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Fenelon’s Country Living Show 2017 (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

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We at the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce are excited about this year’s Country Living Show which will be held Friday, April 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The venue for our show will continue to be the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way in Fenelon Falls.

This coming show promises to be a huge success as we celebrate our 33rd season. Several of us are new committee members and we are hoping our enthusiasm, excitement and some small changes will make this year’s show fresh and innovative.

Fenelon Country Living Show - Promoter Ad 2017

As a new initiative we are running on a trial basis this year, we are pleased to announce that we’ll be offering FREE ADMISSION to all patrons! This is big news, so please help us spread the word! Last year, the Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale was hosted for the first time in conjunction with The Country Living Show with much success. The Barn and Bunkie will be back in 2017, ready to create a positive atmosphere for a variety of home enthusiasts. We can’t wait.

Visit for Vendor Information. Stayed tuned to the Town Crier for more information as we count down the weeks to show time!

If you have any questions please email

See you at the show!

Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 2016)

October 18, 2016
Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week from October 15 to 23, 2016.

First introduced in 1985, Ontario Public Library Week has become the annual focus for promoting and recognizing public library service in the province. Kawartha Lakes Public Library invites everyone to join us for a week filled with interesting events and special programs.

oplw_social-media-sharableJoin us for our second  annual Human Library event – Courage, Compassion, Knowledge: a survival guide to conflict – on Saturday October 22 from 11am to 2pm at the Lindsay Library. A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not come across in their daily lives. Such events promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding.

In celebration of Small Business Week, and in cooperation with Kawartha Lakes Small Business Enterprise Centre and The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, learn how to “Put Your Business on the Map” by creating a Google business account.  Drop by between 2pm and 4:30pm at the Fenelon Falls branch on Wednesday October 19 or the Lindsay branch on Thursday October 20.

Once again, in partnership with Kawartha Lakes Food Source and the Bobcaygeon Food Bank, the Library will feature “Food for Fines.” Patrons may reduce their library overdue fines with donations of non-perishable food items during Ontario Public Library Week at any Library branch. Patrons can also take advantage of the library card amnesty that also allows for free replacement of a lost or damaged library card.

For a complete listing of all Ontario Public Library Week events, please visit the library website at, contact your local library, or call Library Administration at 705 324-9411 ext. 1291.

Put Your Business On The Map (Sept. 2016)

September 20, 2016

google your business with the Chamber

 The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Fenelon library to celebrate two very important parts of our community. Libraries and Small Businesses! Ontario Library Week, which encourages residents to visit the library whether online or in person, and BDC Small Business Week, an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for almost 40 years.

During Small Business Week each year, more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship, learn and network with other entrepreneurs.  Great things happen when entrepreneurs get together. The Fenelon Chamber is excited to host an event at the library for local entrepreneurs and business owners that need help with online fundamentals, like locating your business on google maps and taking control of your google profile.



Google Business is all about connecting you to your customers. Give them the right info at the right time, whether that be driving directions to your business in Maps, hours of operations in Search or a phone number they can click to call you on mobile phones. Of course, Google is only the tip of the internet iceberg, but it’s a great place to start.

Bring your laptops and devices to the Library and enjoy their free wifi. While there, be sure to register for a library card or make sure the one in your wallet is still current if you haven’t used it in a while. The Library is a huge, free resource that is right in town and accessible online. Not just for books anymore, the library offers books on CD if your job takes you out on the road, and Gale Courses you can take at home online, and much more.


Midnight Madness Returns (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

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Fenelon Falls – Events Committee is happy to host the annual Midnight Madness, Saturday July 2nd, 2016 from 7pm – Midnight.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to celebrate our annual Midnight Madness in Fenelon Falls. Grab your friends and families and head on into the “Jewel of the Kawarthas” for a great evening of local shopping and entertainment!

Fenelon Falls will be featuring the local band “Trade School”. They will be located on Water Street next to Slice’s N’ Scoops! Head on by to enjoy the talent and dance a little jig. Check out all of our local shops for great shopping while enjoying music by our Live DJ. Enjoy tasty snacks and it does not stop there… Are you bringing your children? Check out Summer our local Balloon Artist for a special Balloon creation.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a division of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee combined of 8 local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 70 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For the latest news and information, follow Fenelon Falls Events on facebook

Sobeys Wins Accessibility Awareness Award (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

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Accessibility Awareness Recognition Awards were presented to members of the community by the Accessibility Advisory Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

Sobeys in Fenelon Falls was one of the businesses to receive the award this year.

Mark Knoester has always been very aware that customers come in all different shapes, sizes and needs. When the store was built in 2002 it already had a flat entrance level at the outside doors & the inside entrance doors. The aisles are always kept clear and wide enough for people to pass easily. A motorized cart is available for anyone who is unable to walk the store. Staff participation in accessible Customer Service training is mandatory. They are available to assist anyone who cannot reach products or lift heavy items. A carry out service is also available for anyone who cannot lift their groceries into their car.

Sobeys Fenelon Falls provides wonderful support to the community and community residents. One example is the partnership established with Community Care and the coordination of their Community Care volunteer drivers who provide rides to local residents requiring transportation to Sobeys to complete their weekly grocery shop.

The criteria for qualification included that nominees must be residents or work in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the nominee must be involved with accessibility issues, promote “Accessibility for All” within the municipality and demonstrate outstanding contribution within the last year.

Plan to Celebrate Canada Day in Fenelon Falls (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016


Everyone is invited to come down to the Garnet Graham Park in beautiful Fenelon Falls to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, 2016. Festivities are happening all day long.

Music in the park, vendors, snacks, games, swimming, fun for everyone is planned. The day will conclude with an amazing fireworks display over the water.  Come and join your friends, family, neighbours at this popular community event.

KATVA Ride for Dad (Jun. 2016) VIDEO

June 6, 2016


This past weekend over 250 ATV enthusiasts gathered at Log Chateau Park just north of Fenelon Falls for the Kawartha ATV Association Ride for Dad Poker Run. The event was a huge success with a record number of riders and guests coming out to support the fundraiser for prostate cancer research.

The day began at Log Chateau Park with rider safety meetings and route instructions. Riders could choose from 2 routes – a 60km short route and a 110km long route. The routes guide riders though a variety of terrain in the KATVA 5 Points Trail System. Each route lead back to the Burnt River Community Centre where a hot meal of BBQ Roast Beef and Turkey was served. Prizes were awarded for Top Poker Hands as well as Top Pledge Earners. Prizes were generously donated by sponsors throughout Kawartha Lakes.

This was the first time that Side X Side machines were allowed on the trails. KATVA gained special permission from City of Kawartha Lakes Council to allow the Side X Side machines on a portion of the Victoria Rail Trail and on the Road-ways along the routes just for this event. This special permission was a direct factor in the increased success of this years event as many Side X Side riders came to participate and support the fundraiser.

The day was a huge success raising over $16,000 for the charity. The event proved to be a great draw for tourism to our area. Over half of the participants came from areas across Ontario including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, and various locations around the GTA to enjoy the weekend in beautiful Fenelon Falls.

Hats of to KATVA for organizing this successful event for ATV enthusiasts and for their extraordinary volunteer efforts towards increasing tourism in Fenelon Falls. Many local businesses benefitted from your efforts over the weekend.  Thank you.

Article by Corrie Lee
Watch the video – Videography by Jason McNeice (Northern Lights Security)


Chamber Report Identifies 6 Barriers to Growth (Apr. 2016)

April 21, 2016

Too Few Entrepreneurs Able to Scale Up Their Business

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April 21, 2016, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership
with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the report,
Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge, which identifies the major roadblocks preventing Ontario businesses from expanding and presents recommendations to best support business owners in taking their
ventures to the next stage of growth.
According to the report, based on interviews with nearly two dozen business owners, sector associations, and other organizations, as well as a survey of over 350 Ontario business owners, too few entrepreneurs are continuing to build their business, or
“scale up”, in the province. The report adds to a recent chorus of voices calling for
governments, the business community, and other actors to build on the province’s entrepreneurial spirit by creating the conditions to enable our most promising firms to scale.
To position Ontario for long-term success, the report proposes recommendations to address six specific barriers preventing businesses from growing, which includes a lack of access to talent with scale up experience, gaps in the right kinds of financing, and lower incentives to growth offered through public programs.
Chief among the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce’s recommendations are for governments to improve businesses’ access to talent in the short-term by creating a scale-up visa to quicken access to essential international managerial talent.
According to an OCC survey, 63 percent of businesses that are looking to grow face a talent shortage. The chamber also encourages governments to gain a better understanding of where current gaps exist in the Canadian financing landscape.
Other recommendations of the report include:
●Realign public programs and incentives to focus supports on high-growth firms
●Encourage greater international trade activity by linking more business support programs to trade
●Improve access to public and private anchor customers by leveraging procurement to strategically invest in growing businesses
● Enable accurate measurement and monitoring of the scale up challenge by ensuring collaboration between Statistics Canada and industry groups to collect and publicize relevant data
The OCC’s survey also revealed that the cost of doing business remains a top issue for Ontario employers as 69 percent of business owners looking to grow identified this as a barrier. Through its advocacy efforts on other key policy issues, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the OCC, continues to highlight the cost of doing business as a major challenge facing Ontario’s business community.

Curling Club Host a Night of Celebration (Feb. 2016)

February 15, 2016

Laurie Scott MPP & Rolf Martens President FFCCOn Saturday January 30, 2016 members of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club gathered to celebrate their volunteers and the completion of renovations done, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2014. MPP Laurie Scott was there to meet with Club members and congratulate the Club on its commitment to the sport and promoting a fun and welcoming space to curl or host an event in.

“The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is a vital component of the community. I am pleased to see that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has awarded them a grant to strengthen and renew sports and recreation infrastructure.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

Funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant were used to upgrade the Club’s kitchen facilities with the addition of a commercial dishwasher and sink. This is going to make a great difference for any events held at the Club and will also increase energy efficiencies.

The Ontario Curling Tankard Banner was presented that night. This is a Provincial Competition, where men teams play against one another and the winner goes on to represent Ontario in the Tim Horton’s Briar Canadian championship. The Ontario Provincial Men’s Tankard 2015 was won by a team representing the Fenelon Falls Curling Club. This was the first time for this team to be in the Briar and although they did not win they did very well. During the nationwide telecast of the Briar, Fenelon Falls Curling Club’s name was mentioned numerous times, great publicity for our club and our village and the City of Kawarthas. Ontario Curling presents the Banner to the host club every year and this is the year for Fenelon Falls.

Fenelon Falls Curling Club is operated by volunteers. Our local sponsors and grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation enable us to provide curling to our community. Our facilities are also used for bridge clubs, various town meetings and social gatherings. We thank the OTF for their support; we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is a non-profit sports club which was founded in 1892 and promotes physical activities through the regular curling leagues for people of all ages. The Club currently has nine leagues in operation, including one for children and youth who are interested in trying out this classic winter sport. For more information, please contact the Club, or visit the website at: 

A leading grant making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit:

Adamson Receives Lifetime Membership (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015



The Fenelon Falls District Chamber of Commerce presented Judi Adamson with a Lifetime Award for her volunteer service with the organization at the annual general meeting held on the 17th of November, 2015.

This award is given to a select few individuals who have shown their dedication and support to the Chamber and to the community at a level that goes above and beyond expectations.

Judy has dedicated over 30 years to the local Chamber of Commerce and has championed projects like the Country Living Show, Santa Day, Special Events and the Visitor’s Tourist Booth, just to name a few. Judi has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and in that role has contributed to many successful projects and events held in our community over the past 30 years.thanks

Judi’s volunteer involvement in our community reaches far beyond the Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, she has helped with so many groups and fundraisers that it would be impossible to list them all. Her community work has made a difference in the lives of many residents in Fenelon and the benefits will continue to resonate in our community for years to come.

On behalf of Fenelon Falls, we congratulate Judi on receiving this award.  Thank you Judi for all that you have done to make Fenelon Falls a better place to live.


Santa Day 2015 Lineup Announced!! (Nov. 2015)

November 20, 2015

There is something for everyone at Santa Day

Nov 28 ReindeerWe are less than three weeks away from the most anticipated event of the year – Santa Day in Fenelon Falls.  Hundreds of volunteers, organizers, business owners and community supporters come together to bring a day of fun and fantastic activities, rides, treats and goodies for one and all to enjoy. Thousands of people from near and far will gather in Fenelon Falls on November 28 for face painting, bunny petting, pony rides and cookie decorating to name a only few of the events taking place in the downtown core.  The 2015 event schedule is now available to view on; you can grab breakfast starting at 8 am with most other activities kicking off at 11 am. Check out the full list online – it’s an impressive roster of ways to celebrate the season. There is so much to do… and it’s all for FREE!

Are you interested in volunteering?  The Santa Day event is about bringing people together to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year and many volunteers are required. They need outgoing and dynamic individuals to work the daytime events and at night to wear the character costumes or carry signs or assist with the parade logistics. If you think you would like to be part of the Elf Team – call 705-454-1951 or fill out the online form. Have you heard about the Most Spirited Parade Volunteer? This year the volunteer with the most spirit on display during the nighttime parade will be awarded $100.

There are lots of ways to get involved in addition to being a volunteer or enthusiastic patron on Santa Day; has all the entry forms for those wishing to enter a float for the parade or a gingerbread house for the competition.

All of the sponsors are featured on the site – be sure to thank these local businesses and individuals for providing the funds to have this special day offered free of charge in our community.

Click on over and visit the new Santa Day Website. Start planning your Santa Day today!!

Fetch Welcomes Experienced Groomer (Oct 2015)

October 24, 2015

janiceFetch Pet Supply is pleased to announce that a new dog groomer will be starting at the Fenelon Falls location just in time for the holidays.  The Fetch Family is excited to have found an experienced and talented professional groomer that can deliver the level of quality they want for their business.

Beginning December 2nd, 2015, Janice Foulkes will be bathing, trimming and fluffing the canines of Fenelon Falls.  Janice brings over 20 years of experience to the Fenelon location.  Former owner and lead groomer at Pooches Dog Grooming in Unionville, Ontario,  Janice has acquired a broad knowledge of techniques and styles for all breeds of dogs.  Having recently moved to the Fenelon area, she is anxious to begin sharing her knowledge and expertise with new clients.

Janice believes in continually upgrading her skill set and is routinely taking courses, webinars and seminars to stay current on the best grooming and pet care practises that are available.  Janice maintains an active membership in ODGA (Ontario Dog Groomers Association) and the NAPCG (National Association of Professional Creative Groomers).  She uses top of the line equipment that allows for the most comfortable, safe and relaxed atmosphere for her 4-legged clients.  She also uses an all natural line of shampoos, rinses and care solutions that ensures that your pet receives the most healthy products available on the market.

dogJanice invited me, along with my dogs, to meet her and see first hand how her service measures up.  It was immediately apparent that she has a special gift with dogs.  My typically nervous and timid dachshunds were comfortable and at ease with her at once.  She had both of them rolling over for belly rubs and giving her kisses – even during the nail clipping!  I have to say…THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED!!!!  I was impressed from start to finish.  Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and the dogs loved her.  She even goes the extra mile with a perfect little silk tie to polish off the look. The service was comparable to a high priced posh pet boutique in the city! I left with two pleasantly pampered pooches!

Fetch is now booking appointments for December 2nd forward.  Get your pooch booked in early to avoid disappointment. Call 705-887-5467 .

Visit Fetch Pet Supply online here.

You can follow Fetch on Facebook here.


Recycle, Refinish, Re-Purpose With Style (Oct. 2015)

October 11, 2015


We hear so much today about recycling and refinishing furniture. It is a great idea to repurpose old furniture and decor. The positive environmental effects are without question. It saves trees, reduces landfill waste, reduces factory pollutants and best of all it saves money. The question is… how do I make it look good?

There is more to it than slapping a fresh coat of paint on an item and hoping that it will bring it back to life. Choosing colours, type of paint, how to distress, do you sand it first, do you use multiple colours, what about metallics ? The questions and options are endless leaving many people doubting their abilities and shying away from giving it a try.

Don’t let this intimidate you. There are resources to assist you. Look no further, the Barn and Bunkie can help you.  Brandy Watson is the local dealer for Fusion Paint and Decor Supplies. Brandy has a booth at Grr8 Finds Market and hosts workshops on “How To ReFinish with Style”.

The next workshops are scheduled for October 21st and 28th from 7pm-9pm. You can can contact Brandy at or 705-738-7369 to book. November dates are also available. This workshop will teach you the techniques you need, an understanding of colour trends and the supplies you will need. Reserve your spot today.

image3With all the supplies available locally and someone to show you the tricks, your project is a step closer towards successful completion. Consider this your official warning – this hobby is addicting.

Stop in at Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls to view the Barn and Bunkie’s projects or to find the perfect item to begin your own journey of creativity.

For inspiration and finished items, follow the Barn and Bunkie on Facebook here. 


Kawartha ATV Will Be Offering Safe Rider Programs (Oct 2015)

October 11, 2015


Learning to ride an ATV safely is no different than learning to drive a car safely. Drivers Education is the best way to ensure that new riders will be properly prepared for the sport.

Over the summer Kawartha All Terrain Vehicle Association (KATVA) trained five local instructors to be able to deliver the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI)  Hands On ATV Safe Rider Course.

The instructor training was held at Log Chateau Park, just north of Fenelon Falls, where an empty field was available to set up obstacle courses for the first students to learn new skills. The week-long intensive InstruKAT Training Poster 12x24 B_Layout 1ctor Training prepared the individuals to be able to deliver a full ATV Safe Rider Course as designed by the CASI. This course is intended to prepare new riders for safe and educated participation in the sport.

Most ATV-related fatalities in Canada are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. Take some time out and learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.

The course is designed to offer students a hands on approach to increasing their safety knowledge and practise their riding skills in a controlled and supervised environment. It is the most current ATV training available and highly supported and endorsed by ATV Councils and manufacturers.

It includes education in proper safety gear, safe ATV operation practises and basic riding skills. Students will practise numerous skills including safe braking, acceleration techniques, driving over obstacles, how to handle uneven or off camber surfaces, hand signals and proper shared trail etiquette.

It is recommended that all youth riders and any new adult riders strongly consider participating in this program.  KATVA will be offering the CASI ATV Rider Course in the spring of 2016.

Watch the KATVA website for details.  


Fenelon Falls Rotary Club Hosts District Governor

October 11, 2015

The Rotarians of Fenelon Falls were treated to a special guest at their meeting last week. The District Governor, Lisa Dutrisac of Sudbury, Ontario came to the Fenelon Falls Community Centre to bring a message from District Level. The Rotary Club theme for 2016 has been announced. “Be A Gift to the World” – is the message that Lisa brought to the local group of volunteers.

She discussed some of the programs that Rotary International has delivered and the unbelievable successes that they have brought to the world. The Polio Plus program which has immunized over 2 billion people has eradicated Polio in many countries around the world. Rotary has seen great strides with their World Literacy Campaigns. The well known Easter Seals program has changed lives of children in Canada and abroad.

The local club was thrilled to have Lisa come to visit and share news from the District level. A beautiful meal was enjoyed by everyone at the event, catered by SweetBottom’s.

The local Rotary Club has made significant contributions to our community as well. Have you or your children played ball at the Rotary Baseball Park in Fenelon? Rotary built that! Have you enjoyed our new community centre? They made significant donations to that project. Have you taken a walk along the locks and appreciated the landscaping and granite structure?  Rotary paid for that. Have you spent a day at the Garnet Graham Park and have your children or grandchildren played in the playground there? Thank a Rotarian because… they did that too. This is just a few of the projects Rotary contributed to!

In addition to infrastructure projects, Rotary gives to programs such as Community Care, local children’s sports and music programs, education programs, health and wellness initiatives and continually contributes to the general wellbeing of our community.   The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club and the work they have done in our community has touched each and every one of us in some form or another.  They are  “A Gift to Our World”

Would you like to get involved? Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Over a meal or coffee, you will; discuss your community’s needs and discover creative ways to meet them, expand your leadership and professional skills, catch up with good friends and meet new ones.  It’s also a great way to get involved in your community.

Contact the Rotary Club through email here or call Wayne at 705-887-6638 for more information.

Harvest Happenings is Back (2015)

September 28, 2015

HHWeb2015Sept16Fenelon Falls Events Committee will present Harvest Happenings, which takes place downtown Fenelon Falls on Saturday, October 10th 2015 between 9am and noon.

Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to bring Harvest Happenings to Fenelon Falls for another fantastic year. Harvest Happenings is a great event to start off the fall season.

“This year we are excited to introduce our first ever Wandering Scarecrow Search” says the Events Committee. At headquarters, which is located at Slices ’N’ Scoops on Water St., children will receive a checklist and then will be sent off in search of our three (3) named wandering scarecrows.

There will be balloon twisters, creative face painting and a harvest tarts and treats table.   Make sure you enjoy famous horse drawn wagon rides!   Pumpkin painting is returning this year! Drop into headquarters and let your little ones get creative.

Visit Bert’s Appliances and help support the Fenelon Falls Secondary School Spirit of Christmas fund by enjoying fresh pancakes. Keep your eyes open for the Scarecrow displays, brought to you by our local businesses, and drop in for deals, draws and shopping.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a division of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee of local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 70 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For more information on Harvest Happenings or future events, please email

Follow the Fenelon Falls Event Committee on Facebook here for all the latest news.

Why Your Kids Should Curl (Sept 2015)

September 14, 2015

End of 2009/2010 Curling Season

If you’re interested, but not quite sure yet – let me convince you even further. Here are the top nine reasons why you should sign your children up for this great sport:

9. Curling builds important life skills including sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, and social interactions – things all young people need.

8. It’s an affordable sport. Let’s be honest – most sports can cost you a ton of money. Fortunately, curling offers families an affordable alternative.  A full season of curling (October to April) at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club only costs $64.00 per youth!

7. Curling clubs are welcoming spaces. Ask any young person who curls and they will tell you that the curling club feels like their second home.

6. Curling is also an accessible and inclusive sport. People with physical, mental, visual, and auditory disabilities all curl (and curl well!) There are also provincial events, such as Special Olympics curling. So, no matter your kids’ ability level and needs, curling can accommodate.

5. Curling is a very strategic and cerebral sport (described by many as chess-on-ice.) If you’re looking for a different kind of sport, then curling is your answer.

4. Curling is an extremely social sport. Coaches and instructors teach young curlers to compliment their opponents when they make a nice shot and to stay after the game and socialize. Many of my closest and dearest friends are curlers whom I’ve met over the years.

3. If your kids are competitive, they have plenty of opportunities to enter competitions (bonspiels) to represent their club, province, and even country! An Olympic gold medal has a nice ring to it, right?

2. If competition isn’t for your kids, then don’t sweat it. Curling clubs consist of weekly social leagues where your kids can play with and against great people, have a blast, and foster some outstanding friendships.

1. You can curl for your entire life, no problem! There aren’t many sports where you can register your child at five years of age and they’re still curling when they hit the ripe old age of 100. Curling is truly a life-long sport.

Hopefully I’ve been able to convince you (even a little) to register your children in curling. If so, please take my final advice: just do it! Head down to your local curling club now. Curlers love to introduce new people to the sport. I guarantee that once you enter the door, some eager volunteers will slap some tape on the bottom of your kids’ running shoes and have them out on the ice before you know it.

Looking forward to seeing you and your kids in the curling club soon.

Youth Curling is held on Tuesdays at 6:15 PM at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club.

Convenor Heather LeCraw 705 887-4503    Bev Vivian 705 454-3541

Check out the Fenelon Curling Club online here.

Show Us Your Grr8 Finds is Back

September 14, 2015


It is back! The wildly popular ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest‘ is back for round two. Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls has decided to hold another contest where you can win gift certificates for posting a picture of the treasures that you purchased at Grr8 Finds Market. It can be a piece you have up-cycled, painted, re-created or just a fabulous piece found at Grr8 Finds Market.

From Oct 1st to 31st, 2015 you can show us your Grr8 Finds on the ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest Page’ (click here). To qualify, the items have to be purchased from Grr8 Finds or painted with Fusion Paint from Grr8 Finds. Just take a picture of your Grr8 Find and post it on the “Show Us Your Grr8Find” facebook group page.

A total of 3 prizes are up for grabs by the qualifying participants. A random draw will be held for 2 gift certificates for $50 each and a Prize Basket of Fusion Products including free admission to a Fusion Workshop in November, hosted by Brandy Watson of the Barn and Bunkie.

Enter as many pieces as you like to increase your chances of winning. Let your creativity flow! Stop by the store for more details. Have fun!

Show Us Your Grr8Finds Contest


Log Chateau Park Family Fun Day (Aug 2015)

August 3, 2015

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Family camping activities have come along way for the folks at Log Chateau Park. Once a year the lucky kids at this campground get a day that is designed just for them.This year, the Park took it up a notch offering families an impressive adventure-land of fun.

The Lowel Family and the Log Chateau Recreation Committee hosted a Kids Fun Day at the Park. Bouncy Castle, Rock Climbing, Pony Rides, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Hotdogs, Cup Cake Decorating and tons of fun, all set alongside the Pool for a cooling dip.  The smiles and laughter could be heard for miles around as the families enjoyed the incredible event.

Funds are raised throughout the year with activities and events at the park to be able to offer over 250 kids a day of fabulous fun! The organizational efforts of the staff and the committee are outstanding, as the rec. committee has become sustainable, allowing them to host the day at no cost to the children and no soliciting from local businesses.

Log Chateau Park has been family owned and operated since 1967.  The 200 acre woodland family campground is located in the heart of the beautiful Kawartha Lakes just 10 km north of Fenelon Falls on County Rd. 121.

The Park offers tent and trailer camping, cabin rentals, seasonal and week(end) rates. They have access to the Burnt River for fishing, boating and swimming and a pool, sauna and hot tub as well. They offer sites with full hookups and the grounds are equipped with numerous amenities. The Park is a family favourite, equipped with many play areas, climbing structures and swings.

The park is ATV friendly and the Victoria Rail Trails runs through the middle of the park allowing easy access to the KATVA Trail System.

To learn more about Log Chateau Park visit their website here.

SunSational Sidewalk Sale Returns (June 2015)

June 30, 2015


Is a little retail therapy in order? The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce Events Committee is happy to host the SunSational Sidewalk Sale in Fenelon Falls Friday July 17th, Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to celebrate the SunSational Sidewalk Sale in Fenelon Falls for the second year in a row. A festive summer atmosphere is felt throughout the village during this height of summer event.

“The SunSational Sidewalk Sale is a three day community event where local businesses host a multitude of specials and sales” explains Dawn Billing, Events Committee Chairperson. “Come and explore the treasures as the merchants bring their wares to our streets”.

A bonus feature to the SunSational Sidewalk Sale is the SunBurst Shopping Prize, rewarded to a lucky shopper who submits a ballot to headquarters. Headquarters is located at Gr88 Finds Market (27/29 Colborne St.). With proof of purchase from one of our sponsors, during this three day event, receive a ballot for a chance to win the SunBurst Shopping Prize valued at over $200.00. Enjoy the sunshine and shop locally.

Midnight Madness will take place from 7 pm to midnight on Saturday July 18th! So stick around for some awesome deals.

For more information on these events visit

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a branch of the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee of local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 60 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For more information on SunSational Sidewalk Sale please contact Dawn Billing at


Canada Day Celebrations in Fenelon Falls (June 2015)

June 21, 2015

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You are Invited to Canada Day Celebrations in Fenelon Falls July 1, 2015

Everyone is invited to a fun-filled day featuring music, birthday cake, activities and a spectacular fireworks display in Fenelon Falls in Celebration of Canada Day. Rejoice being Canadian with your family, friends and neighbours at Garnet Graham Park, Wednesday, July 1st .  

Opening Ceremonies at 3:30pm with Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party. Birthday Cake courtesy of Sobey’s to follow. The Firefighters will be on hand to provide water fun for the kids with face painting and other kids activities.

Entertainment will be provided by Boots of Hazard in the playground & picnic area. There will also be supervised swimming 1:00-5:00pm and food available on site.

Explore the Village’s unique shops and restaurants, visit the Museum for its strawberry event or stroll along Lock 34 and watch the boat traffic.

There’s a BBQ steak dinner at the Legion starting at 5:00pm. Advance sales are required call 887-3041 and reserve your steak.

Watch a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Cameron Lake at dark in Garnet Graham Park. Come out and join the festivities. We look forward to seeing you!

Show your love of Canada and your pride in being Canadian. Come dressed in red and white. Join the festivities and celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday!

A great day awaits you at Garnet Graham Park. This event is made possible by our enthusiastic volunteers and donations from local community groups, Chamber of Commerce, local merchants, Canadian Heritage, City of Kawartha Lakes, and the following service clubs, Royal Canadian Legion, Lions Club and the Rotary Club.

It Is Midnight Madness Time Again!

June 8, 2015

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee presents Midnight Madness, which takes place downtown Fenelon Falls on June 27th, 2015 at 7PM – Midnight.


Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to bring Midnight Madness to Fenelon Falls for another fantastic year. Midnight Madness is a great event to start off the summer and shop ‘til you drop while enjoying many other attractions throughout the downtown village.

“This year we are excited to introduce our first ever Cake Walk downtown Fenelon Falls,” says Stacie Tasker, Event Coordinator. “Come out and enjoy an evening full of shopping and fun. All proceeds from the Cake Walk will be donated to The Spirit of Christmas at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.”

The event will be featuring a live DJ downtown Fenelon as well as a live band at the corner of Oak Street and Water Street.  Check out the balloon twister, snack stops, airbrush tattoos and creative face painting! That is not all, visit your local participating stores for deals, draws and most of all shopping.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a division of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee of local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 60 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For more information on Midnight Madness please contact Stacie Tasker at or 705-934-4312.


Country Living Show a Great Success (May 2015)

May 11, 2015

The Fenelon Falls Country Living Show, held on the Weekend of May 1st to the 3rd, 2015, was a great success. They were host to over 100 vendors that set up booths and product displays to show their merchandise and services to attendees.

An Estimated 2000 people walked through the doors during the busy weekend. Highlights of the weekend included the Fashion Show on Friday night where local clothing stores promoted the new fashions available for spring. Saturday’s Apple Pie Tasting Contest, where local churches came with their best recipes to compete for the coveted blue ribbon. (See winning results below)  People came by the hundreds to enjoy a taste of town’s best pies and an opportunity to purchase some of the home-baking to take home. Sunday’s big draw was a chance to watch a chainsaw carver, Steve Kenzora from Lakefield, produce amazing sculptures out of a block of wood.

The organizers were very pleased with the turnout at the event. “We are very thankful to everyone who helped make our annual event a success,” explained Judi Adamson, event Chairperson, “we were pleased with the support from the vendors, the volunteers and from the community.  Thank you to everyone”.

This community fundraiser provides the Chamber of Commerce with the needed funds to operate the year round Tourist Centre located at the locks in Fenelon Falls. The Tourist Centre and Chamber of Commerce resource is essential to the economic development in our community. By supporting the Community Living Show, you are supporting our town’s future.


Pie Tasting Contest Results

Peoples Choice
St. James Anglican.          3rd place.    22 points
Fenelon Falls Baptist.        2nd place.   26 points
Fenelon Falls United.         1st  place.   63 points

Judges Choice
Emmanuel Baptist.           2nd place.               82 points
Fenelon Falls United.        Tied for first place.  84 points
Fenelon Falls Baptist.        Tied for first place.  84 points

In the judges choice first place tie, the two churches agreed to split the prize.

Tee Leaves Launch T-Shirts in Market (April 2015)

April 27, 2015

Four young entrepreneurs are making their mark on the business community of Fenelon Falls. Asa Coleman, Harrison Clements, Matthew Manahan and Bruce Stauffer, all from Fenelon Falls Secondary School, have formed a company that is producing custom graphic t-shirts for sale in Fenelon Falls.

The group of young men are part of the Junior Achievement Program, a national business development initiative that is dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in our ever changing global economy.

‘Tee Leaves’ is the name of the business that the group developed with the help of business mentors from our community and the Junior Achievement Program Manager, Sara McGriskin. They began by developing a business plan and canvassed the community for stake-holders to invest in their idea at $10/share.

The team of four are now in the product development phase of their business plan. They have sourced materials and created their own custom designs that will be printed on Flex-Heat sport tech quality vinyl and stamped on the T-shirts using a press available at the High School.

The first production run consists of designs featuring pop culture references created to market to their fellow students. The T-shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton and will be available in a variety of colours and sizes. The current designs will sell for $15 per shirt.

Marketing will soon be underway and the group will be filming a commercial with the help of mentors from CableCable. Watch for it on Cable Cable /Community Connections and on and our social media channels.  The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is also a sponsor of the group and will be promoting ‘Tee Leaves’ through their network. Tee Leaves will hold their first stakeholders meeting at Sweetbottoms on April 29th.

Once the first run is launched and sales generate revenue, ‘Tee Leaves’ plans to expand to reach a broader market by offering to print designs for other community groups and businesses. If your group or business is looking to get custom T-shirts made, contact the ‘Tee Leaves’ for a quote at

You can follow their progress on facebook here.  Click on over and give them a “Like”. Lets show this group how our community and fellow local businesses can support new entrepreneurs. Spread the word!

Junior Achievement produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. It costs $5000 to start a Junior Achievement Initiative. The government sponsors $2500 and $2500 comes from the community by way of business, charitable or private sponsors. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or a mentor for a future project please contact Sara McGriskin at 

Mayor Announces Core Services Review (April 2015)

April 26, 2015

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Kawartha Lakes Mayor announces details of Core Service Review

KAWARTHA LAKES – Beginning immediately Kawartha Lakes Council and staff will begin undertaking a Core Service Review of all City operations.

“We need to work towards a business model that is both sustainable and responsible to our residents, our businesses and our staff,” said Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham.

Based on the City’s projected capital and operating needs there is an approximate $10 million gap in funding from 2015 to 2016.

“We didn’t get in this situation overnight and we won’t fix it overnight,” said Mayor Letham. “But we must start now to address our fiscal situation and look at the services and levels of service the City provides. Our goal is to provide services that our residents both want and can afford, no more, no less.”

Council has identified initial services and departments they will begin reviewing with reports expected back to Council from staff over the next several months.

CORE REVIEW“Our situation is not unique,” explained Mayor Letham. “Municipalities across Ontario and all across Canada are facing financial challenges. Rather than simply acknowledge the problem is bigger than just Kawartha Lakes however, we have decided to address the problem head on and find a solution that works for us today and in the future.”

As part of the Core Service Review Mayor Letham will be conducting 10 Town Hall meetings across the municipality starting April 30 in Manvers and concluding Saturday, June 13 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

“I want people to understand why we need to go down this road and how we will be moving forward,” said Mayor Letham. “I will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings and residents are encouraged to contact their Ward Councillors or email the City at

“Kawartha Lakes is our City and we all have a vested interest in helping to move our municipality forward progressively and responsibly,” Mayor Letham added.


Kids Photo Contest 2015

April 10, 2015




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Fenelon Falls Country Living Show Kids Photo Contest Rules 2015

  • All photos must be dropped off to SweetBottoms Coffee Shop before 7pm on May 1, 2015.
  • Photos must be in 5’X7’ or 8’X10’ format – unframed
  • No digital enhancing or digital alteration of photo allowed.
  • Black and White or full colour photos accepted.
  • Prizes will be awarded for all categories
  • Winners will be announced at the Country Living Show on Sunday at 2pm


You must obtain permission from a parent of anyone in the photo under the age of 18 allowing the Fenelon Falls Country Living Show to use the photo in publications promoting the event and announcing winners.

N/A ______

Name of child in photo _____________________________________

Signature of the Parent of the child in the photo __________________________


Select your category:

__   Ages 8-11 – Show us your favourite pet or animal photo

__   Ages 12-14 – Show us your favourite landscape photo

__   Ages 15-17 – Show us your favourite structure of building photo


Do you have a digital copy of the photo to submit for publication if you win?

Yes ____   No _____


By signing this waiver you give permission to the Fenelon Falls Country Living Show to use the photo for promotion of future events and publish the winning photos and names of contestants.


Name of Contestant’s Parent _________________________

Signature of Contestant’s Parent _________________________________

Name of Contestant ______________________________________

Age of Contestant _______

Address __________________________________________________

Phone number _________________________

Email contact ______________________________


Presentation Skills Workshop

March 21, 2015


Fenelon Falls Country Living Show 2017

February 27, 2015

Fenelon Country Living Show - Promoter Ad 2017


Welcome to the 33rd Annual

Country Living Show

proudly brought to you by the

Fenelon Falls District Chamber of Commerce

Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre

27 Veterans Way

Exhibitor Package will be posted prior to Feb 3, 2017.

Candidates Meeting (Sept 2014)

August 19, 2014

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The public is invited to  participate in a “Candidates Meeting” being held for the voters in Ward 5 and Ward 6. The meeting is hosted by Fenelon Forward and will be moderated to ensure fairness to all participants.

The candidates for Mayor and the candidates for Councillor of ward 5 & 6 are being invited.

The meeting will be held on September 24, 2014, 7:00 pm at the Fenelon Falls Community Center 27 Veterans Way Fenelon Falls Ontario.

The following questions with background information has been submitted to each candidate. These items are of particular importance to Fenelon Falls.

Fenelon Forward identified the following concerns:


  1. Ensuring wastewater capacity is fully upgraded to accommodate projected population growth by the end of fiscal 2015-16. Provincial projections estimate growth will nearly double to 3400 residents in Fenelon Falls by year 2031. Development proposals are imminently ready to begin. The process for speedy approval should be actively supported by candidates.


  1. Establishing a definite plan for a second bridge in Fenelon Falls by the end of the next term of Council (2018). First step is conducting a transportation corridor study of Lindsay—Colborne Streets, including traffic analysis in 2014. There are many implications to include in the analysis such as quarry load hauling (ban from going through Fenelon Falls by means of load limits) and Highway 407 extension.


  1. Establishing a comprehensive economic development plan for Fenelon Falls before the end of fiscal 2015-16 as part of the continuing Business Retention & Expansion collaboration between the Fenelon Falls community and City of Kawartha Lakes.


  1. Assisting in successful repurposing of the old arena as a multi-use recreation/event facility as Fenelon Fieldhouse. The economic benefit of the facility for downtown revitalization should be evaluated.


What is your pride of purpose in aspiring to be mayor or councilor of the City of Kawartha Lakes?


Questions arising from these concerns:


Context: We were dismayed to learn last summer that the wastewater treatment system was at capacity, though this confirmed many suspicions. This capacity question has been an impediment to growth in Fenelon Falls since (at least) amalgamation. Though we were delighted that Council took immediate steps to rectify the situation by commissioning an environmental assessment so that an engineering study could be completed, we are anxious that Council might delay implementing the actual upgrades necessary to accommodate the growth projected in our Secondary Plan.

  1. What will you to do ensure the upgrades to the wastewater system are completed this spring in time for the 2015 building season?
  2. What will you establish to ensure that critical issues such as these in Fenelon Falls and throughout the city do not take so many years to identify and resolve?


Context: The Fenelon Falls Secondary Plan, eventually developed jointly with City Planners and local volunteer leadership, was approved this summer. Meanwhile, a Corridor Study was commissioned for Lindsay/Colborne Streets using Rural Economic Development money (all of which was allocated without specific input from the BR&E leadership). The Corridor Study contract was let without community input for its scope and terms of reference. In particular, the consensus among local leadership was that the Corridor Study include in its scope the issue of the second bridge. Repeated requests for in-put by a consortium of community groups has been ignored by City staff, who have not even acknowledged the request. Only the CAO responded to say that he has deferred the matter to staff.


  1. What will you do to ensure coordination among departments?
  2. What will you do to build the community’s capacity to provide informed input to staff and Council on local issues?
  3. What will you do to ensure informed community input is sought and valued by city staff, especially on local issues?


Context: With the Rural Economic Development money allocated, the Fenelon Falls BR+E process is in transition now, yet surprisingly, no comprehensive economic development plan for Fenelon Falls has emerged. As the BR+E process is now being promoted in other communities, this fundamental failure stands to be repeated again and again.


  1. What steps would you take to ensure a comprehensive economic development plan for Fenelon Falls is developed before the end of fiscal 2015-2016, and in other localities soon thereafter?
  2. How would you work to integrate these plans into a citywide economic development strategy?


Context: The BR+E process and the secondary plan both assert that Fenelon Falls stakes its future on becoming known as a healthy, active community. However, a community asset in the middle of Fenelon Falls is about to be squandered because the building was allowed to become moldy even as citizens were developing plans for its adaptive re-use as a field house to capitalize on its recreational and economic development potential.


  1. In your view, whose job is it to develop the economic, cultural, recreational and historic assets of the city?
  2. As mayor/councilor what practices or programs would you put in place to enact your vision of developing community assets?


Context: Both locally in Fenelon Falls, and with citywide issues, the City of Kawartha Lakes has earned a reputation of operating in an opaque, confusing and confounding way. Besides examples already offered this evening, the recent Development Charge By-law was passed based on a report presented to Council in July for a decision by 9 September. The report called for a 400% increase in development charges overnight. Deputations at council in July revealed that none of the stakeholders (e.g. developers, real estate agents, trailer park operators, Chambers of Commerce and, it seemed, the councilors themselves) had been informed or consulted about the dramatic increase proposed at the 11th hour for council to approve before the current bylaw expired. This was so, even though much of the information necessary to do the calculations was available as early as 2012, according to the report itself.


  1. How do you characterize the relationship between elected officials and civil servants in CKL, and between the citizens (as parents, homeowners, business owners, members of the work force, i.e. taxpayers) and the city?
  2. Should you be elected, what evidence will you offer to show that the city now has reputation for fair, streamlined and transparent processes that will justify your bid for re-election?
  3. Where would you begin?


Context: Though the current mayor and council can point to some real achievements in this last session, observant citizens have witnessed many reasons to be skeptical of Council’s ability to work well together with the mayor and city staff and to lead this city into becoming a thriving, cohesive, fair, engaged, transparent, innovative and welcoming municipality.


For the sake of argument, we propose:

  1. That performance at city hall would improve if the number of councilors was reduced from 16 to 8, which is more in line with a population of 70,000, in order to reduce the temptation for parochialism;
  2. That council and committee meetings take place in the evenings to encourage more citizen engagement; and,
  3. That councilors and the mayor be paid a full-time salary to respect the fact that it is a full-time job, to attract candidates who need a full-time salary to serve, and to set expectations sufficiently high to warrant measuring performance.


Do you agree with our proposal? If so, how would you implement it in this next term so that by next election these reforms are in place?


If not, what, specifically, would you propose as a way to improve the performance of Council and how would implement these reforms between now and next election?


Fenelon Forward has planned a regular schedule of four community meetings to consider local and city issues. (2015 dates are on Wednesdays: 25 February, 27 May, 16 September, 18 November).









Canada Day Festivities at Garnet Graham Park (June 2014)

June 23, 2014

Canada Day


Everyone is invited to come down to the Garnet Graham Park in beautiful Fenelon Falls to celebrate Canada Day of July 1, 2014. Festivities are happening all day long. Music in the park, vendors, snacks, games, swimming, fun for everyone is planned. The day will conclude with an amazing fireworks display over the water.  Come and join your friends, family, neighbours at this popular community event. Event is sponsored by the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.