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Almonte's first European-bred settler was David Shepherd, who in 1818 was given 200 acres by the Crown to build and operate a mill. After his mill burned down, Daniel Shipman, buyer of the patent, rebuilt the mill and the settlement became known as Shipman's Mills by about 1821.

Early settlers were Scottish and Irish. A textile town almost from the start, by 1850 it was the home of seven busy woolen mills of Messrs B & W Rosamond. It was one of the leading centres in Ontario for the manufacture of woollen cloth. The construction of a railway line to Brockville stimulated the economic growth of Almonte.  It was an active station of the Brockville & Ottawa Railroad.

The name of Almonte, was incorporated in 1870 as a village of 2,000 persons and could boast thirty stores and forty other businesses. Town status came in 1881 with a population of 2,700. 

We have been growing ever since - in 2016 we were 5,039 and counting ...


Wartime tradedy: The Almonte Train Wreck of 1942  

Days of Toil and Tears: The Chld Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford

Almonte, Ontario 1887 (Dear Canada Book)


 Restaurants in Almonte ...

Cafe Postino                                          

Mill Street Crepe Company                      

Tea & Cakes                                                 

Heirloom Cafe & Bistro                             


                                                      Photograph by Paul Latour ... Porchfest 2019


Event Calendar ...


Things to do in Almonte ...

The Good Food Tour                                

Equator Coffee Roaster                            

Hummingbird Chocolate Makers            

                          (2016 Adademy of Chocolate Awards - Golden Bean)    

Crooked Mile Brewery                                                                

Light-up-the-Night          (All Christmas Festivities in November & December)                         

(27th year Magical Christmas Outdoor Show - Music/Fireworks/Treats/ Wayne Rostad and Santa)

Canada Day Festivities with Fireworks  ...   


Places to Explore in the Surrounding Area ...

Temple's Sugar Bush & Wedding Venue  

Your Nations Capital - 45 minutes to downtown and the Parliament Buildings

Pakenham 5 Span Stone Bridge (1903) - Quaint Country Store - Downhill skiing

Diefenbunker - Cold War Museum in Carp (15 minutes away)

Evermore Wedding Venue -

Canadian Tire Centre - Hockey / Concerts 

Rock Dunder - Great Hiking

Wheelers Pancake House ... Guiness World Book of Records for 'everything' Maple Syrup

The Herb Garden