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Corey Moore
Communications & Economic
Development Specialist
T: 705-765-3156
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The Economic Development Department in accordance with the Township Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategy, will be conducting a Downtown Enhancement Project for Bala and Port Carling.

With support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, a Downtown Enhancement Project will be undertaken to help improve the economic, physical and social well-being of the two urban centre downtowns.

In an effort to extend the operating seasons in Downtown Bala and Port Carling, the Downtown Enhancement Project will develop specific actions to assist business owners and attract visitors.

Key Initiatives

The Downtown Enhancement Action Plan identified the following four key initiatives:

  • Enhance and promote events and attractions to draw people into the community, and specifically the downtowns.
  • Improve promotion of the downtown to residents, seasonal residents, and tourists.
  • Ensure physical infrastructure in downtowns makes them an appealing place to stop and visit.
  • Take an active role in managing and creating opportunities in the downtowns.

What's New?

Media Release - June 12/18 Downtown Enhancement Action Plan Moving Forward

Action Plan

Downtown Enhancement Action Plan
Resident Survey 2017 Downtown Resident Survey is now closed. Data collected will be analyzed and will help develop specific actions to assist business owners and attract visitors.
Media Release - Nov 1/17 Muskoka Lakes Launches Downtown Enhancement Project
Business Survey 2017 Business Survey is now closed. Data collected will establish benchmarks and measurements for the business climate in Muskoka Lakes.
Media Release - Aug 30/17 2017 Business Survey

A working group comprised of staff, business owners and residents was created to help guide project analysis and provide input on actions following program completion. 

Working Group   
Corey Moore

Communications & Economic Development Specialist
Township of Muskoka Lakes

Catherine Oosterbaan

Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Norah Fountain

General Manager
Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Jeremy Fowler

Duke Boats Limited

Angie O'Hara

The Muskokery & Mooskoka's

Laurie Campbell Resident
Cathy Duck Resident
Tiffany Bol

Moon River Lookout Restaurant & Catering | Bala Bay Food & Spirits | Pizza Nova Bala Bay | Stone Church Event Centre

Sheila Overbeek


North Johnston Johnston's Cranberry Marsh
Mary Grady Resident
Mike Kalfus

Manager, Muskoka Operations
The Rosseau Group

Carole Lynn Sterne

Bling Muskoka


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