January 2024

Vol. 1, Edition 11

The Monthly Update

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Message from the Mayor

On behalf of council and staff, I want to wish you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you had a terrific holiday season with family and friends.

It was my pleasure to attend the Gravenhurst Legion’s New Year’s Day Levee. Councillor Erin Strength and Councillor Michelle Robinson joined me at the event. I want to thank the legion for organizing a wonderful gathering.

Later in the month, I was happy to attend the Sparrow Lake Women’s Institute’s Cozy Cuppa High Tea fundraiser. Held at the lovely Blue Willow Tea Shop, the evening event was a delightful get-together for the institute, which does such splendid work in our community.

January was a magnificent month for our community’s very own Liam Brearley who won an International Ski and Snowboard Federation World Cup slopestyle gold medal in Laax, Switzerland. He also won gold at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Liam, we are so incredibly proud of you. You are a testament to what we can accomplish when we work hard and stay focused on our goals.

In our January Monthly Update, we have lots to share with readers including the latest on the Starboard proposal. Council has approved a settlement allowing the proposal to move forward. Please see the news release to learn more.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, you can learn about our recruitment efforts for the Gravenhurst Fire Department. Specifically, we need firefighters to serve at the Kilworthy and Barkway stations. Do you have what it takes to be in our fire service?

The newsletter also contains details about the upcoming Gravenhurst Winter Carnival. I hope you will join us for this fun-filled weekend in February. We have a lot of great activities planned. The carnival is a super way for us to come together and celebrate Gravenhurst.

As well, the newsletter includes details from our latest council and planning council meetings.

In addition, the newsletter has an item outlining the many different ways that you can stay in touch with us. I hope you’ll review these options as you now have more choices than ever before.

I look forward to updating you again next month.

Until then, please take care.

Heidi Lorenz,


Gravenhurst council approves settlement allowing Starboard proposal to move forward

Gravenhurst council members have approved a settlement agreement that will allow the Starboard development proposal to proceed, subject to final approval of the agreement by the Ontario Land Tribunal.

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Crime Stoppers Month

January is Crime Stoppers Month. Gravenhurst council members participated in a related flag-raising on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Visit the Crime Stoppers website to learn more about the organization.

Gravenhurst Fire Department looking for new firefighters

The Gravenhurst Fire Department is recruiting new members for the Kilworthy and Barkway stations. People interested in applying should have a desire to learn new transferable skills and an interest in working in a team environment. It's also important to have plenty of spare time to dedicate to regular training, attending public events, and responding to emergencies.

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Stay in touch with us...

When it comes to staying connected with the Town of Gravenhurst you've got options.

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Statement from Mayor Heidi Lorenz on Muskoka Conservancy land acquisition in Gravenhurst

The following statement was issued by Mayor Heidi Lorenz on Jan. 25: "On behalf of council and staff, I congratulate Muskoka Conservancy on its purchase of 597 acres in southeast Gravenhurst. "This latest acquisition is now Muskoka Conservancy's largest nature reserve, and it represents a truly magnificent addition to our community.

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Gravenhurst Council Highlights - Jan. 16, 2024

Learn what happened at the latest meeting.

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Planning Council - Jan. 23, 2024

Planning Council met Jan. 23 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Click the above image to watch the meeting and learn what happened.

How to invite council members to your event

Would you like council members to attend your community event? Submit your request through our website. 

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Carnival volunteers needed

Looking to lend your time and talent to the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival? All ages and levels of experience welcome. Take a few seconds to complete the volunteer registration form and have fun helping with events like Skokie's Funland, Polar Dip, and the Donut Eating Contest.

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Gravenhurst Winter Carnival

The Gravenhurst Winter Carnival is an action-packed weekend full of fabulous winter fun.

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Have you got your licence

Do you operate a Short-Term Rental? The Town of Gravenhurst’s STR Licensing Program requires that you obtain a licence. APPLY or RENEW now.

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Winter Operations

We know you have places to go and things to do. That's why our staff work diligently to keep our roads clear throughout the winter. See our website to learn more about Winter Operations.

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Do we have your correct mailing address?

Has your phone number or mailing address changed? Make sure to let our Tax Department know so we have the right contact information on file. For ways to update your address visit our website.

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See a problem? Let us know

If you see playground equipment or other forms of town infrastructure needing repair, please let us know so we can take the proper steps to address the issue.

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Join our team!

We are hiring for a variety of positions.

Visit our website to learn more about these opportunities.

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Indoor walking at the Centennial Centre

Join us for indoor walking at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre. Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is a free program and no registration is required. Walking is available around the perimeter of the ice rink.

Public skating information

Looking for public skating? There are programs at the Graeme Murray Arena for only $2 at the door.

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Community Calendar

Looking for something to do in Gravenhurst?

Make our website your first stop for information.

Visit our calendar for great ideas.


We have a variety of recreation options available in Gravenhurst.

In some instances, these opportunities are offered through the town and in other cases they are provided by various organizations.

Visit our website to learn more.

Opera House

Stay in touch with the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Built in 1901, the opera house is a focal point for great entertainment.

Check out the opera house website to learn more about upcoming performances.

Visit the opera house website.

Gravenhurst Public Library

The Gravenhurst Public Library is a great spot to access reading material, movies, programs, entertainment, and so much more.

Located at 180 Sharpe St. W., the library is open Monday to Saturday.

For hours and more information, visit the library website.


Planning and building

Looking for planning and building information?

We are here to help.

Visit our website to learn about the town's official plan, zoning bylaw, building permits, and much more.

Visit our website.

Gravenhurst Fire Department

The Gravenhurst Fire Department provides fire protection services for the community.

Please call 9-1-1 if the department's assistance is required in an emergency.

Read a message from the chief.

Visit our website to learn more about the department.

Council contact

Members of council are your representatives.

They are elected to a four-year council term.

Visit our website to learn more about council members and how you can reach them.

Meeting agenda information

Want to stay informed about upcoming meetings of council and committees?

Visit our website to learn more.

You can also subscribe to receive notice when new agendas are available for review.

Subscribe to agendas.

Watch our meetings online

Did you know our council meetings are available on our YouTube channel?

By watching the meetings, you can hear council and staff discussion on a variety of topics and stay better informed about municipal business.

Visit our YouTube channel.

District of Muskoka

The District of Muskoka provides important services to our community.

Governing the district is a 23-member council.

To learn more about the district and what it does visit the district website. 

Ontario Provincial Police

Policing in Gravenhurst is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.

If you require police assistance for an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

For non-emergency matters, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Minor non-emergency matters can also be reported through the OPP website.

211 Ontario

211 Ontario is a free service that connects people to a variety of resources.

To reach 211 Ontario, simply dial 2-1-1 on your phone. 211 is also available by text and e-mail.

Learn more by visiting the 211 website.

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