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Turning Kenora into a Premier Tourism Destination

McGuinty Government Helping Promote Local Tourism, Create Jobs

Kenora is taking another step towards becoming a tourism hot-spot for Ontario, Canada and abroad by rejuvenating their downtown and harbourfront areas.

Through the Rural Economic Development Program, Ontario is helping the City of Kenora to:

  • revitalize the downtown with improved access to the water
  • redevelop the harbourfront to include seasonal and day-use marine docking facilities
  • establish a special events venue, new public space and a refurbished information centre
  • grow tourism for the region
  • increase visitors and overnight stays
  • enhance commercial and retail investment opportunities
  • generate new revenue for the Kenora district
  • create over 100 jobs over a 10 year period
  • revitalize the economy through increased tourism and boater traffic

Quick Facts

  • The City of Kenora and the City of Kenora Harbourtown Centre Business Improvement Zone are receiving up to $250,000 through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $91 million in 266 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.

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“The McGuinty government is proud to support initiatives such as this that create jobs, stimulate the economy, and promote Ontario's natural beauty and rich history.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Our goal is to make Ontario the number one destination of choice - whether for business or pleasure. This initiative will showcase Kenora's downtown and harbourfront areas, drawing travellers from across Canada and around the world.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism and Culture

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the province on this initiative. More people are exploring their own backyard when choosing travel options and the City of Kenora has plenty to offer.”

Len Compton

Mayor, City of Kenora

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