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Lake of the Woods Cemetery

The Lake of the Woods (LOW) Cemetery entrance is located at 750 Ninth Street North and there are also three other entrances along Ninth Street North.

History

Cemetery

The Lake of the Woods Cemetery was opened in 1883 under the name of the Union Park Cemetery. E.M. Rideout donated the land the Cemetery is situated on.  The Cemetery now covers 11.5 hectares or 37 acres of park-like setting.

On September 19, 1891, the LOW Cemetery Company was formed to govern the care and control of the Cemetery.

The first published bylaw book which included the rules and regulations of the Cemetery was printed July 1, 1928. A single grave sold for $10.80 at this time.

Then on April 1, 1940, the Corporation of the Town of Kenora became owner/operator of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

In 1972, the Roman Catholic Cemetery was turned over to the Town of Kenora from the Notre Dame Catholic Church.  On August 1, 1972, the Town of Kenora became the owner/operator of both the Roman Catholic Cemetery and the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, to be known together as the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

On January 1, 2000, Kenora, Keewatin, and Jaffray Melick amalgamated, the Cemetery stayed as the Lake of the Woods Cemetery but new bylaws were passed under the City of Kenora.

The Lake of the Woods Cemetery has mystic and charm, which includes historical information and unique headstone art.  We invite you to take the time to enjoy the serene and peaceful surroundings encircling the memories of our loved ones.

Services and Products

The City of Kenora has two by-laws concerning cemetery services and products:  bylaw 33-2009 Cemetery Rules and Regulations and bylaw 34-2009 Rates.

Plot Purchases

Interment Services

 

Fees and Costs

Plot Purchases

  • Full Plot................$525.00 (Holds 1 Full burial & up to 4 cremated remains)
  • Cremation Plot.......$300.00 (Holds 2 cremated remains)
  • Columbarium:
    • Top 2 Rows................$1,180.00
    • Middle 3 rows................$960.00
    • Bottom 2 Rows..............$785.00
  • Plots with Concrete Foundation.....$750.00

Open & Closing (Interment Service) Fees

  • During regular hours
    • Full Burial………....$710.00
    • Cremation………....$315.00
    • Columbarium……...$150.00
  • Saturday additional charges
    • Full Burial...........$350.00
    • Cremation...........$150.00
    • Columbarium.......$150.00
  • Late Working Charge: $125.00 per hour
  • Interment Licence Fee..................$10.00
  • Administration Fee.......................$25.00
  • Temp. Marker Fee.......................$10.00
  • Columbarium Inscription Fee..........$599.00
  • Disinterment Fee...............200% of open & closing fees
  • Name Search............................$10.00 (per name)

Foundation Fees
includes foundation preparation and perpetual care

  • Flat Marker.....................$125.00
  • Upright (to 4 feet)...........$200.00
  • Upright (over 4 feet)........$400.00
  • Bench...........................$100.00

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who governs the LOW Cemetery?

The Lake of the Woods Cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Kenora; and is governed by municipal bylaws, provincial legislation, and Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO).


The BAO Consumer Information Guide provides information to make informed decision about burial services at the cemetery, as well as funeral and cremation services.

Are Funeral Homes and Cemeteries separate businesses?

Yes, the funeral homes look after the funeral service and the cemetery looks after the interment, the burial, of your loved ones.

What is a perpetual care fund?

Perpetual care fund is a mandatory care and maintenance trust fund created by provincial legislation in 1928 to ensure upkeep of cemeteries.  In 1992, a care and maintenance fund was introduced for the care of the headstones.  The LOW Cemetery annually receives the interest revenue the trust fund generates to assist in maintaining the cemetery.

 

 

Cemetery Walking Tour

No Reservations Required, cancelled if raining, call 807-467-2067 for more information

July & August - every Friday

10:30—11:30 a.m.

$3.00 person

 

Lantern Lit Night Tour

“A Walk on the Dark Side” Tour

No Reservations Required, cancelled if raining, call 807-467-2067 for more information

June, July & August - every third Friday

8:30—9:30 p.m. 

$5.00 person

  

 

Ice Candle - Festival of Lights

Ice -candles

The City of Kenora has a unique celebration of life at its Cemetery. Ice candles are lit on Christmas Eve, which stay lit through to Boxing Day, in celebration and memory of loved ones.

Over five thousand candles are lit by 50+ volunteers on Christmas Eve. Monies raised from this event are used in parks beautification projects through out the City of Kenora. 

$8.00 - Ice Candle (customer picks up and lights themselves) Wax candle included.

$10.00 - Ice Candle (placed and lit by City staff & volunteers) Wax candle included.

To place orders for ice candles, order forms and payments are accepted at City Hall or the Cemetery Office.  You also have the option to order online through our eStore, coming soon!

  

Contact Information

Cemetery Office
First Floor, 60 Fourteen Street North (Operations Building)

Mailing Address
One Main Street South Kenora, Ontario P9N 3X2

Phone: 807-467-2067
Email: cemetery@kenora.ca

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  * closed from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Saturday and all Statutory Holidays

 

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