City of Kenora Closes All Outdoor Recreation Facilities

City of Kenora Media Release

On March 23rd, the City of Kenora was proactive in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing all playgrounds.

On March 31st, the Ontario Government ordered the closure of all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. The following recreational facilities within the City of Kenora will be closed until further notice:

• ALL playgrounds, including schools
• sports fields, including all baseball diamonds
• basketball and tennis courts
• off-leash dog parks
• beaches and beach volleyball courts
• both Kenora & Keewatin skateboard parks
• picnic areas
• outdoor community gardens
• park and beach shelters
• outdoor exercise equipment (Garrow Park outdoor fitness equipment)
• condo parks and gardens
• pickleball courts
• other outdoor recreational amenities

While local trails and greenspaces are not included in the closures and will remain open, people must keep a safe physical distance of 2 metres apart from each other. When you meet someone else on a trail, or public space area, please ensure you position yourself at least 2 metres from that person to exercise the safe required distances.

“We recognize that this decision affects residents deeply as spring is upon us and everyone wants to get outside and be active. It is a critical time and we need to recognize the importance of these measures to keep people safe. Gathering in public spaces where there potentially could be more than five people at a time, is simply irresponsible during this critical time. Being active in your own yard or other outdoor space where you may not encounter others is the safest practice” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

As the City continues to take actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by closing municipal public buildings and declaring a state of emergency, residents must take responsibility to follow the advice of health experts on the best ways to stop the virus. We know that staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres from others are important behaviours as we fight to keep our community healthy.

Controlled Burning Season April 1 – October 31, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised the controlled burning season begins on April 1st and remains in effect until October 31st.

During this period no day burning is permitted. Evening burning is allowed between two (2) hours before sunset and two (2) hours after sunrise.

If you require a burning permit, please contact City Hall at 807-467-2000 to purchase over the phone. The Fire Station on 14th Street North is not able to process burning permits at this time.

If you have any questions concerning the control burning season please call Kenora Fire and Emergency Services at 807-467-2090.

Transfer Station Extends Sunday Hours Effective April 5, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that the Transfer Station will be open extended hours from 8:30  a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays beginning April 5, 2020 to reduce congestion at the site.

The public is reminded that while at the facility, you must respect others by keeping the 2 metres physical distance at all times.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during this challenging time.

Matheson Street Bridge Closure March 31 – April 1, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised the Matheson Street Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st and reopening on Wednesday, April 1st at 10 p.m.

Bus Stops #2, 3, 4, 5 on the Pinecrest Route will be unavailable during this time also.

One sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.

The bridge works are weather dependent and may change if necessary.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Playgrounds Close Due to COVID-19 March 23, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all playgrounds will be closed until further notice.

As circumstances change, these closures will be reviewed and amended accordingly.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Load Restriction on Local Roads Effective March 20, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon), reduced load restrictions will be in effect as per the City of Kenora By-law 155-2008 and the Highway Traffic Act R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 8, Section 122. This restriction is necessary to protect highways, streets, and roads from damage during mild, wet spring conditions. Signs are posted on each of the impacted roads to notify motorists of the restriction.

The following roads are subject to the spring load restriction:

Anderson Road East Melick Road Mark’s Lane Snow Drive
Ascough Road Essex Road Matheson Bay Road Strecker Road
Austin Lake Road Gauthier Road Miller Rapids Road Sunnyside Road
Beauty Bay Road Gay Street Mt. Evergreen Road Tallieu Road
Beggs Road Gerald Street McKenzie Portage Road Tetroe Road
Beryl Winder Road Golf Course Road Ninth Street North

(from 19th Ave N. to Airport Road)

Transmitter Road
Bodgen Road Gould Road Parmeter Road Treadway Drive
Bruckenburger Road Haney Drive Peterson Road Valley Drive

(from Rabbit Lake

Road to Airport Road)

Carlton Road Hilly Lake Road Rabbit Lake Road Villeneuve Road
Clarence Street Homestake Road Radcliffe Drive Villeneuve Road North
Coker Road James Road Rat Portage Road Villeneuve Road South
Darlington Drive Johnson Road Ricky Street West Bay Road
Dennis Street Jones Road

(from Hwy 17E

To Homestake Road)

Ritchie Road Whitehead Road
Devlin Drive Kinger Road Schnarr Lake Road Worona Road
Donbrock Drive Kitt Road School Road Zimmerman Road
Duffus Road Lawton Drive Sinclair Road

Water Dispensing Stations March 16 to April 6, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised while City Hall is closed to the public, adjustments have been made at both Crawford Road and Brinkman Road Water Dispensing Stations to allow customers to access water without interruption.

The water rate has been adjusted to $0.01 per cubic meter to allow customers to continue using current water cards without having to attend City Hall to reload.

If you experience troubles at the water stations, please contact Biman Paudel, Water and Wastewater Division Lead, at 807-467-2296.

If your water card balance reaches zero during this time, please contact Customer Service at 807-467-2000.

Thank you for your patience.

Water Dispensing Stations

Tender Submissions and Openings March 16, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised Tender and Request for Proposal (RFP) submissions will still be received/accepted while City buildings are closed between March 16 and April 6. The deadline for tender submissions remains and documents may be submitted via the drop box located at the front door entrance at City Hall, One Main Street South.  The drop box will be checked on an hourly basis during this time and submissions will be date stamped upon receipt.

Online tenders will also be accepted on a temporary basis during this period by emailing the City Clerk at The Clerk will confirm receipt and provide an email confirmation back to the sender.  Senders should ensure this confirmation email is received to ensure that the tender has been received on time by the City.

The Tender opening process will continue as scheduled; however, there will no be public openings. All openings will be witnessed and recorded at City Hall by a minimum of two City staff.   Tender results will be posted online under immediately following the tender openings.  Members of the public may access the results of these tender openings within one hour of the opening.

Successful bidders will be contacted as soon as possible by the lead staff person.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Tenders and Request For Proposals

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19


The City of Kenora, along with many countries, sporting groups, cities and municipalities, is evaluating response to the COVID 19 virus on a daily, if not hour by hour basis. Many residents and staff are very concerned right now; however, it is important to remember that while the virus is very contagious, the effects for most are mild to moderate. There is reason for planning and reasonable precaution, but there is no reason for alarm.

The City of Kenora has been monitoring the situation and evaluating what practical steps we can take to mitigate the risk to our staff, and the community.

The Kenora Recreation Centre and the Keewatin Memorial Arena will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. The Kenora Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre at the KRC are now closed.

KRC will be refunding all rentals and adding three weeks membership on to all active memberships. There will be no adjustments to number of visits for 10 and 25 day passes.

City Hall will be closed to all foot traffic until further notice. Residents unable to pay bills online will be provided extensions without penalty. This will apply to POA (traffic tickets) also. Provincial Offences Courts that take place at City Hall have been cancelled until May or further notice.

Operations Centre will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. For matters related to Cemetery please call 467-2067.

Transfer Station will remain open. However, only bags with bag tags will be accepted, no cash transactions, only debit card or credit card transactions will be allowed.  Curbside waste and recycle pickup will continue as usual.

The Lake of the Woods Museum, Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora Public Libraries, and the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre will be closing effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

All in-home water and sewer services such as rodding or meter work will cease until further notice.

The regular City Council meeting (previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 17) will be held by live stream on March 31st at 12 noon.  Public Notice will be provided on the link for live streaming.

City Transit will operate as usual, taking extra precautions to protect the staff and patrons of the City transit.  Cash only (exact fare) will be accepted.  No passes can be used to lessen the transmission between drivers and patrons.

All playgrounds are closed until further notice.

At this time, parking meters are still being enforced and citizens need to adhere to time limits and money required.

As we continue to monitor the situation and as things change, further updates will be provided.

As with all the publicity around this virus, please continue to do your part to stop the vast spread by practicing increased hand washing and keeping an effective social distance from people.  We thank the public and our staff for their continued patience and understanding during this time.

Staff Directory



Bus Stop 53 Removal Effective March 15, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised transit service will be discontinued at Bus Stop 53 located at Seven Generations Education Institute, 240 Veterans Drive, effective March 15, 2020.

The nearest alternate stops are Bus Stop 33 (Ninth Street North and Mikado Avenue) or Bus Stop 54 (City Hall at Main Street South).

The City thanks our ridership for their understanding.

Fitness Facility Renovations Begin February 24, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised the Kenora Recreation Centre will be undergoing renovations to expand the upstairs fitness facility beginning Monday, February 24, 2020.

Full use of the gym will still be available during the project; however, there will be minor interruptions to lay new flooring.  Adequate notice will be provided of this interruption.

On Friday, February 21st, the stretching room will move to the room beside Kenora Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed by Monday, March 16, 2020.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Josh Nelson, Tourism and Recreation Services Division Lead, at 807-467-2986,