Creator(s): Bowmanville Museum
In 2008, Bowmanville celebrated its 150 year anniversary. This picturesque town, nestled on the North shore of Lake Ontario, observed the event with a parade, historical re-enactments, concerts, walking tours, fireworks and much more.
Celebrations in any town stem from the beliefs and traditions of the original settlers. Bowmanville has a strong connection to the Loyalists who first arrived in October, 1794, bringing with them many honoured British customs. Celebrations in the early days highlighted this British tradition as well as the town's rich military history. As the town developed, celebrations focused less on Bowmanville's origins and more on the current attributes of the community. In time, Bowmanville showcased its status as a cultural centre with many of the town's world renowned musicians figuring prominently in the celebrations.
Bowmanville! 150 Years of Celebrating Community uses this settlement to explore the historical significance of celebrations and the development of small town Ontario.