Come to our information night April 6th! 

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.


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Where to Get Your Maple Fix in Gravenhurst

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!

Pancake Breakfast

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!

Overnight getaway

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!

Offer includes:

  • 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!

Membership matters

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 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 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.


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.


We Are Hiring a Summer Student


Each year we look forward to hiring a young enthusiastic professional who will assist our team with our Tourism Marketing campaign and Special Event Coordination.  It truly is a win-win scenario as we welcome the assistance in our busy season while the students develop practical on the job workforce training.  We also find that it gives us a chance to learn from our students who clearly lead the way in digital marketing.

The deadline for applications is May 20th, 2016.

What to Learn More?  
Check out the Employment Opportunities




Dockside Festival Welcomes Title Sponsor Veridian Connections

Veridian Connections celebrates 10 years of service in Gravenhurst by supporting local festival

Gravenhurst, ON – The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce confirms that Veridian Connections will be stepping into the Title Sponsorship role for their 25th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts in a three-year contract.   This new reciprocal partnership commemorates two anniversaries in Gravenhurst, as Dockside Festival celebrates their 25th Anniversary and Veridian Connections celebrates 10 years of service in Gravenhurst.  

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce has been in search of sponsors for their growing events and has over the past several years worked diligently to build mutually beneficial sponsorship packages to attract partners.  Sponsorships increase brand awareness, create positive public relations for both involved parties while promoting good relations with clients and customers.   

“We are proud to have Veridian as the title Sponsor of Dockside Festival,” commented Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce President Bob Collins.  “Our staff has worked tirelessly to develop value-based sponsorships and have proactively pursued partners that share common goals.  Hard work pays off. Chamber sponsorships deliver great marketing returns in addition to demonstrating community engagement.”

Corporate sponsorships are an integral component of the Chamber’s events and operations.  The Chamber strives to approach each program and event with a multi-funding approach, ensuring that budgets are developed to support sponsorships and grants, while also managing operational expenses.  The Chamber has seen significant growth in the recent years with the Gravenhurst Car Show and Dockside Festival with increased attendance as well as increased sponsorships.

“Over the years we’ve been successful in receiving event enhancement grants which have assisted us in growing our Chamber events, but they have also put pressure on our financials and are not a reliable revenue source,” says Collins.  “Building festival attendance and awareness are our priority and we invest heavily to accomplish these goals.  Moving forward we have stronger events, and our sponsorships provide a stable revenue source for continued growth. We believe that events assist in raising awareness and interest of our community, resulting in increased visitation and visitor spending.”

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce coordinates the 23rd Annual Gravenhurst Car Show taking place June 18, 2016, and the 25th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts taking place August 19th-21st, 2016.  Sponsorships are also available to support the Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade and the organization’s Annual Winter Gala.  Recently the Chamber also  launched a Patron’s, Pillars and Partners program aligning opportunities for businesses wishing to increase awareness with other local business owners.  


For More Information Contact

Danielle Millar, Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

705-687-4432 /

Other Related News Releases

Veridian President and CEO presents Gravenhurst Mayor and Council with cheque and makes special announcement

Gravenhurst, ON – A delegation from Veridian attended today’s Town Council meeting to deliver both a cheque and a special announcement. Led by Veridian’s President and CEO Michael Angemeer, the group congratulated and thanked Council for the Town’s recent energy-efficient LED streetlight conversion, and then announced a three-year lead sponsorship commitment for the Dockside Festival of the Arts.

“We’re very pleased to be here in Gravenhurst to celebrate two important milestones,” said Angemeer. “First, we want to recognize and congratulate you on your investment in energy efficiency through the recent completion of your LED streetlight upgrade project. Second, we’re very pleased to mark our first ten years of service to your community with a sponsorship commitment to the Dockside Festival of the Arts which, as you know, is celebrating a milestone of its own this year.”  Click Here for Full Press Release


Tourism Roundtable Meeting Summary

Gravenhurst Tourism Roundtable 

This morning the Chamber hosted a Spring Tourism Roundtable.  The discussion allowed local tourism operators to hear about local tourism programs and initiatives from the Chamber, Muskoka Tourism & RTO12.  As well, each operator attending shared information on upcoming events, promotions and partnership opportunities.  We’ve have posted notes below that may be of value as you start your spring marketing strategy.

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Summary of Meeting


Research & Data

Upcoming Events

  • April 13th, Commercial Airlines in Muskoka Airport, Stakeholder Info Session , 5-7 pm Click Here for Details
  • April 14th, Tourism Marketing Summit Meeting, North Granit Ridge Golf Course, Port Sydney – 9:30am to 2:00pm. Click Here for Details
  • April 21st, OTMPC Strategic Frame Review – Looking for input from stakeholders W Marriott – 5-7pm – chance to come out and speak mind to be funded by a provincial level Click Here for Details

Chamber Initiatives

  • Visitor Information Services
  • Mobile Visitor Information Services
  • Enhanced Map & Partner in Regional Tourism Guide
    • Big change this year – Community Marketing – Only an Enhanced Map this year – Collaborated with Muskoka Tourism to create one Regional Guide with all Chambers in the area. Emphasis on cultural activities.
  • Southern Ontario Tourism Print Distribution Tour – May 8-11th * Nominal Fee for Distribution of Materials*
  • New Website – Volunteers Wanted
  • blog – Volunteers Wanted
    • We ask that guest bloggers provide an outline of recommendations, experiences and expertise.  Important to not be too promotion and focus on the guest’s perspective.
    • Click Here to view list of topics 
    • ASK – We’re asking for guest bloggers – 2-3 images to accompany the blog – Experts within the community – 2-300 words on what they know best – we’ll edit, make suggestions – not too promotional – then post the blog – connect blogs to specific websites – volunteer to manage the topics of blogs and content coming in

Muskoka Tourism – Michael Lawley Comments

  • Muskoka Visitor Guide -Thank you to Chamber for help with Muskoka Guide.  New guide is 140,000 copies and distribution with a goal of attracting guests to further explore trip planning online.
  • Tourism Marketing Summit Meeting, North Granit Ridge Golf Course, Port Sydney – April 14th 9:30am to 2:00pm – AGM follows – all invited – brand revitalization project – share with everyone that we’re using the same language to customers – leverage opportunity to share what we have working for us that other regions don’t – same messaging for all of us – – digital world very important these days – how to do analytics – later in the afternoon – AGM – great conversation in the afternoon as well.
  • – Looking at the digital world as the path forward to reaching potential customers. 7000 visitors to website – 1.8 million page views – 336,000 outbound links – brand awareness – show consumer choice options between websites – 39% increase from previous year – consumers are using digital tours to make a buying decision – encouraging everyone to enter that world and if you are, amp them up – direct link between investment and return  Focus: Romance, Health and wellness, Getaways, Entertainment, Meetings, Cycle Tourism
  • Community Landing Pages – Gravenhurst Centric Information – Showcase accommodation, things to see and do, shopping etc.  Convert interest to point back to other websites and hopefully close the sale.
  • Specialty Retail Shopping – Small businesses, antiques, repurposed furniture, arts/culture community – dedicated pages presenting a different side of Muskoka – introduce them to a wonderful range of things throughout Muskoka – digital platform and introducing Muskoka Brand – Path forward

Explorers’ Edge – James Murphy Comments

  • Strategic Plan – 45 pages on where money goes and priorities
  • Encourage everyone to work with Muskoka Tourism and Chamber
  • 1700 Partners – rely on MT and Chambers
  • Consumer-centric philosophy Marketing – make it easier for consumer to choose our area over any other area in the world
  • Content strategy – push over through social media feeds – FB and google ad words – tell stories in a new way – shows analytics – search for the word Muskoka has doubled over the past couple years – Muskoka in your business name, more organic traffic. How to create loyalty, new customers and new markets
  • Fuel and Fun Program – 2 nights in the region – get gas card and two vouchers.  Get new travelers to the region – Can use it at any tourism operator they want – sign up with RT012 to be a part of it – redeem for services -Idea to get them out of the hotels and in the area spending money
  • New products and services – Ride the Edge – Motorcycle Touring – Group of Seven – Bike Cottage Country – Paddling – Craft/Beer etc. – Self guided tours getting people out in the region to get them out and about
  • New markets South and GTA and this year to the US markets – Canada’s birthday is coming up – opportunity to go into the US to target expats – come here to celebrate this birthday – wilderness experience just south of Toronto
  • Packages and Itineraries – Different conversations between locations – CEO’s etc. to help us articulate packages
  • Commercial Airlines into Muskoka Airport– bring consumers up to airport rather than coming through border in a car – everything in our power to make it easier to choose our destination over any other. 12 week pilot project over next couple years to bring consumers in from destinations from the US and the UK.  Flights out of Gatwick, opened up into Pittsburg – big thing is security screening – options to leave the least footprint on the region and most cost effective option – July and August pilot project  -Work with MT and Gravenhurst Chamber – Bethune House – Marriott – Gravenhurst flavor with board and organization.  -What drives us with first resorts were steamships – now new markets with airport.  -Bigger scope of airline industry – let’s get into the game.  Danielle – Come and express your opinions – there will be people thinking this is a negative impact – but as a Tourism Operator please respond.  Trade? – Any option for trade services – loss of rail service – uphill battle of what it would take – businesses in South River who relied on the rail service – few conversations – turned to airport to try and do that – cost difference between airport and train.  April 13th Wed night from 5-7 – airport dinner
  • OTMPC Strategic Frame Review – Looking for input from stakeholders – April 21st – JW Marriott – 5-7pm – chance to come out and speak mind to be funded by a provincial level – co-marketing with MT etc. A lot goes on behind the scenes with this money and how it impacts the community – this region 14% on tax base – tourism spending impacts us the most – now is not the time to cut, we need more investment. Michael Lawley – strategy point of view – 150 years of equity as the premiere destination in Ontario – If not there, more option for Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls etc.  We need you there to prove Muskoka – Muskoka as the premiere Resort Destination.  Also a -Webinar with opportunity to give feedback – strong opinion, send email to Danielle, James, Michael etc. Message needs to be consistent – need to be part of the group
    • -David Rose suggested that getting the dignitaries here – on a plane – sawdust city bus – reach out to the press – why aren’t we bringing up writers, bloggers etc. take them through Muskoka – bring people here who are influencers – big tour, big story.

Gypsy Market Mews– Try to find ways to collaboratively market with other people – Glenn with Ice Cream Ice Cream – Split ads – competition means this Town is vibrant and exciting – opportunities to link our business with other businesses – Muskoka as a linked region

Historic Downtown Gravenhurst BIA – New approach – integrate itself with all initiatives – new relationships – Wharf Association – more business with the downtown whether with the BIA or not – Fashion Show May 4th – silent auction etc.

Gravenhurst Opera House – Presenting 2nd full season of professional summer theatre – last year a great success in relaunched – doubled sales compared to four year average before that – new staff team which is incredible – Krista trying to get out there on a larger scale – packaging again this year – no funding from the DTR this year though – same marketing budget for several years – sponsorship opportunities within local business community – try to bring more people to the region – bring people into Gravenhurst midweek – looking for those who want to package with us – hotel etc. can be in Muskoka as a whole – 100 + shows this season – increased rentals – great musical acts – working with local play writes – Film Festival – to impact other facilities at other places – expand programming into the fall – join Opera House mailing list

Investors Group – Isabelle Frati – Business or personal services – offer lunch and learns to local businesses as a tool for recruitment and retention strategies for topics such as, investments, retirement, goal planning, risk management, insurance, group benefits, RRSP programs etc. – free no obligation personal financial reviews – offer packages for RRSP for succession planning as well.

Joanne Lake – Forest Hill Realtor – buyers in Toronto to come here to Muskoka – Get to know businesses, to tell customers about who we are – Walker’s Point Community Centre pot luck once a month – encourage people to come into Town to come off the islands – focus on the off season – marketing for coming winters etc.

Sawdust City Brewing Company– Tourism tastings – free tours – two big events this summer – July 2nd Funk Festival – 16 diff Brewery’s, taps to Gravenhurst, Food trucks, live music.  Oktoberfest Sept 30th and Oct 1st – 3 sessions – still finalizing details – Accommodation please reach out to us because we’ll list you on our site – opening up our patio every long weekend, not May 24, 6 taps out there.  Trivia night, every second Tuesday, and country night is the next one April 29th – subscribe to newsletter

Frosty Pint Pub – Bob Obrien – Next Saturday pub crawl, poker run, two pubs in bb and Huntsville – May 28th partnered with Graeme Murry golf tourney at Taboo – 2nd tournament – Music Fest same day as Car Show, fundraiser for Graeme again – Sean Cotton – another event after labour day – and Bob is a grandpa!!!  Graeme Murry THANK YOU to Bob for golf tourney, not for profit organization – same opportunities he has a youth to get into sports – be successful in whatever they choose to be.

Rustix Furniture – Stanley Marshall – Promote business, no real events – store is mainly to promote myself and what I do – have other artists that contribute to the store – multiple artists– summer retail, looking forward to it

Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre – Jordan – Rebranded! – Exciting year for us – signage changes around Town etc. 150 years of Wanonah 1 – 100 mile cruise – antique boats, crazy day, port carling spring bridge etc. Grace and Speed 10 year anniversary – family friendly exibit theme, science theme, life in and around the water – relates to everyone in Muskoka – two fam tours everyone is welcome to attend May 27th 11:30-12:30, June 4th 12-1pm – pirates, star wars, frozen cruises for kids

Economic Development Renato Romanin – TOG – Thank you to Danielle – DTR concluded, revitalization does not stop, never ending, taking that and carrying on.  Rebranding in place, banners, wayfinding signage etc. Great celebration last Friday with clock tower, awakening of our downtown is happening – community improvement program still continuing – last intake concluded – applications being review – $55,000+ to give – encourage you to think about partnerships and marketing programs – from a downtown perspective – these ideas to bring people downtown shopping

 Sunshine 89.1 –Martha Gillan – Bayshore Broadcasing – work collaboratively with everyone to create promotions – both online and on the air – May 8th fundraiser, country western theme.

Gauthier Development Group – Mary Gauthier –  Passionate of Muskoka and Gravenhurst – share with each other – Town councilors out to see what happens behind the scenes – big commercial opportunities down at the Wharf – based on airport opportunity – in business, how do we get them to see what’s all around Town – transportation, coming from Airport – fly in then get them somewhere – Boats, Planes and Automobiles – lots happening – happy to be at this meeting – have to get back to the Government and let them know we need more money towards us

Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka – Jon Massey –  He wears many hats – summer ahead – things good on our end – exchange rate – more US visitors – hotel pace is up year after year – going along with is –in partnership with Chamber, during Car Show will be doing a Car Wash as a part of Father’s Day weekend – Children’s Miracle Network

Snowcrest Riders – John Massey thank you to the members and business partners – trying winter – appreciate partnership – AGM first Sat in June at the Marriott – Golf tourney as well at Taboo – June 9th – attending the snowmobile show this October, more involvement with Chamber businesses

Muskoka Wharf Association –Jon Massey –   – Ontario Tourism – suggest as a Team we sit down and talk about what we want to do as a Tourism Destination 150th birthday– work with whoever we can – Gravenhurst event – 7th year

Bethune House – Scott Davidson– Would like to work together as well for 150 birthday next year – work at the birthplace of a hero – Canadian that made its reputation with a social conscience – 40th Anniversary of the Bethune House – last year was a huge year for them over 13,000 visitors – all parks Canada sites will have Free Admission in 2017 for birthday – big year – new exhibits – outdoor play area for kids – biggest market is GTA, Chinese decent, 30-40 somethings above average families – Fall is crazy time for them – delegations that come with Government, wealthy Chinese families staying for months driving around Canada etc. – Visiting friends and relatives, students etc.  Canadian’s working on health care are new market – rent space for meetings and that kind of things too.  Offering private guided tours – staff fluent in Mandarin – Book fam tour open house.

KOA – Paul Cook –  20,000 adults who come to KOA camping each season – also has a great Golf Course – Par 3

Peter’s Players – Peter Swanek-  Starting 9th season – Summer line up ready to go – big names coming – two cruises in the year, spring and fall, purchasing parking across the road – airport market is perfect for him – potential to fly in to Muskoka then send back out – work on the edge, creates exciting business

Rosseau Arts and Culture Project – Vince Gritani – Muskoka Theatre Project – Incredible Film Festival – couldn’t book anything, no accommodation, Rosseau was just too far to come up for a day – made decision to get the hell out of Rosseau, wanted to come to Gravenhurst, has accommodations and businesses etc. – moving into the fall, Fall for Muskoka initiative – Destination Rosseau through Celebrate Ontario – focus on bus tours – want to get back into the bus tours, can’t do it in Rosseau, Film Festival at Opera House – has potential to be something huge with the word ‘Muskoka’, giving up Muskoka Theatre Project, wants Opera House to take it over – don’t know about Celebrate Grants yet, puts hold on everything – Put Muskoka back on Northern Ontario status Petition – benefits on all levels for this

Muskoka Wharf Marine – Muskoka Wharf Association – Greg DeMarco – Boat rentals, adventure tours, expanding into electric scooters, atv and side by side tours, start collaborating with other businesses, controls all docks at the Wharf – Muskoka Wharf Association – not just about creating a better wharf, but collaborating with other organizations to become more of a community together for Gravenhurst – important we don’t run our businesses separately

Muskoka Rose B&B – Elaine Rodaro & David Rose –  first year of operation, next to no reservations, now almost a third full, Town’s been helpful to us, different than regular B&B, separate house, space for meetings, yoga, cooking demonstrations, waterside events etc.  Marketing person, brought business here, first year has been really important in learning about Muskoka – most of the time, extremely excited to be here and partnering with the group, drop in and say hello to them, wants to create pacakges

Hutchings Marine Products/Boating Ontario – Judy Semple – distributor, not tourism oriented, but offer in the background, keeping that boater on the water – Boating Ontario Association, jumped on board with what’s happening with Tourism, want to ensure we supply boaters to access to water, hoping to get tourism to know how much the boating industry applies to the economy .  Recently attended the GTA of the Strategic Framework in Tourism Discussion.  Recommends that people attend April 21st event.  Janet Bauer Chief Executive Officer of Boating Ontario Association will be present at this meeting on the 21st as well.To learn more about what Boating Ontario is all about, please visit their website. Boating Ontario is the largest recreational marine trade association in Canada.  It’s members are provided with critical and regulatory support, information, advice and direction; and practical, money saving programs for all aspects of their business

Muskoka Information Radio –Gord Kidder-  Been in business for 4 years now, designed to inform people here about tourism, events, weather etc. Reach about 35,000 people in Muskoka – open to helping promote your businesses or events, please contact them – 102.3FM – Community and tourism information

Oar & Paddle, Carey’s, North Catering –Robbie Irvine –  Gravenhurst is so awesome – been in business for 10 years – just doing such a great job, and are the envy to other Towns – personal clap for each other – work in partnership with the Steamships, Marriott and private jets at the airports – exposure to client base in Muskoka – Catering is huge and business is up – value of our dollar is a good thing for Muskoka – already booked into 2017.  More and more film crews coming in, word is out about Muskoka that we can provide all services we need to.  Already established contracts with Peter’s Players for free food for bands etc. mention on website, work with Opera house and extended that same offer to any groups that come in for Free, need to keep complimenting the businesses who work really hard to do the same thing – LIVE music three nights a week at both restaurants – has not gone unnoticed – slipping some $ to help them get through the winter, partnerships are really working – airport expansion is very interesting and will support that going ahead.  Always looking for more partnerships – working with B&B’s to recommend them as a restaurant.

Social Media Consultant – Bryan White – Opera House, Megan’s Walk, Friday May 27th, RAC department Music on the Barge Sunday nights, BIA Fashion Show, dinner theatre at Opera House, dinner by Riverwalk, Vacation Time Real Estate, monthly promotions, looking to partnering, like and share promotion, Muskoka Concert Association at Opera House, Get onto social media? Live on FB – please contact me for help.

Blue Willow Tea Shop – Best High Tea Service recognized in UK Magazine – Muskoka Wharf Association integral part.  Hosting annual Mother’s Day Brunch reserve today.

Meeting Follow Up’s – 

  • Begin Canada 150th Planning ASAP
  • Share, attend and comment regarding airport expansion
  • Review upcoming Tourism meetings
  • Gravenhurst Arts and Culture Page on FB – go and post and share details on cultural events
  • Consider committee to coordinate Winter Tourism Marketing Campaign