Mississippi Mills to Celebrate Bicentennial in 2023

Mississippi Mills is turning 200 next year and celebrations are planned for every corner of the municipality.

From farm tours and Indigenous collaborations and events to a mill workers walk and a commemorative coin, six Bicentennial Working Groups have developed a number of activities to showcase the community’s history and recognize the region’s earliest inhabitants – the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation.

“During our Bicentennial year, we will have opportunities to reflect, celebrate and learn about the last 200 years of history and heritage. I encourage everyone from across our community - residents, visitors, and businesses alike, to get involved. Let’s come together and make more Mississippi Mills history,” said Christa Lowry, Mayor of Mississippi Mills.

To kick off the festivities, a photo contest has been launched that encourages the public to send in their best shots of Mississippi Mills with a grand prize of $200 at the winner’s favourite Mississippi Mills business.

To participate, email us up to 10 of your favourite, high resolution photos from across the municipality.  The contest is open until December 5th, 2022, and is open to residents of all ages.   Members of Council will choose the top 20 photos, and the public will vote for the top three winners.   The top 20 photos will be displayed for the public to enjoy at the Municipal Office. 

All entries should include the location the photo was taken, who took the photo and where the photographer lives. Submissions can be emailed to: 200@mississippimills.ca.

A special logo was also designed for the Bicentennial; the logo and the Bicentennial colours of blue and orange will be used in a variety of ways across the municipality all year.

Formed in 1998 as a result of amalgamating the Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham and the Town of Almonte, 2023 will also mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of Mississippi Mills! 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.

For more information: https://www.mississippimills.ca/200.    

For more information: Shannon Gutoskie, Mississippi Mills Communications Coordinator,
613-256-2064 ext. 208, sgutoskie@mississippimills.ca.