Kenora, ON, Canada

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Kenora, ON, Canada

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A northern lakeside paradise

Set on the emerald green shores of Lake of the Woods, Kenora is a hot spot for boaters, golfers, and water enthusiasts alike. With over 14,000 islands in the vicinity, Kenora is famous for its sandy beaches and water sports in summer, and fat biking and skiing in winter. Charter a floatplane for an adventurous fishing trip, and explore ancient, native pictographs and a spectacular geyser that shoots up nearly 200 feet in the air. Kenora vacation rentals provide excellent access to these amazing sights, and pristine lakes, lush, green islands, and nearby mountains for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Canoe trips and street art in Kenora

With several city beaches to choose from, Kenora offers ample opportunity for sun-bathing on soft sand, diving beneath the glittering waves of Lake of the Woods, or watching the sun set over the water on a dinner cruise. You can also stroll through Kenora and see if you can spot all the murals scattered throughout the city. After choosing to make your base in a Kenora vacation rental, you can plan a serene canoeing or kayaking trip around the islands of Lake of the Woods, with local outfitters ready to ensure you're fully prepared to navigate established routes and take in the pristine wilderness and spectacular wildlife of Ontario.

Spirit Rocks and a ghostly museum in Kenora

The Spirit Rocks are native pictographs painted by indigenous artists using sap and berry juice, and are believed to be about 5,000 years old. Sacred, unique, and scattered throughout the Lake of the Woods, they are essential viewing for visitors to Kenora. Visit the Mather Walls House, a Queen Anne-style Victorian which purportedly has a resident ghost, then meander through the award-winning Lake of the Woods Museum. Kenora vacation rentals also put you close to the quirky Bottle Glass House, built entirely of glass bottles and mortar.

Fun in the sun and snow in Kenora

A winter excursion to Kenora is marked by heavy snowfall and crisp, cold conditions that are ideal for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and a unique winter sport: fat biking. Biking routes are on firm, well-packed snowy trails, and bikes are equipped with wide, fat tires that enable a good grip on the powder. While you're bundled up, hire a guide to take you ice fishing on the frozen lakes. Summers are balmy and temperate, ideal for long days paddling on the lakes and swimming at the beach.

On the lake in Kenora

Set on the shores of the dazzling Lake of the Woods and bordered by lush pine forests, Kenora is home to an amazing array of wildlife. Lakes are filled walleye, northern pike, and the infamous muskellunge, known as muskie to locals. When out hiking forest trails or paddling on the lake, keep watch for black bears, beavers, river otters, and muskrats. Kenora is also a haven for birds, and you can look out for bald eagles, white pelicans, and killdeers. Listen for the haunting call of loons and the mating cry of cranes as you enjoy the fairy tale lakes, woods, and mountains.