Posts Tagged ‘Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce’

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

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.

Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

how our community communicates

Dear readers,

Well! We’ve been on quite the journey together, haven’t we? Some 221 of us received the very first edition of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier when it was published on May 14, 2013. Today’s issue marks the 100th newsletter that has gone out via email to residents and fans of our Jewel of the Kawarthas. What started out as a project led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department has found a home at the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce where it is currently produced and operated.

Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

To understand the origins of the Town Crier, we have to go back to the beginning of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project that commenced in 2011 and was led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department. From that initiative, 5 committees were formed to lead BR+E projects; Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, Leadership Team, Downtown Revitalization and Promotional Strategy/Marketing. The Promotional Strategy/Marketing Committee was chaired by Craig Bachman, and undertook several initiatives. There was the design of the new Fenelon Falls logo, co-ordination for the new village entry signs, and the establishing of the website, and its partner e-newsletter, the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.

Town_Crier_Newsletter_IconInstrumental in the creation of the newsletter and website were Fenelon’s own Corrie Hynes and Janet Dalton. Both key members of the initial Committee, they took the initiative to get the web based projects going. Corrie has acted as Managing Editor and general media guru from the start. It is not an understatement to say that Corrie has been the foundation on which the Town Crier and were built. Her media background and passion for community focused communication have been the driving force behind the scenes. Her guidance has been instrumental in the strategy and grassroots success of the popular Facebook page, website and newsletter. Although Janet passed away all too soon in the spring of 2014, part of her lasting legacy is her work on the website and mailchimp programming, which are still in use today. “I think the success of the Town Crier is an amazing testament to [Janet and Corrie’s] commitment,” says Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce Director Brian Rump, “and the number of volunteer hours required to build this project to 100 issues is mind-blowing.”

Take a walk down memory lane and view the 1st published edition of the Town Crier here:

Corrie recently handed over the reins of the Town Crier to the Chamber of Commerce office staff. Shannon Bain, the Chamber Manager, has worked under Corrie since March 2014. “I’d say I can’t put into words how much I’ve learnt from Corrie but she’s taught me to express myself too well! Working with Corrie has given me such an amazing education on how to navigate the communication waters, how to highlight the best of what our Village offers and how to not freak out if the website goes down. I will miss working with her every edition, but know that her training and hard work to get us to edition 100 will continue to serve us into the future. She is one of the best and can’t be thanked enough!” Continues Brian Rump, “[The website and newsletter] would not have happened without her, and Economic Development initiatives such as this can never be successful without a volunteer like her.”

The Town Crier newsletter has become its own going concern, and has created awareness and engagement of all things Fenelon Falls to residents and visitors. Although some parts of the Town Crier were produced under contract, the bulk of the work to maintain the websites and populate the newsletter to date was done mainly by volunteers. As local coverage disappears across the country, it’s becoming more and more important to support stories and events that truly hit close to home. “The website and Town Crier newsletter are a vital source of communication in Fenelon Falls and the Chamber is very proud to operate such an incredible source of information for anyone interested in our community” says Brent Simpson, Chamber President.

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and a grateful readership, thank you, Corrie, for all your hard work. We wish you the best and will forever remain grateful for the benefits you’ve brought to the Chamber and the residents of Fenelon Falls.

Town Crier turns 100And on behalf of the directors and staff of the Chamber, thank you, dear readers, volunteers, poster makers, article writers, committee members, past and present sponsors and anyone else who has ever uttered the words “have you heard of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier?”: High Fives to all involved! Join us in celebrating the 100th edition of the Town Crier. This issue was sent out to almost 1200 recipients. If you haven’t yet signed up, why not take a moment now (see link below) and help keep Fenelon Falls communicating!


Fenelon Falls Town Crier sign-up:

And of course we must say a special thank you to our Sponsors, whose generosity contributes directly to the ongoing success of and the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.


City of Kawartha Lakes

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Fenelon Falls Home Hardware

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Fenelon Falls Trails

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Handley Lumber

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Kawartha ATV Association


Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls

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Sobeys Fenelon Falls

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Stewart Morrison Insurance

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We’ll be back next month for Edition #101 – well on our way to number 200!


Do you have a contribution to make to the Town Crier or Email us at We’d love to hear from you.

President’s Message – Summer Wishes from the Fenelon Chamber (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

YOUR CHAMBER of COMMERCE quarterly update

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyI would like to take this opportunity to THANK all those Chamber Members and friends of the Chamber who have volunteered their time and skills to make Fenelon Falls THE JEWEL OF THE KAWARTHA’s. I am most impressed with our volunteer base in Fenelon Falls with the Chamber of Commerce and other community groups. It is many hands that make things happen.

Here is a short list of what the Chamber has accomplished in the 2nd quarter of 2017

  • One of our main tasks is the implementation of the actions that have been reviewed and approved by the City Council for “DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION”. There are many people that are required to ensure that all tasks are managed and implemented. For a complete list of tasks that need to happen and other interesting information about Fenelon Falls visit or drop into our Chamber Office by the locks.
  • The 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show was the most successful ever based on attendance and in conversations with the vendors and customers at the show. A HUGE thanks to Monica Jardine and her team in making this happen. We had an increase in attendance by 25%. Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, vendors and customers.
  • CANADA DAY is almost here and there have been a lot of preparations by the Canada Day Committee to make this happen. The entire day is filled with activities topped off by a huge fireworks display at Garnet Graham Park celebrating Canada’s 150. Thank you Doug Elmslie and your team.
  • Your Special Events Committee has been very active again this year and we would like to thank all those who have sponsored this committee making Fenelon Falls the place to shop. Please remember that Midnight Madness is happening on July 8th so come out and support your local merchants.
  • We have a new addition to our Chamber office this summer. Please drop in and say hi to Rylea Rea who has joined our team to help out. She focused on running our Tourism Office and is very excited to help inform visitors from near and far of the wonderful ways our village shines. Do you have a special place in Fenelon that we shouldn’t keep secret? Why not drop us a note or give us a call. Email Rylea at or reach her by phone at 705-887-3409.
  • Our downtown beautification committee has been working very hard and we would like to thank the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and our local businesses for the flowers on the light poles, bridge and hanging from the stores. They look FANTASTIC!
  • The Chamber has made a generous donation to the Rotary Club in support of the splash pad. We are looking forward to seeing it up and running by midsummer. Good Luck!

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce I would like to wish you all a GREAT SUMMER. Please take a moment to drop in and see us.

Your Chamber of Commerce


Brent Simpson


Tourism Centre 2017 Flyer





97, 98, 99… The Town Crier Turns 100 (July 2017)

June 26, 2017

Town Crier turns 100



4 years of community connection

The next edition of the Town Crier will be published on July 26th and believe it or not, it will be the hundredth one! What started as a city funded initiative has evolved into a Chamber run and sponsor supported project which continues to connect us with each other and what is happening in and around our village. In preparation for a look back over 4 years of the Town Crier being delivered via email to residents and lovers of Fenelon Falls, we are asking you, our dear subscribers, to let us know what you like and love about our little newsletter-that-could. If you can spare a moment, please email us at – we’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading. Happy July, Fenelon Falls!

– The Town Crier Team


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SunSational Sidewalk Sale Returns (June 2015)

June 30, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

For more information on these events visit

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

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


Canada Day Celebrations in Fenelon Falls (June 2015)

June 21, 2015

canada day collage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Bunny Set to Attend Eggstravaganza (2015)

March 15, 2015

Breaking News!!!

Fenelon Falls will be celebrating Easter with the annual Eggstravaganza! It is rumoured that organizers have been able to secure a booking with the infamous Easter Bunny to attend the event. Everyone is invited to come to the downtown core of Fenelon on Saturday, April 4th, 2015, from 9am-12pm to participate in the Bunny Hunt and Easter fun.

Participants are to begin the day at the Eggstravaganza Headquarters located at Slices and Scopes, 10 Water Street. You will receive a map of participating local businesses to begin your search of the hidden Eggstravaganza Bunnies.

While you are visiting each store, please take time to do some browsing and shopping. Remember that these Events are sponsored by these businesses as a thank you for your continual patronage.

Once you have found all of the Eggstravaganza Bunnies, make your way back to the Easter Headquarters. If you have successfully completed the Bunny Hunt you will be awarded with a gift bag of treats, and a colouring book.


Eggstravaganza also features a balloon twister who creates custom balloon creations that will have children and adults smiling from ear to ear, and a face painting station to help break everyone into the festive holiday.

Stop in and have a visit and your picture with the exclusive and infamous … Easter Bunny. Yes folks – the one and only, 4-legged, floppy eared, egg bearing bunny will be making an appearance at Eggstravaganza in Fenelon Falls.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

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

For more information on Special Events in Fenelon Falls contact the Chamber office at 705-887-3409 or

Follow Fenelon Falls Special Events on Facebook

or visit their website .



Rock Around the Locks (Feb 17, 2014)

February 16, 2015

Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser for Waterfront Improvement

The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is holding fundraising evening in efforts to raise funds for the waterfront improvement in Fenelon Falls. Rock Around the Locks will be held at the Eganridge Inn and Spa on April 18th, 2015 beginning at 7:00pm.

The evening of food, fun and entertainment is being championed by the Butterfly Boutique and The Kawartha Store. A delicious meal will be followed by a fashion show and an evening of music and dancing.  The cost for the evening will be $75 per person. Tickets are limited so stop in the the Butterfly Boutique or the Kawartha Store to get yours today.

Rock around the Locks

Warm Holiday Greetings from FFCC (Dec-2014)

December 21, 2014

Fenelon Falls Santa Day wagon rideThe Membership and the Officers of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce wish you a very merry Christmas. We wish to thank you for your patronage and for the support you have shown for our programs.

Our year started out with the Country Living Show which was housed in the new Community Center and Arena. It was very successful and we are again encouraged to do even more this year.

The Merchants of Fenelon Falls supported our Events Committee who presented an Easter Hunt in March, Diva Night in May, Midnight Madness in June, Celebrating Silver Screen in August, Harvest Happenings in October and Old Town Christmas in December. The year of events culminated with Santa Day, perhaps the largest celebration of Santa in all of Canada.

In mid-summer we all celebrated Canada Day with an extravaganza of fireworks.

Your Chamber continued to operate the Tourist Office and was happy to greet many visitors and boaters to Fenelon Falls. The new extended docking has been well received and well used by our nautical friends.

The Village of Fenelon Falls was festooned with flowers again this year thanks to the efforts of the Village Improvement Committee and local merchants.

The work and plans created by the B.R.&E. project have been transitioned from CoKL management to our local committees. Much of the work will be taken on by Fenelon Forward and the Downtown Improvement Committee. We will continue with these efforts well into the future.

We would like to thank the editorial and technical staff that produce the Town Crier and for an excellent publication. This is the one local internet blog and website that we can all take part in and it will assist us with promoting our businesses along with our social structure which is so vital to our community.

During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.

It is in this spirit that we say…

Thank you to the residents, cottagers and visitors of Fenelon Falls.

May peace, prosperity, and happiness be yours throughout the holidays and New Year.


Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce

Old Town Christmas (Nov 2014)

November 22, 2014


OldeTowneChristmasThursday December 11th, 2014  to Saturday December 13th is Old Town Christmas in Fenelon Falls. This year the event will be 3 days long. Two festive evenings- Thursday and Friday from 5pm -9pm and a fun Day on Saturday from 10am-6pm. Join together with friends and family, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, and live music. This event is a shopping open house geared towards helping the Christmas shopper.

There will be sales & specials all weekend at participating merchants in the downtown core.

The horse drawn carriage rides will be Sat. 10-2pm.   Free gift wrapping available at Bodiworx By Stacie. Dockside Grill has 1/2 price apps and free hot drinks.  Come and spend an evening with friends and family and finish your Christmas wish list.  

This event is organized by the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Special Events Committee and supported by dozens of local businesses. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 705-887-3409.


Harvest Happenings in Fenelon Falls (Sept 2014)

August 31, 2014


Fenelon Falls will be filled with fall fun as families and friends enjoy the activities in the downtown core from 9am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 11th, 2014.

Some of the highlights this year will be family wagon rides, harvest craft and balloon twisters. Special harvest tarts and treats are planned for everyone including a popcorn stop that can be found at many of the participating retailers.

Don’t miss out on the new fall arrivals being showcased and harvest deals to be found in participating stores.  Also watch for many sales, discounts, end of season clearances going on. Don’t miss your chance to enter the Special Harvest Draws that will be held at 4pm. 

The 2nd annual Scarecrow Festival and competition has local participators and business sponsors competing for the Best Scarecrow in Fenelon Fall.  See the creative works of art that will be on display throughout the community. If you are interested in getting involved with a scarecrow of your own, contact the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce for more information at 705-887-3409.

Come out and celebrate the colourful and plentiful season with the community of Fenelon Falls. We welcome everyone!


Easter Eggstravaganz (April 2014)

March 23, 2014

Fun for everyone in downtown Fenelon Falls 

Saturday April 19th, 2014
9am – 12 noon
Downtown Fenelon Falls

Each year the Fenelon Falls Special Events Committee of the Chamber of Commerce hosts an Easter celebration and shopping event in downtown Fenelon Falls. This year the event will be on Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 9am until noon.

Downtown merchants hold special activities for the children and run various sales and special promotions for the adults to help residents spring into the season and shake off the cold! The event is free of charge and is sponsored by the merchants of Fenelon Falls..

This year the event will feature a special Easter Hunt  where the children search the town and receive tokens at participating downtown merchants. Once they have collected the tokens, they bring them to the Easter Bunny Headquarters and redeem them for special Easter treat bags.

The Easter Bunny will be on location and has many fun activities planned for the children like face painting, balloon twister, games and lots of special treats. Children will not want to miss this event.

Participating stores get into the spirit and do fun things too, so make sure you look into the local shops and find the deals waiting for the adults too!

Follow the Fenelon Falls Special Events on facebook for updates on the fun.