Things to Do

There's no shortage of things to do while hiding away! Click an activity for more details, links and photos:

Hike

Hike

Next to Wild Woods Hideaway is the Mink Bay trail system, which includes 4.5 kilometres of hiking trails, located on 90 acres of land that the city of Kenora has designated as environmentally and historically significant and includes a Provincially significant wetland. The trail system is accessible via a foot path from our land.  There(…)

Swim

Swim

Mink Bay warms up quicker in the spring than most surrounding bodies of water which makes for a long season of comfortable swimming.  We have a dock for swimming in the bay and our family usually swims at least once a day from mid- May until near the end of September.  On still days you(…)

Canoe

Canoe

We have canoes available for use by our guests. You are also welcome to bring your own if that is your preference. Mink Bay is an ideal body of water for those without much canoeing experience (or with small children along) as it rarely has large waves or motorized boats.  If you are looking to(…)

Kayak

Kayak

We currently have 2 kayaks available for use by our guests.  You are also welcome to bring your own.  Experienced paddlers will likely want to leave Mink Bay via the tunnel beneath the railroad tracks and explore the Winnipeg River system. Depending on the water level you may need to make a short portage to(…)

Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand Up Paddleboard

We currently have 2 SUPs available for guests to use.  You are also welcome to bring your own. We ask that our SUP’s remain in Mink Bay.

Fish

Fish

Mink Bay is connected to both Lake of the Woods and the Winnipeg River and has a similar variety of fish. We mostly catch Northern Pike, Muskie and Walleye but also regularly get Perch and Bass.  We do not have a boat launch so fishing is either from canoe, kayak or the shore (just not(…)

Wood-Fired Sauna

Wood-Fired Sauna

We have a wood-fired sauna that can seat up to 8 people.  Wood for the sauna is included in your rental.  For a truly refreshing experience try alternating between sauna sessions and dips in the lake in the summer or rolls in the snow in the winter.

Playground

Playground

We have a play-structure for your little ones to climb, slide and swing on. The structure is located in a shady meadow with lots of open space nearby to run, roll and play. We also have croquet and ladder-ball equipment available to use in the space. Children using the playground must be supervised by an(…)

Nordic Ski

Nordic Ski

We keep a small track open on the lake by skiing it with our children.  For those looking for a more extensive network, Evergreen Ski Hill is a short drive and has 20 km of beautiful, groomed trails.  The Club Minaki trails are a longer drive but offer 25 km of beautiful groomed ski trails that we(…)

Snowshoe

Snowshoe

You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes to explore the surrounding forests and trail networks.

Skate

Skate

We keep a rink cleared on the bay as long as weather conditions permit.   Some years we get a clear freeze for part of the winter which allows for skating on a large portion of the bay.  

Watch for Wildlife

Watch for Wildlife

Mink Bay has been designated a provincially significant wetland and many birds and other animals either make their homes along its shores or stop in during their seasonal migrations. Depending on the time of year you can expect to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl including pelicans and loons, eagles, spruce grouse, deer, rabbits and(…)

Visit Kenora

Visit Kenora

Whether it is the farmers market  that happens every Wednesday in the summer, art and music, yoga (http://www.lotwyoga.ca/, http://www.mvmntstudio.ca/ or http://www.coulisconnectionstudio.ca/) good food, craft beer or locally roasted coffee Kenora has a lot to offer. The city of Kenora has an excellent website for visitors where you can find lots of information on all Kenora has to offer.

Bike

In addition to hiking, the Mink Bay trails are also popular for mountain biking.  Other trails that are also used by cyclists are Tunnel Island and the Vernon Nature Trails which are both within 5 km of Wild Woods Hideaway.  If you are interested in road biking, the city of Kenora has developed an extensive(…)

Downhill Ski / Snowboard

We don’t offer downhill skiing or snowboarding onsite, however Evergreen Ski Hill has fantastic runs and is a short drive away.