacks.

Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to stop by throughout the day.

The Tourist Information Centre will be open to the public seven days a week.

Its hours for May and June will be:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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