Almonte is a historic mill town of about 5,000 people, 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa.
Once a thriving textiles centre — known in its heyday as “North America’s Manchester” — Almonte is now a popular destination for visitors looking for the best of small-town Ontario life.
But don’t just take our word for it. The late Stuart McLean, creator of the CBC’s hugely popular Vinyl Café series, had this to say about our main street:
And then, of course, there’s the river! The Mississippi River of all things – and the weir and the waterfalls and the old mills and the old mill ponds. There were six woolen mills here at the height of things and a foundry and a grist mill.
The mills are gone and the train line is gone but you can still see where the rails ghost through town and you can buy an apartment in one of the mills if that is your pleasure. And the bell still rings all the same, every hour, from the clock in the tower on the old town hall.
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