Path of the Paddle Grand Opening

On August 26, 2017 join Canadians across the country to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Trans Canada Trail.

Hike, bike or paddle the Path of the Paddle!  Meet at 10 am, Keewatin Memorial Arena, end at Anicinabe Park 12-1 pm for free snacks!

Grand Opening Ceremony from 12:30 – 1:15 pm followed by ribbon and cake cutting!

Walkers and cyclists will follow the Great Lake of the Woods Urban Hiking Trail from the Keewatin arena to Anicinabe Park (approx. 10 km). Water stops at the Discovery Centre, Thistle Pavilion and at Anicinabe Park.

Paddlers will follow the Migizi Trail from Keewatin arena along the Kenora shoreline to Anicinabe Park.

Shuttle service will be provided from Anicinabe Park back to Keewatin Memorial Arena at 12:15 and 1:30 pm.



Science North Launches New Planetarium Show – And It’s Coming to Kenora!

Science North






Science North has launched their first ever Science North-produced planetarium show, Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin. The planetarium show was developed in partnership with Indigenous people from across Northern Ontario and uses Indigenous worldview to understand the common constellations visible in the night sky and the Anishinaabe stories that define them. This project was made possible due to Ontario150 funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and sport.

“Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin is an extraordinary exhibition that underscores Science North’s position as a leading science centre in Canada and a top tourist destination in Northern Ontario,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. I’m delighted that the Ontario150 program is supporting this unique experience, which will teach us all a little bit more about constellations and the sacred Anishinaabe stories behind them.”

Northern Ontario audiences will experience Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin as Science North’s outreach team tours the show in two portable planetariums to over 55 communities throughout Northern Ontario, with a focus on visiting Indigenous audiences. The Northern Ontario planetarium tour started in April and will continue through mid-October.

The tour will be stopping in Kenora from August 15-19 where the portable planetarium will be set up at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre (931 Lakeview Dr.). Shows will play on the hour and half hour from 1 pm – 4 pm each day (shows are approx. 25 minutes long).

Don’t miss your chance to sit under the stars!

About the Planetarium
With state-of the-art digital technology, Science North’s Planetarium is the first planetarium of its kind in Northern Ontario. Feature films about astronomy and other space topics are projectedon an 8.4 metre dome. The digital technologies, surround sound and special dome screen immerse audiences, taking them through the galaxies and right to the outer extremities of the known universe, billions of light years away. Visitors learn about the stars, planets and galaxies through live presentations presented by Science North Staff Scientists who have access to a comprehensive library of scientific data and ready-to-use educational materials, as well as advanced real time show production tools.

Canada Day 2017 Events

Canada Day Celebration on Kenora’s Harbourfront

Canada Day Poster 2017

Canada 150 Logo black and white

Canada 150 logo

Freedom of the City Parade and Ball June 3, 2017


116th Independent Field Battery – Royal Canadian Artillery with the City of Kenora

Freedom of the City Parade

KENORA, ON –  Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

116th Independent Field Battery – Royal Canadian Artillery will be exercising its Freedom of the City on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with a military parade.

At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday June 3, 2017, Acting Commanding Officer of 38 Canadian Brigade Group’s Artillery Tactical Group (38 ATG) Major Paul Haughey will lead approximately 60 artillery soldiers to Kenora City Hall where Brigadier-General James Selbie, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and His Worship David Canfield or designate, Mayor of the City of Kenora, will inspect the soldiers as well as address the parade and guests.

Granting of the Freedom of the City to military units is a long standing tradition in which a municipality can recognize a military unit and allow them to march through the city with “drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed.”  This is a most prized honour, for it recognizes over time, the honourable record of the military unit, and demonstrates the respect and admiration the community has for them.  116th Independent Field Battery was granted the Freedom of the City in 1985 by then Town of Kenora Mayor Kelvin Winkler.

A Freedom of the City Ball will be held in the evening starting at 6 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn, Kenora.

Who38 Artillery Tactical Group (38 ATG) soldiers from 116th Independent Field Battery, Kenora, Ontario, 10th Field Regiment, Yorkton, Saskatchewan and 26 Field Regiment, Brandon, Manitoba led by 38 ATG Acting Commanding Officer Major Paul Haughey

When – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 from Ontario Provincial Police office on Water Street and proceed down Main Street to City Hall.

Where – Kenora, Ontario

Quick Facts

• 38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) is an Army Reserve formation of 3rd Canadian Division headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba with 13 Army Reserve units distributed throughout the provinces of Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan


Second Lieutenant Stacie Nelles, Public Affairs Officer, 38 Canadian Brigade Group
Tel: 204-833-2500 Ext 6543
Cell: 204-688-3267

Master Bombardier Lynn Danielson, 116th Independent Field Battery Unit Public Affairs Representative
Tel: 204-290-2043

Canadian Forces Day in Kenora - 2009

Canadian Forces Day in Kenora -2009

Freedom of the City Ball Poster

Freedom of the City Ball Poster

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7, 2016

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 80% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” states Todd Skene, Fire Chief. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit to find a registered contractor near you.

Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?

  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:

Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit to find a registered contractor near you.

Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.

Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.

Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.

Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.

Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and

Contact Fire Chief Todd Skene at 807-467-2090 or for further information.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk 807-467-2191

Fire Prevention Week Family Open House October 11, 2016

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
Hosting Fire Prevention Week Family Open House

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will host a Family Open House night on Tuesday October, 11th from 4 until 7 p.m. to kick off Fire Prevention Week. The public is invited to Fire Station 1, 100 Fourteenth Street North, to meet our firefighters and take part in fire safety activities.

The focus of Fire Prevention Week this year is on smoke alarms, with the key message being “Don’t Wait, Check the Date”. Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Residents are asked to check the date of their smoke alarms and replace them within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer which is usually 10 years. For added protection, it is recommended that residents put smoke alarms in bedrooms, particularly in children’s bedrooms. The laws also requires a working Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector outside of every sleeping area.

To ensure the safety of all, Fire and Emergency Services is asking residents to:

  • test smoke and CO alarms monthly
  • change the batteries at least once a year
  • replace smoke and CO alarms after 10 years
  • develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in the home

For more information about the Family Open House event and fire safety, contact Kris Tivy at or 807-467-2090.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk 807-467-2191


Boobie Nights Goes Nuts

Century 21 Reynard Real Estate Ltd. proudly present “Boobie Nights 7: Boobie Nights Goes Nuts”. Live entertainment by Big Boogaloo with Special Guests Saturday June 4th from 7:30p – 1:00a at the Whitecap Pavilion in Kenora. Tickets are $25 and available at Century 21 Reynard Real Estate, Hojoe Coffee and Eatery and Scotia Bank. This is an age of majority event. Proceeds supporting the Lake of the Woods District Hospital’s CT Scanner Campaign.

An Evening with Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHLer and child welfare advocate shares his story for Mental Health Week 2016. This event is free to attend. Everyone is invited. Please reserve your spot at

Location: Pope John Paul School
Times: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Palliative Care Volunteer Program Workshop – “Improving Palliative Care

The Kenora Rainy River Palliative Care Volunteer program is holding a one day workshop “Improving Palliative Care” with Dr. Lawrence Clein May 5th. Starts at 10:00 ends at 3:00. Cost is 45.00 includes lunch Minis Hall Super 8