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Naismith Location & History

Naismith Memorial Public School is located in the Town of Mississippi Mills (Almonte) about 40 kilometers south-west of Ottawa (see map below). The school was named after Dr. James Naismith and was built in 1970. As the school population grew, many portables were added until the 2000-2001 school year, when extensive renovations and the building of additional classrooms enabled us to dispose of all portable classrooms. Today, the school has a population of about 254 students from JK to Grade 6.

The Town of Mississippi Mills (Almonte)

On January 1, 1998, the Town of Mississippi Mills was created by merging the Town of Almonte with the Townships of Ramsay and Pakenham, including the Village of Pakenham. This new community covers approximately 523 sq km within Lanark County just west of the City of Ottawa. It encompasses a population of about 11,000 and is comprised of a diverse mix of rural and small town interests.

For more information, see the Town of Mississippi Mills' web-site at

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