Tourism Investment

The Dryden Development Corporation is the delivery agent responsible for economic development and diversification objectives relating to tourism in the greater City of Dryden. Please visit our tourism website at The Marketing Coordinator is a full-time position of the Dryden Development Corporation and provides information and recommendations on tourism infrastructure development, marketing and promotional activities, programs and services.

Dryden Tourism Market Analysis

Dryden Tourism Development Strategy

Kenora District Resource Mapping ProjectKenora District Resource Mapping

The City of Dryden, like many other rural communities in Northwestern Ontario, faces enormous challenges related to economic restructuring and diversification. Traditional dependency on forestry and its declining industrial base motivated the community of Dryden to look to new sources of wealth creation. Dryden has been a leader in Northern Ontario in recognizing opportunities offered by culture-led economic development as a powerful means of diversifying local economies and providing new sources of economic growth.  

Phase 1a - Diversifying Dryden & Area Through Mapping - Final Report

Phase 1b - Kenora District Resource Mapping - Final Report

               Appendix B - Regional Map of Resources

               Appendix C - Community Maps

Phase 2 - Kenora District Interactive Media

Phase 3 - Final Roll out of website and social media channels

Sustainable Waterfront Development Project

Dryden's Sustainable Waterfront Development Plan, a community-supported initiative, offers opportunities for growth and diversification in the Tourism sector. Comprised of a total of 125 acres at the south end of Van Horne Ave, this significant waterfront property on the northern shores of Wabigoon Lake is virtually untouched. The parcel includes private lands, protected wetlands, undeveloped municipal lands and surplus crown lands. This project is unique to rural Canada. Once a self-sustaining model (engineering wet lands, underground heat pump and solar panel systems) is developed, not only can other rural municipalities benefit from the project but the City could also apply any green technology solutions in other areas in the municipality proper. Alternative methods of providing municipal service have not previously been examined versus traditional methods of infrastructure (bio-swales for storm water management and retention, local area waste water disposal with marsh filtration, potable water utilization reduction strategies, dual water systems using lake water).

May 2010 Final Report


Trans Canada Trail

What is the Trans Canada Trail?

The Trans Canada Trail is the world's longest network of trails. When fully connected, the trail will stretch 22,500 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, linking 1,000 communities and 34 million Canadians.  

Today, more than 16,500 kilometres of trail are developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile.  

The Trans Canada Trail is made up of over 400 community trails, each with diverse features and unique landscapes. Thousands of Canadians, community partner organizations, corporations, local businesses and all levels of government are involved in developing and maintaining these trails and creating our world-renowned national trail.  

The trail is 73% complete. Two hundred gaps remain to be filled in order to achieve a fully connected trail by 2017. 

Path of the Paddle Water Route

This planned water route will enable Canadians and visitors to experience traditional First Nations and early explorer routes that predate Confederation. Spanning from Thunder Bay to Manitoba, paddlers can bring their inner explorer to life and be reminded of Ontario's vastness and diversity.

Tourism Links
Discover Dryden
Discovering Ontario:  A Report on the Future of Tourism

Ontario in the Creative Age