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The Best Kenora Tourist Attractions

Jun 29 , 2022 · 5 min read

The largest city on Lake of the Woods, Kenora offers many exciting things to do and attractions to check out. Start your Kenora vacation along the harbourfront. Here you’ll find the tourist information centre – a great resource to help plan your vacation.

TripSupport offers direct flights to Kenora or to Winnipeg, a good home base for exploring the Kenora area.

We’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Kenora. If you haven’t been here before, a good way to get acquainted with the area is to stroll along the greenbelt on the water to McLeod Park. Here you will see “Husky the Muskie” tug boat, stunning gardens, and the Goodwill Geyser spouting water up to 75 meters every hour throughout the day.

Visit the public beaches where you’ll find soft sand and playgrounds for the kids. For golfers, Kenora also offers two 18-hole golf courses. The Kenora Golf & Country Club is a fine course, but does require a membership. The Beauty Bay Golf Course is just 15 minutes from Kenora and is challenging for golfers of all levels.

History of Kenora

Mather-Walls House. A historical house built by John Mather, a local businessman and philanthropist. And this house is even haunted! Is it the ghost of John Mather? You will have to visit to find out. It is operated by the Lake of the Woods Historical Society, and is open for tours in the summer months when they often hold Victorian Teas. 

Historical buffs will appreciate the Lake of the Woods Museum. The museum was established in 1964 to collect, preserve, exhibit, research, and interpret items that best illustrate the settlement and development of the Kenora area. The museum has a vast collection of over 25,000 items! This well-established educational experience is home to a stunning array of artifacts and local archives, serving not only as a basis for permanent exhibits, but for rotating thematic displays and special events. 

M.S. Kenora. Take a cruise on the M.S. Kenora, with tours daily on Lake of the Woods. It is a two-hour cruise that gives you the best views of this spectacular lake, and draws thousands every year. The lake is dotted with islands and the shoreline is picture perfect. The cruise will also take you past some impressive homes along the shore. Lunch and dinner cruises are available.

Fish & Beer

Fisherman with rod, spinning reel on the river bank. Sunrise. Fishing for pike, perch, carp. Fog against the backdrop of lake. background Misty morning. wild nature. The concept of a rural getaway.

Fishermen will appreciate this area for the plethora of angling opportunities on the lake. Trophy-sized muskie can be caught, and a catch over the 50-inch range is not unheard of. Large pike and walleye are also here, as well as excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass. It might come as a surprise to learn that the crappie fishing on this lake is also very good, and is actually a lot of fun to fish.

Since this is such a popular fishing spot, first-timers may be a bit intimidated by the traffic on the lake, but there are plenty of outfitters and guiding services that can help you navigate the waters with ease. Whether you have your own boat, or choose to rent one, a good guide will be able to take you to some good fishing spots.

Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. Who doesn’t appreciate a good craft beer? This fantastic place to enjoy a good brew is located in Kenora’s old firehall. They produce many flagship beers such as Sultana Gold and Forgotten Lake. 

They are always introducing seasonal beers, so come often! During the weekend, you can even book a tour of the beer making process right on site, to appreciate what goes into each and every batch of their fine beers.

Shop & Discover Kenora

As a popular tourist destination especially in the warmer months, you cannot miss downtown Kenora and all of its great attractions – shopping being one of them. Here you will find all of the normal touristy spots, with souvenirs and Lake of the Woods gear, but you will also find some pretty unique boutique shops for that special something to take home. Local artists abound, and downtown is the perfect place to find that uniquely hand-crafted item. In the shops, you will find everything from paintings and sculpture to books by local authors and one-of-a-kind jewelry. 

Shop the Matiowski Farmers Market. Located in the Whitecap Pavilion and held every Wednesday from June through October, it is one of the largest markets in northwest Ontario. Not only can you fill up on fresh produce, you will also find a wide selection of baked goods and canned items such as pickles, jams, salsa, and canned fruit. Local artisans also sell their unique wares here, as well. The vendors change from week to week, so you’ll never visit the same market twice.

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Discovery Centre. Set along the shore of Lake of the Woods, this is not only an information centre, but it also houses an interesting rotation of exhibits. While here, take a walk up to the upper level to view some remarkable local art. You will also find multimedia outlets as well as interactive displays that are both fun and educational. The building also has a theatre with sliding glass panels that open up to an outside seating area for musical and theatrical events.

Bring a picnic lunch to the Center, as there are picnic tables with a spectacular view of the water. 

Be sure to visit Kenora Falls, located 1.5-hour’s drive from Kenora. You can see the falls right off the highway. Nestor Waterfall is lined on one side by a picturesque park, the perfect spot to stop on your journey from or back to Kenora. The falls are located about a 20-minute drive from Sioux Narrows, another great place to check out. The bridge in Sioux Narrows is quite famous and was once the longest single span bridge on the planet. The entire area is gorgeous for sightseeing. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. A nice quiet area to unwind.

There is so much to discover in Kenora. Book your trip now and Pay later today!

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