Attractions & Things to Do in Emo, Ontario

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Have Fun in Emo!

While many may not know where Emo is, when you do arrive you'll discover that there are a variety of things to do and see. Visit one of the world's smallest churches or the museum. Take in an auction or browse the scenic waterfront shopping area and pick up a souvenir. Take advantage of the beautiful summer days and go hiking, swimming or have a picnic at Lion's Park. In the winter, the local curling rink and arena will accommodate any hockey or curling enthusiast. There are cross-country ski trails and groomed snowmobile trails all around the town. Emo also has many special events throughout the year including the Emo Agricultural Fair held every August.


The Rainy River District Women’s Museum houses a collection of pioneer artifacts displaying the history of settlers in the region, which still includes a thriving farm community. Beef production is the main agricultural project, but there are many prosperous dairy herds and the rich soil yields virtually any crop.

The Norlund Chapel

When St. Patrick's Catholic Church burned down in 1971, Elmer Norlund and Ed Sletmoen salvaged the steeple and built the Norlund Chapel on Highway 11/17 in Emo. With a capacity of only eight people, it is one of the smallest churches in the world.

Hiking Trails

Emo, situated on beautiful Rainy River, sports a beautifully developed waterfront. The waterfront features Lions Park with various hiking trails. You can fish off the dock too!

Public Beaches

At Lions Park, you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. Soak in the sun and make a day of it at hte park.

Picnic Area

There are picnic areas where you can eat and enjoy the stunning landscape at Lions Park. Bring lots of food because you'll likely want to stay for the whole day!

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre

Declared a National Historical Site more than 30 years ago by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung encompasses more than three kilometers of Rainy River shoreline. Today's archaeologists now know that this area contains a minimum of 30 village and campsites and at least 17 burial mounds. It is home to a series of galleries and offers a tour of the mounds burial sites. Phone 807-483-1163 for more information.

For further information on things to do in the Emo area (including the Clearwater, Pipestone, and Off Lake area) please contact the Township of Emo office at 807-482-2378 or the Rainy River District Women's Institute at 807-482-2007 or call the Emo Chamber of Commerce at 807-482-2378.