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Balmoral Grist Mill

Balmoral Gristmill

Balmoral Gristmill

Balmoral Grist Mill is a living museum that still grinds and sifts buckwheat and oats with a water wheel, just like it did when the mill was built in 1874.

It makes a great side trip from Tatamagouche or Truro.

Taste oats after they’ve been toasted on the cast-iron floor of the kiln. Then watch the series of gears and pulleys turn the Scottish granite millstones that grind the grains.

The mill is set in a beautiful wooded gorge. There’s plenty of space for kids to run around, a short hiking trail and picnic tables. Bring a lunch and make an afternoon of it. On your way out, you can buy flour and baked goods from the small gift shop.

Directions: Route 256 leads to the mill, just off Route 311 between Truro and Tatamagouche. From Pictou, take Route 6 west, then go south on Route 326 and west on Route 256.
Admission fees: $7.50 for a family or $3.25 for adults. Children under 5 years old and seniors get in free.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm. Sunday, 1pm to 5:30pm. (June 1 to October 15)