Kenora & Lake of the Woods
Make Kenora – aka ‘Cottage Country’ – the backdrop to cherished family memories.
About Kenora & Lake of the Woods
The City of Kenora, a two-hour drive east of Winnipeg, MB, is located on the north shore of world-famous Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Savour the charm of hundreds of area lakes, waterways and rivers. The District of Kenora encompasses the quaint railway villages of Malachi, Minaki and Redditt (to the north), the ruggedly picturesque towns of Sioux-Narrows and Nestor Falls (to the southeast), Vermilion Bay (to the east), and Shoal Lake, west to the Manitoba border. Inhale the natural beauty of cottage country from your deck or dock!
Kenora (population:15,096) is the commercial and community hub for the world-renowned Lake of the Woods, in NW Ontario. This small city is located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the Manitoba/Ontario border, and about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Winnipeg. It is the seat of Kenora District.
The city has a rich history rooted in aborignial communities, Canada’s fur trade, and the logging industry. Dubbed Rat Portage in 1878, the town’s name was changed in 1905 to ‘Kenora,’ a moniker created by combining the first two letters of Rat Portage with the nearby towns of Keewatin and Norman. Kenora and Keewatin, as well as the unincorporated towns of Norman and Jaffray Melick, amalgamated in 2001 to become today’s bustling centre of Kenora. The area’s natural beauty, attractions and amenities draw tourists year-round.
Lake of the Woods (LOTW) is one of Canada’s most pristine bodies of water. Measuring more than 70 miles (110 kms) long and wide, the freshwater lake encompasses more than 14,552 islands, and spans 65,000 miles (105,000 kms) of shoreline. Fed by the Rainy River, Shoal Lake, Kakagi Lake and other smaller rivers, LOTW drains into the Winnipeg River and Lake Winnipeg, before flowing north via the Nelson River and into Hudson Bay.
LOTW is world-renowned for its rugged rock outcrops, expansive forested areas and nature preserves. Many of the islands provide nesting habitat for bird species ranging from Canadian loons and American white pelicans to Canada geese, piping plovers and blue herons. Several hundred pairs of bald eagles currently nest in this area.
As an international body of water (a portion of the lake’s southern basin is in the United States), LOTW’s water levels are regulated and controlled by the International Lake of the Woods Control Board. The acclaimed Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, located about two miles from Kenora on Yacht Club Island, has been a crown jewel in the LOTW area since its inception in 1903.
– Maximum length: 68 miles (109 kms)
– Maximum width: 59 miles (95 kms)
– Shoreline: 25,000 miles (65,000miles including islands)
– Average water depth: 40 feet
– Maximum depth: 210 feet
– Surface area: 1,679 sq. miles
– Geographical specs: Longitude: 49 9’ N, Latitude: 94 50’ W
– Fish species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Rock Bass, Muskie, Largemouth Bass.
Kenora/Lake of the Woods Listings
Lot 7 Molloy Ridge Road
Sioux Narrows, Ontario
Location S819 Gun Lake
Part 1 & Part 2 23r-14679, Little Sand Lake
Partridge Point Eagle Lake
Part Lot 2 M127 Christie's Bay, Winnipeg River
611 Third St S