By Stephen Johnson
The town of Manotick offers up something for all different interests. The local history buff will want to visit Watson’s Mill. The Mill was built by Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner, Joseph Currier in 1860. Today, the Mill is a working museum where whole wheat is ground into flour. Milling demonstrations take place every Sunday afternoon until October 10. The stone-ground whole wheat flour that is produced is available for purchase onsite whenever the mill is open. There is also a farmers’ market across the street from Watson’s Mill every Saturday (9am–2pm) until October 1. The market features local producers selling a variety of locally grown or made products.
Outdoors enthusiasts are well-served with a trip out to Manotick. The Rideau River, which runs through the town, is an angler’s paradise. Some of the fish you can catch are walleye, perch and sunfish. Just make sure you have a valid fishing license and the fish you catch are in season. Also, always exercise caution when doing any activity near water.
It would not be a library staycation article if we did not feature an Ottawa Public Library. The Manotick branch is much more than just a library for the local community. For instance, the Manotick Art Association maintains a space featuring the works of a variety of artists. The library has a meeting space available to rent and offers programming that appeals to every age.
Once you are finished visiting the library, it is well worth a visit to downtown Manotick. The downtown maintains a village feel, featuring restaurants and businesses that you will not find elsewhere. There are often community celebrations taking place just adding to the atmosphere.
Stephen Johnson works at the Ottawa Public Library. When not at work, he is probably out exploring the region (libraries included) with his family.
Please note, the Manotick Library will be closed from August 21–September 1 for renovations. Please check the library website before planning a visit to the library.