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Watson's Mill in Manotick

The official web site is www.watsonsmill.com
Watson's Mill is located in the town of Manotick, a historic and picturesque village situated on the banks of the Rideau River 20 km south of Ottawa. Watson's Mill, situated in historic Dickinson Square, is older than Canada itself. The Mill was built by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier, in 1860. Dickinson named the village Manotick, an Ojibwa Indian word meaning "Island in the river". The Mill was constructed from limestone quarried from the riverbank of the western channel of the Rideau River. Many architectural journals describe the Mill as one of the best examples of 19th century grist mill architecture in Canada. The mill contains a museum as well as a possible ghost!
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View of the sluice gates

Some of the local buildings surrounding the Mill

Knox church

Watson's Mill

The Mill has two upper levels

The upper Floor


  • No admission charge
  • Purchase authentic Stone ground flour made at the Mill
  • Beautiful picnic area on the banks of the Rideau River
  • Soft drinks and water offered for sale
  • Site is ran entirely by volunteers


  • Mill only operates on every second Sunday of the month from June 13 to October 10 (1:30 to 3:00 pm)

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