Lost Mills of the Humber River

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In the Humber Room

“Lost Mills of the Humber River” features the story of mills along the Humber River. Try the Humber Mill Bingo!

Mills made John Graves Simcoe’s proposal for the colonization of Upper Canada possible. King’s Mill (circa 1793), on the lower Humber River, was the first industrial mill to be built in Toronto. Trading and settlement along the Humber transformed the Humber Valley. But what happened to the Mills?


In the Howland Room

“Making of Manitoba” features the story of the Red River Resistance and the role of Métis who changed the course of Manitoba’s history. Louis Riel, a Métis leader, was born in the Red River Settlement and educated at St. Boniface and Montreal. Riel, a passionate defender of the Métis, advocated guarantees for their land, language and political rights. His leadership inspired the creation of Manitoba as Canada's fifth province on July 15, 1870. Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governor, Sir W P Howland, helped raise the volunteer militia sent to enforce federal authority. 2020 marks the 150th Anniversary of the creation of the province of Manitoba.

Canada Post released a new stamp to honour Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance on November 6, 2019 and the Royal Canadian Mint issued the 2019 Special Edition Proof Dollar recognizing Louis Riel as Leader of the Métis Nation and Father of Manitoba.