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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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