Kenora District is the largest division of land in Ontario at over 400,000 square km, accounting for almost 40% of the entire province. With a population of under 60,000, Kenora District also has the lowest population density in Ontario. It is located in northwestern Ontario near the border with Manitoba. The largest cities are Kenora (population 15,348) and Dryden (population 7,617).
This area is mostly rural and has many lakes. In the spring and summer many people come here to enjoy fishing, boating, camping and cottaging.
Forestry, tourism and mining are important for the Kenora economy. Kenora’s top employers, as of 2013, include Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Keewatin Patricia District School Board, District of Kenora Home for the Aged, Trus Joist Weyerhaeuser, Canadian Pacific Railway, Zellers, Firefly, City of Kenora, Kenora Catholic School Board and Canada Safeway Inc.
According to the 2006 census, Kenora’s top industries are:
- Health care and social services (14.7%)
- Retail trade (13%)
- Business services (11.4%)
- Agriculture and other resource-based industries (8.9%)
- Educational services (8.4%)
- Manufacturing (7.5%)
- Construction (5.6%)
- Finance and real estate (3%)