Grimsby is a town in the Niagara region off of Lake Ontario. Most residence live in the area bounded by Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The town of Grimsby was founded in 1790 known as Township Number 6 and then ‘The Forty.’ Robert Nelles was one of the main founders of the town. In 1816 the village became known as Grimsby. Canada’s first Chautauqua was established in 1859 in the Grimsby Park and Beach. The village officially incorporated in 1876 and became a town in 1922. Since being a rural small village Grimsby has gone thru many changes such as; being a manufacture of farm machinery, hospital furniture, furnace, and other mental products. Later it also became a fruit grown industry and a fishing industry which lasted only until 1960. Grimsby now serves the starting point for touring the Niagara wife region. Since Grimsby is in the middle of Hamilton and St Catharines, the growth over a decade is significant. The growth in Grimsby is limited due to natural boundaries of Lake Ontario and Niagara escarpment.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
The Grimsby Chautauqua is one of the culture and heritage attractions that lure thousands of visitors from all over Canada and the United States.
This is a non-profit organization which operates for the benefit and enrichment of the Town of Grimsby. The gallery is open 7 days a week and is dedicated to the exhibition, preservation, encouragement, and collection of visual arts of professional standards. The best part is Admission is FREE!!!
The museum was established in 1984 which is a integral part of the cultural life of Grimsby. Town history is interpreted in the gallery with prehistory, the settlement of “The Forty” by United Empire Loyalist in 1787, the growth and development of Grimsby and the history of Grimsby Park – “The Chautauqua of Canada”. Throughout the year there are special themed exhibitions and also the museum offers additional services such as, educational programmers, special events, and research material for local history and genealogy.
Grimsby Festival of Arts
This event attracts over 100 fine artists and artisans who display and sell high quality handcrafted artwork. This festival has been happening for 40 years since 1967, this one day festival happens annually after the first weekend after Labour Day.
Family Day Run of the Rink – Celebrate Family Day at the Peach King Centre with FREE skating, crafts, games, and other fun family activities
Raptors Fest- Event was established in 1997 by volunteers to create awareness of the unique Hawk Migration that occurs every spring.
Grimsby Farmer’s Market- The market happens every Thursday from the end of May until the beginning of October. Local farm vendors and features local farm fresh vegetables, fruits, honey, maple syrup, preserves, flowers, vegetables and much more.
Peach Bud Road Race- Happens the Tuesday before Canada Day. It is a 5K, 10K and Children’s 1K races that start at the Peach King Centre.
Happening at the Forty- Don’t miss the summer festival last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in July. Special farmer’s market, jazz and wine by the creek, fantastic stage entertainment, children’s activities, historic village, food, swimming, circus performance and FIREWORKS.
Santa Claus Parade – Happens first Saturday of December in the evening to start off the holiday celebrations.
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