Welcome to the McKellar Sesquicentennial 150th Celebration

Please visit www.mckellar150.com for more information


McKellar Sesquicentennial Committee


The Township of McKellar is celebrating its 150th Birthday in 2023 and a committee of volunteers on the Sesquicentennial Committee have been working hard to create a year of festivities for all to enjoy. Each month will see a special event organized by the committee along with activities and special occasions by other McKellar committees and community organizations.


The Sesquicentennial Committee plans to explore our past, celebrate the present and leave legacies for the future. Plans include shining a light on what makes McKellar so amazing and unique, its natural beauty, culture and rich history.


The committee is looking for your ideas on how to celebrate this momentous milestone and create a community involved year of celebrations. Contact joyphopkins@gmail.com or attend one of our meetings to share your ideas.


Watch for a special Historical Birthday 2023 calendar from the Historical Committee or share your McKellar stories small or large with the McKellar Public Library for their book of memories. Create your own special family or neighbour event and send us the information. The Ideas are limitless. There are many exciting Anniversary projects in the making and information will be made available to the public in the coming months.


Our committee members are looking forward to 2023 with optimism and a positive attitude and are looking forward to a community wide celebration of all that is McKellar.


Your Sesquicentennial Committee consists of: Joyce Hopkins, Lynne Aylsworth, Mary Smith, Sheila Hardie, Cheryl Saunders, Ann Bradley, Kathy Spence, Elyse Graff, Marianne Henskens, Morley Haskim

List of Events for the Year 2023:





January 14, 2023 - Kick off Ceremony

Georgian Bay Winds Concert, McKellar Historical Committee Presentation, Celebration Posters


February 11, 2023 - Youth Pioneer Workshops

Pioneer games, toy making, baking, in conjunction with Library


March 17, 2023 - St. Patrick's Day Dance

Michael Granka Band, in conjunction with Recreation Committee


April 15, 2023 - "Live History" Live History Performers

Lunch - 12 pm, Dinner 6 pm, Workshop 1 (kids), Workshop 2 (Adult), Unveiling of Historical Timeline in Community Hall, limited attendance for workshops and meals


April 29, 2023 - Firefighters Appreciation Dinner and Show - SOLD OUT

Firefighter awards, dinner, ticketed event, show


May 6, 2023 - District 18 Horticulture Societies

Speaker, ??


June 6, 2023 - Unveiling Ceremony Indigenous Artwork

Performers, dignitaries, ceremony


July 9, 2023 - McKellar Garden Tour


July 28, 2023 - Celebration Dance

Michael Granka Band



Celebrations all day and evening, variety show, fireworks, artists, market, etc.


July 30, 2023 - Pancake Breakfast

Hurdville Community Hall


July 30 - August 4, 2023 - Art Treasure Hunt

Manitouwabing Lake Community Association, United Church


August 6, 2023 - Art Gala

Artists works, MLCA, Performance group


Marathon du McKellar - RESCHEDULED McKellar Fun Run - October 2023


August 19, 2023 - Murder Mystery


September 9, 2023 - McKellar Fall Fair


September 16, 2023 - Tribute to Bert Weir

Canoe Dance, Art, Whispering River Orchestra Concert, Minerva Park, Weir Family


September 23, 2023 - Tribute to McKellar Fiddlers

Terry Little, Community Hall


October 24, 2023 - Return to McKellar Concert - Georgian Bay Winds
6:00 pm - Admission by Donation

October 29, 2023 - Cemeteries Tour - 2pm - 4pm
Tickets on sale now at the Township Office - $15.00 per person

Tour of McKellar Cemeteries with Story Tellers


November 3, 2023 - Movie Night War Movies

War Movies, Historical Display of McKellar Veterans


November 25, 2023 - Dinner/Showcase


December 2, 2023 - Christmas Past and Home Tour

Celebrating Pioneer Women, Home Tours of Historical Homes, Presentation to Museum


December 3, 2023 - Christmas Lighting

Christmas lighting in Minerva Park, Performers


December 9, 2023 - Christmas Concert

Parry Sound Singers


December 31, 2023 - Family New Year's Eve Party Dinner

New Year's Eve Party Community hall






How to Purchase Historical Committee Historical Anniversary 2023 Calendar

The 150th Committee Members will have a Vendor Booth at the McKellar Market every Saturday from 10am - 1pm at Minerva Park for the month's of July and August.  They will be selling the Historical Calendar's, T-Shirts, Flags, and more.  For more information, call Township Office at 705-389-2842

  • T-Shirt's - $10 - Youth Sizes ONLY
  • Flags - $60
  • Historical Committee Calenders - $10
McKellar Library's Stories of McKellar Book:
The McKellar Library is looking for your stories.  If you have a memory, a story, a poem, etc about McKellar, camping in McKellar, cottage in McKellar, visiting McKellar or more please contact the Public Library and share your story with them.  Stories will be compiled and published into one McKellar Story Book.