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Township of Huron - Kinloss
Point Clark - Ripley - Lucknow

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2016 Spruce the Bruce Grants

Applications are now being accepted!

If you operate a business in downtown Lucknow or Ripley, apply now for funding to improve your storefront signage or facade. Funding is also available for new awnings and sidewalk patios. The application process is simple and is all done online through Spruce the Bruce will cover up to 50% of the cost of an approved project.

Funding is also available for community groups working on downtown revitalization projects. Grants include: Gateways and Downtown Signage; Destination Infrastucture; Streetscape Beautification; and Collaborative Marketing.

Please contact Taralyn at the municipal office if you are interested in any of the available grants and require assistance with the application.

Lucknow and District Chamber of Commerce and Ripley Business Community

It's a new year; think about joining your local business group!

Both the Lucknow and District Chamber of Commerce and the Ripley Business Community are looking for new members. The next Lucknow Chamber general meeting is March 17th in the multi purpose room at the Lucknow and District Sports Complex. The annual cost to be a member is $80.

The Ripley Business Community is scheduled to meet on March 9th at 7:00p.m. in the Huron-Kinloss Council Chambers. The cost to join this group is $100 (collected on an annual basis).

Downtown Lucknow Sandwich Boards

There are four sandwich boards still available for purchase. These signs feature the Lucknow logo and are designed to fit with Lucknow's identity of a "General Store". The Township was successful in securing a Spruce the Bruce Grant last year to get these made. The cost of each sandwich board is $175.00+HST (compared to $400.00 regular price).

These signs are a great way to advertise your product specials and get people through your door. Please contact Taralyn at the municipal office if you are interested.

Lucknow Sandwich Board Complete

Bridges to Better Business

Guest speaker Celes Davar will be speaking about creating memorable experiences for your customers.

Join us for an event unlike anything we have done before.

Kick off Easter Weekend with a bit of fun, while gaining fresh ideas to bring the value of e-X-perience to your customers.

For over 20 years, Celes Davar has been at the fore-front of “experiential tourism”. Celes turns ordinary community activities, and the stories of local people into remarkable tourism experiences. These crafted experiences have genuine economic value that consumers are willing to pay for, if the perceived value is there. Celes has been coaching and helping businesses and organizations all across Canada to create new and differentiated experiences, unique to each local destination.” 

Celes is proactive, and challenges owners to add value to what they do. His goal is to plant the seeds of new approaches to your own business.  You will learn how you can develop new experiences to create a competitive advantage that is based on value over price. Remember, your local customers want authentic experiences too.

Plus: Our Mystery Guest will engage you with an un-e-X-pected e-X-perience that demonstrates the ingredients needed to craft a successful e-X-perience.

After which, you will literally take steps to develop fresh ideas for your business.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Social Hour will feature local beer and wine served by the Wismer House (cash bar).

Where: Southampton Town Hall 201 High St., Southampton, ON

Cost: $50.00 (HST included)   

R.S.V.P. Please register online or call 519-832-2082 or email

Bruce Grey Brochure Swap

The annual brochure swap is scheduled to take place on May 10th in Wiarton. All businesses in Bruce and Grey Counties are invited to attend and swap their brochures and flyers with other businesses. You are encouraged to register prior to the event:

New Wayfinding Signs in Downtown Lucknow

The rest of the wayfinding signs were installed in downtown Lucknow in February. These new signs are in accordance with the Regional Tourism Organization 7 sign standards and are designed to direct visitors to our points of interest. A pedestrian map sign and new park signage were also installed at the same time.

2016 Ice Cream Trail

Opening on May 20th!

The 2016 Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail™ will run from May 20th to September 30th. There are nine stops on the Trail this year:

  1. Village Pizzeria by the LighthouseIce Cream Trail
  2. Lake Range Family Restaurant
  3. Pine River Cheese
  4. Family Funland
  5. Ripley Variety
  6. Holyrood General Store
  7. Armstrong's Bakery
  8. Cobblestone Pub & Grill
  9. Mary's Restaurant

The Ice Cream Trail™ is a fun photo scavenger hunt taking participants to ice cream stops along the way. Players follow a map and read clues at each stop, which leads them to find Sammy Sprinkles. In some cases, participants will be lead to a different location to find Sammy.

Once participants find Sammy they take a picture with him and submit the photos to the Township for prizes. Participants will receive a free t-shirt (given to the first 1000 participants) and qualify for a chance to win our grand prize of $250 Huron-Kinloss Dollars to spend at local merchants. There are also special prizes for the funniest, most creative and largest group photos.   

More information available at

Upcoming Courses at Lake Huron Learning Centre in Kincardine

Lake Huron Learning CentreIntroduction to Drafting Concepts – April 4th to April 18th, Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm – 9:30pm

AutoCAD Fundamental – April 20th to June 1st, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Computerized Office Essentials (*Please note that this is the same program as Office Admin Assistant – it is just a different name). Starts May 2nd, Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Basic QA Tools and Problem Solving – June 6th to June 29th, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Personal Support Worker (full time) – September 2016, Monday to Thursday, 9:30am to 3:30pm. 

Upcoming Community Events

March 26 Lucknow & District Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt

April 9 Huron Shores Lions Club Community Breakfast

April 22 & 23 Ripley Summer Sports Dodgeball Tournment

April 28 - May 7 Lucknow HAWK Theatre Presents "Sex Please, We're Sixty"

April 30 Lucknow Town Wide Yard Sales

May 21 Ripley Village Wide Yard Sales

May 25 Ripley & District Horticultural Society's Flower Show

May 29 Walk for Guide Dogs in Point Clark

For a listing of all Huron-Kinloss Community Events, please visit:

Township of Huron-Kinloss

Taralyn Cronin,
Business & Economic Officer
519-395-3735 Ext. 155


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