The Region

Kenora – Naturally Beautiful

Kenora is located 200 km east of Winnipeg, within the Canadian Shield of northwest Ontario. The region has vast tracts of boreal forest and thousands of lakes.

Within the forest and alongside the lakes are many species of birds and mammals. While here for the conference, keep your eyes open for moose, deer, black bear, timber wolves, lynx, and fox and otter. It is a great place for birdwatchers to see forest birds such as owls, blue jays and a diverse range of songbirds. The region’s islands provide nesting habitats for the several species of birds including piping plovers, white pelicans and bald eagles to name a few. The lake has a diverse range of fish species including lake trout, pickerel, bass and muskie.


The Economy and its People

Forestry, tourism and mining are the three largest sectors of the Kenora economy. The city of Kenora has a population just over 15,000. The Lake of the Woods and numerous smaller lakes situated all around Kenora are the major draw for cottagers, growing the population significantly in summer months. Many are from the neighbouring province of Manitoba and the state of Minnesota. The culture and history stretch back almost a thousand years to the ancient culture and rich traditions of indigenous peoples. Today, there are twenty-five First Nations in the Lake of the Woods area.


Watershed Management and Coordination

Lake of the Woods is a transboundary waterway bordering the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the state of Minnesota. The lake is over 110 kilometres long and wide, with 14,552 islands and 105,000 kilometres of shoreline.

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed is 70,000 square kilometres and stretches from just west of Lake Superior to its outflow into the Winnipeg River at Kenora. The Rainy River, Shoal Lake, Kakagi Lake and other smaller lakes and rivers feed Lake of the Woods. The lake drains into the Winnipeg River and then into Lake Winnipeg, ultimately, draining north through the Nelson River to Hudson Bay.

The International Watershed Coordination Program

The International Watershed Coordination Program provides bi-national coordination and communication of research, management and citizen engagement for the shared waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed. The program links groups working on watershed activities at local, regional and bi-national scales. The program is a collaborative of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the International Joint Commission and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in partnership with the Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District. Program development and delivery is coordinated by an International Watershed Coordinator in collaboration with partners throughout the watershed.

Lake Regulation

The Lake of the Woods Control Board (LWCB) manages hydrology of Lake of the Woods, Lac Seul, and the Winnipeg and English Rivers between the outlets of these lakes and their junction. It was formed in 1919 and operates under Canadian federal and provincial legislation and a Canada-United States Treaty. The Board consists of four members – one representing Canada, one from Manitoba and two from Ontario. The LWCB serves vastly diverse interests in the basin. The International Rainy Lake Board of Control supervises regulation of Namakan and Rainy Lakes, which provide about two-thirds of the inflow into Lake of the Woods. Another body, the International Lake of the Woods Control Board, approves outflows from Lake of the Woods when levels are above or below specified elevations.

The above watershed map was obtained from the Lake of the Woods Control Board at:

Blue Mountain Resort – Room Options

  1. The price is for the room not per person – so long as they do not max out the occupancy of the room.
  2. The Village Suites  are made up of 3 buildings – Grand Georgian, Seasons at Blue, Weider Lodge – if you have a group of you that you would like to be in the same building you can provide a list and we can try to accommodate it will all depend on availability and the room types the group have chosen but it most cases we should be able to accommodate.
  3. The conference is going to be held at the Village Conference Centre
  4. The closest accommodation to the Village Conference Centre is Mosaic
  5. More information on booking can be found below.
  6. Group Code: GB00000539

**Note – these prices are exclusive of tax and fees

Booking deadline is May 3th, 2019. Don’t miss out!

Staying for Water Week at Blue with CWRA & CWS? Please call Blue Mountain Resort at the number above to ensure you opt in to both room blocks for the duration of your stay.

Rooms Available Saturday May 25 – Wednesday May 29 (4 nights)

NOTE: Saturday discounted room rates are SOLD OUT.  

**Recommended for CWRA Board Members**

Building Room Type Price per night Total Price**
Village Studio $159 $636
Village Bachelor $169 $676
Village 1 Bedroom $184 $736
Village 1 Bedroom with Den $219 $876
Village 2 Bedroom $279 $1116
Village 3 Bedroom $379 $1516
Mosaic 2 Bedroom $289 $1156
Mosaic 2 Bedroom Townhome $289 $1156
Mosaic 2 Bedroom Loft $289 $1156
Mosaic 3 Bedroom $389 $1556

Rooms Available Sunday May 26 – Wednesday May 29 (3 nights)

Building Room Type Price per night Total Price**
Blue Mountain Inn 2 Double beds $139 $417
Blue Mountain Inn 1 Queen (Accessible) $139 $417
Blue Mountain Inn 1 King Bed $139 $417
Blue Mountain Inn 1 King Suite $199 $597
Village Studio $159 $477
Village Bachelor $169 $507
Village 1 Bedroom $184 $552
Village 1 Bedroom with Den $219 $657
Village 2 Bedroom $279 $837
Village 3 Bedroom $379 $1137
Mosaic Deluxe $179 $537
Mosaic 1 Bedroom $194 $582
Mosaic 1 Bedroom with Den $224 $672
Mosaic 2 Bedroom $289 $867
Mosaic 2 Bedroom Townhome $289 $867
Mosaic 2 Bedroom Loft $289 $867
Mosaic 3 Bedroom $389 $1167

The Blue Mountain Resort and surrounding area has a lot to offer with events, activities, and site seeing in addition to the conference.  Our conference discounted prices will give you a  chance to extend your stay and bring your family.  Discounted conference rate are available from Saturday May 25th up to Friday May 31st.  There are a variety of rooms available:  studios to 3 bedrooms.

To complete your hotel reservations, please visit our website at

Group Code: GB00000539

1. Select your check in and check out date, number of desired rooms and number of adults and children in each room
2. Click on the ‘I have a group/promo code’ and enter your group code – GB00000539 – and select the search button
3. Packages available to your group are now displayed; select choose.
4. Review accommodation types and rates and select choose on your preferred room type. Should you wish to review a rate per night breakdown, select ‘More Information’ beside each available room type.
5. Review a summary of your accommodation details and select ‘Proceed to Next Step’ once satisfied.
6. Complete your personal details, review and accept the terms and  conditions.
7. Enter Payment Information.
8. When your reservation is successfully completed you will receive a Blue Mountain Resort confirmation number. In addition, you will also receive an automatic e-mail confirmation with your hotel reservation information shortly.

The Region