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Celebrate Almonte - Past & Present

On March 25th come out and Celebrate Almonte's Past & Present. This event is for the whole family and runs from 11am - 3pm. While you're visiting any of the 4 Destination Points, pick up a passport which includes a map of Almonte along with trivia questions highlighting Almonte's past. Enter to win some amazing prizes from local shops! 

  • Mississippi Mills Library (Almonte branch)
    - Community Art Project - come out and decorate a canvas flag. This community coloured banner will be displayed in the library during the Bicentennial year. Be sure to incorporate your talent into this amazing project! 
    - James Naismith Puppet will be in attendance along with some basketball puppets for kids to play with. 
    - Historical photos - past & present photos will be on display, see what Almonte used to look like compared to today! 
    - Bicentennial Commemorative Coins will be on sale, be sure to get yours!
  • Heritage Court
    - Bring the kids for face painting run by the Mississippi Mills Youth Centre
    - R. Tait McKenzie puppet
     will be there. Come out and learn more about our local hero, R. Tait! 
  • Levi Home Hardware
    Live entertainment featuring Cal Cummings & Friends and Denny & Travis Strong!
    Memorabilia - visit Almonte's past with displays of memorabilia and old photos. Come out to reminisce about the past or learn about the history if you're new to the area!  
    - Almonte, Spirit of Place book by John McQuarrie will be on sale here, be sure to get a copy while they last!
  • Legion (Almonte branch)
    Lunch - the Legion is hosting a community lunch! Come out and bring the family for a bowl of chili. Donations appreciated but not required. Yum!!!
    Live entertainment - while you're enjoying your lunch, listen to live music performed by local talent, Lauren Hall! 

A fun day you won't want to miss!

Bicentennial Commemorative Coin

The limited edition Bicentennial Commemorative Coin is now available for purchase! The cost is $10 and they are available at the Municipal office at 3131 Old Perth Rd., Almonte Old Town Hall, Almonte and Pakenham Libraries, Alliance Coin & Banknote and Baker Bob's. They are a wonderful keepsake. Get yours today!

Bicentennial Colouring Contest

Mississippi Mills students in grades 4-6 are invited to participate in the Bicentennial Colouring Contest. The drawing to be coloured was created by artist Auni Milne and is featured on the Bicentennial Commemorative Coin. The top three winning entries will receive a Bicentennial Commemorative Coin and the winning entry will have stickers made of their artwork that will be distributed as part of the Bicentennial festivities (the winner will receive multiple stickers!). You can download the image here and submit it to the Mississippi Mills Library or Municipal offices (Almonte Old Town Hall or 3131 Old Perth Rd.) The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 23rd. 

Bicentennial Photo Contest

Congratulations to Trevor Johnston for placing 1st in the Bicentennial Photo Contest! 2nd place went to Brenda Deugo-Mills and 3rd place went to Greg Cherry.  There is so much talent in our community! Thank you to everyone who entered into the contest and to everyone who voted!

Mayor Lowry

 It’s our Bicentennial in 2023 and we’re going to be celebrating all parts and everyone in our great community! During our Bicentennial year, we will have opportunities to reflect, celebrate and learn about the last 200 years of history and heritage.  We will also respectfully honour our regions earliest inhabitants, the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. 

I encourage everyone from all corners of our community to get involved during the coming year. Let’s come together and make more Mississippi Mills history.  We have so much to celebrate!

Mayor Christa Lowry
Municipality of Mississippi Mills


Mississippi Mills is celebrating 200 years in 2023! Celebrations are planned all year long in every corner of the Municipality! Read our press release here!

Did you know, Mississippi Mills was formed as a result of the amalgamation of the Town of Almonte, and the Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham? 1823 is the year that saw European settlers living in all wards of Mississippi Mills. Ramsay Township completed their surveying in 1821, Pakenham settlers started to move into the area in 1823 and Almonte was originally settled as Shipman Mills in 1823. 

Also, Mississippi Mills amalgamated in 1998 therefore 2023 will mark the 25th Anniversary of our Municipality! It really is a perfect year to celebrate!  

All Bicentennial events are possible thanks to the Bicentennial Working Groups consisting of community volunteers. These working groups include:  Indigenous; Agriculture; Arts, Culture, Museum & Heritage; Almonte; Pakenham; and Ramsay. 

Keep an eye on the Events page and on Facebook for updates throughout the year. Here are some of the events and activities you can look forward to:

  • Special Canada Day Celebrations!
  • 'Come Home to Pakenham' Weekend Celebration
  • The Mill Workers' Walk Re-enactment
  • Indigenous Events
  • Farm Tours
  • The Seven Gifts Indigenous Art Installation
  • Commemorative Coin
  • Time Capsule

    - and so much more!