This summer we have been speaking to people who work and live in the Heart of Georgian Bay about what they love most about the area. This week we have rounded up five of the individuals we have spoken to this summer to help you get to know some of the faces of the Heart of Georgian Bay.
Dave Brunelle – Discovery Harbour
Dave Brunelle is the Special Events Coordinator at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. He was born and raised in the area and worked as a student interpreter at Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons while he was in university.
In his current role, he is responsible for planning all the special events you know and love, including Pumpkinferno, the Skate Trail, and Ghost Tours. Dave says that the Heart of Georgian Bay is a great place to visit and live.
If you are interested in going on a Ghost Tour, it’s not too late – tours run this Friday and Saturday, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend. You can find more information on the Discovery Harbour website.
Simone Nagel – Farm2Door
Farm2Door was established by Simone Nagel and her husband Bart of Bulbs of Fire Garlic, and Evain Maurice of BelleRoots Farm. They joined forces to create Farm2Door, a food delivery service, during the pandemic. Farm2Door was intended to help small farms deliver their products to customers, even during lockdowns.
A large focus of Farm2Door is locally sourced food. Of the products they carry, 65-70% come from farmers and producers in Simcoe County and the remainder of products are sourced from Ontario.
You can browse Farm2Door’s website and order goods to be delivered straight to your door, or visit their brick and mortar location.
Candice Moreau – Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Candice Moreau is the Coordinator of Marketing, Media Relations, and Visitor Services at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and has worked there for 14 years.
Candice loves living and working in the Heart of Georgian Bay because it is a cultural hub of history, art, and music. She says it is a hidden gem of Ontario, and is well worth a visit.
Sainte-Marie’s indoor museum, Flint & Timber Co. Gift Shop, and Restaurant Sainte-Marie are all open for you to enjoy during your visit to the site. Visit the Sainte-Marie among the Hurons website to plan your visit.
Nick Boudouris – World Famous Dock Lunch & Pier 21
Nick Boudouris and his wife, Marina, are the owners of the World Famous Dock Lunch and Pier 21 and have lived in the Heart of Georgian Bay for decades.
Nick and Marina love owning businesses that help support their community and love to see the families that visit their businesses grow year after year.
Marlena Ladouceur – Bayshore Lanes
Bayshore Lanes has been family owned and operated since 1983. In 2018 Marlena Ladouceur and her husband Dean started the transition to take over operating the bowling alley, which was previously run by Marlena’s parents, Dennis and Pauline Brabant.
Marlena and her family are passionate about bowling and love the Bayshore Lanes community. Demand for bowling has been high, especially on rainy days, so make sure you call ahead to reserve a lane next time you’re going bowling.
For more information, and to plan your visit, visit the Bayshore Lanes website.
Written by: Grace Dietrich
Tourism Marketing Assistant, Heart of Georgian Bay