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Kenora is North America’s Premier Boating Destination, connecting local residents, visitors, and cottagers to the Lake of the Woods and its 14,522 islands and 65,000miles of shoreline –more than all the Great Lakes combined. Starting in 2006, the City of Kenora made a strategic decision to prioritize growth of visitors and tourism spending in the City of Kenora’s economic development plan, which cast a bold new vision for Kenora as a tourism destination.

Fast Facts

  • Since 2007, the City of Kenora and public sector partners have completed over $23 million in new tourism infrastructure projects including the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, downtown revitalization of Harbourtown Centre, Kenora Gateway signage, and the Whitecap Pavilion – a covered outdoor venue that hosts year round events and festivals;
  • 723,000 visitors;
  • $200 million visitor spending;
  • $100 million cottagers;
  • Well defined tourism strategy;

Key Opportunities for Growth

  • Unique accommodations;
  • Experiential tourism businesses;
  • Outdoor recreation;
  • Cultural tourism;
  • Sports tourism;
  • Eco tourism.