Winter Adventures

Winter is spectacular in Kenora. Take the family skating or skiing. Try winter hiking or snowshoeing. Drill a hole in the ice and catch some fish. Your outdoor winter adventure is here.

Skating

Lace up your skates and head out to one of Kenora’s many indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Enjoy an indoor public skate at Keewatin Memorial Arena or the Kenora Recreation Centre, a pick-up game of outdoor shinny at Evergreen or Rideout Community Centres, or a leisurely skate at Rabbit Lake or under the Whitecap Pavilion. 

Mount Evergreen

Mount Evergreen Ski Club’s downhill venue boasts 11 runs, two t-bar lifts and a terrain park. The Ski Club offers equipment rentals for all ages and sizes and offers individual or group downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons. You can also try tubing—introduced at Mount Evergreen a few years ago, the two parallel tube runs have continued to grow in popularity.

Day-use and seasonal passes are available online. The licensed chalet offers a retreat from the hills with warm drinks and snacks.

Cross Country Skiing

At the base of Mount Evergreen, Kenora Nordic Trails consists of 20 kilometres of exceptional trails. Looking for a unique outdoor winter adventure? Three kilometres are solar lit for night skiing! 

Day and seasonal passes, as well as ski rentals, are available online or at the Mount Evergreen Ski Club chalet.

A group of cross-country skiiers racing towards the camera.

Hiking & Snowshoeing

Many of Kenora’s scenic trail systems are ideal for winter hiking and snowshoeing. Enjoy the crisp crunch of undisturbed snow when you venture out onto frozen waterways, and keep your camera ready for a close encounter with our over-wintering animals—deer, otters, mink, muskrat are common sights along our winter trails. Visit Green Adventures to be outfitted for your winter hiking or snowshoeing experience.

A view of the train bridge over Tunnel Island Trail in the winter.

Snowmobiling

Kenora is a snowmobiler’s paradise. Thousands of rivers and lakes, combined with the thick layer of snow our winters are notorious for, make this region one vast snowmobile playground. The local Sunset Trail Riders club maintains over 600 kilometres of groomed trails, which makes exploring this winter wonderland by sled both fun and worry-free. Journey north through rugged, untouched wildernesses, or head south to explore the Lake of the Woods and all the picturesque views it has to offer. Be adventurous: while you’re out there, try ice fishing to catch your dinner. Nothing tastes better than walleye freshly caught in the ice-cold waters of northwestern Ontario.

Go to permits.ofsc.on.ca to pick up your Ontario snowmobile permit for the Sunset Trail Riders region.

Two snowmobiles race along the trail over a frozen lake.

Ice Fishing

If you have the gear to get out on Lake of the Woods, take a ride south on the ice road from Kenora and find walleye on the many humps and reefs scattered around the lake. The central section of the lake has the best population of fish, in the area known as the Manitou. If you’re interested in fishing some of the smaller lakes around town you can use the Ontario Fish ON-Line website to see a listing of the fish species in each body of water.

A group of twenty or so adults, kids and dogs enjoy a day fishing on the ice.

Ice Roads

Experience the Lake of the Woods as few ever do—by ice road. Heading south out of the City along these well-groomed, frozen roadways makes for an exhilarating day trip. Or head out after dark on a crisp, clear night and watch the sky light up with stars and aurora borealis, set to an eerie symphony of ice stretching and wolves howling in the distance. No outdoor winter adventure is complete without the unique experience of “ice roading.”

Stay up-to-date on ice road conditions on our Facebook page.

A view of an ice road at sunset.