Join us on April 6 at the Trillium Court (located inside the Gravenhurst Opera House) for an information session on our upcoming trip to China. Harish from Indus Travel will join us starting at 6:30 Pm to discuss the details of the trip, which is set for departure on Sept. 18.
Harish will outline the itinerary for the 8 day adventure, including the scheduled stops and accommodations. Learn about the culture, food and language of the people you will encounter on your trip. Find out more about destinations on the tour (cost is $2,490 for Chamber members – taxes included) including the 2,000 year old Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Lingering Garden.
Baked Goodies & Sweets
For the Muskoka Maple Trail, you have to try their maple pecan apple strudel, a homemade pastry with an apple and maple pecan filling, topped with their famous puff pastry and coated in maple frosting. You can also pick up their delicious maple pecan square which starts with their famous butter cookie recipe base, a gooey maple pecan filling and topped with milk chocolate drizzle. Stop in Tuesday – Saturday to try these decadent treats.
Maple Brews & Cocktails
Sawdust City Brewing Company has injected some sweetness into their tasting board this season. Visit Sawdust City Brewing Company and sample their limited release beer Eagle’s Tear. Brewed with pure Muskoka water, this Maple Coffee Sour Red Ale is available in The Sawdust City Saloon and for purchase in the Brewery’s retail store. When the sap flows, the Brewery features a variety of maple beer as well as butter tarts, and their own Dark Maple Syrup blend available for purchase. Request a booking for a brewery tour, offered 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Retail Beer Store Hours: 9am – 11pm
Saloon Hours: 11am – 11pm
The Oar & Paddle has long been known for their innovative cocktails, and will be featuring two must-try cocktails on their during the Muskoka Maple Trail.
- Maple Bacon Caesar, if you love Caesars then this is a must-try
- Maple Bourbon Manhattan, a sweet twist on one of the classics!
This family favourite restaurant in downtown Gravenhurst will be serving a Muskoka maple breakfast special featuring their fluffy buttermilk pancakes smothered in local Muskoka maple syrup. Pancake breakfasts are the quintessential way to start your day during the spring maple harvest so stop in for breakfast
Maple Inspired Cuisine
Old Mill Family Restaurant is celebrating the spring harvest with their fresh and delicious Spring Salad served with a beautiful Muskoka Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Stop in for lunch or dinner to try this delicious and fresh course.
The Oar & Paddle will be serving up their famous chicken wings with their own in-house sauce recipe ‘Smokey BBQ Maple Bacon’. It is the perfect blend of smokiness and sweet, and might soon become your favourite wing sauce!
Follow the Maple Trail to experience Muskoka’s signature maple syrup and enjoy an overnight stay at the Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf! Explore the Muskoka Maple Trail and try unique experiences such as sugar bush tours and sleigh rides, or taste the delicious maple-inspired menus and maple-flavoured beer!
- Suite accommodation (with complimentary upgrade based on availability)
- Complimentary full hot daily breakfast buffet for two that includes waffles and local maple syrup
- A bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
- Maple candies upon arrival
After a fun-filled day of exploring, enjoy stunning views of Lake Muskoka from the comfort of your suite, or unwind in our indoor pool and whirlpool. Book your maple adventure this minute!
As a Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce member, you can connect with other businesses people, engage in the community and raise the exposure of your business.
Members receive promotional perks, exclusive advertising and networking options, and additional exposure for their companies or organizations.
Members can promote their business in a number of ways:
⭑Website, newsletter and social media business promotions
⭑Subscribe to From the Ground Up newsletter and submit information for inclusion
⭑Event sponsorship and advertising opportunities including e-blasts
⭑Printed marketing materials displayed in the Visitor Information lounge
⭑Participate in networking and After hours business socials
⭑Host an after Hours at your business
⭑Share an image on the visitor centre monitor
⭑Make use of the Business Resource Centre room
⭑Take part in the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan – even small businesses can find a plan that works. This is a benefit your employees will appreciate
⭑Canadian Chamber of Commerce discounts – see attached flyer
⭑Direct referrals from our staff and members
The Gravenhurst Chamber Winter Gala is a Chamber fundraising event. Taking place annually on the third weekend in November, the event celebrates the local business community. The evening includes dinner, live music, dancing, DJ, silent auction and more.
Your Chamber of Commerce hosts two of Gravenhurst’s largest events attracting thousands of tourists to the area. The last Saturday in June is always the Gravenhurst Car Show (June 17, 2017) and Dockside Festival of the Arts, takes place the last weekend in August (Aug. 18, 19 and 20, 2017) at the Muskoka Wharf. The chamber also hosts and coordinates the annual Santa Claus parade.
All for members
As a chamber member, you gain access to our After Hours Business Socials – members take turns hosting a networking gathering each month that typically offers up a selection of food and drink from Chamber members. After Hours socials are fun. Networking should not be work. Getting to know your local businesses, finding out what’s new and gaining a better understanding of what’s happening in Gravenhurst is the goal of these events. See the coming events list attached to this email.
Chambers of Commerce Insurance plans – As a chamber member, your organization receives exclusive rates on group insurance plans. The Chambers Plan is the largest plan of its kind in Canada covering over 25,000 small businesses from coast to coast.
Visit http://www.chamberplan.ca/ or call 1 877-277-0677 to learn more.
2017 Membership Rates
Small Business Member – One to two employees $180+HST
Business Member – 3+ employees $230+HST
Not for Profits & Associations $130+HST
Individual Member & 2nd Business Same Owner $100+HST
Visit http://gravenhurstchamber.com/membership/join-now/ to sign up!
Business After Hours events are a chance to
network and socialize with fellow entrepreneurs.
Discounts – As a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we can pass on discounts to our Chamber members. Save 3.5 cents per litre by applying for an Esso credit card, get special rates for other services too. http://www.chamber.ca/membership/member-programs/
Directory of members – Listing in both online and printed Gravenhurst directory – printed copy will include name, phone, address and web address (to fill one line) under one category. We are bringing back our membership directory combined with a visitor guide, due to visitor and member requests.
Promotion on Visitor Centre monitor – Our Visitor Centre is also home to a Service Ontario office with thousands of visitors. Please submit a high resolution photo and we will add your business name and contact information or you may submit a photo with your information for us to include in rotation on the monitor. A second photo for a three month period (January to March, April to June, July to September, October to December) is available for $75.
Business Resource Centre Room rental – each member gets a free half-day rental in our Business Resource Room which is available for all your small meeting and presentation needs. The Centre is equipped with the technology needed to host seminars, presentations and meetings and includes Wi-Fi, HDMI ports to connect a laptop (not provided), two wall mounted monitors, a kitchenette (no stove) and more. The Business Resource Centre can comfortably seat 12 + presenter, around a one of a kind live-edge executive table, with room for additional chairs if needed. Rates are $30 per hour or $150 for the day (8 hours) plus HST. For weekends or evenings, a higher fee may apply. *All rental fees are due upon confirmation of booking.
E- blast – for just $100 per member (and $200 for non members). To directly reach your business to business market, we offer an e-blast. Instead of including your message in The Ground Up Newsletter, you message will be sent as a single item to our almost 600 subscribers.
The extremely popular Gravenhurst Car Show in Gull Lake Park
is also organized by the Chamber.
Chamber membership is more than discounts, benefits and social events. Membership gives you access to our team and its resources. Do you have a question? An idea? Need assistance with your business? Contacting the Chamber should be your first call so we can connect you with local resources and services. We want your business to grow and, in turn, for Gravenhurst to grow.
The Chamber can connect you to business resources and community experts who can assist with training, planning and growing your business. Learn about granting and funding bodies and even some free and low cost opportunities that meet your business needs.
Membership is one component to a much larger plan that the Chamber leads on behalf of the community. Your membership dollars are key to ensuring the Chamber continues to draw tourists to the community, operates the Visitor Information Centre, coordinates high-traffic events, provides access to business development opportunities and participates in projects that contributes to the Town’s vitality.
Our office, beside the Opera House in the lower level of the Carnegie Building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please drop by and visit.
Hot off the press we now have copies of the 2017 Muskoka Tourism Guide ready for distribution. Simply stop by the Chamber offices and pick up your copies today.
We expect the Gravenhurst directory, map and guide to be ready for distribution by the end of April. We’ll let you know when it’s ready for pick up.
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.
The 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.
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.
Contact Graham Porter at the Network to arrange a meeting
Contact Graham Porter at the Network to arrange a meeting