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Join us in celebrating Grimsby's centennial year throughout 2022! Make sure to follow this page to keep up to date!

Neutrals First Peoples inhabited the Grimsby area until the 1650s. Then, in 1770, Loyalist settlers arrived, referring to the area as "The Forty" after the Forty Mile Creek. In 1876, "The Forty" was first incorporated as "The Village of Grimsby." However, the Town of Grimsby was not officially formed until 1922, therefore making 2022 Grimsby's centennial year.

To celebrate the history and legacy of Grimsby, staff are facilitating various projects, events, and service enhancements to commemorate this milestone. Celebrating a centennial year is a great accomplishment that requires proactive planning and organization.

Grimsby Centennial Celebrations will occur throughout the 2022 year, and they will be be carried out with the following objectives:

  • Commemorating our history
  • Celebrating our legacy and future
  • Connecting with residents and visitors

Commemorating our history

Grimsby's centennial year is an opportune time to reflect on our community's rich heritage and culture. Building on the existing network of historical plaques, celebrating heritage through local art, and providing platforms for sharing local history will enable a solid connection to Grimsby's storied past.

Celebrating our Legacy and Future

Throughout COVID-19, many local special events and celebrations have been on hold or undergone significant modification. In 2022, Grimsby will host several new events alongside the return to traditional special event offerings to recognize Grimsby's centennial.

Connecting with Residents and Visitors

Grimsby’s community is an engaged and active one, who will want to share stories and actively participate in celebrating this centennial year. Connecting with residents and visitors through storytelling, educational opportunities and a strong communication plan will ensure that the 2022 year is one to remember.


Join us in celebrating Grimsby's centennial year throughout 2022! Make sure to follow this page to keep up to date!

Neutrals First Peoples inhabited the Grimsby area until the 1650s. Then, in 1770, Loyalist settlers arrived, referring to the area as "The Forty" after the Forty Mile Creek. In 1876, "The Forty" was first incorporated as "The Village of Grimsby." However, the Town of Grimsby was not officially formed until 1922, therefore making 2022 Grimsby's centennial year.

To celebrate the history and legacy of Grimsby, staff are facilitating various projects, events, and service enhancements to commemorate this milestone. Celebrating a centennial year is a great accomplishment that requires proactive planning and organization.

Grimsby Centennial Celebrations will occur throughout the 2022 year, and they will be be carried out with the following objectives:

  • Commemorating our history
  • Celebrating our legacy and future
  • Connecting with residents and visitors

Commemorating our history

Grimsby's centennial year is an opportune time to reflect on our community's rich heritage and culture. Building on the existing network of historical plaques, celebrating heritage through local art, and providing platforms for sharing local history will enable a solid connection to Grimsby's storied past.

Celebrating our Legacy and Future

Throughout COVID-19, many local special events and celebrations have been on hold or undergone significant modification. In 2022, Grimsby will host several new events alongside the return to traditional special event offerings to recognize Grimsby's centennial.

Connecting with Residents and Visitors

Grimsby’s community is an engaged and active one, who will want to share stories and actively participate in celebrating this centennial year. Connecting with residents and visitors through storytelling, educational opportunities and a strong communication plan will ensure that the 2022 year is one to remember.


Tell Your Story

Help us wish Grimsby a happy 100th birthday by sharing your favourite story that makes you proud! 

Please share your stories that may be less well known but are essential to capture. It does not have to be a written story; you can also share your thoughts, pictures or ideas about Grimsby that might connect to other residents. Each of the stories we receive deserves to be shared and celebrated. So each month, we plan to feature unique stories on our social media platforms - please indicate on your post if you would not like it to be shared further.

As we start this conversation, we need your help to ensure your stories help our histories to be as inclusive as possible. Please remember that this is a safe space to share your thoughts, feelings and opinions. By sharing, you are helping to foster a community conversation. However, we ask that you do so in a responsible, respectful manner if you are inclined to use strong language. Words are powerful, so please choose them wisely. 

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    A town we call home

    by Smoffatt , 25 days ago
    My family grew up in Grimsby and the surrounding area. My grandparents were Concord grape farmers that came from across the ocean to start a new life. I have so many fond memories of orchards and the hiking trails along the escarpment. Grimsby High has taught three generations of our family and it will be sad to see that old girl go. It was in a math class within those walls that I met someone that I hope to spend the rest of my life with. My wife and daughter were both born at WLMH and so it also holds... Continue reading
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    Raising Grimsby's 4th generation kiddos

    by C2Clan, 27 days ago
    My grandparents raised their children here and now I am raising mine here as well. Although I grew up here I moved around as a young adult. When my husband and I completed our family we moved everyone to Grimsby to raise our children in a safe and amazing community. Its so fun to be able to share some of the things I did growing up with them; peach kings games, hikes, and exploring. Our favourite thing is how close the escarpment is, the beach and all the cute shops downtown.
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    Grimsby Family Home

    by SpragueFam, 28 days ago

    My maternal grandmother was born and raised in Grimsby. Stories from her life feature the history of Grimsby throughout. Aside from growing up here, she also bought her first family home here. When I was little I used to always stay with her and considered the town a second home.

    Now that I am an adult, I have returned to Grimsby to start my own family. Our first home is here just like that of my grandmother and we frequent the places I loved as a child. We live in Grimsby Beach now, not far from the same place my... Continue reading

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    Beautiful Memories of Grimsby Ontario , 100th Anniversary, 2022

    by Grimsbykid, about 2 months ago

    I celebrated my Graduation in 1997 at Grimsby Secondary as a student returning to school after many years. We were so fortunate to have had forward thinking school teachers and staff who encouraged us to reach out and live our lives to the fullest. I became involved in the community of Grimsby through work at the local community TV channel, Cogeco, Cable 14, and a whole new world opened up to me. I began to report on local and Niagara events, and became more and more engaged in local community organizations such as the Grimsby Lincoln Optimist club, acting with... Continue reading

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