An Ontario favourite, Kenora is a great place to visit. If you’re in the Kenora area this winter, don’t be put off by the snow. Here are a few fun things you can do outside in Kenora this winter season!
Visit Mount Evergreen
Whether you prefer skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, Mount Evergreen is the place to go. Get your heart racing as you speed down the slopes, whichever way you prefer! If you’re a little more lowkey, you can also hit the cross-country ski trails.
Address: 120 Mt. Evergreen Rd., Kenora
Cost: $40.00 for 1 full-day pass for 1 adult
Go Skating at Anicanabe Park
Hit the ice at this beautiful Kenora park. You’ll have a fantastic time skating around the outdoor rink, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just a beginner. If you want to do something fun, why not try a game of crokicurl on the ice?
Address: Golf Course Rd., Kenora
Challenge Yourself at the Tunnel Island Trail
Even in winter, this incredible hiking trail is open. Grab your snowshoes or just your warmest winter boots for a challenging hike. Just bear in mind that the trails can be slippery this time of year—there are several alternative trails around that are better for this season!
Address: 248 Trans-Canada Hwy. #322, Kenora
Go Aerial Sightseeing
River Airoffers sightseeing tours for anyone who wants to get the big picture. Sign up for one of the tours and have your breath taken away by the beauty of the Kenora area. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Address: 2nd St. Dock, Kenora
Cost: Price varies, call for a quote
Explore Downtown Kenora
While Kenora’s nature is beautiful, there are plenty of urban areas to explore too! Head to downtown Kenora for a walk and some people watching. If you get too chilly, just pop into one of the shops or restaurants to warm up!
Go Yurt Camping
Visit Minaki Yurt Adventures for an amazing time! Even in winter, you’ll have an incredible time exploring the wilderness of the Minaki area. Hit the trails for an adventure, and then head back to your yurt for some relaxing.
Address: 1 Trailhead Rd., Minaki
Cost: Price varies per yurt
Kenora has plenty of great snowmobiling trails. Check out Sunset Trail Riders for all the trail details. You’ll have a great time exploring the landscape!
Cost: $45.00 for 1-day permit
Explore Vernon Nature Area
Throw on your snowshoes or your cross-country skis and start exploring! You’ll marvel at the beauty of the Vernon Nature Area. Head to the Lookout Trail for a great view of Lake of the Woods!
Address: McKenzie Portage Rd., Kenora
Go Skating at the Whitecap Pavilion
Located at Kenora’s harbourfront, this year-round event centre offers outdoor skating in the winter. Lace up your skates and hit the ice to test your moves! Whether you go with a friend or by yourself, you’ll have a great time.
Address: 1 Bernier Dr., Kenora
Experience the Kenora Winter Carnival
In Kenora, winter isn’t something to hide from. It’s something to celebrate! Join in the fun at the Kenora Winter Carnival and see all the reasons why winter is the most magical time of the year.
Go Dog Sledding
If you want to get out and do something truly unique this winter, check out Skijor Kenora’s Mushin’ for Mutts. Bring your dog and get fitted for a sled, or try snowshoeing behind your dog. It makes for great exercise for you and your pup!
Address: 66 Cambrian Dr., Kenora
Cost: Prices vary
Visit Rushing River Provincial Park
This gorgeous provincial park is a great place to spend a few hours. Hit the trails with your snowshoes or go cross-country skiing. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!
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Also called snowkiting, kiteboarding is a one-of-a-kind winter experience. Visit Hardwear Co.to pick up all the kiteboarding equipment you need. Who knows—maybe this will become your favourite way to experience winter!
Address: 106 Main St. S, Kenora
Cost: Prices on equipment vary
Skate on the Rabbit Lake Skating Trail
A relatively new skating trail, you’ll have a great time gliding along the ice here. You’ll get to experience a beautiful part of Lake of the Woods, all while staying within city limits. When you visit at the right time of winter, the trail will be lit up with Christmas lights.
Address: Rabbit Lake, Kenora
Go for an Interactive, Self-Guided Tour
Feel like really getting to know the Kenora area? Take a Hike Kenora offers an interactive trail guide that will help you explore all the best parts of this beautiful Ontario gem. Remember to pack your camera to document all the sights you see!
Hike the Rat Portage Urban Trails
If you want a healthy mix of both nature and city views, this hiking trail is for you. You’ll get to visit Husky the Muskie, a large sculpture in the city, as well as views of Kenora’s busy city centre. You’ll also be hiking through two of Kenora’s parks, and get in quite a bit of exercise if you go for the full 8km!
Go Ice Fishing
Lake of the Woods is a hot spot for fishing. And don’t worry, even in winter you can try your luck at catching a fish or two! Head to Lake of the Woods for some ice fishing!
Address: Lake of the Woods
Cost: $12.21 for a 1-day sport fishing license
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Visit Sioux Narrows
Located within the district of Kenora, Sioux Narrows is a great place to go for a hike. Explore this stunning part of Lake of the Woods while getting in some exercise at the same time. The Aspen, Fern Valley, and Lookout Point loop offers a 5.1km loop that’s great even in winter.
Address: Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls
Visit Keewatin Beach
You may not be able to take a dip in the water, but you can still explore this beautiful beach. Take a stroll along the icy shores and admire the snow blanketing the sand. Go along or bring a friend or date—it’s a great place for a walk any which way!
Visit the Keewatin Rock Potholes
These potholes are a hidden Kenora landmark located in Keewatin. Visit these potholes from the lookout point and pack your camera to photograph them. They look amazing, even in the winter!
Address: 6th St., Keewatin