Ignace and the larger town of Dryden, respectively on Agimak Lake and Wabigoon Lake (no relation to Lake Wobegon, American novelist Garrison Keillor's fictional Minnesota town), are possible stop-offs. However, the biggest and best place to pause is Kenora, the unofficial capital of the striking Lake of the Woods region and tourism hub for local summer cottages and fishing trips. Rambling across Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota, Lake of the Woods is the local answer to Toronto's cottage country for weekending Winnipeggers.
M.S. Kenora offers daily 2¼-hour cruises around the northern section of Lake of the Woods, to see a little of the region's 100,000km of shoreline and 14,500 islands. Sunset dinner cruises are also offered.
The small Lake of the Woods Museum covers the aboriginal, industrial and gold-mining history of the area, with a particular focus on the last 100 years, when Kenora changed rapidly.