About International Falls


Welcome to the City of International Falls, Minnesota website. We are pleased you have chosen to connect to our site and hope you find it helpful in finding the information you desire, whether planning to visit our city in the near future, seeking an economic opportunity or would just like to secure more information about our city.

There’s only one International Falls.

Our research shows there is only one city with the name International Falls. We truly are an international community with our city limits being the border between the United States and Canada and these two countries share the friendliest border in the world. We are connected to our sister city of Fort Frances, Ontario by the International Bridge and we work with our neighbors and have agreements to assist each other with emergency services and share our celebrations together. For example, the Canada Day (July 1st) and the Independence Day (July 4th) parades have the largest color guards leading them of most any parades in North America. The American Legion, Canadian Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations come together with the flags of Canada, Great Britain and the United States. It is a sight to behold!


Our community is best known for the cold temperatures that visit our city each year during the winter season. In the 1950’s Collier’s magazine gave us the title of “The Coldest Town in the Nation” and later we adopted the title “The Icebox of the Nation”. Yes, it does get cold here and dozens of companies have visited us through the years to test their products such as airplanes, clothing, cars, batteries and other components, until it has become an industry of cold weather testing for our area. While we wear the titles with pride we also have some of the nicest weather in the country during the other seasons. Warm summer days with cool evenings and an autumn season with truly pleasant weather and spectacular colors.

A Full Service Community

Our city and area has everything you might need or desire from bike trails to tours of the paper mill. Wood products is our primary industry with paper for your home printer being manufactured by Boise Paper. Our city is located two miles west of Rainy Lake with great fishing and boating opportunities. An airport with daily commercial jet service to the Twin Cities is also available.

Located just a few miles to the east is Voyageurs National Park with a visitors center and campsites. There are two houseboat companies on Rainy Lake offering a most comfortable way to explore this beautiful body of water with part of the lake in Canada.

We have many neat shops to visit and some big box retailers too. If an emergency arises our ambulance service has paramedics prepared to assist you and our hospital has a doctor on staff in the emergency room 24 hours/day.

Our hope is you will visit the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau websites for further information. If our staff at City Hall can be of assistance to you, please contact us at (218) 283-9484.

Thanks for visiting with us and giving us an opportunity to introduce ourselves.

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