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Between 2 Lakes Yarn & Crafts

April 5, 2018

Water Street shoppers will see a familiar face in a new store – Sandi Stewart is about to re-open Fenelon’s local yarn store as Between 2 Lakes Yarn and Crafts. The Town Crier caught up with Sandi earlier this week, ahead of her soft opening day this Saturday, April 7th.

IMG-6574Town Crier: How long have you been a knitter/crocheter? what types of things do you like to make?


Sandi Stewart: I knit a little bit as a child but it was not until about 5 years ago that it became a big part of my life. I have always loved to make sweaters, but I am really loving all the new beautiful hand-dyed yarns, and knitting scarves and shawls.


TC: Do you have a current work-in-progress?


SS: Right now I am knitting a store sample from a absolutely beautiful cotton yarn I carry at the store called Katia Top Rainbow. It has 874 yards on it so I am knitting the big long shawl that the pattern comes free with purchase. I can hardly wait for it to be done!


TC: That sounds awesome! Can you tell us a little bit about the products you have in stock?


SS: In the store I carry yarns for all budgets, from Bernat Super Value to the new Urth yarns hand-dyed with fruits and roots. We have also hand picked some lovely beads that you can knit into your projects to make them really pop. We have a “fun” corner where you can buy all knitting gifts, from mugs to sheep umbrellas, aprons, spoon rests, and tote bags for knitting and crochet projects.


IMG-6577TC: Will you be hosting group knitting nights or classes for those who would like to learn?


SS: I am planning to run a lot of classes in the store. Right now, for May I have a very in depth course on crocheted rag rugs with Linda Jeffries. Phone or stop in for details, or follow us on Facebook. Shortly Christi will be teaching us to crochet, but I think we have to wait until her holiday to Italy is over. Katie is planning a class so all our sweaters we knit will fit perfectly.


TC: Tell me about your inspiration for the store name and your cute store sign?


SS: The idea for the store name came easily to me, and I wanted to either made it picturesque or fun so I chose to have sheep knitting in a boat! I have never done that, but I’m sure it’s doable.


TC: And living here, Between 2 Lakes, you just may get a chance to try! Sandi is opening this Saturday, April 7th, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays until July. Stop in soon and see all the beautiful new yarns.



Get a Bike from Mike at Spokes for Folks

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

If you’re a cyclist in this area, you probably know Mike Gorman at Spokes for Folks, the biggest little bike shop in Cambray. Maybe you’ve been there with your bike to get a tune-up or some repairs, done by Mike the mechanic whiz, or maybe you’ve been there to sweat it out in a spin class with his partner and co-owner Deb Craven.


Mike Gorman of Spokes for Folks. Photo: Deb Craven

The shop is a dream for cycling enthusiasts; rows of shiny new bikes beckoning for a rider, the light smell of fresh rubber from new tires, cycling gear and accessories lining the walls. One wall proudly boasts a row of cycling jerseys, worn by professional riders that Mike had coached into successful careers, and a large number of medallions hang on wooden plaques.

Or, you may know Mike and Deb from their involvement in our community. They organize group rides and races around Kawartha Lakes, and support our events as they did at Snowshoe Kawartha this past February by bringing Fat Tire Bikes for people to try. No matter how you know them, it became clear to me very quickly that Mike and Deb are a huge part of the cycling community in this area.

After 49 years in the bike business, Mike is ready to hang up his toeclips: “49 years of nurturing champions, enthusiasts, and novices in the wonderful world of cycling.” To celebrate Mike’s retirement, Spokes for Folks is having a sale. This is a perfect opportunity to grab yourself a fresh set of wheels for spring and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. “High quality bikes, clothing, and accessories are up to 50% off” from now until May 30th.

What’s next for Mike, Deb, and Spokes for Folks? They will continue to advocate and support the cycling community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and in 2019 the shop will continue to be open for custom orders, repairs, and parts, with reduced hours and by appointment.

“Join the wave of fun and fitness on a bike from Mike!” Spokes for Folks is located at 30 North Street in Cambray, 705-374-4633. Stop by for the sale, and to wish Mike a Happy Retirement!

Know Your Power – April 16th Information Event

March 22, 2018

Join the Coboconk, Norland & Area, Haliburton Highlands, Lindsay and District, and Fenelon Falls District Chambers of Commerce for an event on Monday April 16th to learn about energy cost saving programs and incentives available to Ontario businesses. The event will bring together representatives from your local distribution company, natural gas distributor and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), along with businesses and community leaders from the region, to share information about available energy saving programs and how to enroll. You will also have the opportunity to network with other local job creators who are interested in giving their businesses a competitive edge through energy efficiencies and retrofits, and hear success stories from those who have already benefited.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has partnered with the Ministry of Energy to lead an education campaign to improve awareness of energy conservation and cost saving programs available in Ontario. The Know Your Power initiative is a one-stop shop for information on energy saving programs and opportunities to improve your energy efficiency that will help businesses identify measures to help reduce electricity bills and conserve energy.

Event Details

Date: Monday April 16th, 2018
Registration and Networking: 5:45pm
Program: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Technical Workshop: 7:00pm-8:00pm (Optional)
Location: Coboconk Lions Club,
9 Grandy Road, Coboconk, ON, K0M 1K0 (map)

Register Here!

Know Your Power Poster

The Kawartha Small Business Podcast

March 7, 2018

Press Release from Brian Rump


There’s a new podcast in town! Brought to you by financial powerhouse You Group, Inc. and Greg Evans Professional Corporation, The Kawartha Small Business Podcast is for listeners who are curious about all things business and want to know what issues affect rural entrepreneurs in our own backyard.

Hosted by You Group’s President and Principal Consultant, Brian Rump, the Podcast series takes an interview approach, telling the stories of local businesses, and reading the pulse of small business in Canada. Check out new audio content from The Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, Dana The Book Lady, and CrossFit Lindsay!

We’re looking for feedback! 

Is there a topic you’d like to hear on the podcast?
Is there a business you’d like to hear about?
Would you like to be on the Podcast?

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or wherever fine podcasts are found.

Facebook and Twitter: @kawarthabizpod
Listen to the latest episode featuring Mike Perry on YouTube.

Calling all Quilters

February 22, 2018
Stained Glass Quilt by the Wee Little Quilt Shoppe. Take a class with them to make this quilt design.

Stained Glass Quilt by the Wee Little Quilt Shoppe. Take a class with them to make this quilt design.

Quilting and sewing enthusiasts are probably already aware that the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe has moved from their previous location on Francis Street to the corner of Colborne Street, in the iconic spot that was Stokes on Trent. Owner Vivienne Samis has been in business with the quilt shop for two years, and she is excited to take advantage of the high visibility offered by the new Colborne Street location, just north of the falls.

The Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe offers a full range of quilting and sewing supplies, including: flannel, batiks, 100% cotton, notions, and specialty rulers. They also offer sewing machine repairs, so don’t give up on that project when your machine starts acting up; just bring it on in to the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe.

In addition to the sewing and quilting supplies for sale, they also offer “both computerized and custom” long arm quilting services, as well as a DIY rental of the long arm machine in-house for the “more adventurous quilter.” The staff at the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe can help make the quilt you’ve been dreaming of making your bed with.

For new quilters, they also offer classes to help you build your quilting skills. They are currently offering a class on making a “Stained Glass” quilt on March 10th this year, and have their full class schedule available on their website at and on their Facebook page.

Start planning your next quilting project, or pick up the quilt you’ve been neglecting to finish and let the folks at the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe help you in their new location!


Local Market News by Brian Rump – Fenelon’s Population Growth

February 22, 2018

Brought to you by the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce 

This is the second article in our local market series.


FFDCC Logo JPEG copyAs we continue discussing the business market in Fenelon Falls, we will look at some of the demographic characteristics of the trade area. Last time, we discussed the total population in the trade area was about 14,500. Over the next several issues, we will dig deeper and deeper into some of the characteristics of this group, and discuss how it could influence your business, or your plans to develop a new business.


Throughout the market analysis study, the Fenelon Falls trade area is compared to the City of Kawartha Lakes, and also to the province of Ontario. This comparison allows us to see what is similar to other areas, and what is truly unique. The potential impact on business is that caution needs to be exercised when choosing what business models to replicate in Fenelon Falls.


When we look at the total population in Fenelon Falls and consider population growth, the rate of population change over 2015 to 2018 is anticipated to be 1.2% in Fenelon Falls, compared to 1.3% in City of Kawartha Lakes, and 1.4% in Ontario. Over 2018 to 2020, this is 1.1% Fenelon Falls, and 1.3% for City of Kawartha Lakes and Ontario. We can also compare this to the number of households, and their growth. Over 2015 to 2018 households will grow 5.1% in Fenelon Falls, 5.4% in City of Kawartha Lakes, and 5.3% in Ontario. Over 2018-2020 this will be 3.2% Fenelon Falls and 3.4% City of Kawartha Lakes and Ontario.


There are a few interesting points here. One is that the population growth is growing slower than the households. This means we are creating more houses than people. This would again support the argument that this is a retirement community. It is also interesting to note that Fenelon Falls is not growing at the same rate as City of Kawartha Lakes or Ontario.


So what does this mean for business?


If your business model is depending on population growth, then you should expect to see slower growth versus similar businesses in other parts of Ontario. We will see less people in every house, so our population density will not be growing. If you own a retail store, you will be more likely to see one or two people getting out of their vehicle than a whole family tumbling out of a minivan.


So now that we have discussed the characteristics of population and growth in Fenelon Falls, how does this impact your current business strategy? Will you make any enhancements? If you are planning to start a business, does this change anything? As always, please let us know what you think, so we can continue to discuss business in Fenelon Falls.


Fenelon’s Trade Area – Read Brian’s first article here:

About the Author

Brian Rump is a Director on the Board of Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with several community groups and initiatives focusing on economic development in Fenelon Falls. Professionally, Brian has worked with several local businesses, primarily in obtaining funding through bank loans and government grants. Brian can be reached via email at


Downtown Dreams Contest Launches March 2nd

February 22, 2018

Dreaming about opening a business downtown, or expanding your existing downtown Fenelon business? Check out this announcement from Leisha Newton with the City of Kawartha Lakes to see if the Downtown Dreams program and contest could help you make your business dreams come true.

Downtown Dreaming on a Winter's day

Downtown Dreaming on a Winter’s day

from Leisha Newton:

Downtown Dreams is a business and growth program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee. Plans for the program will focus on business attraction, marketing and business training and development.

We will be launching the Downtown Dreams business attraction contest on March 2, 2018, and a website is being developed with more information over the coming weeks. The registration will open online on March 2, 2018, and we are hosting a public launch of the program in the Victoria Room at 8am on March 2, 2018. 


Applicants will be invited to share their business idea, participate in mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community. Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business. There will not be a cash prize included in the prize package, however there will be products & services included to assist with a business.

Training will be provided throughout the four communities, and I will visit the communities throughout the registration and mentoring process.

More details will always be posted on the project website, once it is live.

Please let me know if you need any other information.

Thank you,

Leisha Newton

Economic Development Officer – Downtown

City of Kawartha Lakes

705-324-9411 ext 1366


Dreaming of a Downtown Business?

February 8, 2018

If you or someone you know has an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to enter the Downtown Dreams contest that the City of Kawartha Lakes is running this spring. The contest is a result of funding committed to the City of Kawartha Lakes from the Rural Economic Development (RED) program and administered by OMAFRA, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

The purpose of this funding, and the Downtown Dreams contest, is to encourage growth and boost economic development in the four Downtown Revitalization communities of Fenelon Falls, Coboconk/Norland, Lindsay, and Omemee. Our local businesses help to drive tourism to our area, and are a huge part of what makes Fenelon Falls such a memorable place to visit.

The contest details will be announced soon. If you have an idea for a new business you’ve been dreaming about launching in Fenelon’s downtown, or you have an existing business you are ready to expand, contact Leisha Newman, Economic Development Officer -Downtown, 705-324-9411 ext. 1366 or by email Dream big, dream downtown Fenelon Falls!


Kennel opens its doors in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018


Dionna and Patrick Wylde love dogs.

So after hearing from many that there is a need in the district for another kennel, they decided to turn their love of the four-legged friend into a business venture.

They opened the doors to “Jurassic Bark Kennels”—located on 28 forested acres on the outskirts of Fenelon Falls—this January.

“It’s something we have thought about for quite a while,” said Dionna.

They got started on constructing the building to house their canine guests two years ago, but did plenty of research prior to that.

“We wanted to do it right,” she stressed, saying they visited a number of kennels nearby to get an idea of their facilities and how they operated.

JurassicBark_TownCrierImage2The 700 square foot building has 7 sleeping areas, each with their own individual outdoor runs accessible by a custom made doggy door that can be opened without entering the pen.

“Sometimes dogs are not friendly with anyone except their owner, or it just takes them a while to adjust,” noted Wylde.

“Sometimes they are frightened so we wanted to set it up so no one gets hurt,” she explained, adding she can simply use the pulley mechanism to raise the door while staying outside the pen.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” also boasts a small reception area, a food prep area and a full service grooming salon.

There is a fully fenced common area at the side of the building which serves as a play area for the dogs and a multi-acre fenced paddock for longer romps. This summer they plan on constructing a doggy jungle gym complete with ramps, houses and a small pool for their guests to cool off.

“We’re really looking forward to having the play area for the dogs,” she noted.

The couple also has trails where they will take dogs for nature walks—for an added fee.

“They really like the trails,” Wylde remarked.

They already have had a few guests, and have enjoyed getting to know the few dogs that have been there to date. But they really are hoping the pens will start to fill up.

“We hadn’t been really promoting it too much yet because we wanted to make sure everything was ready and we needed approval from the City. Now that is done and we have our licence. We are very excited to open our doors,” Dionna explained.

The kennel offers daycare as well as boarding – both short term and long term. Fees for the kennel will be very comparable to others in the area. Guests are accepted by appointment only.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” is located at 18 Fell’s Point Road, just off of Northline Road.

Heading north out of Fenelon on Hwy. 121, turn left onto Northline Road, then left again onto Fell’s Point Road. The driveway will be the first one on your right.

For more information, or to book your stay or your furry friend’s “spaw” day, call 705-887-6597 or 705-340-2925, or email You can also visit their Facebook page – “Jurassic Bark Kennels” and view photos and news.


Level Up Summit

January 25, 2018

helping business owners evolve


Level Up Summit squareAfter the success of the Level Up Series offered by the Kawartha Lakes Chambers and Small Business Enterprise Centre, they will be returning with a Summit event to help business owners level-up and network with other local business owners.

The Level Up Summit will be held at the Admiral Inn in Lindsay on February 22, from 8am to 3pm – mark your calendars.

Previously called the Small Business Bridges Event, the Level Up Summit is focused on helping business owners build self-motivation, convert that motivation into sales, and learn how to leverage family assets into sales success for your business.

The Summit will draw a large number of local business owners from Kawartha Lakes and beyond, offering a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with one another and create a support network for business success.

Follow the KLSBEC Facebook page for more details or register for the event at starting Jan 26th. The cost of the event is $45 and includes lunch. All area Chamber members will enjoy a discount through eventbrite.

Food, prizes, business success: the perfect recipe for Entrepreneurs!

If you are a local business that serves other businesses and you would like to participate, please reach out to Bob at for more information about reserving a table at the event.

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2018 Country Living Show – Vendor Package Released

January 25, 2018

2018 KLCLS - Final Logo


What makes living in Kawartha Lakes so special? Country Living!

The Kawartha Country Living Show returns April 27-29 at the Community Centre, and the vendor package was released today – see below for links. Mark your calendars and start thinking about how to make your vendor booth stand out!

The venue for our show will continue to be the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way in Fenelon Falls and the show times are as follows:

Friday, April 27              4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, April 28          10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, April 29            10 am to 3 pm

With special thanks to our Sponsors, and based on the positive feedback and success of last year’s show, we are delighted to report FREE ADMISSION will be back this year! The Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale will be back in 2018, helping to make this year’s show a “can’t miss” event in the Kawartha Lakes this spring. Our attendance number in 2017 was over 2,500 – a 25% increase from the previous year; and we are working hard to continue to see this number increase.


Vendors are asked to remit their registration form, along with payment, by March 15th to guarantee a booth. We will do our best to accommodate booth requests, striving to make the show floor fresh and exciting for our dedicated, returning patrons. Final booth assignments will be forwarded to vendors by April 12th.


If you have any questions please contact Shannon Bain, Chamber Manager, at 705-887-3409 or by email at


We look forward to seeing you in April!


vendor package available at

Local Market News by Brian Rump – Fenelon’s Trade Area

January 10, 2018

Brought to you by the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce 

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyOver the past several years, members of the Fenelon Falls community have been involved in multiple economic development initiatives working to strengthen businesses, and the whole community as an excellent place to live. Initiatives have included the creation and development of Fenelon Forward, a Business Retention and Expansion Project, and most recently, the Downtown Revitalization program. Community members have partnered with City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, and have benefited from provincial funding through Rural Economic Development and Federal funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. These initiatives have engaged dozens of volunteers, and resulted in several successful projects (The Town Crier being but one example).

As part of the Downtown Revitalization project, a Market Analysis of Fenelon Falls was conducted. The full report is available through City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development (you can find it here), and contains 55 pages of detailed information about Fenelon Falls.

This year, we would like to bring to you some of the highlights of this report, especially those that pertain to business. If you already have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can you use this information to grow? If you’d like to have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can this information help you with your business plan?

We will cover topics such as our trade area, the daytime population, income distribution, consumer habits, business mix and identified gaps. We will provide some perspective of the data, maybe challenge it, and hopefully spark some discussion about how it can be used to grow and strengthen the community. We would love you hear your feedback, get questions, or ideas for future topics of discussion (see below for contact information).

So without further ado, here is our first of the series…


Fenelon Falls’ Trade Area

Who shops in Fenelon Falls?

Fenelon Trade AreaAs part of the Fenelon Falls market analysis, a survey was conducted to define the trade area for the downtown retail and services businesses. A trade area is defined as the geographic area in which the majority (in this case 75%) of existing and potential customers reside. The survey results were analyzed using Geographic Information Systems.

The trade area includes Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, the entire north shore of Sturgeon Lake, all of Cameron Lake, the whole east side of Balsam Lake, over to Glenarm, and down to the north of Lindsay. This is a wide area that includes much more than Fenelon Falls. The area is 461 square kilometers, with a population of approximately 14,500

So why does this matter?

When thinking of the Village of Fenelon Falls, the population is often quoted as 1,800 permanent residents. We know this swells during the summer months, and we know that there is some impact from the surrounding area, but this analysis uses data from 75% of customers of existing businesses to show that Fenelon Falls draws customers from a wider area, with a population of about 14,500.

As you build your business plan, there are implications to structuring your business to serve 1800 residents, with a seasonal swell versus 14,500 residents with a seasonal swell.

Another implication is marketing and advertising. Do you only target the Village of Fenelon Falls? Or do you include the residents of the wider area? Bobcaygeon is clearly within the trade area, so how do you engage them?

What about Lindsay? Residents there are just outside of the trade area, but includes a larger population density that could be targeted more easily than, for example, the GTA.

What about tourism? We often tout City of Kawartha Lakes as a tourism destination, but if 75% of customers come from the Fenelon Falls Trade area, how many of the other 25% come from further afield? Does your marketing budget reflect this?

If your business was faced with a choice between increasing your sales 10% from customers within the trade area, or increasing your sales 10% from customers outside your trade area, which would you choose?

So now that we understand where 75% of Fenelon Falls customers reside, the next step will be learning more about them, and their behaviours, so we can better adapt our business plans to reflect the market. Watch for this in future editions of the Town Crier.

About the Author

Brian Rump is a Director on the Board of Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with several community groups and initiatives focusing on economic development in Fenelon Falls. Professionally, Brian has worked with several local businesses, primarily in obtaining funding through bank loans and government grants. Brian can be reached via email at


An Artfully New Concept at curious?

November 30, 2017

Aug 2017 006Things are happening at “curious?” once again.  After being named one of the top ten things to do in Fenelon Falls by Kawartha Northumberland, “curious?” has jumped in with a new concept.  “Co-Creative” is a community creative initiative which showcases and promotes local artists and artisans. A bit like a “pop up shop” with a unique and creative twist. Artists will be on site to meet and greet the public, discuss & sell their art and generally show off the amazing talent in our community.

Since its inception “curious?” has featured local art and artisan’s work along with locally made products. Some offerings such as Wool paintings, jewellery and Kulmala Furs are created by owners Anne Kulmala and Tayla Hughes.  Others have included award winning watercolourists, local Pencil artists, Photographers, Stained Glass artists,  Potters, Fibre artists, Oil painters and more.  Combine these with  quality quilts & bedding, home decor & accents, bath & body products, unique toys & games and you have a distinctive combination you won’t find anywhere else.

The first Arts event happens on December 9th at “curious?” 10-B Water St in Fenelon Falls.  Doors will open at 10am and the event will continue until 8pm.  Refreshments will be provided in the form of teas, coffee, punch and some delectable goodies to munch on.

We encourage everyone to come out and show your support for our local artists.  Whether you are looking to purchase art, meet the artist or just want to experience a unique outing surrounded by beautiful things “curious?’ is the place to be on December 9th.


Anne Kulmala & Tayla Hughes

10-B Water Street,

P.O. Box 967

Fenelon Falls, ON

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Quarterly Update from the Chamber (Nov. 2017)

October 26, 2017

Fall Season in Full Swing, AGM, Why not join the Chamber?

We’ve had a busy summer and fall at the Tourism Centre & Chamber Office. Thank you to all the local residents and businesses who welcome our visitors to Fenelon Falls. We receive a lot of very positive feedback on our Jewel of the Kawarthas! It is a community effort to keep the jewel sparkling and every effort counts immensely.

A few points to consider as we all gear up for a busy Santa Day season:

– Many Thanks to Rylea, our incredible Administrative Assistant for a great job.
– The Chamber is excited to see the Downtown Revitalization plan in action. Watch for updates on our activities and those of the other committees involved in making Downtown Revitalization a reality.
FFDCC Open House 2017 - SBW- The Chamber is working with the City of Kawartha Lakes on a series of Digital Marketing Training Programs which will run Monday evenings for 5 weeks starting November 6th. Email Shannon at the office for more information ( or if you are a Chamber member – watch your email inbox for further updates.
– We are excited to work on a Tool kit for new business in conjunction with Economic Development. Stay tuned for more…
– Special Events did a GREAT job with their events this year. Thank You to our amazing committee of volunteers!
– Santa Day planning is coming together for a terrific FREE day in Fenelon Falls. Join us on this very special day; November 25, 2017.
– Shop local – small business is big business! We had a wonderful Small Business Week (Oct 16-21). Thanks to everyone who came out and attended our Open House on October 18th.
– We continue to focus on our relationship with the Trent Severn Waterway, along with other community groups, to help focus on our community needs at the locks.

– 2018 Membership drive time! Are you ready to join the Chamber? We’d love the opportunity to help you grow your business. Contact Shannon at the office ( or our Membership Director, Shawn Wray ( or click here for the application or click here for Reasons Why to Join the Chamber! As always, thank you to our existing membership – we look forward to renewing our relationship and seeing you at the AGM coming up in November…

All members are welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting, to be held on November 29th at That Place On Cameron.

Many thanks to all for making Fenelon Falls such a GREAT place to live, work and play!

All the best,

Brent Simpson, Chamber President

FFDCC AGM Invitation 2017

Planning in Full Swing for Santa (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

Fenelon Falls Santa Day – Mark the last Saturday in November on your calendars.

Santa Day Magnet Final 2017To paraphrase the Neil Diamond song “Wrap up the babies & grab the old ladies and everyone come” to Fenelon Falls November 25th for Santa Day.

Come & see which of your favourite attractions are still here & which ones are new. What is your favourite?  Is it the Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, Decorating a Gingerbread Cookie, Pony Rides, a Magician, Letters to Santa, visiting the Reindeer, or visiting Santa & getting your picture taken with him. Oh what have we missed?

Don’t forget all the treats given out throughout the day by our local merchants.

What better way to end such a great day than with an amazing Parade starting at 5pm. & Fireworks following Santa!

All this for the low, low, price of No Charge thanks to our generous merchants, corporate, and private supporters!

Help us spread the word. Tell all your relatives, friends, neighbours, and anybody else to come to Fenelon Falls on Saturday November 25 from 11- 6:30 for a day of fun, family, food, and more.

Donations for Santa Day are always welcome. See below for more information.

See you there.

2017 Donation Request for Website

Santa Day 2017 Donation Form

Santa Day 2017 Donation Options

Speak With Confidence – Local Workshop Series (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017
Would you like be more comfortable speaking in groups?
Do you want to dump your fear of public speaking?
public-speaker-free-clipart-1Local business owner and Fenelon Falls Chamber member, Tony Nelson, is offering a course this Fall to help those interested in speaking in public with more confidence. The freedom that comes from acquiring this skill can be life changing. Tony has been conducting courses and training workshops for over 4 decades and has spoken to business, educational and community groups in Canada and the United States.  Most recently, he was a guest speaker at The Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Canadian Aviation Historical Society Annual Convention and at The University of Notre Dame. His passion is helping people learn how to be comfortable and effective in one to one conversations and in front of groups small and large.  Last October, Tony marked 45 years as a member of Toastmasters International.

Speak With Confidence – Effective Public Speaking

Duration: Mondays for 4 weeks – Sep 11th, 18th, 25th and Oct 2nd

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: Bridgwood Manor B&B – 1277 County Road 121, 4.2 km north of the 4 corners

Topics will include: controlling nervousness, planning and organizing your thoughts, using visual aids, researching your material, connecting with your audience, using notes effectively, getting your point across and others

The atmosphere will be friendly and encouraging and everyone will progress at their own pace.

Cost: Chamber Members $90 – non-Chamber Members $100

Course Leader: Tony Nelson B.A., B.Ed., DTM

Contact Tony with any questions or to reserve your spot at or 705 – 887 – 4936.

New Economic Development Strategy (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

will support growth in Kawartha Lakes

ecdevstratKAWARTHA LAKES— The City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development division has delivered a new Economic Development Strategy that focuses on creating a vibrant and growing economy. Council identified the creation of an Economic Development Strategy as one of the top 10 priority projects in the Corporate Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.

“The strategy has been developed with input from local business owners, business groups, Chambers of Commerce and government partners,” explains Denise Williams, Manager of Economic Development. “We have a City-wide focus and are working towards several specific goals including welcoming new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses with a goal to create jobs.”

The strategy outlines steps that will be taken to develop growth in the agriculture and food, culture, tourism, specialized manufacturing and engineering products and related services business sectors. Council will receive regular progress updates as the strategy is rolled out.

The strategy is available online at or by contacting the Economic Development division at 705-324-9411 extension 1232

A Vision Come True (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

Owner of Vision Hair Studio. Becky is a licensed hairstylist and has been in the industry since 2009. She first did her apprenticeship in Peterborough and then became a booth renter in Fenelon Falls after getting her cosmetology license. Becky is passionate about being updated on education and being in the know about hair trends. She has recently studied in Los Angeles for balayage and dry cutting techniques. She specializes in hair painting and transformations and enjoys any challenge she is given. Becky enjoys being around and helping others and can’t wait to make your experience at Vision one to remember!


Meagan Anstett

Meagan is a licensed Red Seal Hairstylist who recently moved to Kawartha Lakes from London, ON. She realized at a young age that she had a passion for hair and the beauty industry and found joy in making people feel beautiful. She moved to Toronto to attend the Aveda Institute & Academy, where she graduated with honours. She then decided to take her passion to western Canada, where she held the position of Spa Experience Coordinator and licensed stylist at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, becoming very knowledgeable about the spa and salon world. Meagan has a passion for long hair as well as creative colour and balayage. Meagan is looking forward to joining the team and promises to make you look and feel beautiful!

 Talen Heacock

Talen started in the beauty industry by doing her coop placement at Trish’s hair design. She then completed her apprenticeship after studying at the Studio 500 Apprenticeship Program. Talen became a licensed hairstylist in 2016. She resides in her hometown of Fenelon Falls with her boyfriend and beautiful daughter Myah. Talen is happy to help you look and feel your best after being in her chair.

Krista Cassidy

Krista is a licensed hair stylist and busy mom of 3. She has been in the hair industry since 2010.  Krista loves her job,especially the personal aspect of hair design. She takes great pride in making sure every client has their own individual style, accomplished with colour or cut regardless if they are male, female or child.  krista strives to make sure the client is comfortable, and is left feeling “at home” with their salon experience.

 Samantha MacMillan

Samantha is a registered apprentice. She has two years of experience as an assistant and looks forward to furthering her journey to become a hairstylist. She loves being a part of the beauty industry as well as traveling to learn and upgrade. Sam enjoys simple, country living, but enjoys visiting big cities as well. She is easy to talk to and ensures to help make your visit a fun and friendly one!

 Michelle Gurr

Michelle currently resides in Fenelon Falls with her Husband and two (beautiful) Children. She studied Business in Peterborough and graduated with Honors. She then studied Advanced Esthetics and Spa Operations in Peterborough, also graduating with honours. Michelle did extra training for Brazilian Waxing in Mississauga in 2014. She recently completed training for Lash Lifts, Lash Extensions and Microblading by a certified trainer with LashForever Canada and can now offer clients these services with high quality Canadian made products. Michelle is hoping she can use her passion for the beauty industry to make her clients feel like the best, most confident versions of themselves.

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