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Summer Tourism Experience Fund

Summer Tourism Experience Fund

In recognition of the important work local Chambers of Commerce provide in visitor information services,the Kawartha Lakes Summer Tourism Experience Program 2024 will support Chambers of Commerce in Kawartha Lakes enhance the visitor experience across the municipality. The program will provide up to $15,000 for activities that advance community-based visitor information services and meet the program objectives.

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Rebecca Mustard

Manager, Economic Development
705-324-9411 extension 1232

Program objectives

  • Welcome visitors to Kawartha Lakes (be physically out in the community where tourists gather); 

  • Encourage visitors to increase their length of stay in Kawartha Lakes by supporting on the ground trip planning and encourage visitation to multiple tourism assets; 

  • Provide activities or interactions that enhance the visitors experience while in Kawartha Lakes; and, 

  • Engage local businesses in activities to support the visitor experience and support long term programming (e.g. Kawartha Lakes Business Count) 

It is anticipated that these funds will be used to support the hiring of Summer Students. 

Eligible organizations

Chambers of Commerce in Kawartha Lakes

Program timelines




April 26, 2024

Interim Report

August 1, 2024

Final Report

December 31, 2024

Projects should focus on the Summer tourism season, however, depending on the project scope, projects may run until December 31, 2024 

Program application

Applications to be submitted through the online form

Chambers of Commerce in Kawartha Lakes may submit a detailed project proposal to the municipality. The proposal must include: 

  1. An overview of how the funds will be used (include alignment to the Summer Tourism Experience Program Objectives).
  2. Explain how this funding will improve the visitor experience beyond what is currently planned for the 2024 summer season.
  3. Provide a description of their service area and how their program will reach their boarder service area.
  4. Describe the desired outcomes of their project.
  5. Complete project activities and budget sheet.  

Changes to project plans must be agreed upon with the municipality. 

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