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DICKINSON DAYS  -  annual festival first weekend in June

Moss Kent Dickinson

It's Moss Kent Dickinson's Birthday in Manotick village!

The village of Manotick invites you to join in the celebration of the unique history of the village, its founders, and Watson's Mill - a celebration full of family fun in Manotick, in Canada's capital.

2008 Dickinson Days Schedule

Friday, June 6 - Hosted by the Manotick Kiwanis

  • 6:30 pm   Parade - Manotick Main St., Potter Dr., Manotick Arena.
  • 7:30 pm   Manotick Kiwanis Children's Show - Dickinson Square Tent
  • 8:30 pm   Terrifying Tales of Twilight - Watson's Mill, bring chair/blanket
Be part of the crowds as Watson’s Mill staff show off their costumes for the Dickinson Days parade: the good old flour bag, the baker, and the toast! (Yes, you read correctly!) Parade starts at the City of Ottawa Regional Depot, just north of the village, then south down Main street, before making its way to the Manotick Arena. The Watson’s Mill float arrives at the Mill at approximately 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 7

  • 7 am - 11 am   Pancake breakfast - Dickinson Square
  • 9 am - 5 pm   Craft Market - 100 artisans, Mill Street & Clapp Lane
  • 9 am - 5 pm   Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Games - Dickinson & Bridge St.
  • 9 am - 4 pm   Pioneer Days - Watson's Mill
  • 11 am - 3 pm   Horse-drawn Wagon Rides - Mews of Manotick
  • 1 pm -           Grain Milling Demonstrations - Watson's Mill
  • 12 pm - 8 pm   Refreshments - Dickinson Square
  • 10 am - 9 pm   Entertainment - Dickinson Square
    10 am Ottawa Police Choir
    10:30 am Manotick Brass
    11 am Pique Dance Studio
    12 noon Opening Ceremonies
    12:30 pm Knox Children's Choir
    1 pm Denise Smith School of Dance
    2 pm Monette Family Fiddlers
    2:30 pm Celtic Spice & Friends
    6 pm - 9 pm   The New Classics (Tent)
Walk around the Village and check out the numerous vendors throughout the downtown and the pioneer displays at the Mill. We’re milling today! Be sure to get some fresh bread and a bag of quality stone milled whole wheat flour. Music, food and refreshments - or a wagon ride if you wish! We’re milling all afternoon - see our historic grist mill working on all three floors, starting with the rumbling turbines in the basement! Be sure to get your fresh whole wheat bread and stone milled flour — only at Watson’s Mill!

Doors Open Ottawa - Saturday & Sunday

Buildings of architectural, historical or functional significance will open their doors on June 7 and 8. See a list of buildings in South Ottawa. Here are some in Manotick Village:
  • Watson’s Mill (1859)
  • Dickinson House (1868)
  • St. James Anglican Church (1985)
  • Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Centre

Sunday, June 8

  • 10 am - 5 pm   "Road Grill" *CANCELLED* - Dickinson Square (Food Network filming)
  • 11 am -       Favorite Family Recipe Baking Contest - Watson's Mill
  • 12 pm - 4 pm   Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
  • 12 pm - 4 pm   Thunderdome Rides Dickinson at Bridge St.
  • 12 pm - 4 pm   Music & Entertainment - throughout the Village
  • 1 pm -         Grain Milling Demonstrations - Watson's Mill
  • 1 pm - 4:30 pm   Refreshments - Dickinson Square Tent
  • 1 pm - 2 pm Kiwanis Music Festival Performers - Dickinson Square Tent
Visit Watson's Mill and see the entire mill in operation as it was done a hundred years ago, from the water turbines in the basement to the transport, grinding and bagging of the wheat on the floors above. We’re milling today! Be sure to get your fresh whole wheat bread and stone milled flour before it runs outx — only at Watson’s Mill! Get some popcorn and cotton candy at Lindsay and McCaffrey on Main Street, then jump aboard a horse-drawn wagon or listen to music under the Big Top.

See you at the Mill!


Kinsmen Club of Manotick & District
Dennis Barbeau 692-0030
Connie Moss 692-3920
Kiwanis Club of Manotick
Rick Coates 692-3574
Dale Davidson 521-1736
Manotick BIA
Donna Cooper 692-7657
Watson’s Mill 692-6455
Isabelle Geoffrion, Manager
Kari MacGregor, Special Events Assistant

The History of Dickinson Days

The annual celebration of Manotick's popular Dickinson Days often features an old fashioned parade, an outdoor craft market, and non-stop entertainment with food, children's fun, dancing and music. Dickinson Days offers fun for the whole family. Best of all, most events are free!

Watson’s Mill is one of the few remaining operating grist mills in North America and the only industrial heritage site in the city of Ottawa. The Mill is located at 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick, beside a dam in a side channel of the Rideau Waterway (a World Heritage Site). As of 2008, it is operated by the volunteer board of registered charity. It is open every day. Upcoming events at the Mill are listed on Manotick Directory EVENTS.

Most of the celebration takes place in Dickinson Square, also known as Mill Square, beside Watson's Mill. Dickinson and his partner Joseph Currier built the Mill in 1860. It is the oldest gristmill in Ontario still grinding grain into flour and is Ottawa's only operating industrial heritage site. Moss Kent Dickinson, the founding father of Manotick back in the 1800s, celebrates his actual birthday on June 1st, 1822, but the party is always on the first weekend in June.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy Manotick's annual Dickinson Days.


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