Province blocks purchase of Muskoka Regional Centre property

Dear members,

First, thanks to all those who were involved in the advocacy campaign that resulted in over 500 letters of support sent to the premier and ministers involved in the proposed sale of the Muskoka Centre to Bethune China Maple Leaf Schools.

Now again, it is time for action.

It was announced at a special council meeting on Oct. 5 that the sale of the Muskoka Regional Centre property has reached an impasse in negotiations with the province. Negotiations were underway with the Bethune China Maple Leaf school developers for a project that would bring at least 200 jobs to the community.

At the meeting, council asked the business community to get involved and write letters to those who could help bring the province back to the table. We are asking you all to get involved and this time email all those listed below. The letter need not be long, but should be personal. Let them know Gravenhurst wants this school.

The full council report is available at:

Below are the email addresses of those who would be the best people to contact.

Hon. Kathleen O Wynne

Legislative Bldg Rm 281, Queens Park

Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 or ( Carly is her Executive Assistant

Hon. Brad Duguid

7th Flr, 56 Wellesley St W,

Toronto, ON M7A 2E7 or ( Charles is his Chief of Staff

Hon. Bob Chiarelli

Hearst Block 8th Flr, 900 Bay St.

Toronto, ON M7A 2E1 or ( Alain is his executive assistant

In a public statement Mayor Paisley Donaldson said, “Today, while I am disheartened by the news of an impasse in negotiations with the Province, I remain optimistic that a positive conclusion is around the corner and that we will, as a community reach our objectives.

“Through previous correspondence, I have expressed my concerns to Premier Kathleen Wynne and asked her to realize the huge potential and benefits of this redevelopment, not only for our community, but for the Province as a whole. I intend to continue to push the Premier’s Office further to find an alternative way to allow this important project to proceed. Staff and Council will also revisit our strategy and explore ways we can move forward.”

Tara Doyle and Sandy Lockhart
Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

New Grant Opportunity for Businesses in Parry Sound/Muskoka

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Gravenhurst Steps Up To Help Support BC Wildfire Victims

Earlier this month, on July 7th, the province of British Columbia became engulfed in flames. Over 45,000 people have been displaced from their homes – quickly becoming one of the largest displacement events in the history of the province.

British Columbia remains in a state of emergency while 155 wildfires continue to roar across the province, fifteen of them threatening communities.

Alvin Naicker, founder and owner of Surftek Surfboards, has requested the help of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to get the community involved to work together to support this worthy cause. At the chamber we are working with The Canadian Red Cross to support those impacted in BC, and in our efforts to do so we have set up an online donation portal for our community. Through this portal you are able to donate to this deserving cause, where proceeds will go towards immediate relief such as cots and blankets, financial assistance for families including food, clothing and other personal needs. As well many donations will go towards long-term recovery needs. Alvin is donating $500 himself and is challenging others to donate what they can.

We are urging individuals and businesses to donate whatever they can – any amount helps.

Canada Day Fun In Gravenhurst

Grab your red and white because Canada Day is this weekend! Join us in Gravenhurst for endless opportunities of fun for Canada 150. Gull Lake Rotary Park is holding all day activities, including a free BBQ with birthday cake! As well make sure to stop by the library or Bethune Memorial House for other family fun activities. Check out our events page for details or feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. The Gravenhurst Chamber wishes you a safe and happy Canada Day!

24th Annual Gravenhurst Car Show


The 24th Annual Gravenhurst Car Show, the largest car show in Northern Ontario and proudly sponsored by Canadian Tire Gravenhurst and many more, takes place Father’s Day Weekend on Saturday June 17th at Gull Lake Rotary Park. With over 400 vehicles anticipated, a Kidz Zone, unique vendors, and a Food & Music Lounge sponsored by Sawdust City Brewing Company, the day of is definitely going to be a hit.

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.