Councillor Ron Lunny Appointed for Term

At the regular meeting of Council held July 17, 2018, Council accepted the resignation of Louis Roussin from Council.  Following a closed session of Council, Council then came back into the open meeting and passed by resolution, Ron Lunny as the appointed Councillor to November 30, 2018.

Councillor Lunny served on the previous term of Council (2011-2014), as well as from 2001-2003.

Welcome back Councillor Ron Lunny.

Recreational Vehicles and Trailers

Did You Know?

Recreational vehicles (i.e. travel trailers) and similar vehicles shall be permitted in any zone subject to provisions. Occupancy is prohibited except where explicitly zoned, such as a campground zoned Tourist Recreational Zone (TR).

Good to Go

  • It is parked or stored in a garage
  • It is parked or stored in an interior side or rear yard and set back a minimum of 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard
  • It is hidden from the view of a street and abutting properties
  • It is stored in any residential driveway between May 1st and October 31st
  • It is stored in an interior side or rear yard in any residential, rural residential or rural zone provided that a total length of any recreational vehicles/boats/trailers and similar vehicles do not exceed a total length of 11 m and they are setback 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard

Cannot Be Parked or Stored

  • In any portion of a front yard in residential areas, including: R1- Residential First Density; R2- Residential Second Density; R3- Residential Third Density; RR-Rural Residential zones
  • In any commercial zone, unless commercial storage or commercial sales are permitted

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Occupy a Trailer on a Vacant Lot?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use.
Can I Occupy a Trailer if I Plan on Building a House?
No. Unless granted approval for a Temporary Use By-law, or other Planning Act application approval, a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle cannot be occupied on any lot, unless zoned TR-Tourist Recreational.
Can My Friends/Family Stay in A Trailer While Visiting?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use, even if occupancy is temporary.
What About Occupying a Tent?
Similar to recreational vehicles, trailers, and similar vehicles, occupying a tent (camping) is only a permitted use in the TR-Tourist Recreational zone. The use of tents is prohibited in all other zones (i.e. Residential), including Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area) (BSL).

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact one of the following staff:

City of Kenora Planning Department
Planning Analyst – Kylie Hissa  807- 467-2292 or
City Planner – Devon McCloskey  807-467-2059 or

City of Kenora Zoning Bylaw No. 101-2015 Section 3.6

Trailer Occupancy Handout

LOWDPOA launches LakeSmart boat for the summer; LakeSmart team set to visit area lakes and events

The LakeSmart boat has become a familiar sight on Lake of the Woods each summer, and we’re launching it for our 8th season on the water on Tuesday, July 3rd at 11am from the Kenora Harbourfront docks. LakeSmart sponsors, LOWDPOA Directors and members will be on hand to see them off when they head out from the docks on Tuesday.

LakeSmart is an environmental outreach program unique to our area. It is delivered by the LakeSmart team – three students, each with an environmental education focus. These LOWDPOA ambassadors spend the summer sharing information with shoreline residents and anyone who enjoys the lakes and environment on ways that we can live and play green at the lake. They will be sharing practical knowledge about what we can each do to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem, spreading the word about being more sustainable in our stewardship of land and water.

In the seven years that LakeSmart has been on the water, we have reached thousands of people with our environmentally-friendly messaging, expanding the scope of the program a little each year. The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing, the spread of invasive species, safe boating, and our new Septic Systems 101 info sheet and checklist.

The 2018 LakeSmart team – Krista Robertson, Reed Cupeiro and Myles King – is looking forward to a busy summer travelling the lakes and roads of the area, and always welcomes invitations to visit lake or association events. You can expect to see the LakeSmart boat on Lake of the Woods, stopping at docks and islands, throughout July and August, but look for that LakeSmart flag on smaller lakes, waterways and side roads as well.

If you miss the LakeSmart team on the water, there are dozens of other opportunities to meet and talk with them. Look for them at local area events such as the Matiowski Farmers’ Market and Canada Day, in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, at the 100th LacLu Regatta, meet them at the Summer Meeting in Kenora or Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, or perhaps join them on one of the three IISD Experimental Lakes Area tours that can be booked with LOWDPOA.

The LakeSmart boat, generously supplied by our lead sponsor, Woodlake Marine, is the key to the program and likely its most recognized feature. However, LakeSmart and Invasive Species Outreach is only possible with the additional support of LOWDPOA member donations to the Environment (Special Projects) fund and other sponsors: World of Water, Q104 KenoraOnline, FOCA (Federation on Ontario Cottagers Association), Ontario Power Generation, Copperfin Credit Union, Garriock Insurance, Lake of the Woods Mobile Marine, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the City of Kenora, Cabin Country Realty, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Invading Species Awareness Program, LOTW Septic Barge, St. John Ambulance, Talbot Marketing Kenora.

Contact: Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director, LOWDPOA 807-543-4287

Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
PO Box 1160 Kenora, Ontario, Canada P9N 3X7

Get Fit at the Lake

Starting Monday July 9, 2018, the Kenora Recreation Centre will offer Waterfit and BOGA Fit at  Garrow Park on Rabbit Lake.   The new lake programming is included in both the Annual and 90 day membership packages.   Single or multiple visit passes may be purchased to participate also.

Monday to Thursday
Waterfit            9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
BOGA Fit        10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Canada Day 2018 – What’s Open, Closed

Happy Canada Day!

What’s OPEN on July 1st
Lake of the Woods Museum 10 am – 5 pm *free admission on Canada Day!
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre 8 am – 6 pm
Whitecap Pavilion and Harbourfront – Canada Day activities all day

Closed July 1st
Transfer Station
Kenora Recreation Centre and Keewatin Memorial Arena
Kenora Public Library
*Keewatin is closed on June 30 in lieu of the holiday
Including all other offices and facilities that are normally closed on Sundays

OPEN July 2nd
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre 9 am – 6 pm
Harbourfront Pavilion 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Kenora Recreation Centre 8 am – 9 pm
Keewatin Memorial Arena
Lake of the Woods Museum 10 am – 5 pm
Transfer Station 8:30 am – 4 pm

Closed July 2nd
Kenora Public Library
City Hall – including Provincial Offences Services
Operations Building – including Planning, Building, and Cemetery Office

Coney Island recycle and waste pick up is July 3rd.

For afterhours troubles, call 467-2080.

Emergency services on duty as usual.

City Signs Land Swap Agreement With WNHAC

The City Kenora has finalized an agreement for a land swap with Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’Iyewigamig (WNHAC) in the area of Chipman Street and First Street South.

The land swap is a strategic move in the long term planning of the City’s vision for our downtown. A portion of the parcel of land purchased by the City in January 2017 from Plaza Retail REIT, has been traded for a similar sized parcel owned by WNHAC where the Kenwood Hotel once stood. Each party exchanged a sum of $125,000 plus HST in the property transaction, essentially being no cost for the property swap.

With the City of Kenora’s purchase of the former mall property for parking and future development potential, an opportunity emerged to access a larger, rectangular lot that could better accommodate the new WNHAC building, current parking requirements, and future expansion potential. “The City has been very supportive of our efforts,” said WNHAC Executive Director, Anita Cameron.

Megan Dokuchie, the City’s Economic Development Officer states “This is an exciting and strategic land swap which places the City in a solid position to consider future redevelopment and realignment of our downtown area. As we continue to work hard towards the redevelopment in our downtown, this area could see positive improvements to traffic and pedestrian flow, promoting a flourishing downtown area”.

The land swap supports the next phase of downtown revitalization, including the proposed realignment of First Street South through the former Shoppers Mall property that was purchased by the City last year, and provides the opportunity for further enhancement of our downtown and Harbourtown Centre. Funding opportunities are currently being pursued by administration and long term realignment visions are being finalized.

The City of Kenora has submitted funding applications to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) for Downtown Revitalization Phase IV.

Accessory Structures

DID YOU KNOW?  Accessory structures include buildings less than 10 square metres, temporary shelters (i.e. vinyl shelters), garages, greenhouses, pump houses and sheds).  They are permitted in all zones, subject to certain provisions.

Not sure if you are compliant with the Zoning By-law?  Use the Guide below:

Good to Go:

  • Your structure exists to aid and to contribute to the function of a principal use
  • Your structure is on the same lot as the principal use

Cannot Exceed:

  • 10% coverage of total lot area
  • 7.0 m in height

Cannot Be Located:

  • Closer to the front lot line or waterfront than the minimum distance required by this By-law for the main building on the lot
  • In the required front yard or the required exterior side yard in the case of a corner lot
  • Closer than 1m to any side or rear lot line
  • Within 2m of the main building or structure
  • Closer to the street than the main building is to that street, except in the case of:
    o Waterfront properties in the R1-Residential First Density Zone; R2-Residential Second Density Zone. The accessory structure shall be located at least 3m from the rear lot line.
    o A property in the RR-Rural Residential, BSL-Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area)
    o A property in the RU-Rural Zone

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact one of the staff of the City of Kenora Planning Department:

Planning Analyst – Kylie Hissa 807-467-2292 or
City Planner – Devon McCloskey  807- 467-2059 or

Accessory Structures Handout

How Your Provincial Vote Affects the Services You Depend on Every Day

AMO Provincial Election Advertorial – 2018

You may not realize it, but how you vote in the June provincial election will shape the government services in your home town. That is because provincial laws and policies touch the municipal services that you depend on every day, like the water you drink, the roads you drive and even policing. They also affect how much they cost.

“It makes sense to review all the provincial rules and demands made on municipal governments, with an eye to making services better,” said Lynn Dollin, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Did you know that besides providing daily services, municipalities also own about 60% of public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, transit and arenas? But they collect only 9-cents of every household tax dollar. The federal government collects 47-cents and the province gets 44-cents.

Municipal governments look mainly to property taxes and user fees to raise the money they need to keep services running. And for funding big projects – like new roads, replacing bridges or building arenas – municipalities depend heavily on other governments, which have more of the taxing powers.

Growing costs and dire infrastructure needs have created an annual gap of almost $4.9 billion, according to AMO, which represents almost all 444 of Ontario’s municipalities. Municipal governments don’t have many tools to bridge this gap. They can only raise property taxes, delay projects or cut municipal services to save money.

Only the province has the power to improve legislation, eliminate rules or give new sources of revenue for both big and small municipalities.

For example, municipal staff must file hundreds of reports to the Province every year – but only a handful are read by provincial staff. That time and money could be directed to public services.

A lot of municipal budgets are under pressure from arbitrated wage settlements for workers who can’t strike, like fire and police. Changes by the province could help ensure that what a community can afford to pay is truly considered. Then raises for emergency service workers wouldn’t grow at a much greater rate than other staff in the same municipality.

Another strain on municipal budgets is paying for provincial responsibilities, like hospital construction or recruiting family doctors to come to their communities.

“When provincial candidates come knocking at your door, you need to ask them how they’ll support critical local services,” Dollin said. “You especially need to make sure they won’t add to your property taxes by downloading new costs or responsibilities.”

AMO has developed a list of questions you can ask MPP candidates.  Visit to learn more or watch the video at: