PUPs Go West – Day 20, Kenora

From Lundar Beach Provincial Park, MB to Kenora, ON
We left early so we could have a leisurely ride and also gives us time to explore Kenora. It was a little comforting to see those Muskoka rocks again as I passed the Welcome to Ontario sign. It was sunny but very hot so the pugs couldn’t stay out long. We did find some gems.

Driving music was Joni Mitchell

We got an early start and caught the sunrise on the morning walk. No one else was around. Packed up the tent and headed out.

We arrive in Kenora in the morning. Not too hot. We are early for hotel check in. Head down to their Harbourfront area and Eve tests out the grass.

A woman on a road trip from California is taking selfies with a camera on a tripod. I ask her to take one of me. They went through the States to Niagara Falls and then are looping back through Canada.

There is a food truck down here so we order breakfast – sort of…

The specialty is wild rice burger. It is a little on the dry side because it is rice but has a crunchinewss to it. Guess who got to share? Eve and Raisin were quite happy to have burger and fries for breakfast.

They have a pavillion called “The White Cap”. Events are put on. They were setting up chairs and I asked what was happening? Grade 8 graduation ceremonies. Will be skipping that.

Our hotel was about a 20 minute walk from the Harbourfront. We checked in. While the pugs cooled down I walked back. Across the bridge I took a pano of the city and lake.

The Goodwill Geyser was donated by the Kenora Rotary Club. It symbolizes the club’s charity efforts in India. They established water and irrigation projects in the dryer parts to aid in agriculture.

Husky the Musky – the town’s mascot.

He is also a symbol for clean, fresh water.

We were staying at the Super 8 by Wyndham hotel. It was not downtown but there was a nice, lakeside walk.

Who ever heard of a hungry pug? The guy was closing soon but he had a photo of his 2 pugs on the wall – a black and a fawn. He opens at 7 and we will be gone by then.

The Boathouse restaurant is down by the lake with a patio on the water. Had spring mix greens, cup of chowder and a lobster club. Local Lake of the Woods Brewing Company had 3 offerings and chose the Blonde Ale.

So, Kenora was called Rat Portage in the beginning – not exactly a tourist attracting name. The amateur hockey team was called the Rat Portage Thistles. The mayor changed the name in 1905 to Kenora. The Kenora Thistles go professional. They win the Stanley Cup in 1907 against the Montreal Wanderers.

I wandered past the White Cap. The Grade 8 graduation had art work from the students setup.

After a refreshing nap, the pugs were ready to explore. We found a trail just a 5 minute walk from our hotel. It gave us the opportunity for the pugs to have a nice, shady nature walk.

The path follows the river.

It descended down to the river and that is as far as we went. It was hot and I didn’t want to overheat the pugs. Splashed a little water on them to cool down and headed back.

We have a long drive tomorrow and we lose an hour with the time change. Decided on an early night.

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