Local Activities & Attractions
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Swimming: at our private beachs or any number of parks (Rushing River) or beaches near by including:
Anicinabe: Take Miikana Way off Highway 17E to get to this park. It is very close to downtown. There is a beach, washrooms, change rooms, showers, playground, BBQ pit, shelter, and small concession. There are canoe and kayak rentals. You can drive to or boat-in, as there are docking spaces. There is also a public boat launch with parking for your vehicle.
Coney Island: only accessible by boat in the summer, is just a short boat ride from downtown Kenora. This beach on Lake of the Woods has a playground, concession stand, public docks, a large grassy area for many outdoor sports, and a shelter for picnics.
Garrow Park: Is found on Rabbit Lake at the end of Birchwood Crescent, just minutes from downtown. There is a beautiful beach with docks, a playground, washrooms, change rooms, picnic area, and tennis courts. There are nature trails leading to St. Thomas Aquinas School and along the south shore of the lake. The Kenora Rowing Club is also based here. Rabbit Lake is perfect for rowing regattas. Each year the club holds rowing regattas and a Dragon Boat festival in August.
Keewatin Beach: Off of Keewatin Beach Road, Keewatin Beach is a nice public beach on Lake of the Woods. There are restrooms, change rooms, a picnic area, docks and a playground. The change rooms are wheelchair and stroller friendly but the beach isn't.
Norman Park: Is located on Lake of the Woods just off Lakeview Drive (Highway 17W). It's just behind the Dairy Queen and Railroad Museum. There is a nice sandy beach, children's playground, restrooms and a picnic shelter.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking: we have rentals on-site for rent and you can launch from our local docks to view and visit the many small islands.
Boating: we offer boats and motors for rent for a half day or a week or more, view our rates.
Hiking: there are plenty of hiking trails around Redden's and at the nearby Rushing River Provincial Park. There are also hikes within the city limits of Kenora
Wildlife Watching: there is an extraordinary amount of wildlife in the Longbow Lake area, ask at the desk in the Redden's Store about the best places to view the local wildlife. Lake of the Woods is recognized as a bird watcher's paradise. Almost 300 species of birds nest here and can be seen and heard in any season of the year.
Lake Tours: the M.S. Kenora offers day cruises around Lake of the Woods, cruises sail three times daily, twice on Sundays. They also offer Native Cultural Tours. View their web site for more information.
Parks: Kenora and the surrounding area is home to many parks including:
Beatty Park: is located on 10th Street in Keewatin. There is a picnic area, bandstand and showpiece floral gardens. Boat Launch nearby.
The Harbourfront: the Harbourfront is parallel to Main Street. Visit the Thistle Pavilion which houses a Tourist Information Centre. For a great view, take the stairs up to the top of the Pavilion which overlooks Lake of the Woods. You can grab some homemade fries, a burger or your lunch and eat in on the benches. There are park benches all along the greenbelt. The M.S. Kenora leaves for its cruises on Lake of the Woods from the Harbourfront. There is also public docking if you come by boat. Many major events are held "under the Tent" each summer which includes Harbourfest, Canada Day Festivities, the Kenora Bass International fishing tournament, Bard on the Harbour and the Summer Concert series.
Jaffray Melick Lookout Point: located on Rabbit Lake Road, you'll find a gazebo with shrub and floral gardens.
Jack Robinson Park: at the junction of Melick Avenue, Rabbit Lake Road and Veterans Drive. There is a picnic area and floral garden.
Keewatin Central Park: located at 10th Street and Superior Street in Keewatin. There is a sand box and open green space.
Keewatin Rock Holes: located on 6th Street in Keewatin. View glacier rock holes. There is also a picnic shelter and lookout area.
McLeod Park: is part of Kenora's Harbourfront greenbelt off Lakeview Dr. If you walk west from the Harbourfront, you'll reach the huge "Husky the Muskie". This large replica of a muskie fish stands 40 feet tall. It stands proudly at the most northern extremity of Lake of the Woods. The park is beautifully designed with many flower beds in the rock gardens. Take a walk out to the lookout area to view the Kenora Rotary Goodwill Geyser. The geyser shoots out water 200 feet into the air every hour on the hour for 15 minutes between 8am and 11pm in the summer months. You can park across the street and take the walkway beneath the bridge. Near the parking area you'll also find restrooms. On this side of the road you'll also find the Tug Boat, James McMillan, which was used for years to haul logs to the local paper mill. Rotary Goodwill Geyser in Kenora, Ontario
Rushing River Provincial Park: is located just minutes from Redden's Camp. There are plenty of activities to do if you go for just the day. You can find out more about the park on the Ontario Parks website. There is also an events calendar on the Ontario parks website where you can find out all the special events in Rushing River. To call the park directly (not for reservations) please call 807-548-4351 from May to September and 807-468-2669 from October to April.
4433 Highway 17 East
Longbow Lake, Ontario
15 minutes east of Kenora, Ontario