Need a canoe for your Lake of the Woods canoe trip? Or maybe you want to try standup paddleboarding on your camping trip in northwestern Ontario. Whether you’re looking for a Lake of the Woods canoe rental, kayak rental or SUP rental, there’s an outfitter that can help you out.
We’ve compiled the best Lake of the Woods outfitters to make your dream trip a reality.
[This article is part of the The Ultimate Lake Of The Woods Outdoor Adventure Guide. Find all the resources you need to plan an adventure-filled trip to the Kenora area.]
The Hardwear Company
This Kenora outfitter rents lightweight canoes, touring kayaks and SUPs by the day so you can explore the area’s lakes and rivers with comfort and ease. They also sell a wide range of canoes, kayaks, SUPs and paddling accessories, in addition to cycling and other outdoor gear. Stop by the downtown store before your Lake of the Woods paddling adventure to pick up last-minute gear and get insider knowledge for the area.
Standup paddleboard enthusiasts will want to check out the Beau Lake 11.5-foot Lake of the Woods edition SUP the store sells, a true Canadian original with a walnut and maple topsheet reminiscent of a vintage powerboat. The Hardwear Company will arrange free delivery of this special edition SUP in addition to the Beau Lake 116 Malibu SUP within 250 km of Kenora.
Location: 106 Main St South, Kenora, ON
Phone: (807) 468-1226
Kenora-based Green Adventures offers Lake of the Woods canoe, kayak and SUP rentals as well as guided trips in northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country. They’re your go-to Lake of the Woods outfitter, offering high-quality rental equipment and trip planning services, including Lake of the Woods maps.
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Lake of the Woods wilderness tours with Green Adventures include all the gear you need, as well as the leadership of an experienced guide. Destinations include Ena Lake canoe trips and sea kayak tours in Kenora and to the spectacular Sable Islands on Lake of the Woods. Canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard lessons are also available.
Location: 806 River Dr, Kenora, ON
Phone: (807) 407-8683
Get on the water with Kenora SUP rentals from Boardanyone. Rent a standup paddleboard and explore Lake of the Woods. Boardanyone offers friendly, expert service and retail sales of Tahoe, KM Hawaii and Surftech SUPs, as well as paddling accessories. Delivery of rental SUPs is available to popular Lake of the Woods paddling destinations, including Rushing River Provincial Park and Blue Lake Provincial Park.
Location: 325 Second St South, Kenora, ON
Phone: (807) 468-3211
Tall Pines Marina
Rent a standup paddleboard from Tall Pines Marina and set out, paddling to Lake of the Woods’ famous islands. Tall Pines offers full-day, weekend and weeklong SUP rentals near Kenora on Cameron Bay. The marina features a pro shop with snacks, paddling accessories and Lake of the Woods gifts.
Location: 832 Lakeview Dr, Kenora, ON
Phone: (807) 468-5253
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Blue Lake Provincial Park
Need a rental canoe to set off on the Blue Lake canoe route? Canoe rentals (and kayak rentals, if you so choose) and route information are available from your starting point, Blue Lake Provincial Park, north of Vermilion Bay on Highway 647.
Location: Hwy 647, Vermilion Bay, ON
Phone: (807) 227-2601
Minaki Yurt Adventures
Book one-of-a-kind accommodations in Minaki, north of Kenora, and get access to canoes, SUPs and kayaks to explore the Winnipeg River and a myriad of other smaller bodies of water. Minaki Yurt Adventures has hosted guests in its unique and cozy, all-season yurts since 1992. Couples, small group and large group accommodations are available.
Location: 1 Trailhead Rd, Minaki, ON
Phone: (807) 466-1191
With locations in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, Wilderness Supply is a good option for renting high-quality canoes, kayaks and SUPs for a Lake of the Woods padding adventure if your vehicle is equipped to transport boats. The Winnipeg store is a great location to learn more about paddling routes in the Lake of the Woods area, and both outlets offer a wide variety of paddling gear and camping accessories, perfect for gearing up before setting out on a trip.
Location: 50 Isobel St, Winnipeg, MB // 244 Pearl St, Thunder Bay, ON
Phone: (204) 783-9555 (Winnipeg) // (807) 684-9555 (Thunder Bay)
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Caliper Lake Provincial Park
Caliper Lake Provincial Park is one of the best places to camp in Lake of the Woods—not only for its quiet campground but also because the park offers canoe and kayak rentals for visitors. Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the quiet waters of Caliper Lake, birdwatching or fishing for northern pike, walleye or smallmouth bass. This is a great destination for a family canoe trip on Lake of the Woods.
Location: Hwy 71, Nester Falls, ON
Phone: (807) 484-2181
Rushing River Provincial Park
Ontario Parks offers longer term canoe rentals (minimum three days) for paddlers wishing to explore the backcountry canoe routes of Rushing River and Eagle-Dogtooth provincial parks. Pack your gear, pick up your rental canoe at the Rushing River Provincial Park gatehouse and set off on a great Lake of the Woods canoe trip.
The park can also help arrange day-use canoe rentals from nearby Rushing River General Store (delivery is available).
Location: Hwy 71, Kenora, ON
Phone: (807) 548-4351
Redden’s Camp offers camping and cabin rentals on their property on the shores of Longbow Lake, just east of Kenora. Guests are able to rent kayaks and paddleboards on-site in two-hour increments to explore the lake, which connects with Lake of the Woods. The staff at Redden’s are very knowledgeable, and will be able to answer all your questions about adventuring and paddling in the area.
Location: 4423 ON-17, Longbow Lake, ON
Phone: (807) 548-4066
Kenora outfitters have all you need for a great Lake of the Woods paddling adventure. | Photo courtesy of: Destination Ontario