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1960's Summer Trip to Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Sandra L. Silva, Written by Linda Gorrie

The Sulpician Namesake: Bliss, Your Name is Summer

The Sulpician Namesake: Bliss, Your Name is Summer

The good Abbe Fenelon gave his name to the town that three hundred years later came to be synonymous, to our family, with summer.

Several summers before, during and after the summer of love, our family of four packed up our gear and piled into any one of a number of North American-made four door sedans for our annual trek to the cottage. We’d drive the well worn path between home and the super highways of Toronto soon bypassing the great City. Soon we’d be meandering along roads that snaked past pastoral, green fields much gentler than the sharp edges of the Canadian Shield, which was the backdrop scenery of our other family trips. 

Like salmon returning to their spawning grounds, our family headed inexorably toward the Kawarthas until we were at our destination; Fenelon Falls. We’d pass the mechanic’s garage, drive over the bridge spanning the locks, continue past the Dairy and ice cream parlour on the left, the bakery just up the road, and we’d leave the main drag travelling onto a bumpier narrow dirt road.  We’d stop at the water tap by the side of the road where we would fill up water jugs. This was always the last part of the trip. We would be unbearably, wonderfully happy when in just a few long, short minutes we would see the sign that said “England” and would turn down the tree covered lane which led to the cottage.   

The air smelled like the lake: cool and damp. By the time we arrived it was early evening with the edge just off of the brightness of the summery, sunshine-y day; a hint of meat smoke on the BBQ and the sounds of ice dropping into glasses full of cocktails and soft shimmery grown up laughter. The day still bright enough, we would tumble out of the car and run along the well worn path to explore the haunts of the previous summer: the familiar never changing cottage next-store and the one next to that and so on – all the way down the beach until we couldn’t go any further. Docks fanning out from the water’s edge like the teeth of a comb, wanting us to run to the end, run back. Laying on our stomachs and watching minnows, fry, frogs and crayfish. The water creatures venturing out from their shady hiding as the sun began to fade and day turned into night: magic time, twilight time. Swishing finger tips into the water that was still warm on top, cooler down below.

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We would be called back for dinner then bed in the room thick with the musty smell of sheets too long on the shelf and wool blankets still smelling like lanolin and the empty closed up winter cottage which never quite dried out. Tucked in and waiting for sleep to come. bringing with it the promise of morning, and with each morning day after endless summer day and memories that would last and last.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Seniors’ Play Park in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Mike Perry

Fenelon Falls – On Thursday morning, the Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Ontario’s first Seniors’ Play Park, which is about to be built in Fenelon Falls. Thanks to the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team receiving a $121,600 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this year, the park is on its way to becoming a reality.

“I am pleased that the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has been awarded a $121,600 grant to build the first Play Park in Fenelon Falls,” said MPP Scott. “By providing a free and accessible recreational space for seniors, this is an investment in the promotion of social and active lifestyles.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The creation of a Seniors' Play Park for Fenelon Falls is the initiative of local resident Penni Holdham. The basic idea behind designing outdoor gyms and play areas for older adults or those with mobility challenges is to help improve people’s overall health and fitness and reduce isolation. The park, located at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette behind the Red Apple, will provide 24/7 outdoor space with activity stations that have no barriers to access. 

"We are very proud to deliver the first Seniors' Play Park in our area, generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Penni Holdham.  

The most recent population data available indicates that 50 per cent of people living in Fenelon Falls are over 55 years of age. Seniors Play Parks are designed for older adults looking to safely maintain their flexibility, agility and mobility through use of low-impact equipment geared for gentle exercise while enjoying time with friends. It’s expected that the park will be an outdoor recreational space where seniors can engage in a range of stretching and balancing activities using the onsite, fun and easy-to-use activity stations. There will be no fees or set hours to use the park and all activities are self-guided.

“We are pleased to help provide opportunities for local seniors to stay active and socialize,” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. “There are great health – and health care cost savings – benefits to keeping active and this kind of park really has great potential.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes municipality approved the park to be used for this purpose and will be taking care of its maintenance for the coming years. The park is scheduled to open this fall.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.  For more information, please visit:

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Photo 1: (L-R) Construction Team Liam Brierley & Kevin Strybosch; Mike Perry, Executive Director, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team; Penni Holdham, Fenelon Resident/Project Manager; Mike Barkwell, Vice-President, Fenelon Seniors’ Club; The Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP; Deputy-Mayor Doug Elmslie (Councillor Ward 3).

Media Contact:                       

Mike Perry, Executive Director      

City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

55 Angeline St. North, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5B7

Ph: 705-328-9853 

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!

Canada Day in Fenelon Falls


Maryboro Lodge - 

Fenelon Museum

Garnet Graham
Beach Park

10:00 am - Fun Zone Opens

1:00 pm - Free Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream at Maryboro Lodge

2:00 pm - Performance by The Fitzgerald’s, an International Fiddling and Step-Dancing Sensation

7:00 pm - Campfire, Open Mic, and Free Ice Cream at Maryboro Lodge

9:00 pm - Andrew Queen & The Campfire Crew Join the Fun

3:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Boots of Hazard Perform

3:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies

4:00 pm - Free Birthday Cake

10:15 pm - Fireworks to End the Day


The Fenelon Falls Bikeshare is providing free rental service all day so pick up your bike by the locks and check out all that town has to offer!

Featured Event - Fenelon Falls Farmers Market

Help support your local market - Shop Fresh, Shop Local at the Fenelon Falls Farmers Market. Head over to the old arena lot at Bond and John St. between 11 am and 5 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Vendors range from local farmers with Organic Meat Products, Ontario Lamb, Local Honey, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Homemade Baked Goods, Preserves, Ethnic Food, Fresh Cut Flowers, to a variety of very gifted and talented Artisans.

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Featured Event - Spring into Gardening Plant Sale

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society invites you to their Spring into Gardening Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The sale is being hosted Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum at 50 Oak Street. Highlights include local plants, gardening books, heirloom tomato seedlings, food vendors, tool sharpening, glass flowers, garden themed arts, crafts, and more! All are welcome.

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