Minaki & the Winnipeg River System
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About Minaki & the Winnipeg River System
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A cottage country community known for its rich history and rugged vistas, Minaki is located 45 kilometers north of Kenora, on the expansive Winnipeg River system. You’ll find it where the CN Rail mainline crosses the Winnipeg River, between Wade to the west, and Ena Lake to the east. Although the river system widens into several area lakes including Gun Lake, Little Sand Lake, Big Sand Lake, Pistol Lake and Rough Rock Lake, Minaki is the departure point for more than 100 water-access cottages in the area.
While the area’s history encompasses First Nations settlements, explorers and fur traders, the modern community of Minaki first appeared in the early 1900s, after the National Transcontinental Railway (NTR) constructed a bridge across the river near Holst’s Point. Known as Winnipeg River Crossing, the area began attracting residents from the booming city of Winnipeg, located about three hours to the west. In short order, vacation properties of all sizes and amenities began appearing on the small lakes along the railway.
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which operated the line for the NTR, saw the economic potential in the popular area and, in 1914, built a rustic log resort hotel (Minaki Lodge) to accommodate tourists. The railway station was also renamed Minaki, an Ojibwa word meaning Beautiful Water or Good Land. During its operational heyday, Minaki Lodge staff were housed in accommodation at Holst Point. Although new ownership and many renovations occured during its lifetime, Minaki Lodge was completely destroyed by a horrific fire in 2003. Today, Minaki-on-the-River, a new revitalization project, is currently offering individual lots and historic cabins for sale. The majority of cottage owners are from Manitoba, Alberta and the United States. Minaki is a 2.5- hour drive from Winnipeg, MB.
The Winnipeg River System and its related lakes are well-charted and navigable. They offer excellent boating, and fishing for species including walleye, muskie, pike and bass. Although Minaki was accessible only by rail until about 1960, highway 596 now offers well-maintained, year-round road access to the area. (VIA Rail says it hopes to resume its weekly run between Winnipeg, MB and Minaki in spring, 2021.) Tourism is the main economic driver in the area: camps, lodges, marinas and a float plane base each cater to anglers, hunters and cottage owners.
Area services include Minaki Marina, a one-stop facility offering boat docking, gas, convenience store items, an LCBO, and post office. Muncer’s Marina offers boat docking, vehicle parking and construction services.
An unincorporated community located in unorganized territory and outside any incorporated townships, Minaki has no local government. Community roadways are maintained by the Minaki Local Roads Board. Recreation services are provided by the Minaki Local Services Board (MLSB) through the Minaki Community Assoication; the MLSB also provides fire protection courtesy of the Minaki United Fire Fighters. Both the Minaki Community Hall and the Fire Hall are owned and operated by the MLSB. The area also has its own volunteer, First Response team. These are among the many community initiatives and area programs supported by the Minaki Foundation, a registered charity, which was incorporated in 1986.
Real Estate Values (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020)
Source: MLS data
– Water access, Winnipeg River at Minaki: 2 sales, $195,000 and $219,900.
– Road access, Pistol Lake, Minaki: $630,000.
– Road access, Myrtle Rapids: 2 sales, $99,900 and $375,000.
Minaki Cottage 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