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Youth Theatre Company Takes Root in Fenelon Falls (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

I am Alexis Wilson, I am 17 years old and live in Fenelon Falls.

DSCN0619I am the founder and owner of a local children’s theatre company called Tiny Talents Arts Company. TTAC was created in March of this year when I realized that there was a large lack of theatre and arts programs in our area. TTAC’S journey began on March Break and held Musical Theatre camp at Shiloh Christian Centre in Fenelon, to whom I am extremely grateful for the use of the space. The camp was a success and the adult volunteers and high school student volunteers were an amazing help during this week. The campers learned a different musical number each day, made friends, made crafts and had a performance for their families on the Friday. This led me to apply for the summer company program with the government. Summer company is a program that gives young entrepreneurs guidance and a grant to start their own summer business. I was accepted into this program and am now holding a summer program that includes seven weeks of arts camps. All of these camps will be held in Fenelon at a different local church each week with themes such as, Hollywood Week, Disney Week, Musical Theatre Week and at the end of the summer a full production of Aladdin Jr.! As we are approaching our fourth week of camp, we have some very exciting news.Tiny Talents Arts Company will be beginning regular school year programming! TTAC will have a Storefront in Fenelon Falls beginning in the 2017/2018 school year. The schedule is as follows,

Monday – Age 4-8 (Theatre Performance classes) 6-7PM

Thursday- Ages 9+ (Theatre Performance classes) 6:30-8PM

Saturday Mornings

Ages 4-6 (Baby Ballet) 9:00AM-9:45AM

Ages 4+ (Theatre Performance classes) 10AM-11:30AM

Contact us at to pre-register

Follow our journey as we take on New Adventures and follow us on Instagram @tinytalentsartscompany or Twitter and Facebook @TTACFenelon. You can contact Tiny Talents Arts Company at 705-887-2740 or for more information and register for some remaining summer programs and also pre register for September!



Log Chateau Celebrates 50 Years in Business (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

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On Saturday June 10th, the grounds at Log Chateau Park were filled with festive activities.  The Lowell Family is celebrating  50 years in business. Campers, neighbours and friends gathered to mark the occasion.

The participants gathered around the central picnic shelter where a band was set up to entertain the crowds. The children were thrilled to play on the bouncy castle, giant slide, and a dress up photo booth. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks were supplied for everyone. Even Paw Patrol characters were on hand to share in the fun.

A special visit by the Kawartha Lakes Fire Department, with trucks and equipment for the kids to explore, was a great hit. The local firefighters were pleased to attend the celebration in honour of the long standing commitment by the Lowell family to the local volunteer fire department.

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The afternoon events concluded with cake for everyone. Attendees enjoyed themselves on the sunny afternoon and the fun continued into the evening with a central campfire and hay dance.

On behalf of the community of Fenelon Falls, congratulations to the Lowell Family on this amazing achievement – 50 years and going strong!


Come to “curious?” for Products and Styles that Last (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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A new season and new things are happening at “curious?”  It’s been an exciting year and we are looking forward to another while we expand our vision and cater to you, our customers.  

New services are available.  Curious now offers a Wedding/Bridal registry.  We will help you coordinate a personalized list for gift givers to choose from, order custom options and create specialized gift baskets. 

Also new is our Design consultant service.  Need a little help or a fresh set of eyes on your project?  Book an appointment and we’ll help you create the perfect space.  We offer an amazing array of options, styles, and products.  Whether you’re, freshening up an existing space, adding accents & Art or creating a completely new space from scratch We can help you make your vision come alive.  

Since our inception curious has been committed to promoting local artists and artisans. Offering  pottery, jewellery, stained glass, furniture, watercolour, graphite/pencil, wood, photography and fibre arts.  That vision has expanded this year with new artisans joining us and by offering classes in wool painting with Anne.   As we enter our 4th year we will continue to promote and encourage local creative endeavours. 

 The past year has seen the addition of the fabulous Dash and Albert rug line, new bamboo/cotton towels and now stunning cotton sheet sets.  These along with our quality quilts,  bedding and home decor options offers everything you need to make your home or cottage luxurious and stylish at an affordable price.  We have also included new baby items. Baby blankets and quilts, small toys for small hands, locally made baby wraps,  and more.  Lots has happened so far and There’s more to come this season at “curious?”  

Keep an eye on “curiousfenelon” on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see all the new and exciting products and services still to come.  

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Funding Announced for New Horizons Program for Seniors (June 2017)

May 30, 2017


It has been announced that seniors in Fenelon Falls will receive financial support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Fenelon Falls Senior Club is receiving $25,000 which will support three “Stay Strong, Live Long” workshops to be offered throughout the year. The workshops will be planned in conjunction with the Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee. The first of these workshops will held Thursday, June 1 in celebration of Seniors’ month – Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Wise is the theme of this workshop.

In addition to the workshops, the funding will support the purchase of a commercial dishwasher, a digital outside sign, portable staging and electronics. These purchases will enrich the activities and programs offered by the club.

“It’s imperative to recognize the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society,” said MP Jamie Schmale. “By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”

Quick Facts

The latest call for proposals was launched on May 10, 2017, and will be open until June 23, 2017. More information available here:

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.

Through the previous 2016-2017 call for proposals, the Government of Canada provided approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects.

Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.

Based on Statistics Canada data from the 2016 census, there are now more seniors (5.9 million) than children (5.8 million). By 2061, they project 12 million seniors to 8 million children.

Steak and Eggs for Breakfast? (May 2017)

May 16, 2017


Yes, if you are the corner of 121 and Country Road 8.  First Choice Steak & Eggs (FCSE) opened its doors for business last week and were an immediate hit with the local residents and early risers.  They are open 7 days a week 6 AM to 6 PM.

Chef John and his nephews Haroon and Aziz have been renovating and improving the old Aunt Mollys for the past year.  The work has paid off as the restaurant is fresh and clean with state of the art kitchen equipment.

Steakandeggs3You can get a traditional breakfast. Seating is available for 36 people. But steak and eggs seem to be high up on the hit parade.  As they should be.  I sampled their ware as I spoke with John.

Originally from Afghanistan, John moved his family to Toronto 30 years ago. He spent many years in a variety of restaurant cultures. He became a chef 12 years ago and opened First Choice Steak & Eggs restaurants in Toronto and Brampton. But his heart was here in Fenelon. John does have plans to perhaps expand in the area.

All preparation is done by John dressings and spaghetti sauce for example are all made from scratch. And added benefits FCSE offers both delivery and catering.


Great place, go for breakfast, and be sure to tell John that Lois sent you………

Follow Steak and Eggs on facebook here

Article by Lois Densmore

#KLCLS2017 a Fantastic Success!

May 2, 2017


and here are a few of the reasons why…

The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce was elated to experience the positive atmosphere inside the Fenelon Falls Arena over the weekend. The participating vendors were incredibly busy thanks to all the people that came through the doors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Over 2500 people attended the 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show & the Barn and Bunkie Hello Spring Saturday Sale and took advantage of the chance to make local contacts and see what deals and services were on offer from our local vendors and community groups. We danced in the aisles and saw so many of our favourite faces; we made new friends while promoting our Shop Local program; we had so much fun! #KLCLS2017 was a fantastic success and here are a few of the reasons why…


This year’s FREE ADMISSION wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors.

A HUGE thank you goes to:

B. Armstrong Contracting Inc.
Andrew Chudy Carpentry
Barbara Hnatiak of Freedom55 Financial
G. Hart & Sons Well Drilling Ltd.
Robert Young Carpentry
Young’s Construction
Rosedale Paving
Pharmasave Fenelon Falls



Dog Grooming Showcase

Thank you Janice of Fetch Pet Supply and Corie of All Fur Dogs Grooming! Coloured fur, tutus and so much bling! The dogs looked incredible and your grooming tips were very informative.

Dancing Away Our Saturday

Thank you Hannah of Inspired 2 Dance – you’re colleagues and students are so talented and it was such a pleasure to work with all of you!

Fashion Show Sunday

Wow. We sure do look good, don’t we Fenelon Falls? Thanks to the following local fashion retailers for showing us how to look our best!

Natasha of the Butterfly Boutique

Rachel of Salvation Army of Fenelon Falls

Brandy of Barn and Bunkie

Show organizers are thankful to Mike Barkwell of Re/Max All-Stars for his brilliant STAYCATION Grand Prize Giveaway idea and its successful implementation. Our winner will be notified shortly – good luck to all those who entered! The Grand Prize would not be possible without the generosity of cottage owners Heather Ahrens (Re/Max) and Rick Chartier, Sobey’s Fenelon Falls, The Perch, Nolan’s Restaurant, The Cow and Sow and Dockside Grill.

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Did you miss anything this weekend? We captured a lot of the magic on our social media. Check out our facebook page for tons of videos and photos. Merci Grandpa Chris and Pam of Kawartha 411 for your media coverage!

To our 2017 Vendors – You were all so wonderful to work with. Many thanks for joining us this year. We wish you all the best in your business endeavours!

The KLCLS Committee was chaired by Monica Jardine, whose vision to refresh and revamp the Country Living Show was a joy to help create. The committee was very lucky to have Judi, Brandy, Shawn and Doug among its members. Tim Hortons helped to keep our volunteers, vendors and organizers fuelled throughout the show. We had help keeping the Chamber booth staffed and the main entrance manned by friendly faces – thank you KLCLS2017 Volunteers! You were all such great team members.

The biggest thanks goes to our patrons. Thank you so much for coming out and making our event the success it was. We hope to see you back next year!!!

Shannon Bain, Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce


 #KLCLS2017 Vendor List
5 Star Signs
Backyard Builds Inc.
Bert’s Appliances
Bill’s Quality Pest Control
British Empire Fuels Inc.
BTW Electronic Parts
Cable Cable
Canadian Tire Centre – Fenelon Falls
City Of Kawartha Lakes – Ec. Dev.
COKL Public Library
Coldwell Banker RMR Bobcaygeon
Cornerstone Home Furniture
Costco Wholesale
Cozy Home Heating and Air Conditioning
Custom Covers
Doan’s Overhead Doors
Doctor Screen Central
Dogwatch of Southeastern Ontario Inc.
Dyanna Dreams
Easy Frame Docks (AFP Industries)
Ethic Tree Creation
Fenelon Falls Curling Club
Fenelon Falls Farmers Market
Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society
Fenelon Falls Marina
Fenelon Falls Real Estate
FFDCC Chamber of Commerce
FFDCC Silent Auction
Films by the Falls
Finest Gourmet Fudge
For The Birds Seed Company
Franklin Tint
Generator Solutions
Gliding Shelf
Greg McNeal Landscaping
Handley Lumber
Harris Industries
Heather’s HELP
Highlands Propane Inc.
Home Hardware
Home Helper Plus
Hunt4Dreams Realty Inc. Brokerage
Inspired 2 Dance
J. R. Watkins Products
Jackson Water Conditioning Limited
Jardine Funeral Home
Jocelyne and Mike Barkwell – Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc.
Kawartha 411
Kawartha Blinds
Kawartha Curb and Landscape
Kearns Tree Service
Lakeside Lazer Graphics & Engraving
LIFE 100.3
MC Tree Service
Nortech Home Improvements
Pampered Chef
Pandor Productions
Pest Arrest
Points North
Retirement Success
Rotary/Lions Club – Splash Pad!!
RWH Construction
Santa Day – Fenelon Falls
Shaw Communication Inc. / Shaw Direct
Shepherd Environmental Services
Solar Plus
Stewart Morrison Insurance
Student Works Painting
Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club & Sturgeon Point Golf Course
Sutton Group – Kawartha Lakes Realty Inc.
Techo Metal Post Kawartha
The Generator Centre
The Imrie Group
The Lindsay Creative Quilters Guild
Toronto Star Newspaper Ltd.
Unidem Sales
Windrover Cottage Rentals
Witt’s Woods & Greens

Northwood Restaurant – Everything Old is New Again (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

Northwood2The Northwood Restaurant is nestled in the pines along Highway 121 about 20 minutes north of Fenelon between Burnt River and Kinmount. In 1971, Jerry and Merle built the Restaurant. Jerry and Merle sold the restaurant in 1984 and the business changed hands numerous times, at one point being known to many as the Harmony Bakery. Bob and Chanon Taylor bought the restaurant in 2001 subsequently reselling in 2004 to settle in Kinmount and later in Bobcaygeon.

The Taylors returned last year and opened to the public on December 2, 2016. They plan to stay open year round, catering to vacationers as well as local residents.  In the winter, it will be a great stop for snowmobiles. 

Those individuals participating in either LARP or RIDE FOR SIGHT will definitely receive a warm welcome.  Remember, if you have a large group, give Chanon some warning so she has enough coffee to go round.

Although they are open for you Thursday to Monday 7 AM to 2 PM serving all day breakfast and lunch, they also offer special monthly dinners.  Be sure to send Chanon your email address to be part of her mailing list.

On Sunday, May 7 the Taylors invite you to celebrate your special mom. A roast beef or ham dinner will be served from 5 PM to 7 pm. By advance ticket reservations only…call Chanon at 705–488-3233.  Remember there is a LOVE MOM draw at 6 PM.

NorthwoodPetite redhead Chanon is a perfect hostess. The restaurant is clean, comfortable and homey filled with a lovely set of antiques. Bob, a retired firefighter from Scarborough is an antique car buff. Starting in June on the first and third Monday of every month between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Northwood will host a dinner event and antique car cruise night. Bob’s collection of photos (antique cars and fire trucks), his awards, and collection of license plates is worth breakfast any day.

Northwood features a games table. You can have a meal or coffee with friends while enjoying a game of chess, checkers, scrabble, cribbage and more. A children’s menu is also available.

Chanon is gearing up for Northwood to join the homemade butter tart tour. Personally, I cannot wait.

Things to know:

Northwood offers take out

Northwood is located at 3290 County Rd., #121

Phone number is 705–488-3233


E-Mail:  – send your email to Chanon

Article submitted by Lois Densmore

The Book Lady Opens in Fenelon (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017

BookLadyA new style of book store has opened it’s doors in Fenelon Falls. Branching out from tradition, Fenelon’s newest proprietor, Dana Deathe, is thrilled to offer a refuge for the mind and palette with a unique combination of Bookstore / Literary Cafe.

The rise of the café bookstore has created a way to combine all the best parts of a free afternoon. This delightful café provides you with the perfect setting to have your next coffee date.  It is the type of place you could easily sit around for hours reading, catching up on work, or socializing in a friendly atmosphere.

From previously loved best sellers to glorious literary treasures, new and old, the Book Lady’s stock will be updated regularly and they will operate a thriving exchange/credit program where your used books can be exchanged. They can track down and order out of print and hard to find titles for you and are intrigued to take on any challenge.

Patrons can enjoy fresh brewed coffee, steeped tea and espresso drinks uniquely named after famous books and authors. They will offer a lovely selection of muffins, cookies, breads and special sweet treats to complete your experience.

Dana’s family has a cottage on Cameron Lake and she always dreamed of owning a bookstore in Fenelon. “I have been living in Calgary for the past 5 years and moved back to Ontario when the opportunity came up to run a bookstore in this community” explains Dana. “I am excited for the opportunity to share my love of books with customers and I am hoping to offer new experiences to the people of Fenelon Falls”.

Browse the walls of books while your taste buds are kept busy, or wander out to the patio and enjoy spending some quiet time in the gardens that surround the property. The Book Lady is committed to exceeding your expectations when you visit.

The Book Lady is located at 24 Market Street, in the building formerly known as Bob Burns Books. Hours of operation will be Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays.

Watch for an upcoming book club hosted at the store and possibly special event dates showcasing local artists and musicians.

Please stop by to meet Dana and say hello!

Easter Tea at Yester Years (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017


Yester Years Tea room will be closed from now to the end of April, HOWEVER, on April 15 the Tea Room is open for an Easter Tea. There will be free cookies, counting easter eggs in the jar, and of course serving of the Tea Lunch, or you can order just a dessert and Tea etc.

The hours for that day are 10:00-3:00 while you are enjoying ALL the festivities in downtown Fenelon, make sure you drop in to see me at the Tea Room.

May 4th will be the re-opening of the Tea Room. We will be offering our regular tea service and also suppers.  Thanks to all our customers and  friends for making Yester Years a success.

Jardine’s Welcome Jamie Prichard (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017
JamieThe Jardine Family would like to welcome Jaime Prichard!
Jaime is a certified pre-arrangement consultant and has worked in the funeral industry for just over 6 years now. She is licensed under the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is able to meet with folks who are interesting in finding out options around cremation, celebration of life ceremonies, farewell parties as well as more traditional services.
Jaime has also taken on the role of aftercare and is helping recently bereaved families with completing Canada Pension, cancellation of SIN cards, Health cards, credit cards and assisting with notifications to Hydro, Bell, and Credit cards.
The Jardine Funeral Home is pleased to have Jamie join their staff and they are confident that she will be a positive addition, assisting in attending to the needs of their clients.

Celebrating a Dazzling Year of Arts in Kawartha Lakes! (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017

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On Thursday, March 30 the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) will be celebrating its second year of networking, educating, and advocating for the creative economy in Kawartha Lakes.

Although the evening will begin with official business matters, you won’t want to miss the rest of the evening’s events. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be enhanced with a special musical performance by local band, The Kents! This year KLAC will be honouring another stellar local band with a lifetime membership: The Strumbellas!

KLAC members include individual artists, arts & cultural organizations, businesses and patrons. There is no cost to attend this event, so come out and see what KLAC is about.

Over the past year, KLAC has had several noteworthy accomplishments, including the launch of the Arts & Heritage Trail along with an accompanying geocache trail, working with the Task Force to establish the Economic Development Officer – Arts, Culture & Heritage position, and the presentation of workshops on using Facebook and understanding copyright.

KLAC is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the arts community in Kawartha Lakes. KLAC’s mission is to help the community discover, appreciate, and enjoy the work of those who create and express culture through the arts. KLAC’s goal is to support all creative forms of art making, including visual arts, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, artisan crafts, and digital media. It is KLAC’s wish to infuse arts and culture into the everyday lives and businesses throughout the community.

For more information, contact Sara Walker,


Essential Details:

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Location: Lindsay Golf & Country Club,

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Admission: Free

Dragon Slayers in the Hood (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017


Fenelon Falls has new neighbours. If you are out on a summer weekend and you see gladiators, warriors, dragon-slayers, princesses or knights, you have not been whisked back in time. You are seeing participants in Underworld LARP (Live Action Role Play).

LARP recently purchased 100 acres near Fenelon. I had the opportunity to sit down with David Ashby, owner and co-creator of Underworld LARP. I found David to be a very astute businessman with all the integrity needed for this kind of endeavour. He is working with local commerce re zoning specifications.

When large numbers (60-120) role players come into town for meals, drinks and for some, accommodation, local businesses stand to increase revenues substantially.

LARP has been around for 14 years, catering to the growing number of participants. It is not a private club for devil worship or sex games. Rather, it is an opportunity to escape the day to day, and play make believe. It is ESCAPISM.

Underworld LARP takes participants out of their homes to play adventure games in a live interactive environment much like a real live video game. LARP includes detailed story lines, quests and plot twists.

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Players pay Underworld to use their intellectual property which is the game world and the rules to build a character. They will maintain that role for three days straight, in character the entire time. They eat and sleep in game mode.

David and his team of writers create the beginning of the story and the players, based on their actions, write their own ending.

With all of the Hunger Games and similar movies and video games, the idea of living in this fantasy life within the real world is very appealing. David told me that some of his players actually fall in love with their character.

LARP is not a show, as an audience could cause a break in the game and players could lose their focus.

David has appeared on Dragon’s Den twice, you can see episodes here:

Let’s welcome this new venture to Fenelon and give the players a hearty Hello when they are in town.

Article by Lois Densmore

Cabin Couture is Coming to Fenelon Falls (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

Cain CoutureCabin Couture offers retail decor and interior design consulting. They are renowned for using elements in nature and biomimicry to bring warmth and comfort to your space. With a successful storefront located in Haliburton, Ontario, they have announced that they are going to team up with Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls and offer their services and product selection to our local market.

Wendy Snelgrove has been creating beautiful residential and commercial interior designs for over 25 years. Her intuitive space planning, timeless sense of style, and caring top-quality service has made her invaluable in the industry. Her clients value her at­ten­tion to de­tail, her en­thu­si­as­tic en­er­gy and her ability to translate client lifestyles and preferences into inspiring, functional spaces.

Inspired by her grandmother, a talented master wartime renovator and real estate entrepreneur, Wendy has a thorough understanding of project renovations, new builds, custom furniture design, restoration, fabrics, solid surfaces and construction of millwork. Wendy’s affinity for classical forms and close attention to detail, texture and color permeate a sophisticated and elegant approach to functional living environments.

The projects of Cabin Couture Interior Design have taken Wendy from coast to coast with clients in Calgary, Nova Scotia, New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Muskoka, Haliburton and many addresses in between.

The Wendy CCsuccess of the retail space located in Haliburton has made Cabin Couture a destination for many decor shoppers.  Wendy announced on their facebook page that she is looking forward to expanding with a second location in Fenelon Falls.

Watch for “Cabin Couture” opening soon at Grr8Finds Markets in Downtown Fenelon Falls.

Follow Cabin Couture on Facebook here.

Visit their website here. 

Inspired 2 Dance Has A New Home (Jan. 2017)

January 24, 2017


Inspired 2 Dance started their studio by renting space from the Seniors Centre in Fenelon Falls in 2013. What started as a dream became a reality when they grew to the point where they needed their own studio space.  They made a home at 44 Colborne Street for the past 3 years but have grown substantially. They now need a bigger space!

As of January 1st they can be found at 49 Lindsay Street in Fenelon Falls. The new location will now have 2 studio spaces and a dance wear boutique where clients can shop for the latest outfits and supplies required for classes.

“I am so excited to start of the new year with a new chapter in our studio journey,” explains owner Hannah Sisson. “We are sad to be moving but excited for their new space and new adventures.  See you all soon at our new home!” 

They will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 4 at 12 PM – 3 PM and invite everyone to come and check out their new home.

Visit their website here for details on classes.


An Evening at Nolan’s (Jan. 2017)

January 9, 2017

Nolan’s Restaurant owners John Curtis and Richard Mitchell with Salvation Army Representatives Denise Auger and Major Roy Randell

At a special Monday evening event on December 19th, the owners and staff of Nolan’s Restaurant in Fenelon Falls demonstrated the true giving spirit of the Christmas season. At two sittings, fifty-five patrons of Nolan’s enjoyed an excellent Italian- theme dinner in a Christmassy atmosphere. All the evening’s proceeds were donated to support the Fenelon Falls Food Bank.

On hand to accept the gift of $1650. were Fenelon Falls Salvation Army Major Roy Randell, Corps Officer and Denise Auger, Community and Family Services Worker. Both spoke briefly about the work of the local Food Bank and expressed appreciation to Nolan’s owners, Richard Mitchell and John Curtis and their staff Naz Rozon, Doris Jewell, Heather Vanhaltern and Jenn Evans.

As the diners left for home they thanked Richard and John for the invitation to participate in this gesture of seasonal generosity to help make Christmas happier for a number of local families.

(Article and Photo by Sharon Phelps)

Pizzeria and Bakery Opens on Glen Arm (Nov. 2016)

November 29, 2016

img_1954Fenelon Falls has been nicknamed the Jewel of the Kawarthas. Today I found another gem.

Kawartha Slices is the new pizzeria/bakery that opened November 2 at 1401 Glen Arm. It is truly a family business, with mother Hedy Edwards and daughter Andrea Edwards manning the ovens and the kitchen.

Andrea’s husband Nicholas is the cookie guy… Huge array of cookies made with all kinds of unique ingredients that kids will love.  Kids of all ages!! At supper time, everybody eats together at Kawartha Slices and then they all go home where they live together.

Both Hedy and Andrea came out of retail management, but their true callings were baking and servicing a small community. On the wall they proudly display their graduation certificates from Cake Decorating Courses.

img_1996Everything is cooked from scratch and it is delightful. Pizzas are a house specialty and come with all toppings included. And don’t forget to add some home baked pies, pastries and other treats for a sweet snack.

They use locally grown chicken and produce. They have honey that has come from the bees on Andrea’s farm and the maple syrup comes from a sugar shack in Oakwood.  Single meals and family meals are available for take out – shepherd’s pie, lasagna, scalloped potatoes, tortiere, etc.  All comfort foods – YUM!

img_1998Hedy is the jam lady… Homemade jam with flavours you may not have heard of….Pink Peony, Lavender, and Blueberry Banana, again all made from scratch.  This includes collecting petals from local flowers and herbs.

What I found interesting for the Fenelon Falls community is that with a phone call or pre-order, Kawartha Slices can produce pies and meals that are gluten-free and diabetic friendly.

They have a number of ovens with one dedicated completely to gluten free.

Andrea’s daughter who is now eight, shows the entrepreneurial spirit of her mom and grandmother and will be manning the ice cream counter next summer.

For this time of year Kawartha Slices is a perfect stop for the snowmobilers. Come spring and summer, terrific stop for motorcyclists.

I know I will definitely be back and I’m looking forward to the treat. | 705-374-1414 

Article by – Lois Densmore     

Pamper Your Pooch for the Holidays at Fetch (Nov. 2016)

November 15, 2016

During the holiday season, it is easy to get caught up in the parties, the chaotic schedules and finishing out the end-of-year tasks at work.

To ensure your furry friend enjoys the holidays, do not forget to give them a little extra attention and something special for the season. After all, your pet is part of the family and you want to reward them for their loyalty so that everyone can start the New Year off with a bang.

Holiday Ideas for Treating Your Pet

Finding fetch-2ways to treat your dog can be easy; animals need very little to feel special and happy. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Grooming – When is the last time your dog was professionally groomed? Give them the gift of a nail trim, brush and wash and/or a trim – all available right here in Fenelon Falls with Janice, the professional pet groomer at Fetch in Fenelon Falls. If you enjoy your beauty treatments and so will your dog. Frequent grooming can also prevent matting of their fur and help reduce pet hair and dander inside your home.

Give Janice a call at (705) 887-5467 and let her spoil your pup with her line of all natural products. Janice’s clients leave smelling fabulous, feeling fine, fluffed and finished with a great holiday scarf, tie or bow. It is top notch service and your pup will love you for it.

Fun Gifts to Open – While everyone else is opening gifts on Christmas morning, do not forget to have a stocking full of items for the family pet as well as a gift or two to open. They do not have to be lavish or expensive gifts, but including your dog in the festivities makes them feel more special and a part of the family. You can find a great assortment of fun gifts, clothing and collars at Fetch.

fetchDoggy Treats for the Holidays – With your busy schedule, your pooch will still feel special with some extra treats this holiday season. Drop by Fetch Pet Supply downtown Fenelon and pick up a few packages of natural and nutritious treats. If you are feeling ambitious why not take the time to make some delicious homemade dog treats? These are nutritious, delicious and your dog will enjoy them. Just make sure you take into consideration any special dietary needs of your dog and do not include ingredients dogs cannot have (i.e. chocolate, raisins, apple seeds, etc.)

Give your pets a holiday they will love. Let the experienced folks at Fetch Healthy Pet Foods help you find the perfect way to spoil your fur family.

Visit Fetch Healthy Pet Foods at 25 Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls.

Call to book a Spa Day for your pooch today at (705) 887-5467

Follow Professional Pet Styling by Janice on Facebook Here




The Perch will be Open Year-Round (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016


The staff and management team here at The Perch would like to offer a friendly hello and continue to thank everyone who has welcomed our restaurant in Fenelon Falls. For those who haven’t visited us yet, The Perch displays a spectacular view of Fenelon’s famous Falls, while offering our guests a warm service featuring a delicious growing menu and an assortment of daily specials.

Under new ownership, The Perch has been beautifully renovated to create a comforting atmosphere that you can see (and smell) as soon as you walk in the door. And to top it off, we still have our legendary homemade pizza and greek salad recipe that has been served in Fenelon Falls for over 20 years. We have lots of appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Our light and crispy beer battered fish and fresh cut chips are even starting to become a town favourite!

We’d love for you to stop in and say hi, we will be open all year round. Our new management team consisting of Tammy and Katrina would love to hear your suggestions and feedback. Give us a call at 1-705-887-7888. Welcome to The Perch!

Kawartha Shortbread Wins Twice in Butter Tart Tour (Oct. 2016)

October 4, 2016
butter-tartFenelon’s own Kawartha Shortbread took 1st place in the Locally Sourced category with their Maple Pecan Butter Tart and 3rd place in the Alternative category with their  Coconut butter tarts!!  Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour hosted their 4th Annual Butter Tart Taste-Off in Peterborough on Saturday September 24, 2016 at the Peterborough Farmer’s Market.The event played host to 19 bakeries of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour who entered butter tarts of all flavours to compete. The Tour is Ontario’s largest food tour dedicated to butter tarts with over fifty bakeries, restaurants, and cafes located across the Kawarthas and Northumberland County.


Celebrity chef David Adjey presenting Kawartha Shortbread as the winner of Locally Sourced category with their Maple Pecan Butter Tart at the Kawartha Northumberlands Butter Tart Taste-Off last week in Peterborough. Such a proud moment!

The Tour operates year-round and is self-guided, allowing visitors to explore the Region at their own pace. Bakeries at the Taste-Off could compete in up to five different categories of butter tarts. Judges for the event included local media personalities, politicians, Food Network Canada chef David Adjey, along with four community judges chosen randomly from a contest on the Butter Tart Tour social media pages. “We were delighted with the turn-out at this year’s Butter Tart Taste-Off”, said Brenda Wood, Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour Executive Director “It was a perfect autumn day, with so many of our Butter Tart Tour partners coming out to showcase their locally-produced butter tarts. It’s a real testament to how much Canadians love their butter tarts!” Attendance this year vastly exceeded expectations, with estimates of over twice as many visitors as the previous year.

The bakeries, all locally owned small businesses, reported selling out of their product in near record time. Many patrons at the event stated that they were also looking forward to travelling through the Region and in visiting the bakeries and purchasing product from them directly.

The winning bakeries of each of category are:

Best Overall Plain Butter Tart

     1. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     2. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

     3. Burnham Family Farm Market, Cobourg

Best Alternative Tart

     1. Buns & Sweets, Bridgenorth–Pecan Butter Tart

     2. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro– Pumpkin Cheesecake Butter Tart

     3. Kawartha Shortbread, Fenelon Falls–Coconut Butter Tart


Best Gluten-Free Tart

     1. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     2. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

     3. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

Best Locally Sourced Tart (must include ingredients local to the Kawarthas Northumberland region)

     1. Kawartha Shortbread, Fenelon Falls–Maple Pecan Butter Tart

     2. Whistle Stop Café, Peterborough–Blueberry Butter Tart

     3. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro–Apple Crumble Butter Tart

People’s Choice (as voted on by attendees of the Event)

     1. Betty’s Pies & Tarts, Cobourg

     2. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     3. Whistle Stop Café, Peterborough


Sentimental Cloth – stitching memories into keepsakes (Sept. 2016)

September 21, 2016

Sentimental Cloth Studio

A new textile art business has opened in Fenelon Falls.  Sentimental Cloth is a unique business that takes your fabric memorabilia and stitches them into precious keepsakes.  Artist Diane Reesor will create custom art dolls, visual poems (frame-able memories) and friendship cloths, from textiles and memorable objects brought to her by clients.

Imagine being able to preserve memories of your little ones by creating a special doll or stuffy made from the clothing your baby wore. Think about being able to create a special textile made from the clothing of someone who has passed away. This art form creates stunning works of art out of your precious pieces of clothing and keepsakes.


Sentimental Cloth Studio

Diane Reesor has years of experience as a seamstress and artist and has developed this art form into a science. She has opened her studio on the second floor of Sweet Bottoms Cafe on Colborne Street, downtown Fenelon Falls.

Diane is also planning on having a few sewing machines available for lessons or for hourly use, for those people who don’t have the room for one anymore.  She is hoping to have a textile ‘stitch-n-bitch’ group as well. Art doll classes are also being considered. The hours will be by chance or by appointment at the moment, although she is aiming for 10:00 – 2:00 Tuesday to Saturday.  Anyone interested can inquire at Sweet Bottoms and Diane will be happy to give you more information. You can also call 705-344-6214 or email


Sentimental Cloth – Fabric Art

Photography by Shannon Peters Bain


Sentimental Cloth – Chasuble


Sentimental Cloth – Fabric Art – intricate squares, reupholstered chair

Houghton Creek Expands Presence in Fenelon (Sept. 2016)

September 5, 2016

Grr8 Finds Markets and Houghton Creek have done it again. Due to customer demand they have teamed up to expand Houghton Creeks booth space within Grr8 Finds Market 2.

This collaboration will bring an even larger selection of home decor and furniture for your cottage and home. With an eye to the upcoming seasons of gathering and visiting of friends and family, they have increased the selection of gift ideas, some of which include awesome pillows and wall art, funky door stops, and whimsical giftware.

Keeping an ever watchful eye on tends, they have noticed home decor’s ideas are incorporating antiques with modern, vintage with contemporary, and increasingly mixing and matching the old with the new.  Now their customers can do the same, right here in Fenelon Falls .


Follow Grr8 Finds on facebook here.

Follow Houghton Creek on facebook here. 

Would You Fancy a Spot of Tea?

July 29, 2016


Tea parties were all the rage at one time in history. All ages loved to gather together to enjoy fancy sandwiches, delectable squares, cakes and cookies all served up on the good china and the best linens. Participants would dress up in their Sunday best, sometimes with hats and gloves to match, to enjoy the finer fare served at the upscale tea houses.

Tea parties were very popular with young girls. It was a chance to pretend to be adults for an afternoon. Getting dressed up in “grown up” clothes with big floppy hats, layers of pearls around their necks and maybe even a feather boa thrown in for fun. Sipping flavoured tea in china cups and snacking on yummy goodies off the pretty flowered plates. The whole experience was just too exciting for words.

Where has all this fun gone? Do you miss this luxurious experience? Do you want to share this with your children and grandchildren?

Bett Sawyer of Fenelon Falls is bringing Tea Parties back!  She has opened Yester Years Tea Parties. She is offering the complete experience for everyone to enjoy. She has ‘Ladies Afternoons’ with all the decadence for you to indulge in. She offers ‘Children’s Parties’ complete with the dress -up outfits and pretend play all arranged to make the experience unforgettable.  All she needs is the smiles and giggles to make it perfect.

Bett has years of experience with baking and entertaining and loves the traditional flare. She remembers her mom and aunts preparing these delicacies for entertaining and has saved the traditional recipes. She believes that there are many others that would enjoy sharing these finer things in life.

She is now open at the Oak Street B&B in Fenelon Falls – 29 Oak Street on select days.  Tea, sandwich samplers, goodies, lemonade are served. You can contact Bett to book for specialized parties such as anniversaries, birthdays, special celebrations and reunions, girls afternoons out or she can cater the event to your needs.

Call (705) 738-4464

Find her on facebook here

The Man Titanic Left Behind (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016


book’s main character from Fenelon Township

For decades, people would look at Claude Irwin in disbelief when he spoke about his Great Uncle Howard; particularly the circumstances that saw his luggage sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, along with the Titanic, without him.

The former Fenelon Township resident now hopes the “proof” found in his recently published book, The Man Titanic Left Behind – that contains various letters, poems, essays and journal entries written by his uncle – will not only clear the air, but also introduce many others to one of the most interesting people Mr. Irwin has ever met.

Mr. Irwin has fond memories of his uncle and of his own journey of pulling the book together with psychiatrist, poet and author, Dr. Khalid Sohail.

“I’ve been wanting to write this book since the 1990s,” said Mr. Irwin, explaining the first big “push” came when his uncle’s bag, containing a variety of items such as a clarinet, playing cards, sheet music and numerous letters – was recovered during a salvaging expedition in 1993.

Howard Irwin grew up on the family farm on Killarney Bay Road, just outside Fenelon Falls, but soon discovered farming wasn’t his strong point. In his teens he packed up and moved to the United States where he remained until his death in 1953; minus numerous months of travel that saw him visit Africa, India, Australia and England.

“He was always adventurous,” said Mr. Irwin. “When he took the Olympia back [home], he went straight to the U.S. and never came back to Canada except for family visits.”

Perhaps it was because his trip to England ended, not with him boarding the Titanic with his friend Harry Sutehall – who perished along with roughly 1,500 other passengers – but rather a ship bound for the Orient. Apparently, instead of settling in for the night, Howard went out drinking with strangers and awoke the next day to discover he had been shanghaied.

He had shared the story with many others but few, including Mr. Irwin, believed the tale. It’s one of the reasons why Mr. Irwin had long been compelled to write his uncle’s story.

Mr. Irwin began seriously working on the book several years ago, but had already typed out one of his great uncle’s journal that, as an amateur geneologist, also included the Irwin family history.

Interest in “setting the record straight” ramped up in more recent years he said, spurred on by the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and a touring exhibition that made a lengthy stop in Toronto. When Mr. Irwin learned many of the items that had been amazingly well preserved in his uncle’s bag would be on display, he didn’t hesitate to check out the exhibit.

“It’s been a long time coming. I’m very proud of what we’ve done.”

Copies of Mr. Irwin’s book are available at Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls or via

It is also available through the Fenelon Falls Public Library –

Barn and Bunkie Opens on May Street (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

13325489_10153391209767271_2508396484795365946_nThe Barn and Bunkie has opened a new retail location on May Street in Fenelon Falls. You may have shopped at the Bunkie along County Rd 8 or at their booth at Grr8 Finds Market or you may know the Barn and Bunkie from the Artisan Shows. Owner Brandy Watson has decided to expand the brand and open a full retail location in downtown Fenelon.  (Next to Carson’s Country Cupboard)

The store features the reclaimed furniture and decor items that Brandy designs using the Fusion Mineral Paint line that she also sells at the store. She carries many other unique artist’s work as well. A original line of handbags from ‘Echoes In The Attic’ is a popular attraction. A extensive collection from ‘Perth Soap Factory’ is also now available at the store for browsing.

The store has caught the eye of some celebrity designers. Over the past weekend, Colin and Justin from the popular program, ‘Cottage Pressure’ on Cottage Life TV, stopped in to check out the Barn and Bunkie. They thought the store was fabulous and talked about it to their social media followers.  Look at Barn and Bunkie- putting Fenelon Falls on the map in their first quarter. WOOT WOOT!!

Brandy plans on offering an array of classes at the new location that include furniture painting, decor items, holiday items and much more. Watch for information on local news sites and social media.

You can follow the Barn and Bunkie on facebook here.

Learn about the Fusion Mineral Paint here


Fenelon Eateries Are Changing it Up (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

The month of May must have inspired change for restaurants around Fenelon Falls. Many local eateries have undergone transitions over the last while and have opened their doors with some fabulous new offers for the 2016 Summer Season. New flavours, new patios, new owners, new cooks.  All kinds of new culinary adventures for you to explore in Fenelon Falls.  What is your pleasure? An Irish Pub with live fiddles playing? A summer salad on a shady patio? A tasty wrap with a view of the falls? A pizza to go to enjoy by the beach?

MurphysMurphy’s Lockside Pub – (formerly known as Lakehouse Grill)- has opened it’s doors and spacious waterview patio on the corner of Water Street and May Street in Downtown Fenelon Falls. The new pub is now serving up Fish and Chips and other pub style delectables. They have kept the popular pizza on the menu. They will feature Summer Parties with live music out on the patio!!

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 7.04.26 PMThe Perch Restaurant – (formerly known as Falls View) has revamped the entire menu and is offering a new experience to diners. The new owners also own the Paddy House in Coboconk and are bringing the experience and success of that endeavour to Fenelon Falls.

PizzaPizza Pizza has opened a new location at the Ultramar Gas Station on Highway 121 heading north out of Fenelon Falls. This will offer an alternative to the pizza ordering experience in town. The menu has lots of other items to choose from as well. They also offer delivery.

NolansNolans Restaurant is pleased to announce the addition of their new outdoor patio! Guests can now enjoy their meals on the spacious new deck built in the shade of the trees along the building. This expands the seating area of the popular eatery!!

Farmers Market is in New Location (May 2016)

May 23, 2016


The Fenelon Falls Farmer Market is in full swing for the season. Visit our Farmers’ Market for a wide array of local produce, meat, preserves, baked goods and crafts including several vendors offering organic and pesticide-free products.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 8.53.33 PMThe market has settled in nicely in their new location at the old arena lot on the corner of Bond Street and John Street in Fenelon Falls. The central venue is within walking distance to the downtown shopping district and to the beach making it perfect for a family outing.

The market will be open every Friday from 1pm to 6pm until Thanksgiving and an additional market will be held on Wednesdays from 1-6 during July and August.

The opening weekend was a success with many vendors and customers attending including O’brienview Farm, Crowhill Farm, Treat’s by Mom, Jon Faulknor Photography, Coyote Creek Farm, Flavours of the Fire, Hello Good Pie, Kawartha Herb Garden, Stone Farm Garlic, Wendel Messer, Cracklin Kettle Corn, and Shirley’s Baked Goods. They always welcome new vendors.

Follow them on facebook here 

Visit their website here

Curious Has A New Home (May 2016)

May 9, 2016


Albert Einstein claimed that being passionately curious was the only special talent he possessed.  Ironically, there is no shortage of either passion or talent at the place that Fenelon Falls knows as ‘CURIOUS’.  In fact, that talent and passion has overgrown the confines of the small May Street store and expansion has become a imminent necessity.

Anne Kulmala and her daughter, Tayla Hughes are the duo behind the ‘CURIOUS’ brand. Anne possesses extraordinary artistic talents with fur, wool, felting, painting and various raw materials. Tayla has a flare for design with jewelry, decor, and modern art. Between the two of them, they have captured the attention of the local and tourist marketplace.

The mother-daughter team decided that moving to a larger and more central location that became available at on Water Street was the most logical progression for the growing business.  The larger space is allowing them to better showcase their current product lines and also to bring in new and exciting products that their customers will love. The waterfront location is ideal for attracting visitors to step in and explore.

“We are excited to be starting this new path of our adventure,” says Anne. “We welcome everyone to come down and see the new location and the all the interesting things we have found to peak your curiosity. We are thankful for the support that we continually receive from our community and we look forward to sharing ‘Curious’ with you in this new, larger and brighter place.”

Curious will hosting a “GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION” planned for Saturday, May 14th, 2016. They will have coffee and baked treats for everyone, a special draw and they will pay the tax an all sales.

Follow them on facebook here.

Summer Dance Camp in Fenelon Falls (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016
Dance Camp
Inspired 2 Dance in Fenelon Falls will be opening registration for Summer Dance Camps on May 23rd, 2016.
Participating in Dance Camp is not only a fun experience, but a great way to explore new styles of dance, unleash your creative energy and make new friends!
Camp includes different styles of dance; Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro. We will also include craft activities, dance games, student choreography, obstacle courses, imaginative improvisations and whatever else we dream with each group!The Dance Camps will be held during the month of July. You are required to bring your own lunch and snacks, all peanut free please!
Weekly Rate
Full Days: $180 including HST
2 Siblings or 2 weeks of camp: $300
Hours 9am-3pm
Also available is Summer Intensive Program. The Summer Intensive Program is for girls Age 12 & up. This program is a half day running from 9am – 12pm. Throughout the week we will explore the different kinds of dance the studio offers. This is put in as a challenge to older dancers to enhance their skills, and broaden their dance knowledge.
Dance Camp Dates 2016July 4-8th         Ages 4-6
July 11 – 15th      Ages 7-12
July 18- 22nd    Ages 4-6
July 25 – 29th     Ages 7-12
For more information contact

New Stylist Joining Tallulah Team (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016

image1Tallulah Salon and Spa is pleased to welcome a new stylist to their team beginning in May.

Kate-Lyn Hutchings attended Career School of Hair and Nails located in Oshawa, Ontario.  Born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario, she has experience working in her home town and Peterborough. She has had experience with different colour lines but Redken has become her ultimate favourite colouring and styling system. She has been working with the line for 5 years and has attended many courses in hair, hair colouring, styling and business through the company over the years.

“I am excited to be joining the team at Tallulah in May and I look forward to meeting the people of Fenelon Falls.” explains Kate-Lyn. “I am very passionate about what I do and love the hair industry. I absolutely couldn’t imagine what I would do if I wasn’t a hair stylist. Ultimately I’m just trying to save the world, one hair cut at a time. “

Kate-Lyn will be accepting new clients and welcome anyone to give her a call to book and appointment.   (705) 887-7695

Follow Tallulah on Facebook here

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.