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The City of Kawartha Lakes proudly supports special events in the community.  To assist organizations in their promotion of special events, the Economic Development Office manages a “Special Events Economic Development Partnership Fund” in accordance with Council’s policy.

In preparation for the 2013 event season, the City of Kawartha Lakes invites submissions to the 2013 Special Events Economic Development Partnership Fund (EDPF).  Eligible are special events planned for the 2013 calendar year which specifically target event attendance from outside the boundaries of Kawartha Lakes.  If your special event anticipates having a significant economic impact to the community, will stimulate overnight stays and incremental spending, you are encouraged to submit an application to the 2013 fund.

Application forms are available upon request at the Economic Development office at 180 Kent Street West, Lindsay or online at www.explorekawarthalakes.com.


Knowing who is visiting your community, your business, your public spaces and meeting your residents is difficult.  Wouldn’t you like to know what they are saying about your community, your business, and how your residents treated them?

The Coboconk – Norland and Area Businesses Committee of Council is working with the staff at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department on a First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) Project. The project helps communities learn about their strengths and shortcomings as seen through the eyes of first-time visitors.  FICE provides a structured opportunity for communities to learn about the first impressions they convey to outsiders.


Residents and visitors alike are invited to drop in on our rural neighbours during the Tenth Annual Kawartha Farmfest. Celebrate the Fall Harvest by touring over fifteen farms, markets and attractions on this self-guided tour. Celebrate the harvest, enjoy the fresh-from-the-farm taste real delights that can be stored and enjoyed all winter long. Learn about what farmers do on their farms and why they do it!

This one-day, Saturday, September 29th, has been set aside for an autumn tour of farms and rural attractions. Kawartha Farmfest allows visitors to tour local farms, country shops and enjoy locally produced food products at their own pace.

Kawartha Farmfest admission stickers are only $5 for adults and children under 14 are free.  The price includes a complimentary guide and map with a description of each location.


Once again the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is looking for comments and stories from customers of local businesses identifying their service excellence experience. These businesses will be nominated for the Service Excellence In-Action awards.

During Small Business Week on October 19th, three businesses from within the City of Kawartha Lakes will be chosen as the top business for Service Excellence In-Action from among the nominees. There will be three territories to be nominated from within the City of Kawartha Lakes, described as southern, central and northern regions

If you are a business within the City of Kawartha Lakes visit www.advantagekawarthalakes.com to download a poster to display within your premises.


The Economic Development office is excited to announce the 2012 prizes in the Discover, Play and Stay in the Trent-Severn Waterway (DPS)program will be drawn on Thurs. November 1st.  Visit the DPS website for more information on the program and for a complete list of the fantastic prizes offered in the 2012 draw.  www.discoverplaystay.ca

Discover, Play and Stay in the Trent-Severn Waterway (DPS) is a four-season tourism program supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes in partnership with the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site (TSW).  The DPS program aims to increase visitation to the region, increase tourism spending and lengthen visitor stays.  Through partnership with local communities, businesses and chambers of commerce the program creates economic benefits for the entire region.


The Economic Development office facilitated a meeting on Tues. Sept. 25th with City of Kawartha Lakes staff and a variety of trail user groups including Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA), representatives from the area snowmobile clubs, and local trail representatives to discuss the creation of a “Hub & Spoke” trail system in Kawartha Lakes.

The Hub & Spoke trail system would be the first of its kind in Ontario and would be designed to provide a four-season multi-use system providing access to destination areas for local users and visitors, accommodating access to amenities such as prime staging areas, washrooms, accommodations, food, gas, shopping, etc.  When complete, the Hub & Spoke system will provide a welcoming and safe opportunity for all recreational trail users to travel, explore and commute to many attractions, features, commercial and recreational facilities offered throughout Kawartha Lakes and the surrounding area.

The Economic Development office and trail user groups will continue to meet on a monthly basis to focus on the development and implementation of the Kawartha Lakes Hub & Spoke trail system.

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