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Shop local this Thanksgiving

This weekend, many of our local shops and merchants are showing their thankfulness by offering special sales and events to help you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in beautiful Fenelon Falls. Here are just some of the sales and events you will find in town this weekend:

The Fenelon Lakes Club will be giving away biodegradable leaf collection bags (one package per family) at our Presentation Centre, 10 Colborne Street, on Saturday morning beginning at 10 am.

The folks at Curious Bear Marketplace on Hwy 35 will be holding a clearance sale on their summer stock, with 40-50% off giftware and water toys, as well as a Thanksgiving Wax Warmer sale: purchase a wax warmer and get 2 wax melts for free.

If you want to unwind by working on your golf game, Sturgeon Point Golf Club is offering $20 greens fees for walking (carts not included), as well as unlimited play. Tee times can be booked online at or by calling (705)887-3144.

The Butterfly Boutique is having a Give Thanks Sale this weekend... No tax, $15 Fashion Gloves, $15 Mini Blanket Scarves $25 Blanket Scarves a 50% Off Sale Room. To Give back to our community this holiday weekend, The Butterfly Boutique will have a Food Bank Drop Box and will be giving away a free gift with every donation of a non-perishable food item.

There is still room at Murphy’s Lockside Pub and Patio for their annual “Murphy’s Gives Thanks” FREE Thanksgiving meal this Sunday, October 13 from noon until 4:00 pm. If you know someone who would welcome a free meal this Thanksgiving, please spread the word!

The Barn & Bunkie is hosting Handmade Harvest on Saturday featuring the handmade goods from local vendors and artisans, including a marshmallow roast and Harvest Photo Opp.

Grab some long weekend reading material at The Book Lady where all books are “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” on Saturday and Sunday, and lots of hardcovers have been marked down to $2 for clearance.

Water Street Clothesline is hosting another Pop-Up Shop this weekend, featuring local vendors and as always you can grab a sweatshirt or hoodie to represent your favourite local spots.

This Saturday, Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum presents Harvest Happenings, an event for all ages featuring the piano music of Don Deathe, who will be joined by Anne Langton (portrayed by Barbara Dunn-Prosser) to celebrate a 19th-century pioneer Thanksgiving. Drop by the museum to check it out!

On The Locks Reopens in New Location

Breakfast-lovers rejoice! One of our fabulous local restaurants, On the Locks, is now open in their new location at 26 Colborne Street.

They will be serving up classic restaurant fare, starting bright and early at 6:30 am. If breakfast for dinner is more your speed, don’t worry because you will be able to go out for “Brinner” in style, right here in Fenelon Falls thanks to On the Locks and their ADB or All Day Breakfast menu!

Check them out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Today, Thursday, October 10th, is their grand opening celebration so drop in to say hi and grab a bite!

The Curling Club a Happening Place in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Ian Hackett on behalf of the Curling Club Board

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club has had a very successful registration campaign for the 2019-2020 season. The two nights of open house and registration were packed with old and new friends sharing summer stories and making plans for this winter’s events at the Curling Club.

Our Youth League is headed up by the Peels, Katherine and Doug . If you have seen Doug with his construction equipment lay 1000 pound armour stone with precision, well just imagine what he does with a curling stone on a beautifully groomed sheet of ice. His enthusiasm to mentor young curlers can only help to grow our sport. Watch for the “Rocks and Rings” program in our local schools this fall.

The Board has worked through the summer to promote the club in our community. We are proud to display our logo and website. Our goal is to be the very best we can and our catch phrase “Curl Fenelon - it’s more than just the game “ was chosen to emphasize the club’s social and inclusive atmosphere.

We have set a registration fee that we feel is manageable for our players and enticing to new curlers young and not so young.

Youth League is Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm, and fees are $99 (includes tax and OCA fees)

Learn to Curl is Sunday 3-5 pm, for a 6 week duration starting Nov 3rd for $99 (plus tax) and includes an opportunity to play and practice with one of our leagues for the 6 weeks.

Our new website “ “ is up and full of information about our leagues, events, and registration forms.

Give us a call, stop by the club when the lights are on, or ask anyone in town how to belong. We are well known around town and excited to include everyone.

A Day in Fenelon Falls

Start the day with a peaceful walk or bike ride along the scenic Victoria Rail Trail. Afterwards, head back into town for breakfast by grabbing a bacon sandwich at The Little Pie Shack. Do not forget stop by the Fenelon Museum and check out their daily community based programming and learn about the history of Fenelon Falls. Just beside the museum is the splash pad and Garnet Graham Beach Park, a great spot for young and old alike to visit. 

After cooling off go into town for lunch at one of Fenelon’s amazing lunch places, such as the famous Slices N’ Scoops. Once you finish your meal go down and take a look at the gorgeous falls and check out local artists at Colborne Street Gallery or Fenelon Station Gallery. Having worked up a small appetite while viewing beautiful art, natural and man-made pieces, check out the Farmers Market and grab yourself a nice snack from one of the many vendors. 

Following a quick bite to eat, head over from the market to our picturesque downtown where you’ll find unique, local and Canadian made goods at many of  our shops. A Tourism Ambassador recommendation is Grr8 Finds on Colborne Street. For the second last stop, why not head down to Murphy’s Lockside Pub & Patio for some Irish inspired pub food for dinner. Then take a final quick stop across the street to take a picture with the beloved Fenelon Theatre marquee.

Seniors Play Park - Pilot Project

Submitted by Penni Holdham

On Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm, the brand new Seniors Play Park at Lloyd Kelly Parkette, 16 Francis St E in Fenelon Falls will be opening!

We would love you to join us at this event celebrating one of the first Senior’s Play Parks in Canada.

Our ground-breaking ceremony was held in early July and we have really knuckled down to get this install completed along with restoration work of the grass in the general Park setting.

There are so many people who came together to help bring this to reality!

Special nod out to Ormels – for providing tons of A-Grade Gravel and to Young’s Construction for the 5 Yards of Top Soil used to restore the grassy areas!

Many made light of the earth-work as Kathy Armstrong came out with her Horticultural Friends who knew exactly what to do!

Shout out to Laurie, Dale, Peter, Linda and Cindy who all helped at various points in our landscape restoration and construction!

Our Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie worked with me from the beginning to seek the perfect ‘space’ for this unique installation. He has been a great supporter through-out the development of this project and made the motion at council to support this initiative over a year ago! Our staff at City Hall have been instrumental in supporting and providing contacts for different aspects of construction and manufacture.

Special Thanks to Sandra Barrett who hosted our Community Meeting about this idea back in August of 2018 where 18 people representing various Seniors interests in the community joined in support. This group collectively reviewed five Site options and selected Lloyd Kelly Parkette as the optimum location for this activity! In working at the site over the past month, I have enjoyed to feel the breezes and hear the sounds of the waterfalls under a wonderful blend of sun and shade through-out the day!

Kevin Stybosch of Hoek Van Holland has been the best to work with as he handled the overall excavation and construction of the foundation and ground prep for the Rubber surfacing! Kevin has also provided wise advice and gone above and beyond to help me make this park a lovely space for Seniors to simply hang out in!

Another shout out to amazingly active seniors Mike and Ed who helped with the cement pour for the concrete pad spreading cement and levelling off this large pad!

Gary Sedore provided much needed water for the rubber surface install and to aid in settling of the sand in the Walking Path.

Thanks to Dan at Home Hardware for lending us his personal Generator as we needed it over a few weekends and this generosity saved us lots of dollars in rentals- not to mention that his wee machine was much lighter to handle for us ‘getting there’ in age folks!

Please share this out to your friends and come on down on Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm to check out our achievement and to try it out at our grand opening!

On a personal note, thanks for your support over these past two years as I have been working on bringing this kind of installation to Fenelon Falls. I sincerely hope this will be of interest to many other communities now that we can show what this kind of space for seniors can be like! and... most importantly, your comments, thoughts, and suggestions will help make spaces for seniors viable and available in every community in our region and beyond.

Besides creating a great space for our Seniors here in Fenelon Falls, a point of interest.... Over 2000 Car Tires were recycled to create the Rubber Ground surface seen at our site!

Please call me if you have any Questions or want to realize this kind of thing in your own immediate community! This first Pilot was funded completely by the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

I look forward to seeing you at our Celebration next Monday!

TA Takeover - Fenelon Museum Artifacts

The 151 Year Old Piano

When you enter through the doors or simply walk by the museum, you may hear the music of a 151 year old piano being played by Don Deathe or more recently, one of the Tourism Ambassadors. The piano was shipped on a barge and arrived in 1870 as the first piano in Fenelon Falls. The square shaped piano is unique because it’s strings are horizontal to the keys rather than vertical like most pianos, which saves a lot of space.


Pioneer Schoolhouse

Maryboro Lodge works hard to make their museum a unique and interesting spot to visit. Featuring many different exhibits, the Fenelon Museum has something for everyone; my personal favourite being the pioneer schoolhouse. During the summer months, the schoolhouse is open 10am-5pm, with a teacher popping by every so often to teach lessons to the kids in subjects like math, handwriting, and art. The museum does a great job of making the pioneer school experience very authentic; the kids write on chalkboards, the teacher is dressed in period costume, and there are real pioneer recess games! Take your kids back in time with a visit to Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum.


Monarch Butterfly Release - An Event to Remember

This summer the wonderful staff at Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum have put together a wonderful home for Monarch caterpillars to grow into their cocoons. Located in the school house, a box on the wall houses nine caterpillars transforming into beautiful pollinating butterflies. The Monarch butterflies are set to be released on September 7th at an event commemorating loved ones. You can participate in this incredible event by purchasing a locally raised butterfly to be released for $25. Proceeds help support the community based programing at Maryboro Lodge.


The Fenelon Theatre Projector - A Moving Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The Maryboro Lodge holds an attraction near and dear to the hearts of the denizens of Fenelon Falls, a projector once used to display countless moving pictures at the old movie theatre. This model C projector from the Century Projector Company once provided the entire village with entertainment and the joy of being given the oppritunity to see one of the once rare films. As home television grew ever more popular as the years went on, however, the theatre had a declining number of movie-goers to cater to. In the years following, the building that once housed this projector fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in 2016. Despite this, the memory of the theatre lives on, not only in the fond memories of many locals and with the Fenelon Marquee outside the Tourism Office, but on the second floor of the village’s museum.

Thank You Tourism Ambassadors!

This week our intrepid Tourism Ambassadors are wrapping up their tenure in town.

You’ve probably seen them around in their bright blue shirts giving people directions, promoting local businesses, spreading the word about local attractions and events, and helping the Horticultural Society with public garden maintenance. A few times I even saw them collecting litter in Garnet Graham Park!

The Tourism Ambassadors are leaving us with a few more goodies - stay tuned for the “TA Takeover” of the Town Crier newsletter next week, and keep playing along with the Puzzlers at the end of the Town Crier.

But for now, we’d like to say a special Thank You to the Tourism Ambassadors for their efforts around Fenelon Falls this summer. If you see one of them in their bright blue shirts tomorrow, feel free to say thanks and best wishes!

KidsFest at Maryboro Lodge

Submitted by Glenn Walker

KidsFest celebrates the many ways the Kawarthas have been wonderful for families. Producing Tinkertoys, Crayola, Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, and the great variety of classic wooden toys that enlivened childhoods of the 1950s and 1960s, the region is unusual for how much it has done for kids. It is the 125th anniversary of the first steamer ascending the Fenelon Lock, an important connection in making the lakes a tourist destination and home to the joys of cottage life.  

KidsFest brings to life the unique heritage of the Kawarthas in a free family event at Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum. Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls will be rocking on Labour Day weekend with nine concerts, featuring Juno-nominated performers Chris McKhool and Sonshine & Broccoli. Children will enjoy larger-than-life creations of local toys, crafts, hands-on activities and a splash pad. There will be a community campfire, magic, a petting zoo, pony rides, a real mermaid, and of course, free Kawartha Dairy ice cream.  The Cameron Lake Monster might appear (it was printed in the Fenelon Falls Gazette, so it must be real!) "KidsFest is going to be a wonderful end of summer party," observes councillor Doug Elmslie.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Fenelon Falls lock, KidsFest has a maritime theme. Once steamships could navigate around the waterfall, they could carry passengers from Coboconk to Port Perry to Bridgenorth. The Kawarthas were born as a tourist destination, as visitors could take the train from distant cities to connect with the paddle wheelers carrying passengers to summer destinations and cottages throughout the lakes. Sunday schools and charitable organizations organized steamship excursions and picnics throughout the lakes, with 25 cent fares. At KidsFest, participants can build a boat, float it down a stream and learn how locks work at a water table. 

"We wanted to host a family event that brings together the feeling of a summer folk festival with a fun fair," explains organizer Sharon Walker. "There will be over 30 hands-on activities, everything from Magic to a Rocket Launcher. There will be so much to do, and it's all free!"



10AM: Fun Zone Opens

10AM: Water Blessing

10AM-1PM: Wagon Rides

10AM-2PM: Magic!

11AM to 2PM: Corn Roast & Barbeque

12:30 Free Ice Cream

1PM: Chris McKhool: Earth, Seas & Air 

2PM: Paddling Puppeters: Plugging Into Nature

3PM: Chris McKhool: Fiddlefire

4PM: Paddling Puppeteers: Honest Frankie's Shoreline Review


10AM-1PM: Pony Rides 

10AM-2PM: Petting Zoo

12:30PM: Free Ice Cream

1PM: Andrew Queen 

2PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

3PM: Andrew Queen

4PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

5:30 PM: The Rocket Launch

6PM: Community Campfire

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Pop-Up Fun at the Barn and Bunkie

On Saturday this weekend be sure to drop by the Barn and Bunkie to check out the two fun pop-up shops being hosted there:

Pink Lemon Decor will be setting up shop and bringing a pink trailer full of goodies. Known as “Durham region’s first mobile boutique,” Amber and her trailer will be setting up shop in Fenelon at the Barn and Bunkie on Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.

A best-selling supplier for the Barn and Bunkie, Stoney Lake Textiles will also be joining the pop-up madness on Saturday with hand sewn goodies and bags to match all designs and colour palettes.

This Saturday, shop local in Fenelon Falls and be sure to make your way to 7 May to check out the two great pop-up shops happening at the Barn and Bunkie.