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Watson's Mill

Nestled in the heart of Manotick village, Watson’s Mill and Dickinson Square share a remarkable past rooted in Canadian history and industrial ingenuity. Built in 1860 along the shores of the Rideau River, Watson’s Mill remains active as a working water-powered flour mill and is the only industrial heritage site in Ottawa. Conveniently located only 25 minutes south of downtown Ottawa, Dickinson Square also boasts Dickinson House, which displays the heritage home of past mill owners, the Manotick Dam, Watson’s Mill’s Famous Used Book Store and Manotick’s Remembrance Park. Live milling demonstrations are hosted each week, grinding flour the old-fashioned way. The stone-ground whole wheat flour is then available for purchase. Whether you are interested in industrial machines, historical buildings, a stroll through the village with the family or simply feeding the ducks, Watson’s Mill is the ideal site for your Ottawa daytrip, providing a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site.

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Contact info

5525 Dickinson Street
Manotick, Ontario


Year built: 1860
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa

Watson's Mill 5525 Dickinson Street