In 1947, George Norgan, a successful Vancouver businessman with roots in Palmerston, recognized the lack of leisure opportunities in his home town. He addressed this situation with a personal donation of $50,000 for the construction of a movie theatre, the Norgan Theatre which bears his name. The theatre opened August 18 1947 with 5,000 people attending various events. For six decades, the Norgan has served its community, bringing Al Jolson, Ginger Rogers, Elvis, Luke Star Wars and countless other attractions to area film fans.
Friday & Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 p.m.
A variety of special performances are also held at the Norgan Theatre including, the monthly film festival, comedy nights, concerts and seminars.
Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum
The Palmerston Railway Station was one of the first buildings in Palmerston and was built as a one story structure in 1871. The rail business progressed so quickly that a second story was added in 1876 and a round house and car sheds were erected in the same year in the railway yard. In 1882 the Grand Trunk Railway bought out the Wellington Grey Bruce Railway Company and was immediately faced with the competition from the Government-backed Canadian Pacific Railway. The result was an upgraded railway station with towers and a vaulted ceiling added in 1900.
The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum Association has turned the station into a museum of railway memorabilia for GTR/CNR out of Palmerston. Almost all of our displays have been donated by railway workers or their families. The museum is also home to the Town of Minto Heritage Association which has research materials available for genealogical research.
The station is home to the famous handcar races and the handcars are available for rides. The Museum is open daily May to September and by appointment the rest of the year, our phone number for appointments is 519-343-3435 or 519-343-4014.
Minto Farmers' Market - Palmerston Location
The Minto Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of goods including: produce, beef, pork, chicken, baking, preserves, honey, maple syrup, coffee, plants and artisans. The Market is held at the Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm June - August.
The Palmerston Fair is an annual event that takes place in August at the Palmerston Fairgrounds. The Fair features livestock shows, exhibits, Tastes of Minto, parade, ATV and lawnmower pulls and much more.
Palmerston Merchants Christmas Open House
Downtown Palmerston Merchants open their doors from 9 am - 9 pm offering special deals, treats and warm hospitality. Parents can drop their children off at the Norgan Theatre for a free movie while they finish their shopping. Living Windows are a highlight of this event and run from 6 pm - 8 pm. Held the last Wednesday in November
Palmerston Santa Claus Parade
The Palmerston Santa Claus Parade is an annual event that travels through the downtown.This event takes place the first Saturday in December.
The Palmerston Community Centre is a very active facility and is home to many tournaments each year including several provincial qualifiers for broomball and baseball.