How the Centre Evolved


The Event Centre was created as a long term "legacy" project by the St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance primarily to assist volunteer event organizers stage successful outdoor events. The Alliance received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in 2011 to open the Centre in Eastern Ontario. Now that the bicentennial is over, the Alliance has turned the operation of the Centre over to the Almonte Civitan Club who will manage the facility in the years to come. Events all have the same needs but at different times of the year and by sharing our event equipment, we all benefit!

The Centre is a one-stop depot for any event: schools, churches, fairs, music festivals, rodeos, heritage events, Canada Day, sporting events, etc. We service all types of community celebrations – large and small.

"You could say that coordinators now have "one-stop shopping" at the new resource centre! No more bristol board cardboard signs, borrowing friends' tables, chairs, tents and expensive rentals of radios and safety equipment. It was a treat to go to the centre and choose what we needed, all inventoried, neatly stored and easily accessed...and the minimal rental charge will be a huge bonus for budget-strapped smaller community events"

Jan Gravelle, Gananoque Bicentennial Co-ordinator