Gliding across mystic Lake of the Woods, the 85-foot yacht Grace Anne II emerges from the past with her classic beauty and elegance intact. Gleaming mahogany decks and staterooms. Persian carpets and leaded glass. The Grace Anne II will transport you to another era when silverware, fine linens, and white-gloved service were the unquestioned accouterments on a wilderness excursion. Impeccable service traditions carried over from days when the previous 50-year owner, 3M Company, entertained Fortune 500 executives during exclusive retreats.
Houseboat Adventures is a family-run company, owned by Lorelie and Jeff Gordon. Back in the early 80’s they travelled across Canada looking for the best lake to relocate to and embark on their idea of renting houseboats. They hit the jackpot when they came to the amazing Lake of the Woods – it was destined to be their home. Their 3 boys Jayme, Joel & Trevor have all grown up with houseboats and began working with their parents at a very young age. They would travel to work by fishing boat, lunches in hand to their Saturday job cleaning fishing boats at age 10 and by mid teens they were comfortable piloting the houseboats and giving navigation lessons for their guests. Kenora continues to be their home. The boys may be off to university, but they come home every summer to work with their parents and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The Gordon’s have welcomed their guests for over 30 years. We welcome you to come share our passion and experience all that we have to offer.
Our daily cruise starts from Kenora’s scenic waterfront which takes you past Coney Island’s beautiful public beach, then heads south on a spectacular circle route of the northern section of famed Lake of the Woods (14,500 islands, 65,000 miles of shoreline). We’ll take you through picturesque channels and bays to luxurious private summer homes, and peaceful, unspoiled, wilderness areas. Watch for resident bald eagles and other wildlife that regularly come into view. The ship is both heated and air conditioned to ensure comfort in any weather. You’ll return through mystical “Devil’s Gap” to complete this 2 or 2 1/2 hour on the water experience. And water is what Sunset Country is all about. Small wonder then, the M.S. Kenora Cruise is the leading attraction for visitors to the Lake of the Woods region