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Gananoque’s Shop Local holiday campaign offers more reasons to buy local

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The second annual Shop Local campaign has launched in the Town of Gananoque. Shoppers who make purchases at local establishments can enter to win local prize packages, and the grand prize of a staycation bundle.

The Town, along with the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce, and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI), is urging businesses to take part in this year’s Shop Local campaign. Using the website gananoque.ca/shop-local shoppers will discover businesses via an interactive map, according to a release from the Town of Gananoque. Each participating business will be marked with a candy cane on the map and will link to their websites and social media, providing users with up-to-date information about when and how they can shop.

“If you are a local business, restaurant or owner of an entertainment venue in Gananoque or TLTI, we want to get you involved. Our Shop Local campaign is designed to encourage community spending and supporting our small business partners,” stated Bill Stewart, Executive Director for the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce.

The campaign began on November 1, 2021, and will run until January 10, 2022. During the 10 weeks, the organizers ask Gananoque shoppers to enter their purchases online and help them reach the goal of tracking $45,000 spent locally.

According to the release, funding for this Shop Local campaign was made possible through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Grant and OMAFRA’s Rural Economic Development Program.

How it works:

Businesses participating in the Shop Local campaign will provide shoppers with a postcard that contains a QR code. Simply open the camera on your device and scan the code – this will direct you to the website that will allow you to enter your information, according to the release.

Each week, the Chamber will choose a winner from the participants to receive a local prize package. In the final week, they will announce the grand prize winner, who will receive a stay-cation bundle.


Businesses who wish to participate in the Shop Local campaign are asked to contact: McKenna Modler, [email protected]

Visit gananoque.ca/shop-local for more information or to enter local purchases.

Ted Hsu for MPP
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