Manotick is an adorable suburb of Ottawa, one that doesn't get enough credit tbh. It's a small community, but everything there is locally owned and one of a kind.
If you're looking for something different to do, or want to get out of the city and experience a small town, Manotick is where you need to be. It's beautiful through all four seasons, and there is always something going on. So here are 11 things you must do on your next day trip to Manotick!
Watson's Mill // 5525 Dickinson St
Watson's Mill is what attracts so many people to Ottawa. It's not only a grist and flour mill, but it's a beautiful place to take photos. They always have some sort of events like craft markets, book fairs, etc.
Peppermint Organic Spa // 1131 Mill St
Peppermint Organic Spa is a quaint spa hidden in Manotick that is an absolutely amazing place to relax. They do every treatment you can imagine, and everything they use is organic. I highly recommend their pedicures with water based nail polish.
Millers Farm and Market // 6158 Rideau Valley Dr
Millers Farm and Market is open from Spring to Fall to the public, but they're also open for frozen fruit purchasing in the winter. They have so many fun activities here like strawberry picking, hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, etc. In the spring their garden centre opens and they also have fresh produce!
Gingerbread Man // 1134 Tighe St
Originally from the GTA, but they moved to Manotick in 2001 and it's been a hit ever since. This place is a candy lovers dream. They make fresh cookies, make the most amazing gingerbread houses and as well as fresh ice cream. They also make their gingerbread houses in any shape or sizes. So. This is all of our childhood dreams coming true.
Black Dog Bistro // 5540 Manotick Main St
The Black Dog Bistro is a delicious restaurant that is super popular in Ottawa. If you've never been, they have so many options to choose from that will blow your mind. They also have tons of gluten-free and vegetarian options!
Third World Bazaar // 6110 Mitch Owens Rd
Third World Bazaar is probably the coolest shop in Ottawa. All of their products are handcrafted goods from around the world, and no piece is the same. All of them are unique, but unfortunately this shop is only open from September to November.
V's Cupcakes // 5556 Manotick Main Street
V's Cupcakes is 100% nut free, which is amazing for those with allergies. Their super girly bakery has even more adorable cupcakes, which are different every day of the week. Put it on your bucket list to try them all!
Green Spirit // 5558 Manotick Main St
Green Spirit is a crystal shop that sells the most amazing spiritual pieces. From handmade crystal jewelry to pink salt lamps, you'll walk out feel so zen.
Take Another Bite // 1135 Mill Street
This is my favourite hidden gem in Ottawa. Their menu is so simple, but their food is more than amazing. Their mac n' cheese in a jar is to die for, their sandwiches are a mix of things that just work, and their desserts will keep you coming back for more. You'll never be disappointed at Take Another Bite.
Chilly Chiles // 5530 Manotick Main St
Basically, Chilly Chiles has every single condiment you could ever need. Of course, their speciality is hot sauces but they also range from cajun sauces, BBQ sauces, to ghost pepper sauces which is one of the hottest peppers in the world. If the condiment aisle at the grocery store isn't enough for you, this is your heaven.
Kelly's Landing // 1980 River Rd
This casual waterfront restaurant is only open from March to October, which is why you need to take advantage of it during the summer. The view looking onto the water is absolutely beautiful, and their food is so delicious. They have a wide variety of foods, so even the pickiest of eaters will be satisfied.