A website redesign plan was structured, and work began to redesign and upgrade the website's appearance, information, user-friendliness, and Accessibility Standards, as per the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, which will require all Manitoba websites to be in compliance by 2024. This project is expected to be complete in October and the work is being done in-house by the Lac du Bonnet CDC Economic Development Officer.
With many of our community events returning after the pandemic, the Lac du Bonnet CDC re-launched the MyLdB.ca Community Calendar. We know how hard our community works to organize and run these community events and how important each event is to our community. Community events are the heart of any rural community. They help establish our identity, create new business opportunities, increase visitors, introduce new people to our community, bring residents together and improve our community’s standard of living and quality of life!
As part of the Lac du Bonnet’s CDC Strategic Planning session, it was identified that the community lacked high-quality professional photography and video content to showcase the community's Live, Work, Play, and Invest aspects. In May, the Lac du Bonnet CDC began structuring its two-year plan to capture this content to enhance the overall community marketing efforts.
The Lac du Bonnet CDC launched the LdB Souvenir Merchandise line, an exciting, clean product line that visitors and residents in the community will love wearing. All of our designs are made in-house by the Economic Development Officer, and the merchandise sales create a revenue stream to support the Lac du Bonnet CDC operations and the community projects and initiatives it is working on.
The Lac du Bonnet CDC entered into a Property Management Agreement with the RM of Lac du Bonnet to lease and manage RM owned properties. This project will generate a revenue stream for the Lac du Bonnet CDC and increase the RM of Lac du Bonnet's tax base.
The Old Hickory Waterside Markets are new to Lac du Bonnet. Starting in the summer of 2022, the Lac du Bonnet CDC partnered with the Manitoba Made Store, Old Hickory Buildings, and the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet to create a unique pop-up market shopping experience at Fernwood Boat Launch.
In February, the CDC played an instrumental role in connecting the RM of Lac du Bonnet with Valley Fiber, which was interested in installing its Fiber Optic Network in the RM to provide residents and businesses with the world’s fastest internet.
The Lac du Bonnet CDC was approached by Noel Linsey, a documentary filmmaker and photographer interested in creating a motorcycle road trip travel series for release on YouTube. The plan was to start and end each road trip video in Lac du Bonnet and feature the road less travelled and the places less known. Every video promotes Lac du Bonnet by starting and ending here, encouraging travellers to eat, sleep, shop and visit while visiting the rest of the region.
The LdB Tourism Cafe is designed to be an open forum for Lac du Bonnet businesses & non-profit organizations in the tourism industry to connect, share, and collaborate on projects.
Starting in November and running until Christmas Eve, the Lac du Bonnet CDC featured the Holiday Gift Guide, a digital campaign to encourage local spending through the holidays. The Lac du Bonnet CDC looks forward to making this a yearly project, featuring new businesses and non-profit organizations within the community and helping promote local shopping during the holiday season.