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Ontario Tourism Region : Northwest Ontario
- Pop. 228. In Kenora Dist. on Sand L. (a widening of the Winnipeg R.) and Hwy 596, 51 km. NW of Kenora.
- The community dates from the Wolsley Expedition of 1870 when the place was called Winnipeg River Crossing. A post office was established in 1912 as Minaki, a First Nations Peoples word meaning 'beautiful country.'
- The CNR put the community on the map when it opened a luxury summer lodge in 1914. To provide a nine-hole golf course, the railroad bought a Manitoba farm and hauled 30 rail cars of topsoil to Minaki.
- Minaki Lodge was destroyed by fire in 1925 but by 1927 Scottish stone masons and Swedish loggers had rebuilt it.
- The Ontario government took over the lodge in 1974 and poured $40 million into it before selling it at a tremendous loss to the Radisson Hotel Corp. of Minneapolis.
- Radisson turned the place around and sold it in 1987 to the Four Seasons hotel group. In 2003 the magnifIcent original main lodge was destroyed by fire.
Address of this page: http://www.stirling.ruralroutes.com/minaki