Rainy River District

Rainy River District

Location of Rainy River District in Ontario
Coordinates: 48°50′N 92°00′W / 48.833°N 92.000°W / 48.833; -92.000Coordinates: 48°50′N 92°00′W / 48.833°N 92.000°W / 48.833; -92.000
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Northwestern Ontario
Created 1885
  MPs Don Rusnak (Liberal)
  MPPs Bill Mauro (OLP), Sarah Campbell (NDP)
  Land 15,484.83 km2 (5,978.73 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 328 m (1,076 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 20,370
  Density 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code span P0W, P9A
Area code(s) 807
Largest communities [3] Fort Frances (7,952)
Atikokan (2,787)

Rainy River District is a district and census division in Northwestern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario. It was created in 1885. It is the only division in Ontario that lies completely in the Central time zone. Its seat is Fort Frances. It is known for its fishing and its location on the USA border opposite International Falls, Minnesota and Baudette, Minnesota.

In 2011, the population was 20,370. The land area is 15,484.83 square kilometres (5,978.73 sq mi); the population density was 1.3 per square kilometre (3.4/sq mi).[4]



Status Name Population (2011) Mayor or Reeve
Town Fort Frances 7,952 Roy Avis
Township Atikokan 2,787 Dennis Brown
Township Emo 1,252 Jack Siemens
Township La Vallee 988 Ken McKinnon
Township Alberton 864 Michael Hammond
Town Rainy River 842 Deborah Ewald
Township Chapple 741 Peter Van Heyst
Township Dawson 563Linda Armstrong
Township Morley 474 George Heyens
Township Lake of the Woods 296 Valerie Pizey

Unorganized area

First Nations reserves


Canada census – Rainy River District community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 20,370 (-5.5% from 2006) 21,564 (-2.5% from 2001) 22,109 (-4.4% from 1996)
Land area: 15,484.83 km2 (5,978.73 sq mi) 15,472.94 km2 (5,974.14 sq mi) 15,473.69 km2 (5,974.43 sq mi)
Population density: 1.3/km2 (3.4/sq mi) 1.4/km2 (3.6/sq mi) 1.4/km2 (3.6/sq mi)
Median age: 41.0 (M: 40.5, F: 41.3) 38.2 (M: 37.6, F: 38.9)
Total private dwellings: 10,792 10,823 11,212
Median household income:
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] 2001[6]

Historic populations:[6]


As of 2013, the Rainy River District School Board has partnered with the Seven Generations Education Institute, the Ministry of Education, and local First Nations’ communities in development of new technologies and programs for revitalization of the Ojibwe language. [7]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Rainy River District census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  2. Toe Protection for H-pileson Sloping Bedrock at Rainy River
    Page 2, "Mean river elevation is...328m"
  3. Compilation of Northwestern Ontario's 2011 census data
  4. 1 2 "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  5. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  6. 1 2 "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  7. Latter, Heather (2013-04-10). "Native language initiatives enhanced". Fort Frances Times Online. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
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