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...

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Kenora seeks to grow its tourism pie
Economic development officer Jennifer Findlay has to show a visitor Kenora’s latest addition to its tourism portfolio, the Tall Pines Marina.A secluded and sheltered spot on one of Lake of the Woods’ many bays is helping to build the community’s branding profile as a premier resort town.A Winnipeg ...
Sioux Lookout gears up for growth
Vicki Blanchard, Sioux Lookout’s economic development manager, is an admitted “map freak.”When she started at her new position in early March with marching orders to make this town of 5,500 “investment ready” for development, Blanchard referred to her love of cartography to begin strategizing.The t...
Pickle Lake’s future dependent on Ring of Fire routing
Mine development in the Ring of Fire could make or break Pickle Lake.When Queen’s Park finally decides on how best to spend its $1 billion of infrastructure money to open up the Far North, Mayor Roy Hoffman hopes his community of 400 will still be in the picture to reap some of the spinoff benefits...
Craft beer maker pumps new life into Kenora
Kenora is experiencing a brewing revival with a new entry into the Canadian craft beer market.Taras Manzie, a well-known local businessman, has brought the name of an historic 1900s brewer back to life with his Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, and restored a landmark fire hall in the community’s ...

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