Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake of the Woods is a fairly new “Discovery Center”, which my father and I stopped at during our road trip to Thunder Bay last summer. A tourist information stop, with a boat dock, picnic areas and places to walk your dogs and for kids to run and play, it also has some interesting exhibits. In the summer, the famous “Ye Olde Chip Truck” — a Kenora icon — is open for business in its parking lot
I found the display of vintage outdoor boat motors fascinating, the oldest dating back more than 100 years (1914 Evinrude). It was interesting to see how the design of outboard motors has changed over the decades. There is also a display of the 1907 Stanley Cup winners, the Kenora Thistles, which somehow I missed (will need to find it next time I’m in town).
It’s not the Louvre or Getty Center, but is a beautiful building, and for a small town Kenora has crafted an interesting and worthwhile stop — even if just to use its clean rest rooms or to ask for directions to the nearest Tim Horton’s.
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