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Small Business Week: October 21-25

Small Business Week is back from October 21-25. In recognition of how vital small businesses are to Kawartha Lakes and our economy, there are a number of events happening over the week in our own communities. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn and to network with like-minded business owners. Check the schedule of events below, and to register or get more information, visit

Hosts: Strike Point Bowling Center, Optimize Wellness Solutions, & KLSBEC
Location: Strike Point Bowling Center - 46 William St S Lindsay
Time & Date: Monday, October 21, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Host: BDO Canada LLP
Location: Days Inn, Lindsay
Time & Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Host: Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce
Location: Fenelon Falls Curling Club - 41 Bond Street W, Fenelon Falls
Time & Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Host: Municipality of Kawartha Lakes and Fleming College
Location: Fleming College, Frost Campus, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay ON
Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Host: VCCS Employment Services
Location: VCCS Employment Services, 370 Kent Street West, Lindsay
Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Host: Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce & BMO
Location: The Admiral Inn & Conference Centre
Time & Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Host: Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) & Kawartha Lakes Business and Community Development Corporation (KLBCDC)
Location: Lindsay Golf and Country Club 282 Lindsay St S, Lindsay
Time & Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Now Hiring? This Event is for You!

A Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) survey from 2018 found that 40% of small-medium sized businesses in Ontario have had difficulties in hiring over the past year. The sectors that are most affected are construction, manufacturing, and retail. Fenelon Falls has another unique challenge because the median age is 55 years old, 14 years older than the provincial average.

In support of local business and the larger community the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Learning & Cocktails Event on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club. This informal event will provide information from expert guest speakers about the local labour market and practical ideas to help with the labour force issues facing the area. There will also be a Q & A time for you to get answers to your specific concerns and an opportunity to network. 

Everyone is welcome to attend as we work together to support, develop and build a strong, vibrant community. See the event poster for more details.

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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!

We're Celebrating Small Business Week with Learning and Cocktails

Fenelon Falls Chamber Presents ‘Labour Force: Attracting and Keeping Employees’

Small Business Week celebrates the contribution of small businesses to the local economy. To celebrate, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is offering a fun and informative evening to both network with local businesses and learn more about an important and relevant topic which affects all business owners.

We will dive into the topic of: ‘Labour Force: Attracting and Keeping Employees.’ We will have two expert guest speakers; Jalyn Anderson, MBA and Sean Dooley, Labour Market Analyst. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the experts to answer any questions you might have in regards to your business.

Jalyn Anderson is a human capital expert with 28 years of experience. She advises CEOs and leaders on people matters through market events (mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and downsizings), and optimizes leadership at all levels in an organization through succession planning and leader assessment, leadership coaching, leadership development, career transition and search.

Sean Dooley is a Labour Market Information Analyst at Workforce Development Board (WDB). He conducts local labour market research and provides relevant information to job seekers, employers, and community stakeholders in an accessible format. Prior to WDB, he ran a small business in the Barrie region and studied economics at Queen’s University.

This event will be held on October 22, 2019 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club (41 Bond Street W, Fenelon Falls). A cash bar and light snacks will be offered. Free for Chamber Members and $10 for non Chamber members (at the door). Please RSVP by Thursday, October 17th to: We hope to see you there!

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 for more information.

For information, images and interviews please contact:

Name:  Mathew Renda

Title:  General Manager


Tel: (705) 215-9898

Beat The Heat and Prostate Cancer at the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad

Submitted by Michael Robson

Summer is in full swing and it has been hot here in Fenelon Falls. The sun and humidity have been perfect weather for water fun and this weekend, there is an event that helps you cool off and contribute to a good cause. 

This Saturday, the Fenelon Falls Marina will be hosting the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad. The event will start at 1 pm at Fenelon Falls Marina and will take participants on a scavenger hunt on Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. All pleasure craft are welcome and encouraged to join in the hunt. Upon completing the hunt, families may return to the Marina by 4 pm for a chance to win great prizes and enjoy dinner together at 5 pm.

Ride for Dad is a national mission to help end prostate cancer by supporting research and raising awareness. All across Canada, people are fundraising and participating in rides on ATVs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. The proceeds of each ride are donated to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not just affect those individuals but also the people they love and those around them. The Watercraft Ride for Sight provides a way to help fight for a cure for prostate cancer to help those who are diagnosed and their friends and families while enjoying time together and having fun on the water. 

Come on out on Saturday to cool off and support a great cause. To pre-register, visit or email

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!