Free Market Shuttle Service Announced

Tourism Kenora is pleased to announce a FREE shuttle service to the Matiowski Farmers’ Market has been set up to take market shoppers to the Whitecap Pavilion from the Kenora Recreation Centre.  The first shuttle service will run on Wednesday July 26, 2017.   The shuttle service will run between 8: 30 am until 1:45 pm, every 15 minutes on Market days.  Those wanting to take advantage of the shuttle may park in Lot 3 or Lot 4 at the Kenora Recreation Centre at no charge, and then gather at the loading zone by the tennis courts.      It is planned that the shuttle service will be offered for the next three Markets as a trial period.

BBQ Fire Safety

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents to be fire safe when enjoying summer time BBQ-ing.  Technical Standards and Safety Authority provides several safety tips to stay fire safe:

  • Never leave the BBQ unattended when in use.
  • Make sure grease does not build up on the burners or at the base of the BBQ. This could cause a grease fire.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire – this will only spread the flame.
  • DO NOT place the BBQ close to wooden fences or walls, vinyl siding, or anything that can burn. The area behind your BBQ must be free
    of anything that can ignite – this is where hot gases escape.
  • Keep loose clothing away from a hot BBQ.
  • Keep children and pets at least one metre (three feet) away from a hot BBQ.
  • When finished barbecuing, turn the gas valve off first, then turn off the burner controls so no gas is left in the connecting hose.
  • Allow the BBQ to cool completely before closing the cover.
  • If you live in an apartment or condo building, check with the building owner or property manager, or the Condominium Act of your building, regarding the use of BBQs on your building’s balconies.

For more information on fire safety, visit

BBQ Safety Information Sheet FES


A Healthy Lake Starts Here

On July 31, Kenora will be part of a binational initiative to raise awareness of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed in which we live and promote stewardship of the water quality within it.

As part of the International Watershed Coordination Program offered by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, storm drains along the Kenora harbourfront will have a painted stencil applied beside them, reading “A Healthy Lake Starts Here” and a picture of a fish or other wildlife that rely on good clean water. Storm drains along the waterfront empty directly into the lake and so it is important to recognize that what goes down the storm drain, goes into the lake and we need to keep things like soaps from car washing, fertilizers, oils, etc. out of these drains. Many communities in Canada and the U.S. have similar stencils or have installed permanent markers. Locally, this same project was done this past spring in Fort Frances, ON and International Falls, MN, engaging 100 students and painting 120 stencils on both sides of the border.  Now it’s Kenora’s turn!  Kenora’s event will be Monday July 31 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, starting at the Whitecap Pavilion; rain date is August 1.

This is a partnership project between the Foundation, the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association (LOWDPOA), the City of Kenora, Riverview Industries, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Riverview Industries has donated the metal and is designing the stencil, MPCA has purchased the road paint, LOWDPOA is promoting the event to children aged 8-12 through their children’s programming and is purchasing door hangers to raise awareness of this initiative (these will be left on neighbourhood doors), the City of Kenora has provided advice and guidance on storm drain locations and will help with safety, and Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation (LOWWSF) has provided planning support as part of its International Watershed Coordination Program. Prior to going out to paint, the students will take part in an interactive to learn about how watersheds work through the use of a 3D model.

Notes from Kelli Saunders,  International Watershed Coordinator
Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

A Healthy Lake Starts Here Drain Stencil poster

Canada Day 2017 Events

Canada Day Celebration on Kenora’s Harbourfront

Canada Day Poster 2017

Canada 150 Logo black and white

Canada 150 logo

Flag Raising Ceremony June 21, 2017

On June 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon in front of City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief,
Grand Council Treaty #3 and Council of the City of Kenora, will hold a ceremony to raise the Treaty #3 Flag together, which will be permanently flown in prominence alongside the Canada and City flags.

This monumental and historical event will demonstrate the commitment to the long term relationships with our Indigenous partners.

The public is welcome to attend.

June 21 Flag Raising Ceremony Invitation

Kenora Coast Guard services will continue in the future as they have in the past

Bob Nault Press Release

(KENORA) June 15, 2017 – The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), issued the following statement regarding the operation of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in Kenora:

“Over the past several weeks, I’ve heard from many constituents regarding how much they value the services provided by the CCG who are currently working on Lake of the Woods. I conveyed these concerns to the Minister’s office directly and I am very pleased that those concerns were heard and acted on. Today, I want to reassure everyone that that there will be no reduction in the CCG presence in inland waterways.

“Simply put, the proposed changes to operations at inland waterways, specifically those on Lake of the Woods, are no longer under review and will continue to function in the future as they have in the past.

“As a lake user myself, I am pleased to see that the monitoring of buoys and other navigational aids used on Lake of the Woods will stay in place. Boaters can be assured that reefs and other obstructions will be well marked so that the lake will be a safe and enjoyable boating destination for tourists and residents alike.

“I am also pleased to share that our government has invested nearly $3 billion into the core operations for Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and CCG Oceans Protection Plan, following a comprehensive program review. With these new investments, Canadians will soon see a noticeable difference in the services they will receive from the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“This government is firmly committed to not simply replacing programs that have been lost in years past, but the new investments will also help DFO/CCG build the programs and services that Canadians will need well into the future.”


With these investments, Canadians will see a noticeable difference in the services they receive from DFO/CCG.

* Improve the scientific evidence that decisions are based on;
* Modernize aging infrastructure and IT capacity;
* Renew efforts to restore habitat and rebuild depleting fish stocks;
* Expand marine conservation and protection measures;
* Create safer waterways for marine navigation;
* Speed up response time for search and rescue missions; and
* Strengthen our environmental response capacity.

To request an interview with Bob Nault please contact the offices below:

Kenora Office:
Grace Protopapas

Ottawa Office:

Twitter: @BobNaultMP

Husky the Musky Colouring Contest

Help wish Husky the Musky Happy 50th Birthday!

Download the Husky the Musky colouring contest page or pick one up at the Discovery Centre, Whitecap Pavilion or City Hall and bring it back with your creative birthday wishes.

Entries will be judged in four age categories: 0-5 years, 5-10 years , 10-15 years, and 15 and over years.

Judging will be held June 28, 2017 with winners announced on Canada Day at McLeod Park.

Please have all pages returned before June 28th.

Happy birthday to our favourite big fish!

Husky the Musky colouring contest page

Household Hazardous Waste Depot Opens June 1st

The Transfer Station will open the household hazardous waste depot this Thursday, June 1st, and will be open every Thursday until the end of September.  The depot is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Thursday.   This is a FREE service for residential customers to safely dispose of reactive, flammable, corrosive or poisonous products, such as batteries, paint and paint cans, empty propane containers, aerosol cans, cleaners, pesticides, engine oil/filters/coolant/antifreeze and containers, sharps if they are packaged in a peanut butter or other container, and more.


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

KRC Welcome to Wellness Workshop Series

The Kenora Recreation Centre is offering a Welcome to Wellness workshop series focusing on four different health and lifestyle subjects.  The four workshops will be held at the Rec Centre on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning May 24 through to June 14, 2017.   Cost is $10 per workshop or $35 for all four.  Contact the Rec Centre to register at 467-2087.

May 24 – Benefits of Essential Oils with Heidi Smith

May 31 – Nutrition with Kate Ronnebeck

June 7 – Hula Hooping with Karrie Blackburn

June 14 – Money Coach with Karen Richardson