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A Year of Art in Fenelon

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

It has truly been a year of art! I was sent an email the other day and asked to highlight some of the changes that Fenelon Falls has seen this year and so many of those changes have an artistic flair!

Most recently we saw the Fenelon Marquee turn its lights on; a wonderful restoration project that will light our way down Water street and the Trent Severn Waterway.

Earlier this year we saw the addition of decorative metal banners by Christina Handley on the bridge, welcoming visitors into town, and we also saw a lot of art programming happen this year in Fenelon: the Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival kicked off its first year with lineups to get in and is happening again this year; in addition to their robust new programs and events this summer, Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum opened its new play space where kids can play with toys and sketch to their heart's content.

The Colborne Street Gallery opened and exhibited ‘Cottages’ by Joan Horsfall Young, and the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail maps and signs popped up at many places throughout town showing tourists what culture in the Kawartha lakes is. This year, the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show doubled attendance from the previous year, and for the first time included artist studios for 10 artists to showcase their work.

The Horticultural Society added a new rain garden to their mix of gardens throughout town and the colorful and fun splash pad opened at Garnet Graham Park to much fanfare. You may have also noticed the large triangular stones which have been erected in several spots about town - these stones will soon bear etchings with directional information, to help visitors find their way around.

It's been a great year for Fenelon Falls that has also included the addition of several new businesses helping to fill some empty storefronts, and a new "bike-share" system at Lock 34 that you can use to get around town.

I’m looking forward to next year where we will see the continued expansion of natural gas into Fenelon Falls by Enbridge, the introduction of a walking tour to downtown Fenelon Falls by Maryboro Lodge, and the 30th Anniversary of the Kawartha Arts Festival amongst many other exciting things to come.

With the election happening as I write this I’m reminded that we all get to cast our vote on who helps us continue to move forward and show our greatest side. We’re so thankful to the creativity we all bring to this wonderful town and the great businesses and volunteers who help make it the vibrant place it is.

Green Scene — Get Outside, Get Involved

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

This week we want to provide you with some options to get outside, get involved, and maybe learn a little more about nature... here are some awesome options right near us!

The Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

There is free yoga in the park on Mondays at 9:00 am, knitting on the veranda on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, on Wednesdays at 11:00 am there are outdoor sketching classes and the Afternoon Tea from 1:30 until 4:00 pm (the Afternoon Tea is the only thing that is not free, only $5.00 for tea and 2 scones), Thursdays at 10:00 am is Outdoor Activities, and on Saturday there is the Settler’s School in the one-room schoolhouse beginning at noon. You can also help harvest the Community Garden and learn more about gardening on Mondays at 10:00 am. The garden is a great and relaxing place to spend time outside!

For more information go to www.maryboro.ca

Gaaming Nature Centre

Located just outside of Bobcaygeon is another amazing option so close to home! "Gaaming" is Ojibwa meaning “at the shore.” At this center, there are hiking trails, bird watching, wetlands conservation projects, a Native species nursery, and a discovery shack to explore and discover nature. There are also summer day camps for kids and new this year is a Forest School opening in September. So COOL!

For more information go to www.gamiing.org

Ken Reid Park / Kawartha Conservation Area

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Ken Reid park is between Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. On this area of 272 acres of land, there are maintained trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. There is bird watching and even a floating boardwalk winding through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland. There are picnic shelters, a playground structure, and an off-leash dog park. Kawartha Conservation also runs environmental programs for all grade levels for schools. There is a Parent and Tot Exploring Nature Program on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am on August 16, 23 and 30th. For kids aged four and up there are day camps, too!

For more information go to www.kawarthaconservation.com

There are lots of ways to be active and get outside! Let’s not forget the amazing rail trail. Our family walks, runs, and bikes to town on the trail all the time! There are lots of ways to get involved and be part of our outdoor and environmentally active community. Some volunteer options include: the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society who plant and maintain many of the beautiful gardens around town including the community garden at the museum, and the Garnet Graham Park “goose poo crew” also needs help to keep the beach open to enjoy the water. Contact brianandgay@hotmail.com if you have a few hours to spare once a week to help keep our beach clean.

It takes all of us to make Fenelon great! Let’s all get outside, learn something every day and volunteer our time to make a difference!

Zoë and Edie

The Perfect Summer Day In Fenelon Falls

Whether you're a visitor, or a local that simply can't get enough, we want to walk you through an example of a perfect summer day in Fenelon Falls, the jewel of the Kawarthas.


Start your day with breakfast at Sweet Bottoms

 
 

"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast." -John Gunther

There's no better way to start your day than with a delicious breakfast. Local favourite, Sweet Bottoms, is sure to meet all of your breakfast needs. Open at 7 am during the week, and 8 am on weekends, Sweet Bottoms offers organic coffees, high quality teas, fresh bread baked daily, baked goods and more.

Head on over to Maryboro Lodge, the Fenelon Museum

 
Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

 

The Fenelon Museum is one location that shouldn't be missed, especially for out-of-town visitors. During the summer, they are open 7 days a week from 11 am until 5 pm. The museum not only offers an insightful glimpse into Fenelon Falls' history, it also features regular events, art and artifact exhibitions, and weekly programs. There's something for everyone!

Take a stroll to the Falls and locks to boat watch

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

It's a simple pleasure, but one that can be awe-inspiring. During the summer, Lock 34 is busy with lots of visitors travelling by boat. One of the most relaxing activities you can enjoy in town is to watch the boats pass through the locks. Some boats are local, from other around the Kawartha Lakes, while others travel from afar, from locations like Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

Eat a slice of pizza and a Kawartha Dairy ice cream at Slices 'n' Scoops

 
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"Slices n’ Scoops have the best pizza in town!" - Dana Deathe

Not only do Slices 'n' Scoops have the best pizza in town, they also serve up one of the best gems of the Kawartha Lakes region, Kawartha Dairy ice cream. Whether you're looking for lunch, a nice treat on a hot day, or a combination of both, Slices 'n' Scoops is located right beside Lock 34. You can grab your food, and continue to enjoy the scenery.

Visit one of the local art galleries in town

Fenelon Station Gallery

Fenelon Station Gallery

Colborne Street Gallery by Tim + Chris

Colborne Street Gallery by Tim + Chris

For art lovers, there are two amazing galleries in town. The first, Fenelon Station Gallery was founded in 2005 as a co-op by a group of local artists. The gallery is inside a historical building, a train station, dating back to the 1800's. It currently features 16 local artists, near-daily artist demonstrations, and a gift store. The second gallery is newcomer, Colborne Street Gallery by Tim + Chris. Colborne Street Gallery is located right on the main street of Fenelon Falls and highlights local and Canadian fine artists, designers and artisans and is a proud member of the Kawartha Arts Council and Arts & Heritage Trail.

Go shopping at one of many unique downtown stores

 
Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

 

There's something to be said for supporting small business owners - it's not only is good karma and supports the local economy, but there is a deep satisfaction in knowing the items you are purchasing are a combination of unique, high quality, and/or Canadian-made. Fenelon Falls is proud to feature numerous local stores that fit these requirements from clothing stores like The Butterfly Boutique, The Corral, and The Kawartha Store. Other local favourites include Curious?, The Barn and Bunkie, and The Village Shop

Enjoy a sweet little treat from The Little Pie Shack

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

The Little Pie Shack is a Fenelon Falls icon. It's a beloved favourite of both locals and visitors - both due to it's colourful and friendly exterior, and especially because of the downright delicious and homemade treats they offer. After an afternoon of shopping, you've surely earned a sweet little treat, snack, or smoothie.

Break for a nice walk through Garnet Graham Park

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Garnet Graham Beach Park runs along Cameron Lake right near the Fenelon Museum. It features a great trail, Victoria Rail Trail, which runs from Lindsay, Ontario, all the way to Kinmount, Ontario. Whether you're looking to take a small stroll, big hike, or bike ride, there's lots of options available. Garnet Graham is also child-friendly and features a playground, brand new splash pad, and some of the beautiful butterfly benches that you'll see around town.

Stop for dinner at local favourite, Murphy's Lockside Pub and Patio

 
Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

 

Murphy's is another favourite of both locals and visitors alike. It's a great place to relax, hangout, and enjoy great food and drinks. Some favourites include their buttermilk chicken sandwich, their black bean vegetarian burger, and their sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Depending on when you stop by, they might also have an open mic night on for even more fun!

End the day by watching the sunset on Cameron Lake

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

Photo credit: Baddow Road Photography

There's no better way to end your day than by watching the sunset on Cameron Lake. You can watch from the shore, your boat, or make the most of it with an evening swim — it's gorgeous!


It's almost hard to believe that our perfect day provides just a snapshot of the many activities, stores and sights in Fenelon Falls. It truly is the Jewel of the Kawarthas. If you're a local, we'd love to hear about your perfect summer day. If you're a visitor, we welcome you to Fenelon Falls and would love to know what you are most looking forward to.

Feel free to share as little or as much as you like in the comments below.