Coney Island Summer Water Service Rescind Notice

Boil Water Advisory Rescind Notice

To all residents on Coney Island summer service consuming water from the City of Kenora water distribution system, as of May 29, 2020, the Boil Water Advisory has been rescinded.  Laboratory testing of the after supply doe snot indicate the presence of bacteria.

Coney Island boil water advisory rescind notice May 29, 2020


Science North Introduces Virtual Camp Program “Summer Science At Home” and Makes Changes to Summer Camps

Science North Media Release

The health and safety of the children who registered for Summer Science Camp is Science North’s top priority. Responding to the Ontario Government’s recent announcement about summer camps, Science North has made some adjustments to their programming for children this summer.

The Government’s guidelines have shaped Science North’s decision to cancel Summer Science Camps for the weeks of June 29, July 6, and July 13 in all communities. Additionally, at this time camps will be cancelled for all weeks in the following communities:

Atikokan, Barrie, Blind River, Bracebridge, Cochrane, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Fort Frances, Hearst, Huntsville, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Little Current, Marathon, Midland, Nipigon, Orillia, Parry Sound, Pembroke, Petawawa, Red Lake, Temiskaming Shores, Timmins, Wawa.

There are still some decisions to be made about camps in Sudbury, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Sault Ste. Marie for the weeks of July 20 through August 31. An update regarding the remainder of the summer will be announced once further provincial and health recommendations and requirements are in place.

For those who have already registered for this summer, Science North will be contacting families directly to receive full refunds. Beginning the week of June 1, Science North will contact individuals on a weekly basis based on the week they were registered for camps to discuss refund options.

Science North appreciates the understanding and patience of those who have registered.

As a result of the cancellation of Summer Science Camps, Science North will offer Summer Science at Home, a new online science program for children this summer.
The facilitated activity-based hour held on Zoom takes summer camp in a whole new direction. From building hovercrafts and catapults to creating secret codes with invisible ink, children will get a chance to experiment, build and tinker with stuff found around the house. After the live session is over, Science North will provide families with extra activities and media so children can continue to engage with science in the world around them.

Summer Science at Home will be available for children ages 7-12 and delivered in English and French. The live sessions will be held for a one-hour time slot from Monday to Friday and will beginning the week of July 6.

Pricing ranges from $80 to $104 depending on family size, length of week and if you are a member or not.

Registration for Summer Science at Home begins Monday, June 1 at 12:00 pm.

Visit for full details, FAQs and to register.

For more information, please contact:
Lara Fielding
Senior Manager, Marketing
Science North and Dynamic Earth



Safe Storage and Use of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer, Controlling Flammable Vapours and Fire Risk

City of Kenora Media Release

Although using hand sanitizer is a good way to clean your hands to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to be aware of proper storage and safe use of these flammable products. It is important that you read and follow directions and warnings on hand sanitizer product labels.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is flammable and may give off flammable vapours, which could ignite if exposed to open flame or an ignition source.

When using hand sanitizer, follow these safe use and storage tips:

• Keep containers in an upright position and properly sealed to avoid leakage;
• Containers should not be left in direct sunlight to avoid spillage or leakage from pressurization of the container;
• Keep away from open flames and sources of heat;
• Be especially careful if attempting to smoke, light candles, or use a gas stove immediately after applying hand sanitizer;
• When using hand sanitizer, hands should be rubbed together until they are completely dry; and
• Always read product labels carefully and follow the warnings and directions of use.

While reports have surfaced about hand sanitizer catching fire or spontaneously combusting from being kept in a hot vehicle, this is not accurate. The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advise that the rate of vapour leakage from a personal container of hand sanitizer left in a hot vehicle does not result in enough vapours to cause concerns.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there about hand sanitizer self-combusting which is not true. However, it is very flammable and care must be taken when around open flame or other ignition sources,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene.

Please continue to stay home, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, keep a physical distance of 2 metres from others, and most of all be fire safe always.

For more information, please contact Fire Station One at 807-467-2090.

Provincial Offences Update May 25, 2020

Important Notice

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a provincial State of Emergency has been declared. Court operations are limited during this time.

Statutory timelines have been extended, including time to exercise your options on the Offence Notice (ticket).

All Provincial offences trials are being rescheduled. If you are a defendant, a notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

If you were summoned to appear in court for a provincial offence during the State of Emergency, you do not need to attend, as the matter will be rescheduled.

If you have any questions about the scheduling of your Provincial Offences Act offence, please contact the Kenora Provincial Offences office at 807-467-2984 or

For further information please visit: .

City Reopens Select Outdoor Recreation Amenities

City of Kenora Media Release

The City of Kenora remains diligent in monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We continue to evaluate and follow all public health agency communications, as well as communications from Federal and Provincial Government health authorities. The health and well-being of our residents is of great importance.

The City has reviewed the amended Provincial Emergency Order of May 19, 2020 about re-opening outdoor recreational amenities with specific restrictions. Based on this information, the City has reopened the following:

• Benches and picnic tables in all areas;
• The skate park, basketball courts, tennis and pickle ball courts; and
• All municipal ball diamonds; however, organized baseball is still not permitted for groups larger than five (5) people. Dugouts will remain closed.

While using these outdoor recreational amenities, you must maintain physical distancing of at least two (2) metres from any other person, unless you are from the same household. Washroom facilities at some outdoor facilities will begin to be opened May 25th, and we encourage you to ensure you carry hand sanitizer.

Playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, the Splash Park, and beaches remain closed until further notice.

You are strongly urged to visit the City of Kenora website and Facebook page to read the posted guidelines and best practices for each recreation area.

Stace Gander
Community Services Manager

Rock Breaking Occurring Railway Street/Park Street Project Areas

Public Notice

Please be advised that there will be sporadic rock breaking occurring throughout the course of the sewer, water and road reconstruction project in the Railway Street and Park Street areas.

This work should go unnoticed, with little disruption. When it is possible, Moncrief Construction Ltd. will notify you if your home or business will be affected.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Moncrief at 807-407-4457.

We thank you for your patience during this infrastructure project.

Beaches Remain Closed

Public Notice

Please be advised all City of Kenora beaches are closed and all washroom facilities will remain locked until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to follow directives of the Provincial government during the pandemic.

Load Restriction Lifted as of May 18, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that the load restriction on local roads put in place on March 20, 2020, will be lifted on Monday, May 18, 2020. This means heavier vehicles may now travel on those previously limited roadways.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.




Coney Island Summer Water Service

Public Notice

Please be advised the majority of Coney Island summer water service has been turned on; however, part of the system remains frozen.  For those who have water at this point, you should have received a hand-delivered Boil Water Advisory notice.

Coney Island remains on a Boil Water Advisory until further notice.

All water from taps should be boiled for at least one minute if it is used for human consumption.

Boiling removes harmful bacteria in the water that may cause illness.  Once boiled, the water can be stored in the refrigerator in a clean food-safe container and should be used for other activities where it may be ingested, including:
1)    Brushing teeth or soaking false teeth
2)    Washing fruits and vegetables
3)    Adding to uncooked food or drink
4)    Making ice cubes

For more information about the summer water service, please contact Ray Lindquist at 807-467-2149 or Biman Paudel at 807-467-2296.

For information on how to care for your family during a Boil Water Advisory, please contact the Northwestern Health Unit at 807-467-3147.

Thank you for your understanding.

City Wide Fire Ban Lifted May 15, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that the complete fire ban for the City of Kenora will be lifted as of Friday, May 15, 2020 at midnight. This follows an announcement from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) ending the Restricted Fire Zone for the fire region of Ontario.

Although the fire ban has been lifted, conditions remain dry and residents are strongly encouraged to use extreme caution when burning. Consider weather conditions before burning.

From April 1 to October 31, controlled seasonal burning is in effect which means no day burning. Evening burning can take place between two (2) hours before sunset and two (2) hours after sunrise.

Burning Permits are required for all outside burning, except campfires. If you require a burning permit, please contact City Hall at 807-467-2000 to purchase over the phone. Fire Station One, 14th Street North, is not able to process burning permits at this time. Rules and contraventions included with the permit must be reviewed by the person in charge of the fire before burning starts.

Fireworks are allowed on Victoria Day Monday, May 18, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. only.

If you have any questions, please call Kenora Fire and Emergency Services at 807-467-2090.

A May long weekend like no other… Letter to LOWDSA Members from LOWDSA President and Kenora Mayor Reynard

Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association Media Release

Only days away from it and we’re anticipating a May long weekend like no other we’ve ever seen. No sooner are cottages closed up for the season in the fall than we begin looking forward to the May long weekend and another great summer at the lake. The season traditionally opens without fail on that weekend although it rarely looks or feels quite the same from year to year. Lake levels, water temperature, ice-out timing, road construction, winter damage (or lack of) thanks to animal visitors, fire hazards – so many variables that define season opening. Just the same, whatever the differences from previous years, the season always kicks off in a wonderfully, familiar way and we’re back at the lake and loving it! To say that this year will be different would be, to put it mildly, a huge understatement.

Making the most of lake time this season is proving to be challenging as we try to navigate the many COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions issued by all levels of government and various health authorities across the country. As we all know, they are currently advising that we stay at home and avoid non-essential travel and, of most relevance to lake-time, that seasonal residents everywhere stay safe at home to avoid stresses on rural health care facilities, essential services and supply chains. No question …. it’s the last thing we want to hear with that long weekend teasing us just around the corner. It’s also the absolutely last thing Kenora area businesses want to see. Your lake communities are itching to welcome you back as soon as possible, but right now the health infrastructure and local supply chains simply cannot provide the support and services you are accustomed to when you return home to the lake.

We recognize that there are instances where isolating at the lake makes sense and may even be necessary. There are also reasons why you may need to travel to your lake property, to check on ice damage after high water levels at freeze-up or perhaps to satisfy insurance requirements. The decision on whether or not to head your cottage under the present circumstances is a personal one, will be made by everyone for their own reasons and should be respected as such. LOWDSA members, both seasonal and year-round residents have collectively made real and lasting contributions to our community as evidenced when we look at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, the Museum and most recently the Muse, to name just a few. The economic impact of LOWDSA members measures in the tens of millions annually and is not taken for granted. The majority of Kenora residents appreciate the dollars infused into the local economy by summer residents and the jobs that are a direct outcome of that infusion. So, if you are travelling to your cottage anytime soon, it is with great reluctance that the City of Kenora asks you to resist the temptation or need to visit local businesses – just for the time being until the risk diminishes and it’s safe to do so. All those restaurants and stores you’ve supported so well over the years cannot wait to welcome you back when it’s safe for all concerned.

When that big ‘welcome back’ day will be is beyond predicting and will likely remain so for awhile yet. In the meantime, we’ll all continue to wait on continuing changes in emergency orders for Ontario, Manitoba and across other provincial and international borders to set the stage for what is recommended and what is permitted or restricted. In the meantime, we thank you for being mindful of community safety and respectful of best practices for moving about your community at home and at the lake.

Hardy Bock, LOWDSA President & Mayor Dan Reynard, City of Kenora

Comments from municipalities and businesses

Kenora Harbourtown BIZ recognizes the importance of our summer residents and the value they bring to our community. Our seasonal residents contribute millions of dollars annually to our community by supporting our local shops, services and restaurants. They are a part of our Kenora family and we look forward to welcoming them as soon as our community gets back to some semblance of ’normal’. Stay safe everyone and we will see you soon!” Rob Dokuchie – Chair, Kenora Harbourtown Business Improvement Zone (BIZ)

On behalf of the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce I would like to invite and promote our continued relationship with our neighbours from Manitoba and  surrounding area . In this pandemic it is a time when we need to restrain from common activities at the lake and areas of enjoyment as per government policy at this time. When better times are to be enjoyed, all will be welcomed with open arms and our buisnesses so look forward to be able to serve our valued summer residents and guests. Look forward to seeing you soon. Andy Scribilo – President, Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce

Seasonal residents and visitors make up an important part of our community. The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is excited to welcome them back, as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and it is safe to do so. Mayor Norbert Dufresne, Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

We appreciate all that our resident cottage owners and tourist bring to our communities, however during these trying times we ask you to exercise precaution and follow the guidelines set forth by our provincial and federal counterparts to keep our communities safe and COVID Free. Mayor Colleen Fadden, Lake of the Woods Township

Contact: Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director, LOWDSA 807-543-4287
Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association PO Box 1160 Kenora, Ontario, Canada P9N 3X7

Media Notice – Letter from LOWDSA President and Kenora Mayor to summer residents

Victoria Day Weekend Fire Safety

Media Release

UPDATE: City Wide Fire Ban Lifted May 15, 2020

As we approach Victoria Day holiday weekend, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents that the Kenora region remains in a Restricted Fire Zone and our focus needs to be on fire safety.

While the Restricted Fire Zone is in place, there can be no outdoor burning of any kind, including fireworks. You can use a gas or fuel (propane) stove or BBQ for cooking or warmth as long as you are away from flammable material.

You must use extreme caution at all times. The Province of Ontario recommends to:

• be careful with anything that could start a fire;
• watch your propane or gas equipment carefully;
• smoke only when you are stationary, never while walking or working in the bush;
• make sure all matches or cigarettes are out before disposing of them.

“We are urging you to be fire safe in all activities you are planning for the first long weekend of the summer,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “With everyone practicing fire safety, we hope this will relieve excess pressure on emergency response services to answer calls to unintentionally set fires and other emergencies.”

You are encouraged to find fire safe creative ways to celebrate the unofficial start to the summer season. This may include watching fireworks videos, hanging LED lights, or purchasing glow sticks. Please continue to stay home, wash your hands often, and keep a physical distance of 2 metres from others.

For more information, please contact Fire Station One at 807-467-2090.