While Mother Nature may not agree, the summer season is certainly extending in Kenora.

Tourism Kenora is excited for another busy summer with events planned from mid-May all the way through September. Here's tourism development officer Heather Gropp.

"We've seen more events in May and June and September. It's no longer July 1 to KBI weekend. Events really have expanded and our season really has extended so that visitors are coming and staying longer and later. It's a really great thing to see," she said.

With many summer residents setting up camp on the May long weekend, the first big concert falls this Saturday. Gropp talks about some of the events coming up.

"It's gonna be a really, really busy summer. We're so excited about it. This weekend in May we have the Kick-off to Summer our first big event under the tent for the 2015 summer. We've got events almost every weekend under the Whitecap. The Matiowski Farmer's Markets start up on June 17 and there's so much happening all over the community," she said.

Gropp said tourism is an important part of not only Kenora's economy but all of northwestern Ontario. In 2012 a total of $604.7 million was spent by 1.7 million tourists to the region. Gropp added that any expansion means more people spending more time and more money in the community.

"Any events that attract visitors, any events that happen early in the season, late in the season that's one more boost for businesses," she said. "More people in the community means more people spending which means more dollars into the pockets of our merchants and into their businesses. It helps to build our economy and it's really great for the community."

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