Frequently Asked Questions About Minaki, Ontario

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Minaki, Ontario. If you have further questions about visiting Sunset Country such as crossing the US/Canada border, items you can or can't bring into Canada, fishing & hunting licenses and types of accommodations, please visit the Sunset Country FAQs page. If you have further questions about traveling in Minaki and Northwestern Ontario, please contact us at the Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association. We can be reached toll-free at 1-800-665-7567 or locally at 807-468-5853 or you can email us your questions.

Where is Sunset Country?

Sunset Country is located in the Northwest corner of Ontario, Canada. We are bordered to the south by Minnesota and to the west by Manitoba. Our eastern border is just west of Thunder Bay.

Where is Minaki? 

Minaki is located approximately 45 minutes north of Kenora, Ontario at the end of Highway 596. Minaki is 250 km (155 miles) from Winnipeg. Just head east out of Winnipeg on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1 in Manitoba and Highway 17 in Ontario) and after about 2 hours you'll come across the Kenora Bypass. Stay on Highway 17 and don't take Highway 17A into Kenora (Unless of course, you'd like to stop for supplies or a meal). Go north (left) on Highway 596 until you reach Minaki.

If you are coming from the United States, the quickest way to reach Minaki is through the International Falls, MN/Fort Frances, ON border or the Baudette, MN/Rainy River, ON. If you cross at International Falls, go west on Highway 11 from Fort Frances until you reach the Highway 71 junction. Go north on Highway 71 until you reach Highway 17. Then turn left (west) on Highway 17 and drive a short distance until you reach the Bypass intersection. To go directly to Minaki, stay on Highway 17 until you reach Highway 596 - make a right and go north fro about 45 minutes. To head into the City of Kenora, make a left onto Highway 17A which will take you directly into the city. If you are coming through Baudette, go east from Rainy River until you reach the Highway 11/71 junction. Make a left and go north on Highway 71 and follow the directions above.

How do I get to Sunset Country?

Sunset Country is less than a day's drive from many US Midwest cities. All main highways and roads in Sunset Country are paved. From the United States, there are three border crossings - at International Falls, Minnesota, Baudette, Minnesota and at Pigeon River. If you are flying, you can fly into Winnipeg, MB or into the Kenora Airport by Bearskin Airlines or private aircraft. If you fly into Winnipeg, you can rent a car or van or use a shuttle service to get to Minaki.

Can I fly into Minaki?

Minaki does not have an airport. However, Bearskin Airlines has scheduled air services to the Kenora Airport with convenient connections to, Air Canada, Northwest Airlines, WestJet and Jetsgo. Charter and personal flights can also land at the Kenora Airport. Kenora has a 5800' paved runway. Contact the Kenora Airport Authority at 807-548-5377 for more information. Visit the CANPASS website for information on Canadian customs and immigration or call 1-888-226-7277.

What are the speed limits in Ontario?

Speed limits are posted in kilometers. Speed limits on the main highways in the area usually 90 km/hour or 55 mph. Please follow the posted speed limits and watch for wildlife.

  • 25 mph = 40 km/hr
  • 35 mph = 57 km/hr
  • 50 mph = 80 km/hr
  • 55 mph = 90 km/hr
  • 62 mph = 100 km/hr

Where can I get maps of the area?

You can order a Free Travel Guide & Map of Sunset Country, which has a large pull-out map that shows all of Northwest Ontario (Accommodations & Lodging are dotted on the area map.) You can purchase maps of the area at Hydrographic Charts, Angling Maps and Topographical Maps are available. You can also phone Canada Map Sales 1-877-627-7226 to find out which maps are available for the lakes you will be visiting.

What is the average temperature in Northwestern Ontario?

Here's the average temperature in the Minaki area.

What's the current weather in Minaki?

Here's the current weather in Minaki.