Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Livin’ Photo Competition

Summer 2020 Photo Competition

Kenora residents and visitors are invited to submit photographs to show local pride during your ‘Kenoracation’ and collect photos for the creation of the new City of Kenora website and tourism promotion.

Participants are being asked to submit images that capture the variety of activities and images in Kenora including but not limited to: action and activity shots, wildlife, and landscapes. Images of all four seasons are appreciated. All photos must be original photos of the participant. All photos submitted must be taken within City of Kenora or surrounding area. Participants are able to submit as many photographs as they wish. All photographs submitted must be accompanied with participant’s name, phone number and email address.

Kenora understands that permanent and seasonal residents alike love all that Kenora, Lake of the Woods and our surrounding area have to offer. We are looking for you to share your greatest adventure, your favourite beach day, the trophy worthy fish; whatever you think embodies your favourite Kenora moments and memories. Bonus is your photo could be used on the City of Kenora website and win you a gift card to one of our local shops or restaurants.

The photo submission deadline: August 31st, 2020. Successful competition winners will be notified by September 14th, 2020.

Photographs to be submitted in their original size via e-mail to

All selected photographs for this project will be awarded a $50 gift card to your favourite local shop or eatery. Selected photos will become the property of the City of Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and can be used in tourism and other promotions.

All photos with individuals must be accompanied by a letter of consent by the individual in the photo (or their legal guardian if they are a minor).

Individuals will be required to sign an agreement with the City of Kenora to provide approval to use the photo in the means outlined in this proposal, including the City of Kenora website and other promotions.

For further information or questions, please contact:
Tourism Kenora
(807) 467-4637

Host Site announced for the 2021 Men’s and Scotties Provincial

Northern Ontario Curling Association Media Release

The Northern Ontario Curling Association is pleased to announce that Curling Kenora has been awarded the 2021 Men’s and Scotties Provincial Championship. The event will take place January 26-31, 2021, at the Kenora Recreation Centre.

“The Host Bid Committee awarded this event to Curling Kenora after careful evaluation of all bids received” states Karen Saarimaki, NOCA Competitions and Host Bid Committee Chair. “We are confident that Curling Kenora will provide an excellent event building on the success of the 2015 Travelers Men’s Provincial Championship hosted by the Keewatin Curling Club at the Kenora Recreation Centre.”

Curling Kenora is a joint steering committee which partners the Keewatin and Kenora Curling Clubs, and the City of Kenora (Lake of the Woods Development Commission). The three organizations have a detailed plan for this championship with a goal of hosting more curling events, provincial or national, in future years.

Josh Szajewski and Tracy Stasiuk, Presidents of the two curling clubs, comment “The Keewatin and Kenora Curling Clubs are thrilled to be working with the Curling Kenora Committee in bringing the Northern Ontario Curling Association Provincial Championships back to the City of Kenora.”

Szajewski notes “The inclusion of the Scotties event is an exciting addition to the Championship that will increase the prestige and entertainment value of the competition. We can’t wait to reintroduce the best curlers in Northern Ontario to our great city and are delighted to be a part of sending Team Northern Ontario to the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier.”

“The Lake of the Woods Development Commission is very excited to be collaborating with both the Kenora and Keewatin Curling Clubs to bring the 2021 NOCA Men’s and Scotties Provincial Championships to Kenora” states Josh Nelson, Tourism & Recreation Division Lead, City of Kenora.  “This event will have a positive economic impact on our community and help us expand our winter and sport tourism product.”

For more information, contact:
Leslie Kerr
NOCA Executive Director

Joshua Szajewski
Keewatin Curling Club President
(807) 464-0148

Tracy Stasiuk
Kenora Curling Club President

Media Advisory 2021 Men’s Scottiies Provincials

Science North’s Northern Think Hub Opens in Kenora

THINK Hub Opens in Kenora

August 22, 2019

Kenora, ON- Science North is installing a “Northern THINK Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, which is modelled on the popular THINK visitor experience that recently opened at Science North.  THINK stands for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network, and Know. The hub combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and encourages hands-on experimentation with real tools, materials and processes. Permanent installations will be made in six communities across Northern Ontario, including Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and North Bay. This project is proudly funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor.

These turn-key installations will allow visitors to access equipment, tools and resources not previously accessible in their communities. Visitors will be engaged and inspired in innovative and iterative learning processes, which are critical building blocks in creating a skilled and talented workforce that can propel Ontario and Canada to be a leader in innovation. This project will expand Science North’s reach and depth of engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in STEM fields, including creating inclusive spaces for specific groups underrepresented in computer science and engineering fields, such as girls and women. Northern THINK Hubs will also attract teens and young adults, and increase engagement with minority populations including Indigenous students and the Francophone community.

These Northern THINK Hubs will be hosted at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora, Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Thunder Bay Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, Science Timmins, and the North Bay Museum this summer.
“Education-based exhibits play an important role in Northern Ontario. Not only do they provide fun and engaging science experiences for northerners, but they also generate revenue for host communities and create employment,” said Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “By investing in tourism projects that stimulate local economies, we are sending a signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

“Congratulations to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and Science North on the official opening of the Northern THINK Hub. I am excited to have this permanent experience in Kenora and look forward to the engaging and hands-on science experiences that this will offer to Northerners of all ages. Our government has put science and innovation at the forefront of our agenda and we are proud to support this project and others like it,” stated Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding.

“The City of Kenora is proud to once again have the opportunity to partner with Science North to introduce the permanent experience “The Think Hub” at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre. Being chosen as one of the six communities in Northern Ontario to receive this innovative experience is very beneficial to Economic Development and Tourism for our area. It attracts audiences of all ages including teens and young adults and will reach the interest of many alike. The City thanks the funding partners, NOHFC and FedNor for making this experience possible here in Kenora,” said Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“Science North’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 includes being the leader in science engagement and creating new collaborations across Northern Ontario. The installation of THINK Hubs across the six Northern Ontario communities will attract more visitors to the North, resulting in economic benefits for Northern Ontario communities and increased sustainability for the hosting attractions. Science North is very proud of this project, and very proud to work with the NOHFC and FedNor, and our Northern partners on this initiative,” said Science North CEO Guy Labine.

About The City of Kenora
Kenora is North America’s Premier Boating Destination, connecting local residents, visitors, and cottagers to the Lake of the Woods and its 14,500 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline. Kenora’s population is over 15,000 and more than doubles in the summer months. Kenora is a growing City as cottagers make Kenora and Lake of the Woods their permanent home in a City of renowned as a sustainable, lifestyle community. The City of Kenora delivers quality, cost-effective Municipal services to its permanent and seasonal residents. Through our events and amenities, we celebrate our history and build our future. We love our lake; we are its stewards and we nurture its pristine environment. Visit for more on our beautiful city.

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second – and eighth- largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint graduate diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Lara Brown
Senior Manager, Marketing
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 276

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001

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

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.