Fifth Annual Fairy and Dragon Festival

The fifth annual Fairy and Dragon Festival was held this past Saturday. This free event took place at Isabel Morris Park and saw a great turn out.

Families full of fairies and dragons came from far and wide to partake in the festivities.

There was something there for everyone to enjoy with many local businesses and Kawartha Chamber members as vendors, as well as lots of the fun activities for the kids.

From things like face painting, to cookie decorating, a bubble making tent and even medieval tournament fighting this event was a huge success.



Blades of Glory, a medieval education and entertainment company, hosted a great tournament for knights and princesses to fight for honour and glory in a safe and fun environment.

The festival also hosted an amazing Fairy and Dragon Sculpture Contest. With the winner being Sasha the water dragon, sculpted by Jen Sharrard and her daughter Emily.


Watch a video of all the entries below.

For more local events check out our events calendar.

Fairy and dragon sculpture contest from Vanessa Stark on Vimeo.

First Annual Cottage Trade Show A Success

Cottage Country Connection Your Cottage Lifestyle


Saturday June 1st marked the first annual Cottage Country Lifestyle Trade Show.

It was held at the Lakefield-Smith Community Center. This event hosted over 50 vendors, including many Kawartha Chamber members.

For the first year of this show there was a great turn out. We are looking forward to see what next year brings for this event and our community.

Some of the Kawartha Chamber members participating this year included The Bees Knees Encaustics, Darling Insurance, Nexicom, Mark’s, and many more amazing community businesses.

For a full list of upcoming community events check out our events page.

Check Out Our Stoney Lake Boat Cruise Silent Auction Items!

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Have you heard? We’re holding a Stoney Lake Boat Cruise on Thursday, June 20th from 5:00-7:00pm. The cruise will be boarding at 4:30pm at 610 Mt. Julian-Viamede Road beside Viamede Resort. There will be light appetizers catered by Burleigh Falls Inn, a cash bar and a silent auction table. Check out our items below! Those marked with an asterisk are open to outside bids.

There are a limited number of tickets available so make sure to buy yours early. The cruise is already 50% sold out! Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Kawartha Chamber members are receiving a reduced rate – the regular ticket price for Stoney Lake Cruises is around $32-$89 depending on the type of cruise.

Thanks to our 2019-20 Networking Event Sponsor: Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.

Silent Auction Items

4 Tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles on Friday, July 5th at 7:07pm at the Rogers Center in the TD Comfort Zone*

Thank you to Darling Insurance for donating this prize.


Darling InsuranceTD Comfort Seating is a premium seating area located directly behind home plate on the 200 Level (from Sections 221L to 227R). Seats in the TD Clubhouse offer an excellent view of the entire field and wider, padded seats (with cup holders) help enhance your in game experience. More info. Value $530.

*We are opening up outside bidding on this item.  If you would like to submit a bid for this item, please email generalmanager@kawarthachamber.cawith your maximum bid, and include “Auction Bid” in the subject line. Please include a name and phone number. A proxy bidder will be assigned to bid on your behalf in increments no higher than your maximum bid. Outside bidding closes June 20th at 3pm.

Sailing Day on Lake Ontario for 4 People*

Thank you to rPM3 Solutions Canada Inc. for donating this prize.


rPM3 Solutions

Enjoy a 6 hour sail on Lake Ontario between June 20th to Oct 1st. Date availability is weather & wind dependent –  weather predictions are gathered 7 days in advance. Maximum of 4 people. Adult life jackets provided. If you plan on bringing kids, you must provide life jackets for them. No dog allergies. Transport to and from Port Whitby Marina is not included. Depending on if crew is available or not, winner may be expected to help with sailing lines, leaving the dock, boat prep, docking and boat wrap-up. Waiver required. Value priceless.

*We are opening up outside bidding on this item.  If you would like to submit a bid for this item, please email generalmanager@kawarthachamber.cawith your maximum bid, and include “Auction Bid” in the subject line. Please include a name and phone number. A proxy bidder will be assigned to bid on your behalf in increments no higher than your maximum bid. Outside bidding closes June 20th at 3pm.

2 VIP Tickets to Your Choice of 5 Peterborough Musicfest Shows This Summer

Thank you to Peterborough Musicfest for donating this item.


Passes are only valid for 2019 season. VIP seating reservations are on a show by show, first come first serve basis. Value $250

2 VIP Passes to Indian River Reptile & Dinosaur Park

Thank you to Indian River Reptile & Dinosaur Park for donating this item.


Valid for 2019 Season only. Expires September 30, 2019. Each VIP pass is valid for 2 free admissions. Value $96

CIAO Under-the-Seat Carry On Luggage Bag with Wheels

Thank you to The Village Inn for donating this item.


Value $65

(2) 2019 Family Day Passes to Lang Pioneer Village Museum (2 Adult, up to 4 Youth)

Thank you to Lang Pioneer Village Museum for donating this item.


Valid until Dec 31, 2019 for any Special & Regular Events. Excludes Premium Priced Events.

Value $40/each

2 Season Tickets for Performing Arts Lakefield’s 2019/2020 Season

Thank you to Performing Arts Lakefield for donating this item.






Value $280

BOATsmart! Boating Basket (2 Pre-Paid Online Access Cards, 1 Study Guide, 1 Pealess Whistle, 1 Marine Blast Whistle, 1 Wallet Buoy, 1 Rescue Throwline, 1 Key Float, 2 “I Heart My Boat” T-Shirts and 1 Hat)

Thank you to BOATsmart! Canada for donating this item.


Value $210

Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine Basket (Mugs, Cooler Koozies, T-Shirts & 1/8 Page Ad)

Thanks to Cottage Country Connection –  Your Cottage Lifestyle Magazine for donating this item!

Cottage Country Connection Your Cottage Lifestyle

Value $500


CIBC Dufflebag

Thanks to CIBC for donating this item!


President’s Notes – June 2019

Mike2It’s hard to believe I am writing my notes for our June Newsletter already! Time has flown by since our AGM in February, and now the busy summer tourism season (and the sunshine that comes with it) is here!

The Board of Directors will break after our June meeting for the summer but this does not mean our work is done. Our committees will be hard at work and are always looking for help. If you have an interest in Marketing, Membership & Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Physical Resources or any other area of expertise, make sure to connect with myself or any of our board members to see how you can help out.

At our May Board Meeting last month, we hosted the Mayor of Selwyn Township, Andy Mitchell, as a delegation. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the work being done on the municipal level, ask questions and voice concerns on behalf of the local business community. The Chamber wants to be proactive in our role as a conduit for information for local business. By communicating with leaders and decision makers, we can enhance your membership by advocating for your best interests. Read more.

Since I’ve been involved with the Chamber, the consistent highlight of my year is the Volunteer Breakfast held during National Volunteer Week in April. This event lets us thank the amazing volunteers that keep the Chamber thriving and active in the community. It was a personal honour to acknowledge the past presidents in attendance. Lock Stop Cafe in Buckhorn provided an excellent meal and it was great to see the cafe full of inspiring and dedicated volunteers who selflessly give their time, expertise and energy.

Take a quick glance at the ‘Events’ section of our website to see that you don’t have to stray far from home to have a jam-packed summer schedule. With farmers’ markets, food and drink festivals, long weekend celebrations, cruise nights, fairs and concerts, there’s no shortage of activities to keep busy!

Speaking of events, I look forward to kicking off the summer with the Chamber on our Stoney Lake Boat Cruise on Thursday, June 20th. Make sure to sign up quickly as space is limited! Join us for food, drinks and a silent auction. As always, details on this event and other events are on our website and in our weekly Newsflashes.

Our spring events have proven to be a great time to connect with members, talk a little business and of course have fun! As always, the small but mighty Chamber team was hard at work organizing some great opportunities to network.

Our March B.O.S.S. event focused on social media and online marketing. We had a great breakfast catered by The Bridgenorth Deli, followed by an excellent panel. Thanks to our moderator Madeleine Hurrell, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, as well as our panelists Heather Watson, acorn30, Mallory Graham, Rosey’s Trading Post & Marketing Strategist and Matt Stimpson, We Design Group for some amazing insights.

Our March Business after Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum was a great showcase of some of our local non-profits. The Canadian Canoe Museum is an excellent venue and was a great host. I had an opportunity to speak to our exhibitors and once again, was amazed and humbled by the passion of our community volunteers and non-profit leaders.

Who doesn’t love a spring road trip? Our April Young’s Point Hop showed us that Young’s Point is a small, but lively village! The jam packed itinerary took us to Clearview Cottage ResortLockside Trading Co.Young’s Point Personal Training ServicesKinetic Therapeutics, and the Old Bridge Inn and Restaurant. Thanks to all our hosts for an awesome evening!

Enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to seeing you on the cruise!

Mike Walker

Chamber President

PARO Peer Lending Circles Information Sessions this June!

Community Futures Peterborough and PARO Centre are holding two information sessions this June on PARO Peer Lending Circles, which offer a women’s micro-loan program.

By joining or starting a Circle, you may be eligible for micro-financing through PARO Peer Lending Circle Program! There are grants/financial contributions/loans available from $500 to $5000.

PARO Peer Lending Circles increase women’s access to:

  • Business plan development and training
  • Networking, peer support, mentoring and encouragement
  • Opportunity to access/share business knowledge


  1. Tiny Greens (431 George St North, Peterborough) on Wednesday June 19th from 6:30-8 pm
  2. Lock Stop Cafe (1919 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn) on Thursday, June 20th from 2-3:30 pm

If interested in attending, reach out to Pat at Community Futures Peterborough by emailing or by calling 705-745-5434.