MVCA Celebrates Canada 150

MVCA Celebrates Canada 150
First-Ever Pioneer Day A Success


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June 5, 2017, Carleton Place — Visitors to the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area (MoK) near Almonte on Saturday stepped back in time and caught a glimpse of what life was like in Mississippi Mills in the early 1900’s. The first-ever Pioneer Day was put on by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) in partnership with the North Lanark Regional Museum and Town of Mississippi Mills to celebrate Canada’s 150.

“We wanted to take advantage of Canada 150th celebrations and highlight our rich history in the area. The MoK provided the perfect backdrop for this event, which was also an opportunity to celebrate the 150th birthday of R. Tait McKenzie,” said Stephanie Kolsters, MoK Site Supervisor and R.Tait McKenzie Museum Curator.

More than 250 people from across much of eastern Ontario took part in the day which included horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, demonstrations, old-fashioned butter making and crafts and games for all ages. A “makers market” saw local vendors set up shop while a display of historical hamlets of Mississippi Mills provided a unique history lesson.

“The day was, without a doubt, a huge success,” said Kolsters. “A big thanks to our tireless volunteers and support from the Ramsay Women’s Institute, Lanark County Archives, Lanark County Dairy Producers, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and Mill of Kintail Advisory Committee.”

Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


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