Our unofficial local historian, Irene Hill-Haver, has graciously presented the Township with a history of the Crozier General Store, which she researched, wrote and compiled. Some of the photographs were sourced from the Fort Frances Times website and are reproduced courtesy of the Times.
The Municipality of Alberton is made up of two geographic townships, Crozier and Roddick. To the south, the Rainy River serves as the international border between the Township and the City of International Falls, Minnesota. The Township shares a boundary to the east with the Town of Fort Frances, to the west with the Township of LaVallee, and to the north with the unincorporated geographical township of Miscampbell.
According to the 2001 Census, Alberton had a population of 864 and a total of 345 households.
Kings Highway 11-71, which is the District’s prime transportation artery, runs east-west across the Township. The Township’s Business Park area is located along the eastern section of this highway. Highway 11-71 is part of the MOM’s Way travel route, which runs through Sunset Country from Thunder Bay, Ontario, through Minnesota and into Manitoba.
Secondary Highway 602 (the “River Road”), which follows the Rainy River from Fort Frances to Emo, runs through the lovely residential and agricultural areas of southern Alberton.
Highway 611 South extends south from its intersection with Kings Highway 11-71 and Church Road to its junction with Highway 602. Highway 611 North runs north from its intersection with Kings Highway 11-71 and Station Road North, and is the primary transportation channel accessing the unincorporated areas extending from Miscampbell to Stanjecoming First Nation.
The Township owns approximately 88 km of municipal roadways plus road allowances laid out on the original geographical township maps except those which have been closed and transferred.
Outdoor Recreational Facility
The Millennium Skating Rink and Park has been made a reality through the efforts of the Alberton Recreation Commission, whose volunteers operate and maintain the site.
The facility includes a premier outdoor rink which was built in 2001 with funding from the Township and from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The rink’s cement base creates an excellent ice surface in winter for skating, hockey, broomball and ringette. In summer, the surface can be used for basketball, rollerblading and other sports activities. The “Rink Shack” includes change rooms and washroom facilities.
In 2004, the Rec Commission began developing the park portion of the facility by landscaping and erected a pavilion on the site of the former Crozier Hall, which had been demolished in 2002. The pavilion houses picnic tables and allows for future installation of an brick barbeque. In 2008, playground equipment for the wee ones was installed and, in 2011-12, we added outdoor exercise equipment for the adults. The Millennium Park is truly a great family place all can enjoy!
Alberton Municipal Office
The Alberton Municipal Office basement (which features a kitchenette complete with fridge, stove and microwave, tables and chairs) is available for rent by businesses for training sessions and by residents for small gatherings and social events which do not require an accessible facility (access is via stairway only). Tables may be rented by residents for garage sales and other events. Contact the Municipal Office for information and current rental rates.