A lake tour should be on your list of things to do while visiting Kenora. Whether you hop aboard the MS Kenora or book a guided lake tour with one of the local outfitters, don’t miss an opportunity to see the natural beauty of Lake of the Woods.
MS Kenora Cruises
A 1.5 – 2.25 hour cruise on and around beautiful Lake of the Woods on the City’s primary cruise ship, MS Kenora. This cruise ship is docked right on the shoreline at Kenora’s Winkler Harbourfront. The tours provide patrons with a scenic tour of the lake and even pass through the Devil’s Gap. The ship features 190 passenger capacity and a fully licensed restaurant on board. Meals are also offered on board for guests wishing to dine. There are special dinner cruises available on the MS Kenora with discount rates.
The beautiful Grace Anne II yacht sails Lake of the Woods for 1-5 night cruises. Available for charter accommodating up to 8 guests in 6 state rooms. Activities can also include wilderness excursions, fishing, golf packages, water sports and sport shooting.
Enjoy an intimate outdoors experience on the water with one of Kenora area guided tour companies. Some companies may also offer boat rentals but you will need to be properly licensed in order to rent. Rates and time vary depending on which provider is used, but all tour companies offer excellent service.
“Day cruise among the islands and bays of Lake of the Woods and experience the art of sailing on the most spectacular freshwater lake in the world” 1/2 day, full day and evening cruises are available. Visit our website for details.
View Lake of the Woods in a unique fashion. Flying above the area is an excellent way to get a sense of vast enormity of Lake of the Woods and all of its 14,542 islands. This bird’s eye view allows visitors and locals to experience the lake in a new and exciting light.
Located in the downtown cultural core of the city of Kenora there are currently 21 murals painted on city buildings. These murals are part of the Public Arts Project and each is painted by a local artist.
Cemetery Walking Tours
Established on 35 acres of donated land in 1890, every walk of life is represented in our walking tours on these historic grounds. Our tours give insight to the toils of pioneering adventurers and the unique lifestyles of area residents. The infamous tales, ghostly tales and headstone artwork highlight our tours as well. Historical and lantern lit night tours are offered. All tours are walking/wheel accessible. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Bring rain gear should it look like rain. Tours are cancelled on heavy rain days. Call ahead to confirm 807-467-4637. For more information, check out Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
Mather Walls House
The Mather Walls house was built by John Mather, a native of Scotland that emigrated to Canada in 1857. John built the house in 1889 and was one of Keewatin’s earliest pioneers. He built the house for his son David Mather. John was a shrewd business man and formed the Keewatin Lumbering and Manufacturing Company building a flour mill and a saw mill. In 1906, the house was purchased by John Walls, foreman of the mill. This house is a Queen Anne style Victorian house which has been featured in an episode of Creepy Canada due to the resident ghost which inhabits the home. Today the house is preserved by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and operated by the Lake of the Woods Historical Society. Guided tour and specials events are offered during the summer months. Every October local High School Students transform the house into a haunted house and tours are offered for three days the weekend before Halloween. You may even meet the real apparition in the house!
Your tour starts on the second floor of the 105 year old firehall that houses our brewery and taproom. You will learn a little bit about the history of the building and the history of the original Lake of the Woods Brewery that operated in Kenora from 1898 to 1954 while enjoying a pint of our beer. Your guide will then take you into the Brewery where you will learn how we make our beer and the unique processes we use. There are usually a few brewers around and they often join in on the conversation. Tours usually last about 30 to 40 minutes.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Brewery Tour – $10/person (+HST)
Souvenir Brewery Tour – $15/person (+HST)
Four Pack Tour – $20/person (+HST)
Lake of the Woods Museum Tour
The Lake of the Woods Museum Mobile Tour will assist you on your self-guided tour through the museum. The Mobile Tour is an audio-visual tour of the museum presented on an iPad (a hand-held computer). The Mobile Tour provides background information about the museum and its collection, and then, case-by-case, exhibit-by-exhibit, describes what you are seeing and provides an overview of the area’s history. The Mobile Tour includes video clips, archival photographs and stories by community members. The Mobile Tour is meant to provide you with information about the artifacts and photographs in the museum so that you might have a better understanding and deeper appreciation for those who have preceded us.
Visitors should allow themselves approximately 45 minutes to complete a self-guided tour with the printed Exhibit Guide. The Mobile Tour provides 5 ½ hours of content so you may want to plan to visit more than once!
Guided tours are available for groups with pre-booking. Group rates are available.