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Smiths Falls History & Mystery: Benjamin Byram

Building the future The year was 1883, and Benjamin Glover Byram (1862-1943) left his fiancée, Louisa Marion Dean (1861-1936) in England with a promise. He told her that he would establish himself in Canada, build a house there, and then invite her to join him. The twenty-one-year-old boarded a ship and left the country with nothing […]

SuperWalk 2022 welcomes supporters and walkers to register/walk/donate

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, the Parkinson Canada SuperWalk, a post Labour Day September tradition in the area since the first successful walk in 2017, is returning to its roots. For the past two years, only smaller gatherings were possible, but this year, organizers are excited that the walk can return to its original format. […]

Solar light lanterns installed in Gleeson Park

During Monday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Director of Community Services Art Manhire updated council on his department’s work around town.  New solar lights have been installed in Gleeson Park, the off-leash dog park behind the baseball fields on Old Slys Road. Pending Parks Canada’s approval, Manhire indicated these same types of lights will […]

UCDSB celebrates National Indigenous history month

During the month of June, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will be celebrating National Indigenous History Month. This is a time to learn, grow, and celebrate Indigenous peoples and culture. The UCDSB is specifically situated on the traditional Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee territories.  With 79 schools and 27,000 students covering approximately 12,000 square kilometres of rural and urban areas, the UCDSB is committed to providing relevant and […]

Council community updates – June 6, 2022

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, various councilors shared several community updates.   Councilor Lorraine Allen noted that the Friends of the Library are having their annual book sale to fund literacy-promoting efforts in our community. Stop by Victoria Park on Sasturday June 18 between 9am-1pm to visit the book sale and support […]

Canada Day celebrations return this July 1

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada Day celebrations will resume in Lower Reach Park, announced Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow during the town council meeting on Monday night.  From 11am until 3pm the park will be abuzz with family fun and entertainment, such as the ever-popular DJ Johnny 5, a vendor’s […]

Le Boat celebrates fifth anniversary in Smiths Falls

During Tuesday evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting, CAO Malcolm Morris announced that Tuesday morning marked the fifth year of Le Boat’s North American branch being headquartered in Smiths Falls.  “It’s indeed a success story,” commented CAO Morris, noting that even after two years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Le Boat is currently […]

Playground tender awarded to Playground Planners

During Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls, Director of Community Services Art Manhire outlined the next steps in moving forward with the installation of new playgrounds in Victoria Park and Hyland & Corbett Park. The town had recently requested public feedback on playground designs via their Speak Up, Smiths Falls! platform. […]

Smiths Fall History & Mystery: The adventures of Jason Gould

In 1829, Jason Gould (1802-1864) made the journey from Roxbury, New York to the raw, undeveloped wilderness of Smiths Falls, Ontario. He had been hired to work on the Rideau Canal by his future brother-in-law, James Simpson. Within two years, Gould had created the foundation for his future wealth. He constructed “flouring mills on Jason […]

Victory in the fight for the right to a natural garden

Charges against Smiths Falls residents dropped by town. In a case that will affect municipal by-laws across Canada, Craig and Beth Sinclair can announce that Smiths Falls has withdrawn the Order to remove their natural garden. The Sinclairs have been carefully cultivating a natural garden for years, planting hundreds of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, […]