Lake of the Woods Museum Receives Approval For Art Gallery Project

Kenora, ON – Today, Kenora City Council approved a request by the Lake of the Woods Museum Board to expand its cultural offerings to include an art gallery. The approval allows the Museum to move forward with applications for capital funding grants and the establishment of a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of an art gallery addition to the former Museum building in Memorial Park. Prior to being the first location for the Museum it was the Land Titles building.

The gallery project was prompted by the generous offer of two long time lake residents who have been collecting the Lake of the Woods woodcut prints and watercolours of Canadian artist Walter J. Phillips for the past 20 years. Because of their connection to and love of Lake of the Woods and Kenora, they wish to gift their collection, which currently numbers around 70 pieces, to the City of Kenora through the Lake of the Woods Museum.

W.J. Phillips was a master water colourist and a pioneer of the colour woodblock in Canada. Among his best-known and loved images are those that depict family holidays on Lake of the Woods from the 1910s until the late 1920s. Phillips’ work can be found in the National Gallery of Canada, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Smithsonian, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg.

Museum Board Chair Rita Boutette states that this exciting project also addresses an identified need in the community. “Kenora has a vibrant arts community, but what is lacking is a designated and appropriate space to display art in its many forms. The Museum has fulfilled that function for many years, as have other public buildings and private spaces, but ultimately there is a need for a public art gallery of significance that will further foster the arts in Kenora through creation, exhibition and appreciation. It would be one of only two public galleries between Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg.”

The project includes the use of the former Museum for studio, programming and administrative functions with a purpose-built addition for gallery, storage and public space. The proposed 5,100 square foot addition would include two galleries so that the Phillips exhibit could be exhibited concurrently with local, regional and national art exhibits.

The endorsement of the Lake of the Woods Arts Community and the Economic Development Commission for a dynamic art space speaks to its value as a cultural asset and also its role in community sustainability. A gallery’s contribution to the cultural vibrancy of Kenora makes the community a better place to live, work, visit and do business.

The Lake of the Woods Museum will be hosting an exhibit of a selection of the Phillips’ collection from May 3-27, 2017.


Lori Nelson, Director, Lake of the Woods Museum 807-467-2105

It’s Flag Day, Kenora Celebrates Hockey and Canadian Citizenship

During Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada you may see more Canada flags fluttering around than usual. The local organizing committee is very proud to announce reaffirmation of Canadian citizenship ceremonies will be part of our national celebration of hockey.

A reaffirmation ceremony is an event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship
to express their commitment to Canada followed by singing of our national anthem. A reaffirmation ceremony can be organized by your community, your place of work or your school to renew a sense of pride for our country and confirm respect for Canadian rights and values.

The festivities of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada include school visits and now reaffirmation ceremonies are planned for schools with both Kenora Catholic District School Board and Keewatin Patricia District School Board. While waving Canadian flags together, students will recite the oath of citizenship, learning about Canadian history and the importance of citizenship.

In addition, the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) game on Saturday night will begin with a reaffirmation ceremony where our entire arena filled with hockey fans will recite the oath together. This ceremony will be featured on the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada national broadcast, airing Saturday on Sportsnet and CBC. Not only is Kenora celebrating hockey, our flag, and our citizenship this week, we are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada 150 campaign is an opportunity to engage and inspire Canadians in their communities and to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, the majesty of our environment and our place in the world. Kenora is one of the first communities in Canada to hold multiple reaffirmation ceremonies. It is anticipated during Canada 150 celebrations this year, Kenora will have inspired other communities to do the same.

“This year, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, there are many things to be thankful for: hockey, of course, but also this vast and diverse country that we call home. For Canadian citizens, both old and new, reaffirming their oath signifies their love and pride for Canada. It’s very inspiring to see students, who will be our future leaders, join in to recite the oath of citizenship. I am truly honoured to be invited to participate in this ceremony to express my thanks and gratitude for our country, our Canada, the home of the brave.” Honourable Robert D. Nault, P.C., M.P., Kenora Riding.

Celebrating our national pastime of hockey and what it means to be Canadian together is a perfect match and compliments this special opportunity to host the national event Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. We hope all Kenora citizens join us as we celebrate what it means to be Canadian: the rights we enjoy, the responsibilities we share, and the diversity that makes us strong.

More information about holding your own reaffirmation of citizenship ceremony can be found at Re-launch

Kenora, ON – The City of Kenora is excited to share its new website featuring a brand new look with an elegant new design and user-friendly navigation options.’s new vibrant home page allows users to choose where to go next within Visiting, Living, Government, Business, Getting Active and What’s New sections. The goal of the new design was to make the City’s site cleaner and simpler, as well as refocus the content on City services and core functions for all stakeholders all while meeting and exceeding the current website Accessibility Standards. was redesigned as a community portal in 2012 with North America’s Premier Boating Destination branding at the centre of the website initiative. A thorough review of content was carried out over the last several months with City staff contributing to edits and suggestions for new information with a strong focus on the quality and accessibility of the content provided.

Website statistics were analyzed to discover the most popular explored pages along with inquiries made by the public for information they are interested in on our site. From this research, new information has been added, such as snow removal schedule and maps, accessibility information, age-friendly community, volunteer firefighter recruitment, common by-laws for residents, disruptions and closures, and citizenship awards have all been added.

New features include

  • Look Ahead Navigation – to reduce the number of clicks to explore the site
  • Social media pull-out
  • Latest news ticker
  • Department contacts on each page
  • Website feedback form
  • Responsive Functionality for compatibility with all browsers and mobile devices
  • Signup for alerts & news
  • Improved City event calendar
  • Font size adjustment option

Visitors to the new site can stay informed with the latest City of Kenora news through the new what’s new blog. The blog will contain richer online content such as press releases, featured events and public notices. Going forward the website will be updated with new or revised content as needed to keep our residents, visitors, staff and other stakeholders informed of City policies, programs and services. A powerful search tool is planned to be added before the end of 2017.

We invite everyone to explore the new site and share comments through the Feedback button which will stay active for the next few months.


Aaron Affleck, Inteleck Web Design & Development
807-407-5426 | |


Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191 |


Lake of the Woods Cemetery By-law Amendment

The City of Kenora has submitted by-laws to the Registrar of the Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Any interested parties may contact James Tkachyk, Parks and Facilities Division Lead, at 807-467-2102 or for information, or to make copies. By-laws or amendments may be reviewed or copied at the City of Kenora website at

These by-laws are subject to approval of the Registrar, Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act, 2002. Telephone: Bereavement Authority of Ontario 647-483-2645 or 1-844-493-6356

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora For Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

As Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada approaches, the festivities planned keep getting better. The National Hockey League (NHL) is bringing the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena to the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities on Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Whitecap Pavilion and Kenora’s Harbourfront.

“Having the NHL’s Centennial Fan Arena be a part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a tremendous addition to Saturday’s event at the Harbourfront,” says Dan Reynard, Local Organizing Committee Chair. “As a lifelong hockey fan, I am extremely excited for Kenora and our neighbouring communities to experience this traveling NHL fan experience. The Museum trailer will provide the opportunity for many to re-live memories of their youth and provide a valuable historical insight for those new to the game”.

An interactive traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the NHL’s Centennial festivities honouring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Created with NHL players and fans at the center of the experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena combines great NHL traditions with the latest in technology, and marks the first time any sport has produced a North American-wide, year-long, interactive traveling fan festival that will visit every League market.

“In the first month, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena has visited Toronto, Arizona, Dallas, San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and St. Louis, and the response has been overwhelming,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. “It truly is the ultimate fan experience – whether you want to immerse yourself in the history of the NHL, try your skill at the Virtual Reality Zamboni Experience, play some pickup ball hockey or take a selfie with the Stanley Cup, the Fan Arena offers something for everyone.”

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora Media Release February 7, 2017 What fans will experience at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena:

  • MUSEUM TRUCK – The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall. (Photos courtesy of NHL)NHL Centennial Fan Arena 1 NHL Centennial Fan Arena 2
  • ENTERTAINMENT TRUCK – A second 53-foot trailer will host a giant video screen featuring team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-out stage for special appearances and viewing parties.
  • CLEAR THE ICE ZAMBONI® VR EXPERIENCE – This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini-Zamboni® ice resurfacer, feel cool air on their skin and their seat rumble as they are tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice – in virtual reality. All races will be timed and shared on a leaderboard. (Photo courtesy of NHL)NHL Centennial Fan Arena 3
  • STANLEY CUP® – The oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports will make a special appearance in every NHL market.

Kenora is extremely fortunate to be included as the first non-NHL team city the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will visit on the tour. For hockey fans and players, this is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit not to miss. More information on the NHL Centennial and the NHL Centennial Fan Arena can be found at

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Stopping in Kenora Media Release February 7, 2017 Photo of Wayne Gretzky visiting the Museum Truck courtesy of NHL Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada takes place from February 15-18, 2017 in Kenora. Details about the activities planned can be found on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will air on Sportsnet and stream live on Sportsnet NOW on Saturday, February 18 beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk