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Grist Mill

City of Waterloo

The Grist Mill is a beautiful venue and popular spot for weddings and photos located in the "jewel of the city", Waterloo Park. This cozy space, built in 1996, is a replica of the first mill built in the city by Abraham Erb in 1816. 


The Grist Mill is located on Caroline Street, next to Silver Lake.

Hours of Operation

The mill is available for bookings from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year.  Due to consturction around Silver Lake the Grist Mill will only be avaible for bookings in May, June, July & August in 2019.


Grist Mill

The Grist Mill is a picturesque spot to hold your wedding, infusing rustic and local historic charm into your special day. It can be booked for a minimum of one and a half hours, up to a maximum of three hours per day. The maximum capacity of the mill is 75 people. Hydro is available inside. This handout is available to answer frequently asked questions about weddings at the mill and outlines our pricing. 

We cannot accommodate receptions at the mill, but it is just steps away from thriving uptown Waterloo. Check out here for some ideas on nearby reception venues. Waterloo Park has a variety of outdoor picnic areas that can accommodate a reception as well. 


The Grist Mill is also a great location for small concerts and other functions. Contact Waterloo Park customer support to find out more about holding events at the mill.

Victorian Gardens

The Victorian Gardens features a pergola, award winning blooms and a tranquil setting for photos and wedding ceremonies. It can be booked alone, or in a package with the Grist Mill. Our wedding package is an excellent option for those needing a rain venue or looking for unique photo opportunities after their ceremony. We can only accommodate up to 75 people in the gardens. It is important to note that there is no hydro available at the gardens. Take a look at this handout for more information on weddings in the gardens.


We are happy to schedule a viewing of the Grist Mill if you are interested in holding your wedding or event there. Viewing times are available Monday to Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Email or call us at 519-886-2310 to schedule a viewing today!

More Information


Photo Gallery: Grist Mill will appear here on the public site.