Kenora is lucky enough to be situated on Lake of the Woods and surrounded by other lakes such as Rabbit Lake, Black Sturgeon, and the Winnipeg River. Out on Lake of the Woods, there are numerous secluded beaches where you can relax and take a dip. If you don't have a boat, don't worry, there are several drive-to beaches. Here are the top beaches in Kenora:
Anicinabe RV Park and Campground is just minutes from downtown Kenora. If you are camping, there are both RV sites and tent sites. Just down from the campground, you'll find a beautiful large sand beach which is sheltered by a boardwalk. The older children will love to jump off the boardwalk while the younger ones can wade in the shallow beach area. There is also a playground, gazebo, boat launch, change rooms, washrooms as well as a covered picnic and BBQ area just up the hill.
Hidden behind the Dairy Queen and the Lake of the Woods Railroad Museum on Lakeview Drive is Norman Park Beach. Walk from the parking area through a large wooded area which leads you to the playground, grassy area, and the sand beach. Plan to spend the whole day. You can swim, have a picnic, walk to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and have a treat at DQ and finish it off at the Railroad Museum. There are also washrooms at the beach.
Keewatin Beach is also located on the shores of Lake of the Woods. It's easy to find, just turn off Highway 17 West onto Main Street, then right onto Beach Road. There is a nice beach, washrooms, play structure, dock, and picnic shelter.
Garrow Park Beach is located on Rabbit Lake at the end of Birchwood Crescent. There's a beautiful beach, washrooms, tennis courts, a playground, docks and a picnic area. The Kenora Rowing Club is also located on Rabbit Lake. The Rowing Club was chosen as the location to host all rowing events at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The Rabbit Lake Trail System starts in the top of the park. It includes the main trail and several feeder trails.
Coney Island Beach
Coney Island is on the shores of Lake of the Woods. During the summer you can access it by boat only. Shuttles are available from the harbourfront of some of the marinas if you don't have your own boat. It really is a nice children-friendly park. The sand beach is huge. There's also washrooms, a concession stand, playground, docks and sheltered picnic area. The large grassy area is great for playing frisbee or throwing around a football. The "Maybe Annual" Coney Island Music Festival is held here each summer.
Scotty's Beach is also only accessible by boat. It's about a 10-minute boat ride from downtown. This long crescent-shaped beach is a favourite with the locals as well as houseboaters. This action-packed beach is not for those that want peace and quiet. You'll see wakeboarders, kids tubing, jet skis and more. Houseboats, motorboats, and sailboats line the beach daily.