Renew your membership and benefit!

Just a reminder that in order to vote in tomorrow’s AGM you need to be a member in good standing. You can renew your membership by cash, cheque or credit card at the office or during the March 8 AGM at the Muskoka Discovery Centre. You can also give us a call at 705-687-4432 if you’d like to provide credit card details by phone.

Anyone who has renewed their membership by the end of March will also be included in our membership directory, which will be distributed to more than 120 locations this spring.
If you haven’t RSVP’d to the AGM you can do so below.
See you at the AGM!

Don’t forget to RSVP here.

Make plans to join us for our AGM

chamber of commerce, muskoka, gravenhurst, AGM, Muskoka Discovery CentreThe Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce AGM and is just around the corner. This year the AGM will take place at the Muskoka Discovery Centre on March 8 between 5:30 and 7:30 PM.

We have a lot of important information to relate to our members, so please make an effort to attend, get in the loop and have your voice heard.  We’ll also have time for socializing with other members, snacks and a cash bar.

Here’s the itinerary for the evening:

5:30 – 6:00: Social time and networking
6:00 – 6:30: Presentation from Indus Travel regarding the September trip to China
Presentation from Jeff Loney, Town of Gravenhurst Manager of Economic Development, regarding the state of business development within the Town
6:30 – 7:30: Annual General Meeting with discussion to follow.


Save the date!

Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce
AGM and Business After Hours


Business After Hours @ Muskoka Bay Clothing – Feb. 23
Annual General Meeting/ Business After Hours – March 8
Mark your calendars, as we have several major events set to take over the next month.
First up is our Business After Hours at Muskoka Bay Clothing on Feb. 23. A slightly abbreviated version of After Hours, the event runs from 5:30-6:30, and is being held in conjunction with the BIA’s Heat up the Night Event on the same night.
Next up is our AGM/ Business After Hours, which will take place on March 8 at the Muskoka Discovery Centre. The meeting and After Hours will run from 5:30 to 7:30.
More details on both events and an RSVP will be circulated shortly.

Town Crier is headed for Gravenhurst

avenhurst downtown cores). Businesses will be asked to house these wifi hotspots at no cost to them. Each hotspot is smaller than a desk phone and plugs into your existing modem with a single cable. The overlapping hotspots will form free wifi zones where users can move throughout the area while maintaining access.

Jan. 23 Business After Hours

Is there any better way to stay warm in the middle of January than to get cozy with a hot cup of joe?

On Monday, Jan. 23, the Coffee Station and the Chamber are getting together to bring all our members out to enjoy coffee and snacks at the former home of the Gravenhurst train station.

No need to hype up the food, it pretty much speaks for itself:
1. Mini blueberry applesauce muffins topped almond streusel
2. Vegan and gluten free fudgey oat bars
3. One vegetarian and one ham and smoked cheddar mini quiche
4. Assortment of made in house cookies

As for the beverages, you can expect medium roast coffee (Brazilian peaberry), decaf roast (Guatemala SHB -strictly hard bean), and an assortment of tea.

The Coffee Station is owned and operated by Chad and Kylie Zajac, who took over the cafe from its previous owners in May of 2015.

“Our focus for the products we offer is local,” says Chad. “We belong to local food co-op Eat Local Muskoka and get fresh, locally grown food, delivered to the cafe.  Our bread is from Gravenhurst Bakery and our coffee is roasted for us by Portage Coffeeworks in Gravenhurst.”

Chad and Kylie originally hail from Northern Ontario (Timmins and New Liskeard respectively), but they’ve lived in Gravenhurst for the past 16 years – their entire married life.

“We really want the place to be not just a cool tourist destination (which it is) but a nice place for the people in Gravenhurst to come in relax and feel that they are getting good value for their money,” says Chad.

Blooming Muskoka has also generously agreed to provide a prize as well.

We’re going to China!

We’ve been busy at the Chamber office making plans for 2017.

A trip to China is in the works for September 2017 and all Gravenhurst Chamber members are invited to take part. We’ve secured a good price and inclusive trip working with Indus Travel and  Gravenhurst’s The Travel Agent Next Door. The cost is $2,490 including taxes, flight, accommodations, tours and most breakfasts and dinners. (Non-members can take part for an extra $200).

With the Maple Leaf Education System planning to open a Chinese/English school on the old Muskoka Centre Property in 2018, a recent Visa report saying Chinese visitors are second only to Americans with the amount they spend annual travelling in Canada and of course, the growing numbers at Bethune House – a trip to China makes sense. Visit the Great Wall of China, Tian An Men Square and much more.

This is not a trade mission, but instead a familiarity tour to help Gravenhurst businesspeople learn about our Chinese visitors. We may be better able to serve this growing group of visitors, if we better understand their culture.

It will also be a fun group trip where you can network and socialize with other Chamber members.  More information can be found on the Chamber website here and information will be available at our AGM on March 8 and again at an information session on April 6.







The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.

Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017!

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The application form as well as the applicant guide is currently available at You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

For a better understanding of the Canada Summer Jobs program including key tips to apply, please watch this YouTube video:https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8

We encourage you to submit your 2017 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying as you will:

  •        have access to the Canada Summer Jobs application 24/7, from any location, allowing you to complete it at your convenience;
  •        ensure your application is received immediately by Service Canada;
  •        receive an instant acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received; and,
  •        avoid postal delays.
There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:
  1.      Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS): If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or
  2.      CSJ online application form.