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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.


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!

The Corral Prepares to Move to May Street

Your friends at The Corral have some big news: they are preparing for a short move down the way to a new location on May Street!

To prepare for the move they are having a storewide sale in their current location on Francis Street: 25% off all merchandise, excluding swimwear and embroidery work.

Their Francis Street location is currently for sale and provides lots of opportunity for a local business, with 5500 square feet of space and a commercial kitchen.

Drop by The Corral to take advantage of their 25% off sales and take a look at the building that is available in the heart of Fenelon Falls.

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.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. releases East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale

(Fenelon Falls, Ontario - July 16, 2019) Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. releases East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale at the 2019 Fenelon Fair Beer Garden.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. announced the release of two new beers: East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale. The inaugural release will be at the Beer Garden at the Fenelon Fair, July 19 to 21, 2019.

These are two new additions to their established flagships, Fenelon’s Vienna Lager and Red Ale, currently found in select licensees, Grocery Stores, and LCBO locations in Ontario. General Manager, Mathew Renda said: “We’re excited about the release of these new beers as they compliment our existing lineup nicely. As we move closer to brewery completion, and have our doors open to the public, we aim to build momentum with addition of new beer types and styles to create a truly exciting tap room representative of our brewing philosophy. This will give our community, and our supporters, another reason to visit Fenelon’s brewery.”

Fenelon East Coast IPA is 5.0% ABV, 22 IBUs, with bursts of zest and tropical fruit flavours, and a clean, smooth finish. Head brewer Russell Gibson, said this recipe was “aimed at creating a truly unique flavour profile, without adding an overabundance of hops, to make this another signature brand in our product portfolio”. “Our brewing vision is to make beer styles very clean and approachable, catering to the laid back style found in the Kawarthas, but very distinct as well” he added.

Kawartha Sparkling Ale has a sharp, bubbly bite and crisp finish. It’s a Canadian twist on an Australian classic. “The beer style is very approachable, the lighter body is carbonated to a higher degree than most other beers, which makes the perfect drink for the dock on a hot day,” said Gibson.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. beer is available at the Beer Garden, for a limited time, at the Fenelon Fair, July 19th to 21st:

Beer Garden Hours

July 19th: 4pm to 10pm

July 20th: 11am to 10pm

July 21st: 11am to 4pm


About Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is Kawartha’s newest craft brewery with an established track record of delivering quality premium beer. The brewery’s goal is to make Fenelon Falls a premier destination by providing another anchor in the community for visitors to experience all Fenelon has to offer.

The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. offers hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches. Sourced from natural ingredients by quality-minded people, their brewing philosophy is to keep ingredients simple and our processes to a minimum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through. 

Fenelon beer is available in select LCBO and Grocery locations, and strategic licensees in major markets (Kawartha, Peterbourough, Durham, Toronto, Southern and select Northern Ontario).

Visit www.fenelonfallsbrewing.com for more information.


For information, images and interviews please contact:

Name:  Mathew Renda

Title:  General Manager

Email: mathew@fenelonfallsbrewing.com

Tel: (705) 215-9898

Welcome to Fenelon Falls!

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Fenelon Falls is a destination for day trippers, cottagers and local tourists alike and sometimes they need a little help making the most of their visit. The goal of the summer Tourism Ambassador program is to welcome, inform, direct and have fun with visitors so their time here is memorable and those great memories that will bring them back time and again. 

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The Tourism Ambassador program launched in the summer of 2018 with only two Ambassadors. Last summer was a success and showed that there was opportunity to expand and grow the concept so this summer there are 5 Tourism Ambassadors! The TA’s are local students who bring their own experience, enthusiasm, tech smarts and hometown knowledge to the job. You will see them all around downtown Fenelon Falls, at the museum, the beach park, and the locks in their bright blue uniforms. They are also helping the Horticulture Society volunteers take care of the many beautiful gardens in the village. 

Whether you have family coming to visit, you’re a long time cottager, or a local; the Tourism Ambassadors can help you find restaurants, accommodations, attractions and event information. They can also be convinced to give clues to help you solve our summer Mystery Adventure - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas. Their home base is the Tourist Info Centre on Oak Street in Fenelon Falls. The Chamber of Commerce is excited to promote Fenelon Falls and area with the help of our Tourism Ambassadors. Please say hello when you see them around town.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. launches inaugural beer garden at Fenelon Fair

Submitted by Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. forms a strategic partnership with the Fenelon Agricultural Society to launch an inaugural Beer Garden at the Fenelon Fair on July 19th to 21st. The beer garden is designed as an extension of the Fenelon Fair to provide a licensed area for visitors to enjoy Fenelon’s local premium craft beer.

Visitors will now be able to enjoy a variety of Fenelon’s fresh craft beers while experiencing Fenelon Fair’s festivities. “Our goal for the beer garden is to offer visitors a complete Fenelon Falls experience with a selection of premium craft beer” says Mathew Renda, General Manager, Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. “We want to develop Fenelon as a significant tourism site by highlighting its picturesque geography and, now, Ontario craft beer. It’s our intention to continue supporting local businesses along the way whenever we can, and this is a strategic partnership to support the community.” Renda continues.

Beer Garden Hours

July 19th: 4pm to 10pm

July 20th: 11am to 10pm

July 21st: 11am to 4pm

About Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is Kawartha’s newest craft brewery with an established track record of delivering quality premium beer. The brewery’s goal is to make Fenelon Falls a premier destination by providing another anchor in the community for visitors to experience all Fenelon has to offer.

The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. offers hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches. Sourced from natural ingredients by quality-minded people, their brewing philosophy is to keep ingredients simple and our processes to a minimum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through.

Say Hello to the New Owners of The Cow and Sow

The Cow and Sow is one of Fenelon’s longest-running businesses, and as of this season it is under new ownership. Here is a brief Q&A to introduce you to the new owners, mother and daughter Lorraine and Emily Forbes, and give you a sneak peek at what you can expect from the famous local restaurant this season.

Town Crier: Tell us a little about you guys and why you chose to buy the Cow and Sow?

Cow and Sow: It was always my mom's dream to own her own restaurant. She worked in the hospitality industry her entire life prior to having my sister and I. Timing sort of worked in our favour because I was just finishing up university and didn't have a plan for what was next and my mom asked me if I wanted to go in on purchasing the restaurant with her. I said yes and that was it! She and I are best friends so it is a dream for both of us to get to work together and build a business together. The Cow has always been our family's favourite restaurant as well so it really worked out perfectly.

TC: Are there any new changes to the menu you’d like to announce? Or are you sticking with much of the same classic pub food people have come to expect from the Cow and Sow?

C&S: The menu is pretty much the same! We condensed it a little bit, and will probably add the warmer items like soup and shepherd’s pie back during the winter time. We did add chicken souvlaki back on to the menu and called it "Dickon's Chicken" to honour the previous owner Dickon Robinson, as it was his favourite item on the menu.

TC: Any special events or weekly specials going on this summer at the Cow and Sow?

C&S: We will be having live music every weekend. Every Friday or Saturday or both! We also have some special events with live music throughout the week later in July. There will be lots of promotions through our beer reps and chances to win cool prizes. We will soon be doing a promotion through Sapporo which will give our guests a chance to win a Sapporo mini fridge. In addition to these we also have daily drink and food specials!

TC: Fantastic! Thanks for sharing

Everyone be sure to drop by the Cow and Sow this summer to check out their live music, specials, and events - and say hi to Lorraine and Emily!

Featured Event - Midnight Madness

One of Fenelon’s longest-running traditions is back on June 29th: it’s Midnight Madness!

From 7:00 pm - Midnight, lots of local shops will be open late with special sales and offers. Here is a sneak peek of just some of what you can expect for Midnight Madness in Fenelon this year:

  • The Corral is offering 25% off storewide (excluding swimwear and embroidery)

  • Visit Houghton Creek for their sidewalk sale, as well as in-store promotions up to 50% off

  • Your local health food store The Country Cupboard has supplements, cosmetics, and essential oils tax-free for Midnight Madness, as well as a sale table and tasty food samples

  • The Cow and Sow is offering various food and drink specials for Midnight Madness, as well as live music Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this weekend

  • Catch Trent Lakes Cheese Co. at the Kawartha Lakes Winery on Water Street for Midnight Madness

  • The wonderful group behind the restoration of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee will be set up inside of Grr8 Finds until 10:30 - stop by to check out their t-shirts and sweatshirts

  • Bert’s Appliances is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on June 29th this year, and they are doing Midnight Madness up right with a barbecue, cake, cookies, live music, giveaways, and in-store specials

  • Find your new fashions at The Kawartha Store where you can shop tax-free, check out their sale tables, and get “Double Jewel Rewards” for new and existing customers

  • Between 2 Lakes will have $2 off goat’s milk soap, yarn sales, as well as new products only available for Midnight Madness only.

  • Pop by the Fenelon Lakes Club to wet your whistle with some Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. beer: This VIP Brewmaster Pop-up event will run in 2 sessions (from 5-7 pm and from 8-10 pm), and tickets are $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes. Or, pop by the brewery location at their outdoor booth to see what’s new and say hi!

Don’t miss this amazing event and opportunity to shop into the night for Midnight Madness in Fenelon Falls!