Kenora is an outdoors person's dream town all year round. World-class hunting, fishing, boating, and hiking are all at the town's doorstep as well as an active city culture and long history! With its tens of thousands of lakes and islands, come see for yourself as to why the city is called the "Premier Boating Destination of North America".
Things to do
There are things to keep you entertained in Kenora for years on end and in all seasons! This page has a quick overview of the city, but for more details check out some of the blogs below!
The habourfront is one of the defining features of Kenora. The entire downtown snakes its way along a series of bays that border the north end of Lake of the Woods. The crowning elements faceoff from across the waters. On one side is the 40 foot Husky the Muskie statue seemingly leaping from the water while the outdoor event centre, the Whitecap Pavilion sits on the other bank. The pavilion is home to dozens of yearly events including the Winter Carnival, a weekly farmers market, and Harbourfest. It is also the spot to jump onto the MS Kenora and even the international floatplane airport!
The Muse and the Douglas Family Art Centre
Just a block up from the historic covered Main Street Dock and bordering Memorial Park is the city's main museum and brand new art gallery. With over 8000 years of inhabitation, it's no surprise that The Muse in Kenora has some pretty neat collections. The 25,000 articles and photographs makeup collections detailing the many different ages of a habitation with a focus on the First Nations. The original home of The Muse is now a remodeled space showcasing the Douglas Families collection by Canadian Artist Walter J Phillips.
Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
Just a few blocks back from the waterfront is the historic 1912 Firehall that is now home to the latest iteration of the Lake of the Woods Brewery. On and off for the past 120 years, there has been an active brewery providing the area with local beer. The current company was formed in 2013 and has exploded in popularity with 3 locations and their beer sold all across Canada making it one of the fastest growing craft breweries. For more details about the latest owners and their plans, check out this blog here!
Hikes and Trails
The city and its surrounding wilderness host some of Canada's most amazing walking trails. Vernon Nature Area, Mink Bay, and Tunnel Island Trails are just a few that start within 10 minutes from Kenora. Each takes you through stands of massive pines, marshlands, and even under historic train bridges. The City Mural Urban walking trail is a great way to explore the city and get a feel for its unique history. A map of the trail can be found at the tourist center.
Once you have had your fill of adventures on land, hitting the water is essential. Places like the Hardware Company and Green Adventures rent out nonmotorized things like kayaks and stand-up paddles boards while Tall Pines Marina has fishing and pontoon boats for rent. Head out on the water fishing or just take a cruise past some of the 14,000 islands. During the winter, the lake freezes over offering the unique opportunity of driving all the way to the US border by car! You can also go ice fishing or snowmobiling!