“If you can connect people, you can create the future.” - Scott Heiferman
Connecting people is exactly what the newly created Pickering’s Nautical Village Business Association is achieving. As a community of entrepreneurial local business owners in Pickering’s Nautical Village, community members are keen to build a cohesive association that promotes this wonderful area and at the same time becoming a stakeholder in local decision making. This community has worked extremely hard to bring together a qualified Board of Directors who oversee the administration of the association; promoting business and local events, while bringing fresh ideas to the community.
Pickering’s Nautical Village is an area of outstanding natural beauty and environmental diversity and is part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a provincially and municipally funded project that is creating a seamless, connected trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border, including the striking section in Pickering, featuring the beach, board walk and bicycle tracks. This popular and picturesque tourist destination bounded by Lake Ontario and Frenchman’s Bay has an array of shops, businesses, cafes and restaurants on its main thoroughfare, Liverpool Road. It also incorporates Millennium Square on the shores of the Lake, with a beach, boardwalk, splash pad, beach volleyball courts and children’s play area. Frenchman’s Bay hosts three yacht clubs, a marine supply shop, yacht sales company amongst many boating service outlets. It is a family and community oriented area, which boasts upwards of fifty businesses including twelve eateries and restaurants that serve an eclectic variety of food, many with a view of our breathtaking waterfront location.
Pickering’s Nautical Village is also quickly becoming popular for its community events, which bring community members and visitors together. The year is dotted by various events sponsored by the Business Association many of which are co-hosted by other community stakeholders including the Pickering East Shore Community Association, Ontario Hydro, the City of Pickering’s Sustainability Program and the Business and Economic Development office. Some of those events include the Waterfront Concerts with free musical entertainment in Millennium Square every Thursday night in the summer from 7pm-9pm, Sundays on the Porch where the Nautical Village hosts local vendors who supplement the established businesses to create a market style atmosphere, popular Berry Festivals in June, July and August, and the upcoming Scavenger Hunt in September. Annual community events include the Nautical Village Community Walk and Run, 20-Minute Makeover and the Grow a Row program in which the community has begun growing a vegetable garden to donate a fresh harvest of food.
Pickering’s Nautical Business Association is connecting community members, business owners and visitors to our community through entertaining events, attractive businesses and a gorgeous waterfront; while creating a beautiful and successful future for this area. This community is a Village in most senses of the word and this association is determined to make it a place that people from near and far will come and enjoy, share in our environment and leave with a feeling of satisfaction and a little bit of the pride that the local Villagers have in this beautiful community.