Awesome Adventures Day Camp Registration Opens on June 22

Awesome Adventures Summer Day Camp

Awesome Adventures Summer Day Camp will begin July 6th. Registration will open up Monday, June 22nd at 8:30 am. We are only taking phone registrations as we had to modify our day camp due to COVID 19.

We only have 8 spots per week for ages 7 – 11 years old.

You must register for the full week and we will only be taking one week registrations per participant. If space available we will open it up for other weeks.

Children will be screened daily and social distancing will be enforced. We want to make sure the children and our staff are safe this summer.

For more information please contact Casey Pyykka, Community Program Liaison at 467-2987 or

We cannot wait to see all the smiling faces back this summer!

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.

Book Summer Ice Now

Kenora Recreation Centre is taking bookings for summer ice time at Keewatin Memorial Arena.

Time slots available from July 15 through August 31, 2019.

Check out the ice schedule availability at Keewatin Memorial Arena and call 807-467-2087 to reserve now!


Kenora Recreation Centre Staff Complete HIGH FIVE® Training for Children’s Programming

For Immediate Release

Kenora Recreation Centre Staff Complete HIGH FIVE® Training for Children’s Programming

Kenora, ON – In October 2017, two staff members of the Kenora Recreation Centre, Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator, and Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator, attended a three day training clinic offered by HIGH FIVE. This unique training focuses on child development and creating positive active experiences for children.

“Incorporating the HIGH FIVE Principles into our programs ensures that our programming is planned and delivered with a Child First focus,” says Casey Pyykka.

Crystal Stokes adds, “We now have a quality assurance standard to apply to our programs that gives parents and caregivers the peace of mind in knowing their children are engaging in recreation programs that focus on the elements of Friendship, Participation, Mastery and Play, while in the presence of a Caring Adult”.

Crystal and Casey have achieved the status of Trainer in two of HIGH FIVE’s programs – Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD), and QUEST 2. In 2016 the Senior Aquatics Staff obtained their PHCD Certificates and in January 2018, an in-house training session took place for all student aquatics staff, picture below. It is also planned that summer staff and other day camp leaders will receive the same training on this innovative approach.

For the community, Crystal and Casey plan to host training sessions for organizations or groups involved with children’s sports and recreation. Watch for advertisements on social media and on upcoming sessions. Interested organizations may contact Casey or Crystal directly to make arrangements also.

High Five Positive Impacts Poster

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs and holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids.
• A Caring Adult
• Friends
• Play
• Mastery
• Participation
HIGH FIVE’s unique and proprietary approach is built on a Quality Framework, consisting of:
• Training and Development for staff
• Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
• Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk
• Creating Awareness of high quality programs for kids
HIGH FIVE provides an evidence-based approach to positive experiences for kids, empowering them to excel in life.

KRC staff High Five Trained
Kenora Recreation Centre student aquatics staff show off their HIGH FIVE training certificates.

Contact Information:
Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator

Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator