18th Annual Festival of Lights

The ice candle festival of lights takes place on Christmas Eve at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery beginning at 1 p.m.

Pastor Cathy Giroux will be officiating with the Sideways singers performing Christmas carols.   Lighting of the ice candles will begin at 1:30 p.m.

To volunteer to light, call Carole Bruneau at the Cemetery Office at 467-2067.

2016 Holiday Hours

Various City of Kenora facilities will be operating at different times throughout the Holiday Season. Please refer to the 2016 Holiday Operating Hours before you head out for City services.


2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Event Schedule and Details Announced

Kenora, ON – A media event was held this afternoon to announce the details for Kenora’s 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The national live broadcast of the 17th annual edition of the hockey celebration will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 from the Whitecap Pavilion on Kenora’s harbourfront.


“The City of Kenora is proud to be hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Dan Reynard, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. “In partnership with Scotiabank and Rogers Sportsnet, this historic four day event will allow our community to celebrate together and share our proud hockey history and the natural beauty that is Kenora with all of Canada. Through the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee and the overwhelming support received throughout the community from our volunteers and corporate sponsorships, the schedule of events has something for everyone to participate in regardless of age. This will truly be a community event that we will all take pride in.”

“Kenora’s history with the game of hockey including winning the Stanley Cup in 1907, provides a perfect setting to be the host for this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada”, says Joel Darling, Executive Producer of NHL Special Events for Sportsnet. “As the league celebrates their 100 year anniversary, we will explore the history and tradition of the game in Kenora and across the country.”

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with Sportsnet and the City of Kenora for the biggest celebration of Canadian hockey,” says Chris Sellner Scotiabank Branch Manager, Kenora. “Community hockey is an important part of who we are as Scotiabankers – we are fans, coaches and players. Scotiabank is committed to helping young people reach their full potential both off and on the ice. That’s why we are proud to support over 8,000 kids’ community hockey teams across Canada, including teams in the Lake Of The Woods Minor Hockey Association. We look forward to celebrating with everyone here in Kenora and across the country on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.”

Leading up to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, a full schedule of hockey activities has been planned for everyone to take part in celebrating our hockey history and our nation’s most loved pastime. Thursday will be jam packed with school visits, hockey clinics and hockey games. Friday opens with a breakfast event with the Stanley Cup, more school visits, hockey clinics and wrapping up with a gala dinner banquet. The very first Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament will take place on Saturday, with more hockey clinics and hockey games at different venues around Kenora.

On Saturday morning Canada’s hockey host, Ron MacLean, brings Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to the country live from Kenora’s Whitecap Pavilion. The broadcast will feature local hockey stories throughout the day. Kenora’s harbourfront will be animated with activities, skaters, hockey games and fun for hockey fans of all ages.

The celebration will conclude with the SIJHL game at the Kenora Recreation Centre and will include a live broadcast of Coaches Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean from our arena. Further Sportsnet will be broadcasting live NHL hockey games featuring all seven Canadian teams to keep the event going.

Throughout the hockey celebration, there will be fun free hockey festivities at the Whitecap Pavilion, viewing of the Stanley Cup at various community events, skating on Safety Bay with Ron MacLean, and cool hockey merchandise for sale. Fans will see NHL stars and sports commentators, including Lanny MacDonald, Darcy Tucker, Cassie Campbell-Pascal, Mark Napier, and Kenora’s Mike Richards, at many of the events planned.

The schedule of events will also include three ticketed events: Kenora Thistles and NHL Alumni Hockey Game, Music of Hockey Day hosted by Ron MacLean, and Breakfast with the Stanley Cup. Tickets can be purchased at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Everyone is encouraged to show off any event tickets purchased by posting a photo on the City of Kenora’s Instagram board for a chance to win an awesome hockey day swag prize! Use both #TheCityofKenora and #HockeyDay to show the rest of the country how excited we are about hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Pond hockey teams can begin signing up for the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament on December 8 at 6 a.m. at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Fees must be paid and team registration form completed to be officially entered.

A sponsorship package with various contribution levels has been developed for Kenora’s 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event. The package offers exclusive access to events, tickets to hockey games, name and logo displays, and much more.

A selection of souvenirs and merchandise will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for sale locations. Everyone is encouraged to purchase this unique merchandise and also attend events dressed as hockey fans do, in their favourite hockey jersey.

For more information about the 2017 Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, pond hockey, and sponsorship packages, please visit www.kenora.ca/hockeyday.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a nationally televised event, produced by Sportsnet. Each year a host city is selected from a number of applicants, with the 2017 event to be hosted in Kenora, Ontario.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada’s 17th annual celebration continues an important Canadian tradition. Previous host locations include: Kamloops, BC (2016), Halifax, NS (2015); Lloydminster, AB/SK (2014); Peterborough, ON (2013); Prince Edward Island (2012); Whitehorse, Yukon (2011); Stratford, ON (2010); Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, MB (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, N.L., (2006); Shaunavon, SK (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, AB (2001); and Toronto, ON (2000).

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL AlumniTM, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 5,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank’s hockey programs, please visitwww.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.

About Kenora

The City of Kenora is located in the northwestern corner of the Province of Ontario in Canada, just 40 kilometers east of the Province of Manitoba border. Our beautiful City is built on the shores the Lake of the Woods and is home to over 15,000 people. During the summer months, our population doubles with cottagers and tourists. Kenora’s hockey passion comes from a rich in hockey history of winning the Stanley Cup in 1907 and carrying on hockey traditions with local hockey leagues completing at various levels today. Visitwww.kenora.ca to learn more about our City.

Media Contact

Dan Reynard
City of Kenora, LOC Chair

Heather Kasprick, Communications Lead
807-467-2295 hkasprick@kenora.ca www.kenora.ca


Pond Hockey Tournament Planned for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

Kenora, ON – The Local Organizing Committee for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is looking for twelve teams of eight players to participate in the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament next February.

The pond hockey tournament will take place on Saturday February 18, 2017 as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration. Six outdoor rinks will be set up on Golf Course Bay, Lake of the Woods, where teams will compete for the Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank. The final games will be held at the Kenora Harbourfront on Safety Bay, Lake of the Woods, and will be featured during the national broadcast of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

It was decided to name the pond hockey tournament after our local hockey hero, Len “Kroppy” Kropioski and the Committee did have the chance to tell him about this honourable namesake before he passed away.

Dean Caron, Pond Hockey Coordinator, has put his passion for outdoor rinks and hockey into building this tournament. “Kenora has a well-documented history in terms of hockey with several successful professional players (past and present) along with a modern day Stanley Cup, Olympic and World Junior Champion being born and raised in Kenora (Mike Richards). The Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup in 1907 (110 year Anniversary coming up) and the success of past and present hockey super stars that have played in Kenora is something that hockey fans in Kenora speak of with great pride and passion.” Dean explains, “The Kroppy Cup presented by Scotiabank Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament is a great way for folks to celebrate our hockey heritage and further build community sprit around the game we all love on the lake we all love – Lake of the Woods. This is going to be memorable event and a great opportunity to showcase Kenora and Lake of the Woods in the winter to the country as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations!”

The four-on-four tournament is set up with three divisions – Youth, Open and Old-timers. Teams wishing to participate must send a Team Leader to register in person at the Kenora Recreation Centre on Thursday December 8, 2016 beginning at 6 a.m. when the Recreation Centre opens. Registration will be confirmed only by payment of the entry fee and submission of the Team Registration Form. Details about the tournament schedule, the rules and regulations, and the team registration form are available on www.kenora.ca/hockeyday/.

It is hoped this pond hockey tournament will become an annual winter event as we continue to celebrate our hockey history and create new hockey traditions in Kenora.

Media Contact

Dean Caron
Pond Hockey Coordinator

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191   kholder@kenora.ca   www.kenora.ca