Dryden & Kenora Feature

Kenora is heading for a third phase of downtown reconstruction on Second Street to continue an already-successful urban revitalization effort.
Next phase of Kenora's downtown revitalizationKenora's downtown revitalization efforts are shifting into third gear. With two rounds of construction under its belt, Kenora's version of the Big Dig will be moving off its scenic waterfront and is heading uptown.Beginning in 2008, Kenora spent $25 million for its two-phase Big Spruce project that first dug up and improved Main Street before fixing up the harbourfront with better pedestrian access, a concert and festival venue, and new marina docks.Now Second Street, a major artery t...

Dryden & Kenora News

Agreement to continue research at Experimental Lakes Area
The province and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed an agreement to continue research at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).The agreement means scientists and researchers can begin important work in time for the 2014 field season. Among this year's projects,...
Kenora downtown revitalization is job booster
The reconstruction of Kenora's downtown streets and waterfront has proven to be a job generator.The Lake of the Woods Development Commission released the results of a survey indicated that 261 new jobs have been created in 59 restaurant and retail businesses since the first of three constructio...
Red Lake commercial strip gets FedNor funding
Red Lake received a funding windfall from Kenora MP and FedNor minister Greg Rickford.The agency has earmarked $208,890 for the municipality to prepare five commercial properties along the Highway 105 corridor for new occupants.The investment will assist the municipality in project management a...
Provincial funding keeps research facility open
The Ontario and Manitoba governments are providing transitional funding to keep the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a world-class federal research facility, open and operating in northwestern Ontario.The Ontario government said Sept. 2 it will commit up to $2 million per year until management of ...

Dryden & Kenora Community Profile


Quick Facts (Dryden) 2011 Municipal Tax Rate 

Population: 8,663, trading area 35,000

Location: 340 km west of Thunder Bay

Main Industry: Forestry, Mineral Exploration, Tourism


Commercial occupied: 0.03721572

Industrial occupied: 0.03504480

Target Growth Areas  Real Estate 

Renewable Energy - Solar and Biomass

Value-added Manufacturing

Mineral Exploration and Mining

Real Estate


Average cost of a four-bedroom home: $150,000 - $250,000

 Developments for 2012  Top 5 Employers 

$30 million water treatment plant

$13.5 million Riverview Elementary School

$2.6 million Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Building

Domtar Pulp Products Ltd: 340 employees

Keewating-Patricia District School Board: 220 employees

Dryden Regional Health Centre: 205 employees

City of Dryden: 200 employees

Raleigh Falls Ltd: 200 employees


Quick Facts (Kenora) 2011 Municipal Tax Rate 

Population: 15,177, with a service area 

of 21,000 and a summer population of 30,000

Location: 200 km from Winnipeg and only 50 kms from the Manitoba border

Main Industry: Health Care


Commercial occupied: 0.02725513
Industrial occupied: 0.02894114
Target Growth Areas  Real Estate 

Value-added wood products


Land Development

Average cost of a four-bedroom home: $225,000

 Developments for 2012  Top 5 Employers 

Phase III of the downtown revitalization project

Post-secondary education and training facility with a performance arts

Cultural centre

Opening of the Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.

Waterfront residential developments

Lake of the Woods District Hospital: 501 employees

District of Kenora Home for the Aged: 245 employees

Wal-Mart: 200 employees

i-Level Weyerhaeuser Mill: 160 employees

Moncrief Construction: 120 employees