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Hop Around The Kawarthas

Business After Hours – June Hop

June 9, 2021 the Kawartha Chamber hosted our second Virtual Hop! Although we are not able to visit businesses in-person, we wanted to make the most of our virtual format and ‘visit’ businesses we wouldn’t usually get to! The Zoom platform allowed us to ‘visit’ more locations and let us to see behind the scenes of some great businesses. Participants also got the opportunity to network and connect with businesses in our community. Our 2021/22 Networking events, including this event are sponsored by Herod Financial Services. Read more to learn about this exciting event!

Mary Brown, Board First Vice President & Sales Representative for Bowes & Cocks Ltd. Brokerage Apsley began the event by welcoming guests and introducing them to our Zoom format. Mary also conducted a Land Acknowledge and asked attendees to join us for a Moment of Reflection to honour the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School. Following this, Mary welcomed participants and then introduced Tracy Beverley, Member Relations Coordinator to conduct a Member Meeting. During this meeting Tracy introduced new members, recognized June Milestone Chamber Anniversaries, shared member news and Chamber updates. After an informative and efficient meeting we moved onto the main event… the June Hop!

The Chamber was lucky to have 5 amazing members join us as guest speakers! Tracey Taylor and Jack Hoggarth of Curve Lake Cultural Centre, Jacob Rodenburg of Camp Kawartha, Briagh Hoskins-Hasbury and Bretton Clark of The Land Canadian Adventures, Kacie Gardiner of Lakefield Literary Festival and Audrey and Bogey von Bogen of Shambhala Bed & Breakfast! Each guest speaker presented a video giving a behind the scenes look at their businesses, interacted with some polls and participated in a Q&A session.

Curve Lake First Nation – Cultural Centre

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The Curve Lake First Nation Cultural Centre is a place to be immersed  in the history and culture of the people, the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg. Their mission is to increase awareness, education in the visual and performing Arts & Culture and Humanities for the First Nation residents of all ages. They specifically concentrate on youth development, they serve as a focal point for the community and visitors to the area interested in local and regional First Nation culture and the arts. It is their utmost priority to ensure that the history as “Curve Lakers” is maintained and preserved for generations to come.

Tracey & Jack polled the attendees of their knowledge on First Nation artifacts and the of the first Indian Act Chief in Canada – Elsie Knott! Jack discussed some favourite artifacts at the Centre, including 3-4,000 year old pipes and the beaded regalia of Joseph Whetung! Jack also discussed how Lakefield High School was the first High School in Canada to accept Indigenous students after residential schools closed. The Centre’s biggest event – the Pow Wow was also discussed and was allowed to continue in a smaller capacity during COVID. The Centre is hoping to reopen soon to welcome everyone again!

Douro-Dummer – Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre

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Celebrating its 100th year, Camp Kawartha is an award winning not for profit charity. They are dedicated to teaching children to care for the Earth and for each other. In a non-pandemic year they reach over 17,000 participants through summer camps, outreach camps, outdoor education programming and their Forest School. They operate from two facilities – the main camp and the Environment Centre. They have developed over 90 curriculum linked outdoor and environmental programs and are working with over 40 partners in the Peterborough Community. They hope to inspire kids who care and make a difference!

Jacob Rodenburg explained how they work to teach children at Camp Kawartha to care for the Earth and foster hope for future generations be it through planting, educating or even feeding chickadees. Camp Kawartha is hoping to resume overnight camps this summer. They are also continuing their capital campaign to replace their dining hall and create a living building! They want to continue to “do more good than harm”.


North Kawartha – The Land Canadian Adventures

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The Land Canadian Adventures is an award-winning family business in North Kawartha, Ontario, that specializes in four-season backcountry excursions, day adventures and teambuilding. They offer  safe, educational and unforgettable  experiences in Ontario and BC’s most beautiful locations.  Their vision is to live a life of wisdom, balance, joy and peace and support others in doing the same.



Briagh and Bretton explained how they provide many certifications including OWLS –  Ontario Wilderness Living Skills. They are also focused on education and group learning. From team building to English language teaching, they offer something for everyone. They have adapted during COVID to offer new and safe ways to connect with nature!


Selwyn – Lakefield Literary Festival

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The Lakefield Literary Festival started in 1995 by a small group who wanted to honour Margaret Laurence. In 2019, the LLF celebrated its 25th consecutive year. The LLF is operated entirely by volunteers and a volunteer Board of Directors, and it relies solely on financial sponsorship from local individuals and businesses. Since its beginning, the Festival has become a celebration of the rich literary heritage of Lakefield and the surrounding area. Over the years, additions to the festival have included a Children’s Tent Event, Young Adult readings, displays at Christ Church Community Museum and Memorial Hall, the Young Writers Contest, boat cruises, feature films, and readings in the park with authors. Book lovers from all over have discovered this unique literary venue and its reputation with the reading public and the author community is now well established. The LLF hopes to resume in 2022 with undiminished enthusiasm for Canadian literature and the community spirit that has carried it through the decades.

Kacie discussed how despite the pandemic the Literary Festival has been able to continue the Young Writer’s contest the past two years with nearly 200 submissions! Kacie described a typical Festival weekend including a Children’s tent, readings and tours of the Village! They are hoping to return to an enthusiastic crowd in 2022!


Trent Lakes – Shambhala Bed & Breakfast

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Shambhala Bed and Breakfast is located in the Hamlet of Buckhorn just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto and a world away from the pressures and stress of the city. Enjoy 44 acres of untouched natural beauty, a 3-acre pond and access to trails and sanctuaries to relax and reflect.  Unwind in the luxe interior spaces that reflect influences from global travel and Asian sensibilities. After a restful night, they welcome you to enjoy a ‘fresh from the farm’ locally sourced breakfast menu. At Shambhala their promise is to make your stay personal, relaxing and an experience that will keep you coming back year after year.

The attendees raved about Audrey’s blueberry muffins – well known across the community!  Audrey & Bogey spoke about their property, 44 acres full of nature! Visitors are always amazed by the flora and fauna and the tranquility of the B&B! They hope to reopen soon and welcome everyone from the community and across the world back into their home!

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The Hop Around The Kawarthas proved to be a great way to reach businesses we typically wouldn’t get the opportunity to visit with our regular in person Networking Hops! It also showcased the amazing businesses and organizations we have here in our own backyard!

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