Kenora and Lake of the Woods Resort Destination–A Northwestern Ontario Winter Paradise
By Carolyn Haney
Nestled in the most northwestern part of the province, north of Minnesota and east of Manitoba, is home to the four season’s vacation area of Lake of the Woods. During the winter months, this area becomes a winter wonderland with many different activities and events to choose from for the outdoor enthusiast. There are four bustling communities that surround this natural wonder and each has their own annual winter events. The largest community on Lake of the Woods is the city of Kenora, which hosts a majority of the events for the area
Kenora Winter Events
During the month of February in Kenora, visitors can partake in the first annual “ Take Your Sweetheart…” ice-fishing derby on the 11th or be a spectator at the Nordic Ski Championships, which takes place from February 10th to 12th 2006. Sno X Racing and Snowmobile Poker Derbies are also during the month of February (dates to be announced). On March 19th, 2006, Kenora also hosts the annual Family Fishing Derby on Keewatin Bay. The largest winter event in Kenora that attracts visitors from all over Canada and the U.S. is held on March 24th to the 27th, 2006 which is the annual North American First Nations Festival of Culture and Sport. This event includes the largest annual hockey tournament in the area.
Sioux Narrow and Nestor Falls Winter Events
The communities of Sioux Narrows on Regina Bay and Nestor Falls located on Sabaskong Bay are South of Kenora on Hwy# 71. During the winter months, these two communities make up about one hundred permanent residents; however there is still plenty to do. On April 4th and 5th 2006 is Nestor Falls Annual Winter Carnival. Visitors who choose to be outdoors can participate in ice fishing or poker derbies, those who would prefer to stay in where it is warm can take part in a crib tournament.
Morson Winter Events
Only 35 miles north of the Canadian American border on the southeastern shores of Lake of the Woods lay the small community of Morson. The community hosts a couple of winter events such as Polkerama on February 11th 2006 and the LOW Live Release Fish Derby on February 25th, 2006.
Although each of these communities hosts several different events, there are still many activities for visitors to experience on their own. Throughout the area there are many places to go cross country skiing on groomed trails such as the Vernon Nature Trails, Rushing River Provincial Park, and Mount Evergreen Ski Club, which also has runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding. The Sunset Trail Riders Association keep miles upon miles of trails groomed for snowmobiles that connect to Manitoba and Minnesota. This area also caters to naturalists, photographers, and birdwatchers with it’s abundance of untamed wilderness. The Lake of the Woods area is an unspoiled gem with activities for visitors of all ages to participate in, during a brisk winter’s day.
Carolyn Haney recently graduated from the Georgian College Tourism Management program and has worked in Kenora as a Travel Councillor for the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.
Additional web related sources for winter near the Lake of the Woods Resort Destination
Kenora Area Tourism Information
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