The COVID-19 Pandemic has been very hard on Kenora’s tourism industry, luckily, it was announced that one local vacation destination will be getting some help from the provincial government.
The Ontario government has committed to providing $200,000 to help establish Kenora Bed ‘n’ Bale Inc., a new vacation destination in the City of Kenora. The funding will help strengthen the local economy and create more jobs.
Funding for this project is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
“Before COVID-19, we had a vibrant tourism sector here in Northwestern Ontario, so it is crucial that we continue to look for ways to support our local businesses,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
“Today’s investment directly contributes to our northern tourism industry’s sustainability,” he continued.
Kenora Bed ‘n’ Bale is a small farm located next to Rabbit Lake. It is close to town, yet it offers visitors accommodations such as sites for recreational vehicles, rustic cabins, and rental campers, as well as horse pens.
Some of the resort activities offered include a homestead tour, yoga with farm animals, and fishing and hiking.
"The NOHFC grant was a game-changer," says Laura Loohuizen, Co-owner and Manager of Kenora Bed 'n' Bale.
"The funds enabled us to develop an agri-tourism destination to draw new visitors to Kenora, many of whom would otherwise have bypassed the area. We found that the pandemic rekindled interest in local, ethical, sustainable food production, and our place provides education, entertainment and therapeutic visits for tourists and residents, alike. We are very grateful to Minister Rickford, the Ontario government, and the City of Kenora for supporting our vision of a different kind of tourism for Northwestern Ontario,” she continued.
“Our government’s commitment to the tourism industry, and tourism businesses in particular, is an essential step in making sure the sector can re-build and resume its role as an engine for the province’s economy and regional employment,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.