Parking for Diamonds and Ice Event, August 2-6, 2018

Please be advised when attending the Diamonds and Ice Event from August 2 through August 6, 2018, the public is reminded to pay attention to the posted parking signs. The signs clearly indicate where spectators, players, officials, and all others are permitted to park while at the Portage Bay Ball Diamond in Keewatin.

By-law enforcement officers will be issuing tickets to vehicles parked in the no parking zones.

Parking is permitted on West Bay Road near the Ball Diamond and, for this weekend event only, a section on the south side of West Bay Road. Please refer to the map below for the permitted parking areas.

Temporary Parking Zone Map for Diamonds and Ice

Where to Eat in Kenora

Tourism Kenora has put together the 2018 Kenora Eats Brochure to make it easier to find a place to have lunch after downtown shopping,  grab a coffee and dessert to-go, or stay for dinner after a day on the lake.  Pick up your copy at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre.

Kenora Eats 2018 Brochure


Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-17-05

Notice of Decision for a Zoning By-law Amendment To Comprehensive Zoning By-Law No. 101-2015
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 34

Notice is hereby given, that the Council of the City of Kenora passed By-Law No. 108 – 2018 at their Regular Meeting held Tuesday, July 17th, 2018, thereby giving approval to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Notice of the Application was given in reference to Planning File No. D14-17-05.

Location of Property: Island K144, being PIN # 42162-0024 known as Scott Island. Please refer to the location sketch below.

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of property as identified from Rural Residential (RR) to RR[40], a site specific zone, to grant relief from provisions of the Zoning By-law to enable creation of through lots with a minimum frontage of 22 metres, and minimum lot areas of 0.82 hectares; as well as to zone that portion of the shoreline protecting fish habitat and providing habitat for Golden Eye Lichen and Cartilage Lichen, being 20 metres in width and approximately 420 metres in length along the south shoreline, Environmental Protection (EP) Zone.

Written comments: the City received comments expressing concern with conflict between marine traffic and docks as well as protection of natural heritage features. It was advised that through Site Plan Review, development proposals would be evaluated to ensure no negative impacts.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: On July 17th, 2018, the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) gave provisional approval to an Application for Consent to Sever, to create 4 lots and retain 1, filed as Application D10-18-07.

The Last Date for Filing a Notice of Appeal is Wednesday, August 14th, 2018.

Notices of appeal may only be made on the basis that:
i. the by-law is inconsistent with a policy statement issued under subsection 3 (1), fails to conform with or conflicts with a provincial plan or fails to conform with an applicable official plan
ii. it is accompanied by the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act being $300.00, payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance.
iii. is filed with Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Only individuals, corporations and public bodies may appeal a by-law to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Additional Information relating to the zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection during regular office hours at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059 or if you require more information.

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 26th day of July, 2018

D14-17-05 Location Map

Parking on Market Days

Please be advised to relieve traffic and parking congestion on the harbourfront during the Matiowski Farmers’ Market, the public is encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle service. The shuttle travels between the Kenora Recreation Centre and the Whitecap Pavilion on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., every 15 minutes.

Also many great parking options are available within the downtown core. There are a limited number of metered parking spots, and over 50 hourly parking spots at the Park Street lot. Parking is also permitted along the south side of Lakeview Drive along the greenbelt for a maximum of 4 hours. All of these options are within a short walk of the Whitecap Pavilion.

Please pay attention to posted parking signs to avoid being ticketed and/or towed. Vehicles that are parked in no parking zones and in reserved spaces will be ticketed and/or towed.

Way to the Market (2)

Summer Company Businesses Launched in Kenora

Securing a summer job has taken on a whole new meaning for two students in the Kenora Rainy-River District as they will each be starting and running their own business as participants in the government of Ontario’s Summer Company program, offered through the Northwest Business Centre. These two entrepreneurs – Spencer Harasemchuck and Dustin Moncrief – have turned their ideas and passions into businesses that they have spent the last two months planning.

Kenora’s Spencer Harasemchuk is operating a residential cleaning service business called Lakelife Cleaning. Spencer is catering to local and summer residents in Kenora. She is insured and can even travel on the lake to islands. To learn more or to book a service with Spencer, contact her at

Dustin Moncrief is a Kenora local who is busy manufacturing fishing tackle, made of soft plastics. His business is called First Cast Tackle and is really appealing to people who fish for bass. He currently sells his products at JB Baits and you can order from him directly. Contact Dustin today at

The Northwest Business Centre provides business counselling and training to all of our Summer Company participants, and we have paired each student with a mentor in the community for additional support and business advice.

Summer Company is a program of the government of Ontario that helps young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice, and services.  Students accepted into the program receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring from business leaders in their community. For more information contact the Northwest Business Centre or review the guidelines on the Summer Company website.

For further information on this program and/or the 2018 Summer Company Entrepreneurs contact:
Allyson Pele
Manager, Northwest Business Centre
Phone: 807-467-4643

Councillor Ron Lunny Appointed for Term

At the regular meeting of Council held July 17, 2018, Council accepted the resignation of Louis Roussin from Council.  Following a closed session of Council, Council then came back into the open meeting and passed by resolution, Ron Lunny as the appointed Councillor to November 30, 2018.

Councillor Lunny served on the previous term of Council (2011-2014), as well as from 2001-2003.

Welcome back Councillor Ron Lunny.

Recreational Vehicles and Trailers

Did You Know?

Recreational vehicles (i.e. travel trailers) and similar vehicles shall be permitted in any zone subject to provisions. Occupancy is prohibited except where explicitly zoned, such as a campground zoned Tourist Recreational Zone (TR).

Good to Go

  • It is parked or stored in a garage
  • It is parked or stored in an interior side or rear yard and set back a minimum of 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard
  • It is hidden from the view of a street and abutting properties
  • It is stored in any residential driveway between May 1st and October 31st
  • It is stored in an interior side or rear yard in any residential, rural residential or rural zone provided that a total length of any recreational vehicles/boats/trailers and similar vehicles do not exceed a total length of 11 m and they are setback 0.6 m from any lot line and the line dividing the side or rear yard from the front yard

Cannot Be Parked or Stored

  • In any portion of a front yard in residential areas, including: R1- Residential First Density; R2- Residential Second Density; R3- Residential Third Density; RR-Rural Residential zones
  • In any commercial zone, unless commercial storage or commercial sales are permitted

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Occupy a Trailer on a Vacant Lot?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use.
Can I Occupy a Trailer if I Plan on Building a House?
No. Unless granted approval for a Temporary Use By-law, or other Planning Act application approval, a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle cannot be occupied on any lot, unless zoned TR-Tourist Recreational.
Can My Friends/Family Stay in A Trailer While Visiting?
No. Unless zoned Tourist Recreational, occupation of a recreational vehicle or similar vehicle is not a permitted use, even if occupancy is temporary.
What About Occupying a Tent?
Similar to recreational vehicles, trailers, and similar vehicles, occupying a tent (camping) is only a permitted use in the TR-Tourist Recreational zone. The use of tents is prohibited in all other zones (i.e. Residential), including Black Sturgeon Lake (Restricted Development Area) (BSL).

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact one of the following staff:

City of Kenora Planning Department
Planning Analyst – Kylie Hissa  807- 467-2292 or
City Planner – Devon McCloskey  807-467-2059 or

City of Kenora Zoning Bylaw No. 101-2015 Section 3.6

Trailer Occupancy Handout