6 sand beaches in Kenora

Take advantage of the amazing public beaches on Lake of the Woods and surrounding lakes in Kenora.

The city of Kenora, Ontario is lucky enough to be situated on the Lake of the Woods and surrounded by other lakes such as Rabbit Lake, Black Sturgeon, and the Winnipeg River. Lots of lakes mean lots of shorelines—and some of the best beaches in Ontario!

Out on Lake of the Woods, there are loads of secluded, almost secret beaches where you can relax and take a solitary dip. If you don't have a boat, don't worry, there are several drive-to beaches with lots of amenities on offer like playgrounds, changing rooms, camping spots, and boat launches. 

Here are the top beaches in Kenora.

1. Anicinabe Beach

Anicinabe RV Park and Campground are 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 sandy beach that 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, and washrooms as well as a covered picnic and BBQ area just up the hill. 

Anicinabe Beach at Anicianibale RV Park & Campground
Anicinabe Beach at Anicinabe RV Park & Campground

2. Norman Beach

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 that leads you to the playground, grassy area, and 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.

Norman Beach on Lake of the Woods
Norman Beach on Lake of the Woods

3. Keewatin 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. 

Keewatin has a beautiful sandy beach.

4. Garrow Beach

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 at the top of the park. It includes the main trail and several feeder trails.  

Garrow Beach on Rabbit Lake
There are lots of great events held at Garrow Beach on Rabbit Lake

5. 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's rightfully known as a family-friendly park. The sand beach is huge. There are also washrooms, a concession stand, a playground, docks, and a 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.

Besides a great beach, Coney Island has a canteen, playground, BBQ area and grassy area.
Besides a great beach, Coney Island has a canteen, playground, BBQ area, and grassy area.

6. Scotty's

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.

There's lots of action at Scotty's Beach
There's lots of action at Scotty's Beach.

the Best Kenora Beaches are just a short boat or car ride away

So whether you are just passing through Kenora and need a quick dip and a picnic or if you are here for a while, enjoy swimming at these Kenora beaches. Visit www.kenora.ca for more information on vacationing in Kenora.

The boardwalk at Anicinabe Beach is great for jumping off or sun bathing.
The boardwalk at Anicinabe Beach is great for jumping off or sunbathing.
About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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