Watson’s Mill

The Watson’s Mill website says… “Watson’s Mill is a unique 19th century grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River, (which is ) a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

It is the only industrial heritage site in the City of Ottawa and has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.”

The Watson’s Mill is open for visitors from the beginning of May until the end of August, and normal hours are from 10 am until 5 pm. It’s also open on select weekends in the fall.

If you are wandering down Manotick way, and it is a nice drive south on Prince of Wales Drive out of Ottawa, do stop in at Watson’s Mill. It’s a neat place to visit.

Watson's Mill in Manotick, near Ottawa

To Do

This is an operating grist mill, and while milling the visitor can see hear and taste the process. As well, the Mill is, in it’s own right, an historical site. Visitors will be walking through history as they tour the mill.

Year round Watson’s Mill offers the visitor a glimpse of the past, offering social events that feast the eyes and even sometimes the palates of locals and visitors alike.

Part of Watson's Mill near Ottawa in Manotick

Where is Watson’s Mill?

The Mill is located in Manotick, Ontario, which is about 26 km (16 miles) south from Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. You can get there by going south on the #416, but I prefer the slower, leisurely route, heading south on Prince of Wales Drive, paralleling the Rideau River, and meandering into Manotick and getting to Watson’s Mill that way.


Watson’s Mill
5525 Dickinson Street
Manotick, Ontario
K4M 1A2
Telephone: 613.692.6455

For complete details on Watson’s Mill, current hours, special events, upcoming features, please visit their website: www.watsonsmill.com



  1. The mill is wonderful, I’ve visited many times. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Dickinson House just across the street. This is where the owners of the mill lived and it is full of interesting histories and artifacts!