Borderland Pride

Photo by Ken Keller, Fort Frances Times via Borderland Pride
Photo by Ken Keller, Fort Frances Times via Borderland Pride

Like many Pride celebrations across North America, Borderland Pride stood dormant for LGBTQ people in International Falls, Minnesota and Fort Frances, Ontario due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

However, the organizers up by the U.S.A.-Canada border are ready to welcome their LGBTQ neighbors for a celebration. Part of this celebration will be a free concert by Canadian music sensation Choir! Choir! Choir! at Rainy Lake Square in Fort Frances on Saturday, June 11. The concert will start after the Pride march. Tickets will be required for the concert. 

Smokey Bear Park 2019. Photo courtesy of International Falls Journal via Borderland Pride

International Falls and Fort Frances are separated by the Rainy River and a single bridge as its international crossing. Nearby Rainy Lake and Voyageurs National Park provide opportunities for outdoor activities on land and in the water within minutes of both cities. On the American. and Canadian side of the border, both communities offer a relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. 

Out of town visitors may find plenty of lodging in and around both cities. They range from motels to lodges and cabins. Summer is one of the region’s high seasons, so check for rates before you go. 

Logo courtesy of Borderland Pride

Before you go, check both the American Department of Homeland Security (http://www.dhs.gov) and the Canada Border Services Agency (https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca) for the latest border crossing information regards to documents and COVID-19 measures and requirements. 

This is one of the most unique LGBTQ Pride events on our continent. With two countries celebrating together, it seems you can have double the fun! Plus, add a true north outdoors adventure on top of celebrating our community! 

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