Mississippi Mills, including the town of Almonte, the village of Pakenham and surrounding townships of Appleton, Clayton, Ramsay and Blakeney, was founded in the early 1820’s when Scottish, Irish and English settlers arrived and were drawn to the fertile land that stretched along the riverbanks. Throughout the years, the Mississippi River played a significant role in the community’s growth and change. The river’s calm stretches of water tumbling into plunging falls and swirling rapids provided excellent mill sites. This is why, for more and 120 years, Almonte was recognized as Canada’s largest production center of woolen goods. Today, the heritage structures that remain have been renovated for use as retail sites, offices, museums and residences and will continue to be as much a part of the future as they are a sign of Mississippi Mills’ past.
The Mill of Kintail Conservation Area is a must see for nature lovers and heritage enthusiast, artist and photographers. The adjacent Museum is a showcase of sculptures and memorabilia of R. Tait McKenzie, a world-renowned sculptor and physical education pioneer. Also on this site is the James Naismith Museum. It is a fascinating tribute to Almonte’s most famous citizen, who gave us the game of basketball.
Visit Mississippi Mills for the many and varied festivals and cultural events such as Naismith 3 on 3 Basketball festival, the North Lanark Highland Games, the Almonte and Pakenham Fairs, Puppets up! International Puppet Festival, Fibrefest, Celtfest and the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month in June. We welcome you to enjoy our scenery, and recreational facilities, and experience the unique shops, first class restaurants and authentic general stores that Mississippi Mills has to offer.
In the winter there’s no need to hibernate, pristine snowfalls turn Mississippi Mills into a frosty playground with everything you need to enjoy Nordic and alpine skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In the spring, catch a glimpse of wild birds building their nests, and as a part of the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, we invite you to savour the sweetness of the first maple syrup when the snows begin to melt. Summer in Mississippi Mills means plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, biking, festivals or golf on lush, sun kissed greens.
Whether you explore Mississippi Mills for an hour, a day, or a week, you’re sure to find something that will keep you coming back again and again.