Mass Registration 2019

Registration & Information Fair

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2019
6 – 8 pm
At the Kenora Recreation Centre

From Roller Derby registration to Skating, Trylight Theater, Martial Arts, Aerialettes and so Much More….

For more information, please call 807-467-2087.

OTF Grant for Kenora Rotary Splash Park Supports Playful Space for All Abilities

Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening July 6, 2019

Today, the Rotary Club of Kenora and City of Kenora welcomed members of the public to the Grand Opening of the Kenora Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new splash park. Local MPP Greg Rickford congratulated the Rotary Club of Kenora and the City of Kenora on the project after receiving a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in 2018.

“This investment by the OTF to build a splash park here in Kenora will ensure that all families throughout the riding have access to the kind of fun that fosters friendships and builds community,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora—Rainy River. “The Kenora Rotary Splash Park will be a space accessible for all, and a place where lifelong memories will be made for years to come.”

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Deb LeMaistre, Chair of the Rotary Splash Park Committee. “This grant has helped us tremendously in reaching our goal of having the splash park completed for July 2019, the start of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Centennial Year.”

Mayor Reynard shared the excitement of the completion of the splash park for Kenora. “We are happy to receive this funding to support the Rotary Club’s centennial project and see the project come to life. The splash park and Norman Park is another hub of recreational space in Kenora for all to enjoy.”

The Kenora Rotary Splash Park has been built in partnership with the City of Kenora, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) to commemorate 100 years of service of the Rotary Club to the City and surrounding area. The Splash Park, featuring a lake life theme, is completely inclusive and accessible to all children with varying abilities and free for all to use. The partners are committed to the Kenora Splash Park project and celebrating that it is an accessible playground for all abilities. Donations can still be made to the Splash Park by visiting the website at: or email to or Facebook @RotarySplashPark.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Quick Facts about the Rotary Splash Park Project:

• July 6, 2019 Grand Opening Celebration
• June 2019 concrete poured and splash park fixtures put in place
• July 16, 2018 ground breaking at future site of splash park
• July 12, 2018 final design plans released
• June 2018 contract awarded to Sierra Designs for construction of splash park
• May 2018 OTF grant $150,000 received
• July 19, 2015 local fundraising began with a community event at Norman Park
• January 2015 splash pad proposed as Rotary Centennial Project to Kenora Council
• December 2, 2014 The Rotary Club of Kenora votes to move forward with the Centennial Project, the building of a fully accessible splash park

Contact Information:
Deb LeMaistre, Kenora Rotary Splash Park Committee Chair

Supporting Links:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Learn more about OTF’s Investment Strategy


National AccessAbility Week Photo Contest

It’s National AccessAbility Week – May 26 June 1, 2019

The City of Kenora’s Accessibility Advisory Committee encourages citizens to notice accessibility in our community.

Take photos of accessible features you see throughout our community. Post your photo to Instagram or Facebook with #NAAW2019 and #AccessibleKenora.

At the end of the week, anyone who posted a photo will be entered into a draw for a City prize AND any business featured in a photo will receive a certificate of recognition from the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Also, check out the City’s social media this week.  Some of the City’s accessible features will be showcased.

Accessibility and Inclusion

LOWDC Annual General Meeting May 15, 2019

The Lake of the Woods Development Commission is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Please join the Board of Directors at 5 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre – 931 Lakeview Drive.

A one year work and project plan for the new Municipal Accommodation Tax revenues will be shared.

Keynote presentation by Dave and Nicole Brown from FSET to follow.

RSVP to:

Appetizers and cash bar will be available.

About FSET:
FSET Inc. is an Information Technology and Services company offering Managed (Security) Services and more to SMB and Enterprise organizations. Based out of Kenora Ontario, FSET specializes in progressive technology based solutions within public sector including Law Enforcement and Healthcare as well as private industry such as Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Finance, and Legal Services to name a few. FSET is the only VMware Solutions Provider (VSP) within Northwestern Ontario holding both the Cloud and Hybrid competencies and one of only six companies across Canada with the Managed Mobility competency delivering AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management solutions.

A Conversation with Anhart Community Housing and BUILD Kenora

As a follow up to the Partnering for Housing Solutions session held in February and the Housing Forum hosted in November, the City of Kenora is inviting you to attend a presentation by Anhart Community Housing and BUILD Kenora on Thursday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room at the Kenora Recreation Centre.

Please RSVP here:

Anhart Community Housing is a non-profit society dedicated to preventing homelessness, and focuses its efforts on people with household incomes of $8,000 to $40,000. Anhart Homes is a community contribution company that develops affordable rental and home ownership aimed at people with household incomes up to $80,000, returning profits to Anhart Community Housing to subsidize rents.

Learn about the new BUILD Kenora project. BUILD – an acronym for Building Urban Industries for Local Development – is a social enterprise non-profit contractor and a training program for people who face barriers to employment.

Inaugural Meeting of 2018-2022 City Council

You are cordially invited to the

Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-2022 City of Kenora Council

Saturday, December 1, 2018
12 noon
City Hall Council Chambers

Opening Welcome
Greetings from Dignitaries

“Declaration of Elected Office” to
Mayor and Members of Council

Mayor Daniel Reynard
Councillor Mort Goss
Councillor Rory McMillan
Councillor Andrew Poirier
Councillor Kirsi Ralko
Councillor Sharon Smith
Councillor Chris Van Walleghem

Appointments to Boards & Committees
Remarks—Mayor Daniel Reynard

Fellowship & Light Reception

Everyone is welcome to attend!


Public Participation Needed on Lake of the Woods Water Quality

Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation  |  Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association

Call for public participation at meeting about Lake of the Woods water quality
Wednesday, August 15, 2:00 -­ 4:30 pm Clarion Lakeside Inn., Kenora

Public meetings will highlight “science to action” and the efforts to protect and restore Lake of the Woods water quality by the:
• International Rainy-­Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, of the International Joint Commission
• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Environment and Climate Change Canada
The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation and the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association urge everyone who cares about water quality and the future health of Lake of the Woods to attend this important meeting. Learn about what’s being done to address toxic and nuisance algae in Lake of the Woods by Minnesota, Canada and by the International Joint Commission. Your attendance and engagement directly with the government officials and scientists will send a message that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!

“In 2008, Minnesota declared the U.S. portion of Lake of the Woods polluted for too much phosphorus, a key cause of algae blooms. Minnesota is now poised to take action by setting targets for reducing phosphorus and developing watershed restoration plans”, commented Todd Sellers, Executive Director of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation. He continued, “Environment and Climate Change Canada has it phosphorus and algae science well underway as well. The meetings August 15th in Kenora are a tremendous opportunity – a one stop shop – for all of us to get a complete picture of what’s being done to protect and restore Lake of the Woods
and its watershed in the United States, Canada, and internationally.”

Hardy Bock, President of the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association, joins the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation in encouraging all who love Lake of the Woods to attend these important meetings on August 15th., “The opportunity to speak to those who are conducting the research and playing a lead role in the long-­term health of Lake of the Woods – and to ask them direct  questions -­ is one we do not take lightly.” Continuing, he commented, “We are reaching out with our sister organization, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, and asking our members and supporters to be visible in their concern for the future of Lake of the Woods by coming out on Wednesday.”

At 2 pm, the IJC watershed board will hold its annual public meeting to provide an update and answer questions about its activities during the past year and upcoming projects related to water quality and aquatic ecosystem health in the Rainy-­Lake of the Woods watershed.

Immediately following the IJC watershed board meeting, science and management staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will speak with the public about Minnesota’s Watershed Protection and Restoration work and its phosphorus study and plan to set targets for cutting phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will also provide an update on its phosphorus and algae studies underway on Lake of the Woods and possible next steps towards developing Canadian phosphorus targets.

Send a message to our governments by attending, that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!  Please join us Wednesday August 15, 2:00 -­ 4:30 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn, Kenora Ontario.

For more information contact:

Todd Sellers, Executive Director
Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation 204-­981-­4285

Diane Schwartz-­Williams, Executive Director
Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association 807-­543-­4287

Lake of the Woods Development Commission Annual General Meeting

You are cordially invited!

Lake of the Woods Development Commission Annual General Meeting

Wednesday March 28, 2018
5 p.m.
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre
931 Lakeview Drive, Kenora

This event will also feature the launch of the Choose Kenora youth retention and attraction campaign which is a partnership between the Lake of the Woods Development Commission, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Northwest Business Centre, Harbourtown BIZ and Kenora Young Professionals Network. This project is supported by the Province of Ontario Rural Economic Development program.

Please RSVP to Corey Jones, Economic Development Intern, at by Friday March 23, 2018.

LOWDC AGM 2018 (2)


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.