Kenora Stuff 2023

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Stuff to Eat, Stuff to Buy, Stuff to Do plus 2023 FREE Treaty #3 150 years


Wake Marketing Inc, Kenora, ON (807) 407-7252


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Shayla Smith, Ashley Pereira, Mike Newton, Hayden Woolsey


Featuring Wesley Nelson of Northwest Angle #33.

Photo by Ryan T Fisher Photography.


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acknowledge that the land on which Wake Marketing operates is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis, territory covered by Treaty
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Glad you are here Heureux de vous accueillir Nishin keybeshy-yen Chu kontan tetsit

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We are thrilled to welcome Kenora residents, seasonal residents, neighbouring communities, and visitors to Kenora this summer. We love summer and are glad you are here to experience all that Kenora and Lake of the Woods has to offer.

In the spirit of reconciliation, the City of Kenora acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis of Treaty #3. The City of Kenora was originally the land base of one collective First Nation community, which was separated into three communities now known as Wauzhushk Onigum, Niisaachewan, and Washagamis Bay First Nations. Kenora now sustains many others, all of whom have been welcomed to peacefully share and care for these ancestral Lands and Waters. To support stewardship of the land, the City recognizes the importance of a strong relationship with our Treaty #3 partners. The City of Kenora acknowledges that our economy greatly benefits from the Anishinaabe and Métis that live in and around the City.

Summer at the lake is all about feeling a warm lake breeze on your face as you are sitting on your favourite restaurant patio or the smell of rain as you are checking out the fabulous retail stores in Kenora. It is about putting your feet in the beach sand or smelling the fresh air as you walk the trails. There are so many dining options, coffee shops and drinking establishments to check out. And so many boutique shops, so if you are shopping for chocolate, outdoor gear or local beer, Kenora has you covered.

There are many events going on around Kenora this summer. We are particularly looking forward to the Matiowski Farmers' Market every Wednesday, Main Street Markets on July 8 and 29, ArtsFest and Bier on the Pier on July 15 and the Kenora Bass International August 10–12.

Kenora has pickleball, disc golf and an accessible beach at Garrow Park; a dog park by A&W and a skateboard park at the Moncrief Construction Sports Centre; a splash pad, Hoopla Island and an accessible playground at Norman Beach Park; and a newly upgraded McLeod Park, with a brand new playground and picnic area. There are also hiking trails on Tunnel Island and Vernon Nature Trails or the best views during an evening stroll around the Harbourfront where you can grab a treat from a local merchant. We are so excited to welcome you to beautiful Lake of the Woods. Have the best time—we're glad you are here!

Megan Dokuchie and Allyson Pele, Economic Development Officers, City of Kenora
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Photo: Caralyn Greaves

Stuff Going On Festivals & Events


Canada Day Celebrations

Kenora Harbourfront

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Happy Birthday, Canada! July 1 is Canada’s favourite day to celebrate and Kenora is no different. The harbourfront will be abuzz with kids games and play areas around the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion and a market teeming with handmade goods, baking, clothing and jewellery inside. Keep an eye on Tourism Kenora’s social media leading up to the event to learn about all the activities and entertainment. Fireworks cap off the day around 10:45 p.m., over the harbour.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Presented by the Lake of the Woods

Concert Group

Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

Join the full Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for a free concert under the Pavilion. Enjoy the summer weather, the sounds of nature, and the works of Mozart, Bizet, Brahms, and many more. Please bring your own chair.

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JUL 15


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Join this celebration of local artists on the grounds of The Muse – Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre – Main Street South in downtown Kenora. Featuring a vibrant mix of artists showcasing fine arts and crafts, writing, creative demonstrations, art sales, hands-on activities, and main stage performances for all ages. A lively KIDZONE gives children and youth the chance to explore and create. Facepainting and workshops offered throughout the day. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.

JUL 30

Coney Island 15th ‘Maybe Annual’ Music Festival

Coney Island

The Coney Island “Maybe Annual” Music Festival is a small music festival held on beautiful Coney Island, in the northernmost channel of Lake of the Woods. A mix of music and art right on the waterfront beach.


Kenora Concert Series

Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

JULY 5 7:00 p.m.

Suzanne McIntosh & Les Filles D’esprit

JULY 12 7:00 p.m.

Conga Jim

JULY 19 7:00 p.m.

Pat Brett

JULY 26 7:00 p.m.

Jackson Klippenstein

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AUG 4-6

112th Kenora Agricultural Fair

Kenora Curling Club

Celebrating its 112th year the Kenora Agricultural Society invites you to the Kenora Curling Club and Central Park area this year. Though Select Shows will be absent this summer (due to upgrades and changes at the Moncrief Construction Sports Centre), the fair will have many wonderful events and attractions including bouncy castles, face painting, dino digs, magic shows and balloon animals.

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Harbourfest is distinguished as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events. For 30 years

Harbourfest has anchored the summer’s busiest weekend with live music, day-time family entertainment, classic car show, wooden boat parade and much more. Harbourfest also features a smashing pyro-musical firework show, over the harbour, Sunday night at dusk.

62nd Annual Sioux Narrows Arts Festival

Sioux Narrows

Every summer, generations of creative people have gathered to demonstrate, exhibit, share and market their unique artistic talents and original works. A popular and longstanding tradition on the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods, each year this festival attracts hundreds of visitors and offers the familiar alongside trending and exclusive art experiences. The 62nd Sioux Narrows Arts Festival welcomes artists, musicians, volunteers and visitors to the summer arts celebrations.

Community Family Fun Day

Keewatin Public School

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This afternoon barbecue features bouncy castles, kids' games, face painting, carnival snacks, live music and a silent auction. Kids can see the ins-and-outs of fire trucks, police cars, boom trucks and more at the Touch-a-Truck, and enjoy both free and fundraising activities.

Moose n’ Fiddle Festival

Caliper Lake, Nestor Falls

This “little cool festival” returns to beautiful Caliper Lake Provincial Park in Nestor Falls. The music festival is a little Indie, a little folk, a little rock and a whole lot of fun, centred around professional and emerging musicians, folk bands and singer/songwriters. The festival features food trucks, artisans’ village and a craft beer tent. Head south on Highway 71; turn onto Caliper Lake Road just south of Nestor Falls.

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Sprechen sie Deutsch? You don’t have to! Come to LOWBrewCo’s Oktoberfest In and Out Party (street and taproom) for all the German you can handle— live music, fire pits, German inspired food features, games, stein holding (and more) competitions, trivia and delicious steins of Marzen Lager. This one can’t be missed—Zigge zagge, zigge zagge, hoi, hoi, hoi!

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Harbourfest Car Show


Matiowski Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, starting June 14

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

Northwestern Ontario’s largest market, the Matiowski Farmers’ Market, is back all summer long for your artsy, foodie and crafty pleasures. At the market you will find a variety of fresh meats, locally grown fresh produce and delicious baked goods, dips and spreads. As well, local artwork, jewelry and textiles, created by area artisans. The market takes place every Wednesday under the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion from June 14 to September 27.

Tourism Kenora also hosts three specialty Winter Markets annually in December, February and March.

Open Air Street Markets

Saturdays July 8, July 29 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Main Street South, downtown Kenora

The markets play host to local and regional vendors, merchants, live music, children’s activities and food and beverage offerings for all ages. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between First and Second Streets for marketgoers to freely explore the vendors, shops and eateries.

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Fishing Tournaments

JUN 10

Lake of the Woods Women’s Walleye Tournament

Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

A one-day women’s walleye fishing tournament on Lake of the Woods. This is a fun tournament for anglers of all skill levels.

Kenora Walleye Open


Two-day catch-and-release walleye tournament based at Tall Pines Marina, Cameron Bay. All skill levels are welcome to fish walleye all over Lake of the Woods.

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Lund Bronzeback Classic


Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

Bronzeback Classic is a two-day smallmouth bass fishing tournament for the anglers, by the anglers. The focus of the tournament is to get families, friends, and especially youth involved in fishing

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KBI: Kenora Bass International

Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

The largest and most prestigious bass fishing tournament of the summer takes place on Lake of the Woods. Over $30,000 in cash prizes. Live entertainment, charity BBQ and daily weigh-ins take place at the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion. Kids KBI, open to children 4-13, happens on the harbourfront docks each morning.

SEP 8 9 10

Bassin’ for Bucks


Sioux Narrows

Annual three-day bass tournament with daily prizes, overall tournament prizes, Youth Award and 100-plus award. 100 per cent plus of the entry fees are paid to the anglers in prizes.

JUL 8-9
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Bassin' for Bucks

Sporting Events

Go Skateboarding Day

Kenora Skate Park

Free event hosted by Triple P.L.A.Y and Boardanyone

Speedway Races

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Various races taking place on Sundays throughout July, and on August 5-6, 13 & 26.

Season finale: September 10.

Mudskipper Challenge

Rabbit Lake Trails & Garrow Park

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Kenora Borealis Multisports Club

NWIRA Tops & Bottoms Regatta

Garrow Park, Rabbit Lake

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Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association (LOWISA) is an international sailing regatta for racers and cruisers who share a love of freshwater sailing on beautiful Lake of the Woods. This seven-day event includes six days of racing or cruising through the majestic Lake of the Woods featuring a mid-week layover and various social activities. Every night welcomes an anchorage in a new bay under endless starry skies and occasional northern lights making this an event truly unlike any other.

Sam Bush Memorial Skate Contest

Kenora Skate Park

NWIRA Championship Regatta

Garrow Park, Rabbit Lake

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Northwest International Rowing Association

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Indigenous Experiences

National Indigenous Peoples Day

KCA Youth and Family Wellness Camp


Ogimaawabiitong (Kenora Chiefs Advisory) will host National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at the KCA Youth and Family Wellness Camp. The event provides a safe space that is open to everyone, allowing for education, connection, and an opportunity to showcase the amazing Indigenous talent we have throughout Treaty #3. The gathering includes a mini pow wow, story-sharing circle, Indigenous crafters’ market, face painting, yard games, fish fry and Indigenous fashion show.

“I see a lot of orange shirts out there; you know I’m a twelve-year residential school survivor and I'll guarantee you one thing, this is a lot better of a place than the residential school. In saying that sometimes we tend to forget our own history and that’s what makes you as a person is acknowledging the history and moving forward into future generations. We are here for the kids, and that’s how we should behave in terms of our duties and responsibilities.”

Treaty #3 Arts Festival

KCA Youth & Family Wellness Camp


150 Years of Treaty #3


Seven Generations Education Institute

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Truth and Reconciliation

Gathering and Pow Wow

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“Events like this are really incredible because it gives us an opportunity for all of us Indigenous people to get together, but also for everyone else in our community to come out and to learn and to foster that understanding and that appreciation”

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Anishinaabe Nation Pow Wows

Treaty #3 Pow Wow Trail

JUNE 9-11

Northwest Angle 33 First Nation

JUNE 9-11

Mitaanjigamiing (Dogpaw) First Nation

JUNE 17-18

Rainy River (Manitou Rapids) First Nation


Bimose Tribal Council Graduation Pow Wow

JUNE 23-25

Couchiching First Nation

JULY 14-16

Wauzhushk Onigum Nation

JULY 27-29

Naicatchewenin First Nation

AUGUST 11-13

Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation

AUGUST 11-13

Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy) First Nation

For more information please reach out to the respective First Nations community.

Everyone is welcome.

Pow wows are sacred ceremonial rites and we ask that you acknowledge and respect these activities by observing all instructions provided by the Master of Ceremonies. Here are a few pow wow etiquette tips:

• Please stand and remove all hats/caps during all ceremonial songs and dances, including the Grand Entry, flag songs, veteran songs, honour songs, and any other designated songs.

• Always ask permission before taking any photos. There are songs/dances such as the Grand Entry where the MC will ask specifically that photos are not taken.

• Do not touch dancers’ regalia without permission.

• Do not pick up any pieces of regalia or feathers you find on the ground. Please alert a dancer or a pow wow committee member.

• The sacred fire is an integral part of the pow wow gathering. Only sacred medicines are offered to the fire. Please follow the directions of the fire keeper for your offering.

• Do not bring drugs or alcohol to a pow wow and do not attend a pow wow intoxicated.

• Dogs are not permitted around the pow wow area.

• Bring your own chairs and not sit on someone else's chair unless you ask permission. Tents with chairs are reserved for elders, dancers and drummers.

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Treaty #3

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The Sacred Document

Treaty #3 was an agreement entered into on October 3, 1873 by the Ojibway Nation and Queen Victoria. The agreement of the Treaty was to share a vast amount of Ojibway Territory, which included large parts of what’s now known as Northwestern Ontario and a small part of Manitoba, to the Government of Canada. The Document was signed at North West Angle on Lake of the Woods. Despite being the third of a series of 11 numbered treaties, it is in fact more historically significant in that its text and terms served as the model for the remainder of the numbered treaties. Treaties #1 and #2 covered an area about the same size and in fact had to be amended to reflect some of the developments arising out of the negotiation of Treaty #3. At the time that it was negotiated it was anticipated that the terms of Treaty #3 would serve as a model for future treaties and would require the amendment of Treaties #1 and #2.

Treaty #3 is also significant as there exists a written record of the native peoples understanding of the Treaty. This is known as the Paypom document. It is a series of notes that were written for Chief Powassin during the treaty negotiations, and documents the promises that were made to the First Nations people. The promises in the Paypom document differ in a number of ways from the printed version available from the Canadian government.

Grand Council Treaty #3 is 55,000 sq. miles spanning from west of Thunder Bay to north of Sioux Lookout, along the international border, to the province of Manitoba. It is made up of 28 First Nation communities, with a total population of approximately 25,000.

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19th Century significant events

1870 Anishinaabeg and Crown representatives met but could not reach agreement on payment for compensation for past use of the Anishinaabe territory. Manitoba becomes the fifth province in Canada, referred to as the “postage size” province, as a result of an agreement between the Crown and the Provisional Government of Louis Riel, to ensure Métis will keep the peace. The Métis Bill of Rights requires the Crown to finalize treaty-making with the Indians.

1871 Federal government moves west to make Treaties #1 and #2, closer to the Red River settlement. British Columbia joins Confederation as the sixth province, with the promise by Ottawa to build an eastwest railway. Treaty Commission for Boundary Waters gains authorization from the Canadian government.

1872 Treaty discussions in Fort Frances regarding the Boundary Waters were disrupted by influenza outbreak. Archival documents indicate these talks formed basis of ‘draft’ Ottawa took to North West Angle next year.

1873 Ottawa sends the Treaty Commission of Alexander Morris, J.A.N. Provencher, and Simon J. Dawson to meet with the Ogichidaag, Mawedopenais of Rainy River, Powassin of Lake of the Woods, Sagacheway of Lac Seul and others. It was reported that 24 Chiefs and 1,400 Anishinaabeg camped at Northwest Angle, with sacred ceremonies held. The Ogichidaag required the Commissioners party to wait until many had come in from the (wild)rice fields. Negotiations began with Morris explaining the intentions of the Queen’s representatives to finalize the Treaty. Mawedopenais emphasized that this was Anishinaabe land and waters, and that the Anishinaabeg governed their territory, “The Great Spirit planted us here. He has given us rules that we should follow to govern ourselves rightly.”

The Ogichidaag emphasized over and over they controlled the lands and waters. Sagacheway said, “The waters out of which you sometimes take food for yourselves, we will lend them in return (for cattle).” The Ogichidaag would confer with the people through ceremony, and return each day. They finally reached agreement on October 3rd.

Mawedopenais: “The words I have said are the words of the nation and have not been said in secret but openly so all could hear and I trust that those who are not present will not find fault with what we are about to do today. And, I trust, what we are about to do today is for the benefit of our nation as well as for our white brothers—that nothing but friendship will reign between the nation and our white brothers. And now I take off my glove to give you my hand and sign the Treaty.”

Dawson later met directly with Lac Seul and Seine River leaders and other Anishinaabeg to sign onto Treaty #3.

Note: Treaty #3 as published by Canada is not the full story. According to Commissioner Dawson’s report to the head of Indian Affairs, “in his haste to conclude an agreement, (Commissioner Morris) used as a finalized version the draft treaty (note: likely 1872 version) which did not reflect the new items of agreement”. These new items negotiated in 1873 certainly included that Treaty Commissioners promise to Anishinaabeg they would “forever have the use of the fisheries” as inducement to sign Treaty #3, and that they would be compensated if the fishery was affected. It included the right to hunting and ricing “as by the past” which entailed all technology and preparation before and after the harvest, throughout the whole traditional territory. No single document covers all the terms of the Agreement known as Treaty #3. Also important in interpretation of Treaty #3 are notes by half-breed

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of Anishinaabeg of Treaty #3

interpreters, Joseph and August Nolin, which match the oral tradition of the Anishinaabeg, and follow the order of discussion of Commissioner Morris’s report. Ogichidaa Powaasin was given a copy of these notes after the Treaty was signed, and they came to be in the possession of Ogichidaa Paypom some years later, and were kept safe by he and his family. They are now known as the Paypom Treaty.

1876 Consolidated Indian Act became law in Canada. Although the idea or purpose of any such legislation was never mentioned in any negotiations of the numbered treaties, this law henceforth controlled the Indians “from the cradle to the grave.” The oral tradition of Treaty #3 and the record of negotiations in Treaty #3 indicate clearly that Anishinaabe governance was to remain for its own people—forever. The silence on the matter of Anishinaabe governance in the official Treaty #3 document is significant in this regard.

Anishinaabe governance was to continue along with the British Crown, sailing in their own parallel lanes, in keeping with the two row wampum belt.

1888 St. Catherine’s Milling Company was given a license by the federal government to cut timber in Treaty #3 territory, near Wabigoon. The Ontario government objected and gave its own license to another company. The dispute went to court and was appealed and decided by the highest court of appeal in Great Britain, the Privy Council. Ontario gained the benefit of the federal Crown - Anishinaabeg treatymaking in Treaty #3. The highest court of appeal ruled

that Indians had only a “usufructuary right...dependent upon the goodwill of the Sovereign”, and that the British North America Act, 1867, (now the Constitution Act, 1867) clearly gave crown land and natural resources to Ontario. This 19th century decision based on racist ideology became the foundation of case-law in so-called “Native law” of Canada. For generations to come, the precedent set out in the St. Catherine’s Milling Co. case was applied to deprive First Nations across Canada of their lands—until the Delgamuukw case in 1998.

1895 Education rights: Amendments to the Indian Act established Indian Residential Schools to be run by missionaries of different Catholic and Protestant faiths. The Government of Canada had made no move to follow the Treaty #3, to establish a school when the Indians shall desire it, not the clear promise from negotiations for a bilingual, bicultural education system. Immediately after Treaty-making in 1873, Rainy River and other Chiefs refused missionary school teachers, yet some missionary schools were established on reserve. Indian Residential Schools were established across Treaty #3 territory: Cecilia Jeffrey (established by Presbyterian Church in Shoal Lake, then moved to Kenora, on present site of Grand Council Treaty #3 offices); St. Mary’s (Roman Catholic, located on Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation); St. Marguerite’s (Roman Catholic, on Couchiching First Nation); McIntosh (Roman Catholic, McIntosh), and Pelican Lake (Anglican, Hudson/Sioux Lookout). This is the highest concentration of Indian residential schools in one geographic area across Canada.

These events are adapted from Grand Council Treaty #3 commemorate booklet for the 150th anniversary of the singing of Treaty #3: The Creator planted us here: a timeline of significant events of Anishinaabeg of Treaty #3

To learn more and read the entire timeline of significant events to present day, please visit

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The Paypom Treaty

The following are the terms of the Treaty held at North West Angle the Third day of October, Eighteen Hundred and seventy three, viz:

1. The Government will give when Indians will be settled. Two hoes, one plough for every ten families. Five harrows for every twenty families, one yoke of oxen, one bull and four cows for every band, one scythe and one axe for every family and enough of wheat, barley and oats for the land broken up; this is to encourage them at the beginning of their labour, once for all.

2. Fifteen hundred dollars every year in twine and munitions.

3. Twelve dollars for the first payment to every head of Indians and every subsequent year, five dollars. Twenty-five dollars to every chief every year. Councillor, first soldier and messenger fifteen dollars. The farming implements will be provided for during this winter to be given next year to those that are farming and to these who are anxious to imitate the farmers, a set of carpenter tools will also be given.

4. Coats will be given to the Chiefs and their head men every three years. With regard to the other Indians there is goods here to be given to them.

5. If their children that are scattered come inside of two years and settle with you, they will have the same privilege as you have.

6. I will recommend to the authorities at Ottawa, assisted by the Indian Commissioner, the half breeds that are living with you to have the same privilege as you have.

7. The English Government never calls the Indians to assist them in their battles but he expects you to live in peace with red and white people.

8. Mr. Dawson said he would act as by the past about the Indians passage in his road. The Indians will be free as the past for their hunting and rice harvests.

9. If some gold or silver mines be found in their reserves, it will be to the benefit of the Indians but if the Indians find any gold or silver mines out of their reserves they will surely be paid for the finding of the mines.

10. The Commissioner and an agent will come to an understanding with the Indians about the reserve, and shall be surveyed by the Government. The Commissioners don’t wish that the Indians leave their harvest immediately to step into their reserve.

11. About the Indian Commissioner, the Commission is pending upon the authorities at Ottawa. I will write to Ottawa and refer Mr. Charles Nolin.

12. There will be no sale of liquor in this part of Canadian territory. It is the greatest pleasure for me to hear you and when we shake hands it must be forever. It will be the duty of the English Government to deal with Commissioners if they act wrong towards the Indians. I will give you a copy of the Agreement now and when I reach my residence I will send you a copy in parchment.

13. You will get rations during the time of the payment every year.

14. The Queen will have her policemen to preserve order and whenever there is crime and murder the guilty must be punished.

15. This Treaty will last as long as the sun will shine and water runs, that is to say forever.

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Growing police service with potential for advancement
Education and mentorship opportunities
Maternity and parental leave top-ups
Mental health supports for members and their families
Competitive salaries and benefits
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Stuff to Buy

1. Waydoo Flyer One+ Efoil The Hardwear Company 2. Natural handcrafted bars of soap Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Co. 3. Lake floatie Lake of the Woods Brewing Company 4. Turtle Beach apparel Turtle Beach Clothing 5. Allure vertical 38 electric wall-mounted fireplace Smoke & Fire
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6. Boston clog by Birkenstock Taggs Source for Sports
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13. Classic Ray-Ban sunglasses Boardanyone

14. Assorted Jelly Belly candies Sweet, Lake of the Woods

15. Lil’ Wiz waterproof and floatable bluetooth speaker Donny B

7. Furniture upcycle supplies Image One Home & Cottage 8. Patagonia Baggies shorts Boreal Life 9. Merino SoftWool blanket by Rumpl Sure Thing 10. On the Water. Original fine art. HAF | Art Studio & Gallery 11. K18 Biometric Hairscience Posh & Pixie 12. Headster SFP 50 sun cap Bearheart Kids Boutique
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Bearheart Kids Boutique

243 Second St. S | (807) 468-6755

There’s so much to discover inside Bearheart Kids Boutique in beautiful Downtown Kenora. Trendy children’s clothing and quality footwear from newborn to preteen, classic toys and books, rainy day science kits and dress up, unique baby gifts, and so much more. Visit us for everything your kids need to enjoy the great outdoors this summer from sun hats to water shoes to swimwear. We look forward to seeing you.

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325 Second St. S | (807) 468-3211

Welcome to Kenora’s core board shop. The vibe in our 2,800 square-foot shop is vibrant and fresh. For nearly 20 years our award winning customer service has and always will be our first priority. We’re stocked with all the top brands that put Kenora on the map for skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and paddleboarding. Can’t make it to the shop? Check out our new online store.

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Boreal Life

339 Second St. S | (807) 467-3035

Located in the heart of downtown, Boreal Life is all about lifestyle pieces that you will love and feel great in for your next adventure. From lake living, forest dwelling and travels around the globe, to your favourite workout classes and a night out with your people, it's a lifestyle that focuses on diversity and your unique expression while doing all the things you love to do. This journey has been nothing short of amazing as we create friendships with the locals, our yearly summer residents and fun-loving humans we’re meeting for the first time. You, our shoppers, are truly what brings joy and fun to being downtown.

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Donny B

39 Main St. S | (807) 468-3084

For over 50 years Donny B has been committed to providing the latest in technology. A cornerstone of Kenora’s downtown, Donny B and his staff provide expert advice and quality service. Stop by to see the large stock of TVs and computers and full product lines of everything Tbaytel offers—mobility, fibre high-speed internet and TV, home and cottage security and home and business phone. Donny B has evolved with the changes in technology and takes pride on its award-winning custom installations, including Starlink and Xplore internet. Family driven; professional standards; quality products.

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HAF Art Studio & Gallery

339 Second St. S - Unit 3 (807) 407-7852

Original art, limited edition prints and other custom items by local artist Holly Ann Friesen are featured in this working studio and gallery. Visit the gallery by appointment or online at


Keewatin Place

1007 St. Clair St. (Hwy 17 W) (807) 547-2222

Keewatin Place is your locallyowned grocery store offering great grocery selection, hand cut meats, on-site deli and bakery, gourmet, local and regional foods, health and beauty products, environmentallyfriendly products, gift baskets, gifts and cards. Offering curbside grocery service by email at or text (807) 466-2222.

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Visit the showroom at 1060 Railway Street or online at tel 807-468-3641 toll free 800-834-8770 Custom-Crafted Window Treatments for Any Window, Door, or Style Outdoor Furniture Ultimate comfort in outdoor seating, made from 100% recycled plastic CreateImageyour furniture, window coverings, home décor, reupholstery, paints & more 24 Kenora Stuff 2023  Stuff to Buy

Image One Home & Cottage

1060 Railway St. | (807) 468-3641

For over 40 years Image One is the spot for all your home and cottage furniture, window coverings and reupholstery needs. Living rooms, bedrooms, outdoor spaces and everything in between, the showroom showcases an impressive selection of upholstery and wood furniture, blinds, lighting, rugs and accessories with a Lake of the Woods flavour. Image One are stockists for Fusion Mineral Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and accessories. Their services include custom blinds and drapes, reupholstery and refinishing as well as boat top and upholstery fabrication. In addition, they manufacture custom upholstered furniture. Their showroom consultants work with residential and commercial applications. All that under one roof! Complete your home or cottage with home furnishings to suit your style at Image One.

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LOTW Cannabis

809 River Dr. | (807) 464-1851

Locally owned and operated, LOTW Cannabis is a place to learn and shop about all things legal cannabis. All cannabis products—flowers, pre-rolls, oils, capsules and edibles—are received directly from OCS in child-proof, tamperproof, government sealed and labeled packaging. Located at 809 River Drive, we are accessible by land and lake—free parking and docking. Our online store is open every day with curbside pickup available. Book a free personal Budmaster Consultation today.

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Refill’er Up LOTW Refillery

215 Second St. S | (807) 464-0234

Discover pure luxury with more than 36 varieties of natural handcrafted bar soap and a wide selection of body care products made and packaged onsite at our downtown production facility and retail store. Our in-store refillery offers more than 50 refillable, natural, eco-friendly, Canadian-made personal care and household cleaning products. Refill your bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, hand sanitizer, bubble bath, dish soap, laundry detergent, household cleaners and more. Help save the planet and save some money when you "Refill’er up" at Lake of the Woods Refillery!

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106 MAIN ST. S. (807) 468-1226 KENORA PADDLESKIBIKE Equipment and Apparel for a Life Outdoors PEDAL OR POWER on WATER or LAND AVENTON LEVEL.2 EBike 500W sustained motor 32km/hr top speed 96km range (Average) App connectivity OLD TOWN SPORTSMAN Fishing KayakS Easy to transport fishing kayaks, with options for paddle, pedal, or power.
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Posh & Pixie

311 Second St. S | (807) 468-6789

Posh & Pixie is a trendy salon, spa and boutique in the heart of downtown offering full luxury esthetics, hairstyling and extensions. The boutique carries a large selection of top quality hair and skincare products as well as a variety of pretty things such as jewelry, handbags, wallets, gifts and more.

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Smoke & Fire

1080 Railway St. | (807) 467-3338

Smoke & Fire is Kenora's largest outdoor cooking and fireplace showroom offering a huge selection of gas, charcoal and pellet grills, pizza ovens, along with fire features including table top fire bowls, premium fire pits, gas/wood stoves and fireplaces. Fuel up all year long with hardwood charcoal, pellets and Canadian cookwood and gear up with a great selection of grilling accessories, cast iron cookware, seasonings and sauces. You'll also find Chilly Moose coolers & drinkware, fireside accessories, candles, coffee, cocktail mixers, handmade marshmallows, hot chocolate, gourmet preserves, beef jerky and pepperettes—everything you need to enjoy the outdoors even more! Visit online to shop 24/7 and for showroom hours.

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Sure Thing

137 Main St. S | (807) 468-7809

If you’re looking for a truly unique shopping experience in the heart of Kenora, you’ll know you’ve found it as soon as you walk through our doors. Our friendly staff are here to greet you at the door and make your shopping experience enjoyable. We offer an extensive selection of headwear,

Taggs Source for Sports

313 Second St. S | (807) 468-2225

Taggs Source for Sports is Kenora’s leading athletic and everyday wear store. With men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing, footwear and accessories, you won’t leave emptyhanded. Our staff are knowledgeable and ready to help you find the perfect outfit or gear to amp up your game. Open

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Turtle Beach clothing available at Bob's Burger Bar

152 Main St. S

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Turtle Beach Clothing

152 Main St. S | (807) 468-4701

Kenora’s own since 1985, Turtle Beach Clothing returns with a new ecofriendly message, aiming to raise awareness about water pollution and the effects it has on local wildlife.

Named LUXLife’s Best Sustainable Casual Clothing Brand in 2022, Turtle Beach products are made in Canada with sustainable and eco-friendly materials. A portion of all sales is donated to the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association to assist in their goal of preserving and sustaining the beautiful Lake of the Woods. Clothing is available online and at Bob’s Burger Bar—grab a Fat Bob burger and shop the new wears.

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Kenora’s Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson finished first in the 2023 Bassmaster Classic in Tennessee. After two days of monster smallmouth bags, followed by a final day with only two keepers, Gussy won the coveted Ray Scott Trophy, a $300,000 U.S. first-place finish payout, and recognition of being the first Canadian to win the Bassmaster Classic.

Upon returning home, Gussy sat down with Kenora Stuff to talk about his spectacular tournament and how a lifetime of fishing on Lake of the Woods contributed to this career high.

Note: Interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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Kenora Stuff: Gussy, first of all, congratulations! Championships are never supposed to be easy, and for you this tournament was a testament to that. Describe the highs and lows of the weekend.

Jeff Gustafson: Having won the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series event on the same waterbody, my game plan was to fish for smallmouth bass, which are not as common in the river, but the average size could be really good. The tournament requires smallmouth to be 18” in length, so I think that turned many of the anglers off from really focusing on smallmouths. Having seen the smallmouth potential a couple years ago made it easier for me to dedicate all of my time trying to find them because if I could, I would have a good chance to win.

Over the first two days, everything went perfectly. I was able to capture five keeper smallmouths off two spots—small rock piles in around 25 feet of water. I could tell on day two that they were getting harder to catch and I was expecting the third and final day of the tournament to be difficult, which it was.

Heading out for day three with nearly a six-pound lead was exciting but I felt like I still had to catch another limit to really close the door. Through eight hours, I was only able to catch two keepers. It ended up being the hardest day of fishing of my life. The 45-minute boat ride from where I finished my day back to the check-in in Knoxville was horrible; I figured that I had blown this amazing opportunity and someone else was going to be the champion. I didn’t regret any of the decisions that day, the fish were just really hard to catch.

Fortunately, it was a tough day for the entire field and my two fish were enough to hang on and win. It was and still is, unbelievable.

You mentioned in your on-stage interview that this is your Stanley Cup. When did your dream of winning the Bassmaster Classic start?

Tell us about that moment when the fact that you were actually going to win sunk in. How did growing up in Kenora on Lake of the Woods help bring you to this moment?

As a competitive angler, winning this tournament is the biggest dream there is. It’s the largest freshwater tournament in the world and it has a lot of history. This was the 53rd Bassmaster Classic and I’ve followed the tournament since I was a teenager. A lot of the past winners are legends in the sport of competitive bass fishing. As a kid, I pretended to be on that stage and win this tournament. I mentioned the Stanley Cup because that was the most relatable thing I could think of for people watching in Canada.

I knew how much weight I was going to have (a little over 42 pounds) so I was listening as the other anglers weighed in. I knew that a couple of the anglers in the top five had struggled but some had limits that were going to put them close to me. I was the last to weigh-in and when it was my turn to come into the arena and none of the other anglers had crossed the 42-pound mark, I knew I was going to win. I was so happy but at the same time, I couldn’t believe it.

Kenora and Lake of the Woods is such a great place to grow up for kids who love to be outdoors and, in my case, love fishing. I was lucky that I had a dad and grandpa who took me fishing when I was a little kid. As I got older, I was fortunate that a lot of people took me fishing, taught me different techniques as well as how to be respectful and responsible on the water.

Through high school and university I guided at resorts all around the lake and fished for all species—not just bass and walleye, but pike, musky, crappie and lake trout as well. Having experience with all of these species and getting to fish all of the different types of water we have in NW Ontario, has made me a versatile angler, which has served me well fishing at the highest level of competitive bass fishing in the U.S.

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This looks like an individual sport but tell us about the team it takes for you to accomplish what you have.

Fishing competitively is an expensive activity, and I was very lucky to receive support from a few people back in 2012 and 2013 when I started my career fishing in the U.S. I probably never would have gone for it without that support. Today, I’m very lucky to have a good list of sponsors who keep me going and make it easy to focus on fishing when I’m out there.

I love what I get to do, wouldn’t change it for anything but I can tell you that all the time that I’m on the road and away from home is not glamorous. We have ten events between February and August all over the U.S so it’s a lot of travel. It’s fun getting to see and fish all of the different places but there are times when it’s tough too. My wife Shelby travels with me for many of the tournaments and that makes life so much better for me. She is the best person to be around all the time, but it’s a big sacrifice for her to miss work and important events to be out there with me.

Lake of the Woods is your home water, so to speak. You’ve now fished lakes, rivers and salt water around North America. What makes Lake of the Woods the special worldclass fishery we all believe it is.

So, let’s go back in time to a ten-year-old Gussy. Legend has it that’s when your fishing tournament career started. Tell us about how fishing played a role in your childhood.


As a little kid, I guess my parents saw that I had a thing for fishing, and they used to take me to the KBI (Kenora Bass International) weigh-ins, and I can remember fishing the Kid’s KBI off the dock at the Harbourfront. When I was ten years old my Christmas present was an entry for my dad and me to fish the KBI the following summer in 1993. We didn’t have a lot of experience bass fishing and our goal that first year was just to catch a bass and walk across the stage. After a few years we got a little more competitive. When I was 16 my dad let me fish with my friend Jess Swenson from Sioux Narrows, and we finished second. We won a lease on a truck and neither of us had a driver’s license yet, so they gave us some money instead!

The next year, in 2000, Chris Savage and I won the KBI. That tournament opened a few doors for me as far as sponsorships, guiding opportunities and meeting people in the fishing community. Throughout my teen years, my summers kind of revolved around the KBI.

How many years have you fished the KBI?

I have fished the KBI since 1993. Chris Savage and I won in 2000 and 2008. We have been second four times as well. In recent years, we have been getting our butts kicked! If I can fish it, I would never miss it. This year, Bassmasters is at Lake Champlain in New York (just south of Montreal) with pre-fishing starting on the Monday after the KBI. I would have to leave right after fishing the KBI Saturday night, drive through the night and could get there Sunday night. Shelby says she can help with the drive. Not sure what we’re going to do but hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work.

get asked all the time about my favourite lake and while nearby Rainy Lake is special to me, Lake of the Woods is amazing because it is so big, it has so much to explore and there are not many waterbodies that offer all of the world-class fishing opportunities that it does.
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Jeff and Jim at KBI 1993.

Why is it important to you to continue to fish all the local “small town” tournaments in Northwestern Ontario year after year?

For most people, fishing is a hobby. For you it’s a job. When you fish as much as you do, what do you do to get away from “work”?

I fish as many of the local tournaments as I can because these tournaments really are the highlights of my year. I get to fish with different partners; friends who I have fished with for many years who I don’t get to see as much as I used to. I also fish one or two with Shelby every year. They all give me good practice and help to keep me sharp.

laughter… Mostly go fun-fishing! I like to fun-fish for walleye the most, but I get out at least a couple times per year for all of the species we have in Lake of the Woods. Otherwise, I do quite a bit of writing, I’m a big hockey fan and I enjoy doing work around the house.

What is your favourite fish to…

Catch? Bass

Eat? Walleye

Photograph? Lake trout

Ice fish? Walleye

Guide for? Walleye

Nobody reaches the pinnacle of their sport, or career for that matter, without a strong support system. Tell us the role your parents and family have played in your life as a fisherman.

I was very lucky to have parents that saw a kid who loved fishing and allowed me to have access to the lake and being able to go. We had a family cottage on Echo Bay on Lake of the Woods and it was a great place to learn to fish. You may not see this today but when I was nine or ten years old, my parents let me take the 14 ft. Lund and ten horse motor by myself to go fishing. At first, I had to stay within sight of the dock and as I got older, I was able to explore further. I’m grateful to them for giving me the chance to be outside and be on the lake. I had an amazing childhood with all of my fishing activities. My brother Ben and sister Kate have been some of my biggest supporters as I’ve pursued this fishing dream as well. Ben and my good friend Jamie Bruce drove straight from Kenora down to Knoxville to catch the final day of the Classic and were there for the celebration after; that was pretty awesome.

For anyone following you on social media, you provide heaps of technical advice and recommendations for lures and bait, humps and currents, and so much more. Beyond all of that, what piece of advice do you like to share with the everyday fisherperson or someone just getting started in the sport?

The best way to get better at fishing is to spend time on the water. Go exploring, have an imagination and have fun. When I go fun-fishing I almost never go to any places where I know I can catch fish. I’m always looking for a new spot or a new way to catch fish (new lure or technique). When you figure something out, it’s one of the best feelings you’ll have on the water.


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Stuff to Eat


Downtown Kenora | (807) 467-8525

BeaverTails® is truly one of a kind. Irresistibly delicious, artisanal Canadian pastry, always there to share special moments that make lifelong memories. Iconic indulgence since 1978, today we continue our heritage by uniquely combining our original recipe with premium quality ingredients. Served piping-hot, our hand-stretched wholewheat pastries are both crispy and chewy at the same time. With endless flavour combinations, we promise you an experience you will never forget.

Black Oven

336 Second St. S | (807) 444-7437

The Black Oven has been slinging sourdough pizza at festivals and markets throughout Northwestern Ontario since 2015. Known for their seasonal, tasty ingredients and flavour packed, chewy, sourdough crust they have definitely become a summer staple for many locals and summer residents in the area. This summer you can find them downtown Kenora at their first brick and mortar location on Second Street. Sourdough pizza, bread, pastries, coffee and specialty grocery with dine-in, take out and outdoor seating.

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Boathouse Waterfront Eatery

310 Matheson St. S | (807) 468-6565

Situated on the north shore of Lake of the Woods in downtown Kenora, the Boathouse is Kenora’s premier waterfront restaurant venue. Its lakeside patio gives it unmatched appeal in dining leisure and enjoyment. With late-night hours and expanded beverage menu, stop by for delicious food, tasty drinks and a lake view second to none. Free dock parking out front.

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Bob’s Burger Bar

152 Main St. S | (807) 468-4701

Home to the “Fat Bob”—voted the best burger in Kenora—a succulent 5.2 oz, fresh-never-frozen, homemade chuck ground patty, decked to the top with lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, pickle and Bob’s special chili. And, there’s more to love than the burgers. Bob’s serves up a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, along with prime rib and seafood nights. Follow on Facebook for events, specials and more. Bob’s Burger Bar is also home to Turtle Beach Clothing so enjoy a burger while shopping the new wears.

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Cottage Time Public House

129 Bernier Dr. | (807) 468-9201

Cottage Time Public House, located in the heart of downtown Kenora, welcomes you. Kenora’s largest outdoor patio is just steps away from Lake of the Woods, overlooking the Kenora Harbour. Proud to offer Indigenous and Canadian inspired cuisine and drinks, Cottage Time will satisfy your taste buds each and every visit. During your meal or drinks, enjoy Canadian rock ambiance inside and out. The best time at the lake is Cottage Time. M CottageTimePublicHouse

Planning a school event, wedding, catering or team-building activity? Whatever the occasion, BeaverTails is sure to be the life of the party.

Double the locations, double the fun! We're excited to announce that we now have 2 spots to serve you!

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Dino’s Restaurant

206 Second St. S | (807) 468-3103

Dino’s has been a hidden jewel on Second Street since 1982. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, Dino’s has always striven for consistent excellence in both food and service. Everything is made from scratch, from pita wraps, flaming cheese, delicious fish and seafood dishes, to pasta dishes, steaks and of course our Greek house specialties like a variety of souvlakis, Greek ribs and rack of lamb. Dino's also has a full service bar with great wines from all over the world. Visit Dino’s to understand why this intimate dining room has always been a Kenora favourite. Open Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Reservations recommended. Dine in or take out.

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Ho Joe Coffee & Eatery

103 Main St. S | (807) 468-6111

Lay low with friends in the cafe or on our colourful Main Street patio and enjoy signature favourites such as the Blondie, LOTW Lemonade and our famous HJ Frozen Hot Chocolate. Healthy, wholesome food offerings include cakes, tarts, muffins, scones, brownies as well as fresh salads and paninis. Ho Joe’s baristas take personable service one step further by handwriting quotes on our cups to help make your day. Come see what we’ve got brewing.

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Lake of the Woods Brewing Company

350 Second St. S | 1-833-321-2337

Proud to be Ontario’s northernmost brewery! Located in a 111 year old firehall, our taproom offers upscale pub-style eats including wood fired pizza, tacos, poutine, wings and more. Pair your favourite menu items with our fresh handcrafted beer made on-site. There is always something new and exciting on tap. When the sun is shining and the large, glass garage doors are open, enjoy the great outdoors on our patio. Our retail store offers a plethora of awesome brewery swag and of course, our beer to take home. Be sure to check out our other brewery and taproom locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Warroad, Minnesota. #makeitlaketime

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Trivia night—come test your film & television knowledge and win great prizes.

Plus, Fridays are also Karaoke night!


Plaza Restaurant

125 Main St. S | (807) 468-8173

To visit Kenora and not dine at the Plaza Restaurant would be a Greek tragedy! What began as a simple diner back in 1969 has evolved into one of Kenora's iconic restaurants. While Thanasis (Tommy) & Maria Adamopoulos introduced Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Area to the Mediterranean diet and the "Greek" way of life, Konstantina has successfully carried on the family tradition using her parent's authentic recipes and lovingly makes everything from scratch. The Plaza offers delicious pastas, full-flavoured steaks, succulent seafood, savoury ribs and of course mouth-watering Lake of the Woods walleye. From September to June we are open Tuesday to Saturday. In the busy months of July and August we are open Monday to Friday. Our doors open at 4:30pm for dine-in and take-out. We can’t wait to show you why we are the “Greek Gods of Casual Fun Dining!”

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Great Food at the Lake

Myer's Dockside

Tall Pines Marina, 832 Lakeview Dr.

At Myer’s Dockside we love the lake, good food and great friends. What better way to bring them all together than stopping off at dockside to fuel up before hitting the water with the friends you love.

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Quesada Burritos & Tacos

200 Main St. S | (807) 467-8768

Everything you know about burritos and more. Quesada is all about complex, intriguing, Mexican-inspired flavours—a true “foodie” experience. Dishing up delicious burritos with made-fresh-daily salsas and guacamole and serving a full menu of made from scratch Mexican style burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, taco salads and kids items, come experience the joy of mex! Open for lunch and dinner; full take-out and catering options as well.

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The Vault Socialhouse

154 Main St. S | (807) 470-0082

A cornerstone to Kenora’s downtown eatery vibe, the Vault Socialhouse is a new-school take on an old-school pub. Situated on Kenora’s most famous corner—Main and Second— the Vault offers food and drink which will not disappoint. Offering an extensive list of proprietary signature cocktails and professionally mixed classics, indulge in or discover your new favourite. Friendly staff, delightful tastes and a great atmosphere will bring you back time and time again.

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Located at Tall Pines Marina 832 Lakeview Drive


Nipper's Dockside Tenth St., Keewatin (807) 407-2900 ! docksiden

Ye Olde Chip Truck Market Square, 2nd St. S (807) 464-5159 ! $ yeoldechiptruck


A&W Restaurant 924 Fifth St. S (807) 468-8002 ! awkenora

Beavertails Bernier Dr. ! BeaverTailsKenora

Dairy Queen 821 Lakeview Dr. (807) 468-8200 ! DQ27076

HoJoe Coffee & Eatery 103 Main St. S (807) 468-6111 ! $ hojoecoffee

Iron & Clay 210 2nd St S (807) 470-0084 ! $ ironandclaycoffee

KFC 923 Highway 17 E (807) 468-5638

Luby's 9th St. 612 Ninth St. N (807) 468-5877 ! lubys9thst

McDonald's 900 Highway 17 E (807) 468-3018

Myer's Dockside Tall Pines Marina, 832 Lakeview Dr. $ myersdockside

Quesada Burritos & Tacos 200 Main St. S (807) 467-8768 ! $ QuesadaKenora

Subway (Kenora) 100K Chipman St. 1-877-854-7786

Subway (Norman) 621 Lakeview Dr. 1-877-854-7787

Tim Hortons (Kenora) 1344 Highway 17 E (807) 467-8667

Tim Hortons (Norman) 714 Lakeview Dr. (807) 468-1754

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Ì RESTAURANT—CASUAL & FINE DINING 901 Westside 901 Ottawa St., Keewatin (807) 547-2901 ! $ 901Westside Boathouse Waterfront Eatery 310 Matheson St. S (807) 468-6565 ! $ theboathousekenora Boston Pizza 223 Main St. S (807) 468-5597 ! Boston Pizza (Kenora) Cottage Time Public House Bernier Dr. ! CottageTimePublicHouse Forest Room Restaurant 920 Highway 17 E (807) 468-2003 ! daysinnkenora Hungry Pug Cafe 204 Second St. S (807) 467-8784 ! The Hungry Pug Cafe LOTW $ thehungrypugcafe K-Town Kafé 721 First St. S (807) 468-7903 ! ktownkafe Lake-Vu Restaurant 740 Lakeview Dr. (807) 468-5501 ! LakeVuMotel Log Cabin Tavern 201 Rabbit Lake Rd. (807) 548-8778 ! The Log Cabin Tavern $ thelogcabin.tavern Yesterday's Restaurant 800 Highway 17 E (807) 468-3155 ! travelodgekenora Ì RESTAURANTS—CHINESE & JAPANESE Hing's Restaurant 101 Matheson St. S (807) 468-9122 Ho Ho Chinese Food 112 Matheson St. S (807) 468-6813 ! Ho Ho Chinese Food Sushi 251 251 Second St. S (807) 468-8000 Timber Garden 805 Highway 17 W (807) 547-2739 ! timbergardenkeewatin Ì RESTAURANTS—MEDITERRANEAN Dino's Restaurant 206 Second St. S (807) 468-3103 ! Dino's Restaurant Plaza Restaurant 125 Main St. S (807) 468-8173 ! $ plazakenora Ì RESTAURANTS—PUBS & GRILLS Bob's Burger Bar 152 Main St. S (807) 468-4701 ! bobsburgerbarkenora $ bobsburgerbar Casey's Bar & Grill 220 Lakeview Dr. (807) 468-4106 ! caseysgrillbarkenora $ caseyskenora Cottage Time Public House Bernier Dr. ! cottagetimepublichouse Lake of the Woods Brewing Company 350 Second St. S 1-833-321-2337 ! $ lowbrewco The Vault Socialhouse 154 Main St. S (807) 470-0082 ! TheVaultSocialhouse Ì TAKE HOME Domino's Pizza 231 Main St. S (807) 468-5599 ! Dominoskenora Gropp's Country Catering 805 Ottawa St. (807) 547-7260 ! groppscountrycatering Little Caesars Pizza 534 Park St. (807) 468-8473 ! Little Caesars (Kenora, ON, Canada) Pizza Hut 209 Main St. S (807) 468-4411 Supper Fairy 1132 Ninth St. N (807) 407-6368 ! $ supperfairy 44 Kenora Stuff 2023  Stuff to Eat
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Each year many of us head south seeking underwater adventure. Once home, the snorkeling or dive gear inevitably heads to the closest waiting for next year’s trip. But why wait? There are plenty of snorkeling/diving adventures in the Kenora area and it’s a great place to hone your underwater skills for a southern trip.

Let’s dispense with the myth there is nothing to see in freshwater. With a little knowledge of where to look and what’s out there, you’ll be amazed at the abundance and diversity of life in freshwater. There’s no shortage of lakes and rivers in the Kenora area to explore. If you’re looking for clear water rivalling the Caribbean, visit one of our many lake trout lakes. Keys, Silver, Kakagi Lakes or Whitefish and Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods are road accessible with boat launching. Truth be told, swimming the shoreline of any lake will be rewarding.

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The key to freshwater snorkeling or diving is slowing down, stopping frequently and looking around. I can’t count the times I’ve spotted a smallmouth bass feeding on benthic invertebrates (bottom bugs) my fins stirred up. The bottom is home to a myriad of aquatic insects and other invertebrates. Gently stir the bottom with your hand and wait for a feathery mayfly or brightly coloured water mite to swim by your mask. Lift rocks, checking for dragonfly or stonefly nymphs. That small pile of twigs moving along the bottom is probably a caddis fly nymph carrying its self-constructed home. Depending on the species, these can be made of sticks, pebbles, or leaves.

You might be surprised there are over 30 different species of freshwater sponges in North America and a few live here. Resembling encrusted alien masses, some are creamy white often attached to docks or emerald green, antler-like clinging to rocks.

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Freshwater SCUBA diving

Be prepared for life and death drama in the benthic world. Lake of the Woods is home to a particularly aggressive critter, the rusty crayfish. These armoured crustaceans frequently square off over territory, potential mates or a fish carcass. What starts off as a pushing match often escalates into full scale battle. The “fun” ends when someone loses an antenna or claw.

As entertaining as “bugs” are, most people want to see fish. Freshwater fish may not display the spectacular colours of marine fish, but there’s no shortage of species. In Ontario there are more than 156 species, 26 of these belong to the minnow family. We have 50 different species in Lake of the Woods alone. Finding and observing freshwater fish requires a little knowledge of their habits and habitats. Many are well camouflaged and skittish, so a little patience helps. Here’s a couple of tips:

Swim near structure, natural or man-made, e.g. docks, boathouses. Schools of yellow perch or shiners can be found swimming beside rock walls or boulder fields. These small fish attract hungry predators. Look for walleye or northern pike prowling in the shadows. Docks and boathouses draw fish like bees to honey. Diving near the Rabbit Lake swimming docks resembles a scene out of Jaws—above you are kids splashing about oblivious to huge walleye or northern pike resting under the docks. Fortunately, freshwater fish have no interest in human appendages.

Explore vegetated bays and swim through miniature kelp forests. Intermingled amongst the plants are schools of small fish looking for dinner or avoiding being dinner. Lurking in these underwater forests are predators like muskellunge or largemouth bass whose explosive strikes are as fast and deadly as a barracuda.


Spring and fall are great times for observing schools of large fish spawning. Wear a wetsuit, the water is cold. At ice out, pike turn to romance swimming through aquatic vegetation depositing sticky eggs. You might spot a newly hatched pike attached to vegetation by a special adhesive head gland until it is strong enough to swim. Walleyes and white suckers are next, spawning below rapids or along wind swept shorelines in late April or early May when water temperatures are 7 to 9°C. Look for tell-tale splashing as they broadcast thousands of eggs over cobble or broken rocks. Yellow perch lay their eggs in a unique, transparent, gelatinous, accordion-like mass—one of Nature’s oddest egg packages. These are found hanging on vegetation, submerged trees or on the bottom.

Gear up for lake trout in mid-October as they swim onto boulder strewn shoals or rocky shorelines in one to two metres of water. Within a week or so, lake whitefish replace trout spawning over similar habitats. By early November, a pint-sized version of whitefish, ciscoes can be found mating along sandy or gravel shorelines. Be careful you might bump into newly formed ice. For the most adventurous, one species, burbot, even spawns under the ice.

By far, the most interesting spawning behaviour belongs to the centracid or sunfish family and mating occurs in June when the water is warm. In our waters, these include smallmouth and largemouth bass, black crappie, rock bass and pumpkinseed. Unlike most species that broadcast their eggs on the bottom, quickly abandoning them, the male sunfish displays elaborate mating rituals and guards the eggs and fry.

Using his fins, the male excavates a ‘nest’ on a sandy or gravel bottom beside boulders, submerged trees or reeds in protected bays. Once constructed, he entices and mates with a female. Courtship is elaborate, aggressive, with the nuptial pair circling the nest, rubbing and nipping each other. Once eggs are released and fertilized, the female quickly abandons her partner and offspring. Now the male becomes one of nature’s best dads. Some males literally die from exhaustion protecting their eggs and fry from predators such as crayfish and small fish. In his eyes, we are also a threat and will attack if you swim to close. Fortunately, his attack is largely bluff. At most, he might bump into your mask or lead you away from the nest.

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For scuba divers, the Kenora area provide additional adventures. More than 230 ships, 10 metres in length have sunk in Lake of the Woods. There are 83 known locations, many from the steamship era. One of the most famous is the Mather, launched in 1905 and at almost 30 metres was the largest boat on Lake of the Woods. Talk about a hard luck story, the Mather sank at least eight times including her inaugural launch before sinking in her final location by Mackies Island. Resting in 10 metres of water with the port railing almost breaking the surface, the hull is a fish magnate attracting monster muskellunge and walleye.

A fan of extreme sports? Strap on a Go-Pro and go for the ride of your life, drift diving down the Winnipeg River downstream of the Norman Dam. Sailing past and dodging truck size boulders you might catch a glimpse of a living fossil, the lake sturgeon. Caution is needed here! It’s strongly advised to go with an experienced diver.

Night diving is a must. Silver Lake, with its fantastic visibility is the perfect location for your first night dive. Pick a cloudless night, descend to 10 metres, settle on the bottom and turn off your dive light. Completely enveloped in darkness, all you will hear and feel is your breathing and heartbeat. Look up, watch your air bubbles sparkle, racing to the stars.

Diving doesn’t stop when the water turns hard. Kenora is recognized as an ice diving destination, with divers coming as far away as Germany and England for training. Certification is a must before you attempt ice diving. Descending under ice for the first time is definitely an adrenaline rush. Some divers try walking upside down under the ice, others head straight for the bottom looking for mysids (opossum shrimp) or lake trout; while others marvel at rainbow prisms streaming through the ice.

If you’ve never snorkeled or dove, now is the time to visit your local dive shop. In Kenora, Green Adventures can supply all your training, equipment and dive charters. Already certified, then dust off your equipment, take the plunge and experience what freshwater has to offer. 

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A Shared Passion for Lake Life

LOWDSA engages and educates for environmental sustainability in the Lake of the Woods region.

Your membership supports:

• One-on-one customized on-site visits by our LakeSmart team.

• Relevant educational resources to help you live and play green in the region.

• Award-winning community outreach programs, information, tools & best practices to prevent the spread of invasive species.

• Information you need to help protect your legacy.

• A subscription to the Area News—connecting you to the region year-round.

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Grab your favourite vessel, find some water and propel yourself along shorelines, through channels, into bays and onto beaches. Be it canoe, kayak or paddleboard, it doesn’t get much better than exploring our tranquil waters while dipping or dragging your toes in the water as you paddle along. In the right places you’ll likely come across more wildlife—like turtles and birds—than other people, creating a cool connection to our natural friends.


Lake of the Woods is a haven to be explored; a jewel to be discovered. One day of cruising around the lake with family and friends can be the highlight of the summer. Ask around for quiet beaches to picnic or islands worth exploring. Be sure to prepare yourselves with plenty of food and drinks because it may be a long day of pleasure before making your way home. If you don’t have your own boat, grab a group of your favourite people and rent a pontoon boat to enjoy the waters and sunshine. If a jetski is more your style, Tall Pines Marina marinas has those available to you as well.

M.S. Kenora

The legendary M.S. Kenora cruises daily from Kenora’s Harbourfront past Coney Island Beach then heads south on a spectacular circle route of the northern section of Lake of the Woods. Cruise through picturesque channels and bays, past luxurious private summer homes and peaceful, unspoiled wilderness areas. The cruise is approximately two hours. The ship is both heated and air-conditioned to ensure comfort in any weather and offers a delightful option of dining and licensed beverage service on-board. Schedule and ticket purchases available at Walk-ons welcome.

Lake Tours

Grab up to ten people and get a personalized, guided tour on the lake. Knowledgeable guides will take you around the lake sharing landmarks, stories and local knowledge. There is an abundance of history to learn and many secluded beaches and bays to explore. To book your tour, reach out to Green Adventures, based at Lake of the Woods Marina. Or for a quick but relaxing nearby-town ride, take a pontoon boat tour available daily from Kenora’s harbourfront docks (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

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Lake of the Woods is famous for its world class fishery. The vast size of the lake allows for boundless opportunities to experiment with your gear and skills. With a variety of species to fish—walleye, northern pike, muskie, small or largemouth bass or lake trout—drop a line and enjoy the challenge.


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Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds

Kenora boasts five maintained beaches within the city. Enjoy the scenic shores of Lake of the Woods, the rippling waves on the Winnipeg River and the peaceful ease of Rabbit Lake.

Anicinabe Park & Beach

Anicinabe Park offers a full-service campground with over 100 sites for trailers and tents. The public beach has a protected swimming area with a wooden walkway crossing from shore to shore. Anicinabe Park loosely translated from Ojibway means "gathering place" so gather your friends and family and join in some summer fun. On Highway 17 East, at the intersection by Canadian Tire, turn onto Mikana Way.

Coney Island Beach

Minutes from downtown but only accessible by water, Coney Island is worth the trip and one of the must-dos this summer. With a wonderful, westerly view of Lake of the Woods, Coney Island Beach offers a large field for soccer, Frisbee or games of choice.

Keewatin Beach

Located on Beach Road in Keewatin this beach is nestled in between residential properties and offers a wonderful view of Lake of the Woods. Relax in the sunshine along the sandy beach or rest and read in the shady areas available. Peacefulness, gentle waves and fun in the sun are what Keewatin Beach offers.

Garrow Park & Beach, Rabbit Lake

Just north of downtown at the end of Birchwood Crescent, Garrow Park is connected to the Rabbit Lake Trail System with a paved accessible path along the water’s edge. The recreational area has pickleball courts, outdoor exercise equipment and a 9-hole disc golf course. Kenora Rowing Club is situated here and regularly hosts rowing competitions throughout the summer.

Coney Island Shuttle

7 days / week

Catch the shuttle from Kenora Harbourfront. $10 per person return trip.

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Norman Park & Beach

Not only do you have a wonderful view of the action on the Lake of the Woods but you also have the added pleasure of Hoopla Island and the Kenora Rotary Splash Park, which features a lake theme of playful water-bursting boats, animals, tree, fish, etc. The splash park is inclusive and accessible. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Turn south off Highway 17 West at the Lake-Vu Co-op intersection in the neighbourhood of Norman.

Beatty Park

In the neighbourhood of Keewatin on Tenth Street abutting Keewatin Bay on beautiful Lake of the Woods, Beatty Park has a cenotaph honouring Keewatin’s veterans and is named after Dr. W. J. Beatty who was Keewatin’s first doctor in 1897. Relax at one of many of the available picnic tables and watch the boats come and go from the government wharf and nearby Two Bears Marina.

McLeod Park

A picturesque park home to Kenora’s mascot “Husky the Muskie” situated on Lakeview Drive just a moment west of downtown Kenora. Park on the north side of the road for brand new picnic and playground spaces and the underpass walkway to the lakeside. Climb aboard the McMillan Tugboat and watch the Rotary Goodwill Geyser shoot 200 feet into the air right out of the Lake of the Woods (on the hour for ten minutes). McLeod Park has beautiful showpiece gardens and is the gateway to the Rat Portage Urban Trail.

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Local trail systems weave through urban landscape, quiet wetlands and wilderness, varying structures, terrain, distances and usages.

Mink Bay Trail

A provincially designated wetland, beautifully nestled in the neighbourhood of Keewatin. The trail includes a grassy and well-worn forest trail, coupled with sidewalks and green spaces through Keewatin’s business district. Feeder trails include the Mink Rapids Trail & Slabtown Way, which incorporate a beautiful wooden walk bridge that leads you to over 82 acres of historically significant cultural landscape.

4.3km, easy-moderate terrain. Hiking/biking.

Rabbit Lake Trail System

A partially inclusive, accessible and paved trail system provides access to the natural beauty and quiet of the south shore of Rabbit Lake. Following the shoreline, the trail meets up with Garrow Park and Beach.

5 km, easy-moderate terrain. Walking/cycling.

Rat Portage Urban Trail

Casually meander along flat or gently rolling paved city streets with sidewalks of wood, interlocking brick or concrete starting at McLeod Park, through the downtown core to Anicinabe Park and then along Laurenson’s Creek and back to city centre.

8 km, easy-moderate terrain. Walking/hiking.

Waa’say’ Gaa Boo (Tunnel Island Trail)

A relationship gathering place with 8,000 years of history, a place where relationships are affirmed, confirmed and maintained Tunnel Island offers stunning views of the Winnipeg River and Norman Dam. The trail also includes several lookouts and historic points of interest along its path. Please respect the heritage value of this sacred site while enjoying the land.

6-10 km, moderate-high terrain. Hiking/biking.

Vernon Nature Area

A unique area that links three very diverse vegetation zones found within Canada. These designated trails will acquaint you with the transition between the Boreal Forest Region, the St. Lawrence-Great Lake Forest Region and the Prairie Grasslands. Access the trails by following the signs along Mackenzie Portage Road, off Highway 17 West.

5 km, easy-moderate terrain. Hiking/biking.

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Rushing River Provincial Park is a familyfavourite camping destination offering beaches, playground, interpretive programs, hiking trails and endless opportunities for exploring. The park features a series of trails.

Beaver Pond Trail

This short loop starts next to campsite #102 and takes hikers to a quiet beaver pond full of fragrant water lilies.

It’s an excellent trail to see forest songbirds, great blue herons, a host of flowering plants and wildlife. Plan an early morning or evening stroll when the birds and shoreline wildlife are most active.

1.1 km, easy terrain. Walking/hiking.

Granite Knoll Trail

This 2.7 km loop branches from the Beaver Pond Trail and meanders along the shoreline of Dogtooth Lake, over millions of years of geological history and then swings back through open jack pine forest and over gnarly granite hummocks. See a forest that burned once and will surely burn again and hear the songs of warblers, sparrows and vireos that make the forest home.

2.7 km, moderate terrain. Walking/hiking.

Lower Rapids Trail

This scenic loop trail begins at the entrance parking lot on Highway 71. It follows what may be an old portage around the rapids and waterfalls. Watch for waterfowl on the river and listen for the call of the green frog and the almost constant singing of the red-eyed vireo.

2 km, moderate terrain. Walking/hiking.


South on Highway 17 brings you to the quaint and attractive community of Sioux NarrowsNestor Falls. Here are a couple of trails worth your exploration.

Aspen Trail, Sioux Narrows

A true boreal forest experience. The Aspen Trails encompass a large beaver pond and a spectacular lookout high above Regina Bay, Lake of the Woods. The trails are familyfriendly but have some steep uphill grades. Travel through impressive stands of poplar, pine, cedar and oak trees. Many forest dwellers call this area home, from whitetail deer, red fox, beaver, rabbits and a broad variety of bird life.

4.1 km, moderate terrain, walking/hiking.

Red Pine Trail, Nestor Falls

Red Pine Trail is family-friendly and generally very level with some short uphill grades. The first part travels through a 25-30 year old red pine plantation. As you carry on you will see large red and white pines that transition into the mixed forest of coniferous and deciduous trees. Whitetail deer are aplenty as well as other forest animals and large varieties of birds.

3.6km, easy terrain, walking/hiking.

For complete trail information and individual trail maps, grab a Lake of the Woods Trails Guide pamphlet from the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre or the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre.

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Sports & Recreation

Moncrief Construction Sports Centre


• Thistles Rink: home of the 1907 Stanley Cup Champions; featuring NHL-size ice rink with seating for over onethousand fans.

• Aquatics Centre: featuring a 25m lane pool, leisure pool, hot tub, sauna, waterslide and Tarzan rope

• Michael Smith Fitness Centre: featuring free weights, cardio equipment, stretching room and over 30 workout stations

• Group Fitness Classes: varying by month and instructor, common classes include Zumba, SPINN class and X-training

• Walking Track: open daily; 200m indoor walking track


• Tennis Courts: four full-size courts

• Baseball Fields: softball and hardball diamonds

• Basketball Court: shoot some hoops

• Skatepark: ramps, rails and bowls


KENORA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: situated close to the shores of Lake of the Woods offering beautiful views of the lake from the high elevated holes. 18-hole, 72-par course with mature tree lines and water hazards on seven holes. Grass tee driving range and putting green.

BEAUTY BAY GOLF COURSE: 7km northeast of Kenora on the lower end of Black Sturgeon Lake. Par 70 parklandstyle 18-hole course with picturesque views and natural challenges.

Garrow Park

PICKLEBALL: The fastest growing sport in North America, blending tennis, badminton and ping pong. Garrow Park is the site of eight permanent courts overlooking Rabbit Lake. Play at your own pace or join the Kenora Pickleball Club events and tournaments. M KPickleball2015

DISC GOLF: For all ages and abilities, disc golf is a variation of golf but with special Frisbees or flying discs. The objective is to throw a disc from the tee to an above-ground target in as few throws as possible. Look out for the natural obstacles along the fairways! The brand new nine-course opens this summer and is free to enjoy.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 HOLE #1 210 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #2 224 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #3 177 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #4 276 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #5 172 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #6 261 ft. PAR 4 HOLE #7 125 ft. PAR 3 HOLE #8 73 ft. PAR 2 HOLE #9 203 ft. PAR 3 Welcome to Garrow Park Disc Golf! This 9 hole course is perfect for beginners and seasoned players of all ages. Disc Golf is played like traditional golf, but with discs instead of balls and clubs. One throw (stroke) is counted each time the disc is thrown. The hole is completed when the disc comes to rest in a disc golf basket. Tee Boxes (black numbered mats) are marked and each hole begins with a tee throw. Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. Safety First! Never throw when players or other park users are within range. Always give park users the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and environment at all times. Aubrey and Mila 60 Kenora Stuff 2023  Stuff to Do
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Lake of the Woods Museum

The award-winning Lake of the Woods Museum—one of the coolest little museums in Canada— was established in 1964 and seeks to promote understanding of and respect for the cultures and heritage of the Lake of the Woods area, and to engage a diverse community in discovery and learning. Today, this well-established museum is home to over 25,000 articles and photographs, a varied and intriguing collection of artifacts and thematic displays, exhibits and offers special events and programming.

APRIL 11 – JUNE 10

Something to Talk About! The story of Kenora’s 1973 bank robbery

This exhibit marks 50 years since the robbing of Kenora’s CIBC bank in 1973.

JUNE 13 – 16

A Walk in the Wilderness: Early Years Art Exhibition

An early years community project celebrating the thinking and wondering of our community’s youngest citizens. Enjoy the results of the childrens’ wilderness experiences.

JUNE 20 - JULY 15

Lake of the Woods Quilters Guild Show

An annual exhibit of the work of the area’s local quilt guild members, including full-bed quilts, wall-hangings, clothing, table runners and more.


The Lake of the Woods Cemetery: A Walk on the Dark Side

Lake of the Woods Cemetery


Manidoo Mazina’igan - Treaty #3The Sacred Document

Grand Council Treaty #3 is bringing the Treaty home to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of this significant document. A display about the Treaty and its Adhesions will be on display throughout its visit to the territory.

With over 14,000 burials, the Lake of the Woods Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in northern Ontario. Join Lake of the Woods Museum Curator Braden Murray to explore Kenora’s history through the lens of life and death. From true crime tales and murder mysteries, to the OntarioManitoba border war, sickness and disease, and one of the most famous bank robberies in Canadian history, these true stories of real people combine to give a history of Kenora like you’ve never heard before.

Tour is approximately 90 minutes. Seasonal tour schedule and tickets available at

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Douglas Family Art Centre

The Douglas Family Art Centre opened in December 2019. The art centre is named after two longtime lake residents, Nicki and Bryce Douglas who after collecting Lake of the Woods-themed colour woodcut prints, watercolours, and engravings of Canadian artist Walter J. Phillips for over 30 years, generously gifted their collection to the City of Kenora. This gift presented the wonderful opportunity and initiated the process of establishing the community’s first public art gallery.


In the Middle of the World

An exhibition of hand-dyed, quilted, abstract textiles.


Combining paintings and music, this exhibition speaks to our connection to water.


Summer Speakers’ Series

Each Tuesday throughout the summer we’ll be hosting a special speaker. Topics range from aspects of our history to the arts.

OCTOBER 14 – JANUARY 13, 2024

Here be Dragons by

Local artist explores the world of fantasy art with her 100 dragons.


The Gift of Art

Walter J. Phillips

An exhibition of the foundational collection of the Douglas Family Arts Centre: the Lake of the Woods works of Canadian artist Walter J. Phillips.

Winter Stuff

Downhill Skiing

Mount Evergreen Ski Club’s downhill venue boasts 11 runs, two t-bar lifts and a terrain park. The Ski Club offers equipment rentals for all ages and sizes and offers individual or group downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons. Day-use and seasonal passes are available online. The licensed chalet offers a retreat from the hills with warm drinks and snacks.


Introduced at Mount Evergreen a few years ago, the tube runs have continued to grow in popularity. A great winter activity for the entire family, now with two parallel runs, tubers can enjoy tubing by the hour or by the day. Passes are available at Helmets for children are recommended.

Ice Fishing

If you have the gear to get out on Lake of the Woods, take a ride south on the ice road from Kenora and find walleye on the many humps and reefs scattered around the lake. The central section of the lake has the best population of fish, in the area known as the Manitou. If you’re interested in fishing some of the smaller lakes around town you can use the Ontario Fish ON-Line website to see a listing of the fish species in each body of water.

Rabbit Lake Rink & Skating Trail

The kilometre-long skating loop circles a large cleared and flooded rink. The trail is maintained all winter long and is free for all to enjoy. For a game of pick-up, bring your nets and a few pucks; likely there will be others to play with as well. Skate-tying shacks are right nearby for wind-protected seating. Access the rink and trail at the west end of the lake on Rabbit Lake Road and park on the shoreline or the plowed parking area on the lake itself.

Walk, Hike, Fat Bike or Snowshoe

Our most popular summer trails, including Tunnel Island, Vernon Nature Trails, Mink Bay and Rushing River, offer varying degrees of winter wilderness walking and hiking exploration and challenge. The tranquillity is unmatched under a fresh blanket of snow. Parking is available nearby each venue and pack a lunch for a picnic along the route.

Rabbit Lake Winter Wonderland

Join in the fun on Family Day Weekend at Rabbit Lake. Ontario’s Northernmost pond hockey tournament—the Kroppy Cup, one-kilometre lit skating trail and local craft beer and food vendors on-site makes for an entertaining and enjoyable winter-time festival. Archangel Fireworks show caps the event Sunday evening.

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Cross-Country Skiing

At the base of Mount Evergreen, Kenora Nordic Trails consists of 20 kilometers of exceptional trails. Over five kilometers are solar lit for night skiing. Day and seasonal passes are available online or at the Mount Evergreen Ski Club chalet.

Approximately 50 kilometers north of Kenora in Minaki are over 20 kilometers of groomed skiing and walking trails. Dogs are welcome to run along with you off-leash. Trail fees do apply.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Rushing River, on Highway 71 south of Kenora. 16 kilometers of groomed trails await your discovery and range from easy to challenging. Winter day passes are purchasable at the self-serve fee station.

Ice Roads

Experience the stunning beauty of winterized Lake of the Woods in the comfort of your own vehicle as you can explore hundreds of kilometers of ice roads. Ice roads are plowed from town and stretch to various parts of the lake. Often used by cottagers, contractors and ice fishermen, the roads are well traveled and offer a unique perspective on life in the North. Use caution when driving on the ice and if uncertain, ask an authority. For winter updates, Facebook: Winter Road update for Kenora Area


Since 1989, Sunset Trail Riders has been Kenora’s local Snowmobile Club. Associated with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), the local club grooms hundreds of kilometres of trails in the Kenora region reaching westward to the Ontario/Manitoba border. The club offers training programs, a trail guide and updated trail reports, as well as permit information at

Winter Weekend of Wonder

Hosted by Tourism Kenora this annual winter festival combines activities, community events and entertainment for all ages. The multi-day event highlights the many exciting outdoor activities and attractions around Kenora.

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Holiday Season

Main Street Tree Lighting

Corner of Main & Second Streets, Downtown Kenora

A Christmas tradition since 1931. With over 7,000 lightbulbs, this majestic, massive tree lights up the holidays in downtown Kenora. On the evening of the lighting, join the crowd, sign Christmas carols and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

20th Annual Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees features many trees and other holiday objects that have been decorated by community groups and donated to the Muse to be auctioned off. The money raised from the trees goes to local charities.

101st Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade

Downtown Kenora

The Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade is a volunteer-driven collection of homemade floats, candy and Christmas cheer to brighten up the Christmas season. The parade starts and ends at the Kenora Curling Club, taking a route that covers the downtown core.

Festival of Lights, Christmas Eve

Lake of the Woods Cemetery

A unique celebration of life is held each Christmas at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Thousands of ice candles are lit on Christmas Eve burning through to Boxing Day.

Keep updated on all holiday events and festivities by following Tourism Kenora

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Rotary Learn to Ski Area Magic Carpet Lift Surprise Otter Slide Bunny Slope Gentle Ben Lover’s Lane Pete’s Fancy Skyline B-Slalom Mary Glen Hit the slopes or the trails this winter in Kenora. Fun and adventure at Mt. Evergreen for all levelsBeginner Intermediate Expert DOWNHILL XCOUNTRY Visit for more information! Great skiing right in your back yard! Full Service Chalet/Rentals Over 20 KM of Cross Country Ski Trails 2 Tube Runs Tubes available for rent Tubing!


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This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Kenora’s most infamous historic events: the attempted robbery of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on Main Street.

Following orders, Constable Don Milliard of the Kenora Police, dressed in plainclothes and identifying himself as a Town of Kenora employee, arrived on the scene with a truck. He entered the bank and complied with the robber’s demands, becoming a hostage.

Loaded up with bags of money, the two men made their way towards the waiting truck, leaving the bank manager inside. They stopped only for a moment to retrieve the robber’s rifle, which had been forgotten in the building.

Upon exiting the bank, the robber was shot by a police sniper. As he slumped forward, the “Dead Man’s Switch” released, detonating the dynamite. The hostage, who was a few steps ahead, close to the truck, was thrown into the air, and left bloodied.

Cash and debris filled the smokey street as police rushed to the aid of their injured comrade. The robber was no more.

Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on May 10, 1973, an unidentified man entered the Kenora branch of the CIBC armed with a pistol, a rifle, and a homemade explosive device consisting of six sticks of dynamite and a so-called “Dead Man’s Switch”. He walked into the bank manager’s office and demanded money.

The robber ordered everyone to leave the bank, except Al Reid, the manager, whom he told to call the Kenora Police. The robber wanted a truck and driver so that he could make his escape, and threatened to detonate his explosives if these demands were not met.

As news of the robbery spread, with the local radio station providing live updates, a crowd of onlookers gathered and grew around the bank. School students made their way downtown, with buses dropping them off at the scene.

When police officers arrived at the bank, the robber donned a black stocking mask, and calmly went about his business. Outside, the combined forces of the Kenora Police, OPP, and RCMP struggled to keep the swell of spectators back from the dangerous situation.

Broken windows and damaged facades flanked the blast site, and it was reported that eleven people, including the hostage, were sent to hospital with injuries. Incredibly, the only fatality was the robber.

Reactions to the incident in the public and newspapers were divided. For many, the actions taken by police were justified and heroic. Others felt their fellow citizens made a bad situation worse by crowding around. And for some, the shooting and resultant explosion were seen as putting bystanders at extreme risk.

An inquest led by the Crown Attorney would find that the police acted appropriately in the face of a dangerous and complicated situation. The hostage credited the sniper with saving his life, and an explosives expert testified that things would have been far worse had the dynamite gone off in the truck.

In its report, the inquest’s jury recommended the Kenora Police acquire special equipment for crowd control, communications, and the safety of its police officers.

The forensic investigation revealed that the robber had come to Kenora by rail, checking in at the Kenricia Hotel as Paul Higgins of Toronto, a false identity. Evidence gathered from the crime scene and suspect’s room included survival gear and maps of the region, suggesting he intended to hide out in the wilderness.

The robber’s fingerprints were analyzed by the RCMP and FBI in 1973, but returned no matches. Thirty years later, a hair sample was rediscovered in evidence, but DNA testing provided no further insight.

Over the years, the police received hundreds of tips as to the man’s identity, but only one was considered a likely match; when he was found alive and well in France, the investigation went cold. The robber’s identity remains a mystery to this day.

The events of May 10, 1973 left scars—some physical, some emotional—on many who were downtown that afternoon.

We remember this incident because of its strangeness and violent end, but also because it was witnessed by so many people in our community. It was a traumatic moment shared, in one way or another, by everyone in Kenora.

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Learn more at The Muse's "Something to Talk About" exhibit, April 11 – June 3.
and rest your head here... Stay in Kenora Clarion Lakeside Inn 470 1st Avenue S (807) 468-5521 Toll Free: 1 (800) 465-1120 An architectural wonder. ‘The Big Round Building’ as referred to by locals, offers the most picturesque views from its restaurant/bar and one of a kind floating dock patio. Edgewater Beach Camp 3 Outen Lane
18+ Adults Only resort, with a beach, is conveniently located on beautiful Rabbit Lake. Enjoy this unique camping experience in a safe, tranquil, relaxing setting. Re-opening 2023! Kenora Bed 'n' Bale 66 Cambrian Drive (204) 995-8784 Vacation rental cabins, seasonal RV park, equine programs, small farm.

Comfort Inn Kenora

1230 Hwy 17 E (807) 468-8845

Toll Free: 1 (866) 299-5370

A freshly renovated hotel with everything you need. Close to downtown and walking distance to Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, Walmart and Anicinabe Park.

Dream On Inn

Hwy 17 E (807) 468-3044

5-minute walk to the downtown core. One queen bed or two doubles. Perfect for short and long-term rentals. Comfortable kitchenette. Free Parking on premises.

Kenora Inn Motel

1429 River Drive (807) 468-3071

The Kenora Inn Motel offers a cozy, intimate setting, for the family on vacation or the contractor in Kenora to work. Customer service is our number one priority!

Lake-Vu Motel

740 Lakeview Drive

Toll Free: 1 (866) 594-6366

Located next to Co-op gas station, Lake-Vu boasts they have the best breakfast in town. Rooms have been redone to a rustic feel so you get the full Kenora cabin experience.

Nature's Inn

1505 Erie Street (807) 547-2888

Toll Free: 1-866-388-9688

New European style deluxe suites and economy units. Located close to grocery/deli, Keewatin Beach, public docking, area and hiking trails.

Perch Bay Resort

50 Darlington Drive (807) 444-3400

Situated on the Winnipeg River, Perch Bay Resort offers peace, quiet and tranquillity. Take advantage of the private beach and fishing that's so easy you don't need a guide.

Timberland Inn

805 Hwy 17 W (807) 547-2739

Overlooking Lake of the Woods, Timberland Inn is a only steps away from Keewatin Place grocery store and Keewatin Beach.

Travelodge Kenora

800 Hwy 17 E

Toll Free: 1 (800) 465-1127 travelodge-kenora

Attached is Yesterday’s Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Wildwoods Hideaway

1808 Highway 17 W 1 (807) 407-9453

Camping retreat on a quiet lake, minutes from Kenora. Rustic eco-resort combines cozy cabins and furnished tents with swimming, fishing, hiking, wood-fired saunas & boating.

Super 8 Kenora 240 Lakeview Drive Direct: (807) 468-8016

Super 8 is one of the newest motels in the city boasting clean and friendly rooms offering views of beautiful Lake of the Woods. Close to downtown and to Tunnel Island walking trails.

Lakefront / Lake View Restaurant Lounge / Bar Pool / Hot Tub Beach Kitchen Units Pets Allowed Cable TV Docking / Boat Rental Gym / Gym Passes Handicap Access Internet / WIFI Clarion          Comfort Inn      Edgewater      Bed n Bale    Kenora Inn      Lake-Vu Motel       Nature's Inn     Perch Bay          Sunset Inn         Super 8         Timberland       Travelodge          Wildwoods      Hotel Amenities Sunset Inn 920 Hwy 17 E (807) 468-2003 Clean rooms, friendly staff, restaurant and lounge, pet-friendly rooms, large parking lot, close to Anicinabe Park & Beach.

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Visitor Resources

Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre

Open 7 days a week

Lakeview Drive, Kenora

The Discovery Centre on the shores of Lake of the Woods offers guests two permanent Science North exhibits, North America's largest outboard motor collection with over 40 motors dating from 1911 to 1960 and a permanent Freshwater Fish of Lake of the Woods exhibit.

Outside the Discovery Centre you can experience the Discovery Forest. Take a short walk through the interpretative forest to learn about the uses of these natural species by our Indigenous communities. Along the lakeshore, experience a model shoreline which was built to show what is needed to prevent erosion and support healthy shorelines on the Lake of the Woods.

Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre

Open 7 days a week in July & August

Open Wed-Sun May, June, Sep & Oct (until Thanksgiving)

Highway 71, Sioux Narrows

Canada’s only facility dedicated to the history of sportfishing, the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre doubles as a tourist information centre in Sioux Narrows, along Highway 71.

The Sportfishing Centre offers visitors an engaging perspective into the role of fishing in our region’s history and culture. It inspires new perspectives into the history of the lake life that many of us have come to know and love. Inside you will find de Havilland float planes, a replica Sioux Narrows bridge, exhibits of the fishing industry, history and species in Lake of the Woods as well as a fun hands on opportunity to explore our natural surrounds in our interactive activity space.

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