Lybster Mill

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Front view of Lybster Mill

Back view and vacant lot of Lybster Mill

The centre panel is the original corner stone from the Lybster Cotton mill


General Information

The Lybster Mill that is located across the street from the Old Merriton Cotton Mill and was also a cotton manufacturer. The Lybster Mill was built in 1860 and was one of the pioneering cotton mills in the dominion of Canada.The vacant lot in front was previously occupied by industrial buildings, and the Lybster Mill stands representative of the architectural style and how it may have played into how the mill was run. There has been a lot of change in ownership over the years and now the Lybster Mill will soon be recognized as Johnny Roccos restuarant.


From Toronto by car:

Take the ramp onto Gardiner Expressway and continue onto QEW

Take exit 49 for ON 406 toward Thorold/Welland/Pt. Colborne

Merge onto King's Hwy 406. Take the County Rd-89/Glendale Ave

Turn left at Glendale Ave

Turn Left at Merritt St and you will arrive at Lybster Mill

From Buffalo,USA:

Head south towards Perkins Dr and turn right at Delaware Ave

Take the 2nd right onto Church St. Merge onto I-190 N via the ramp to Peace Bridge/Canada

Take exit 9 for Peace Bridge toward Ft Erie Canada

Continue Straight onto the Peace Bridge Plaza(Entering Canada, Ontario) and continue on to the Peace bridge (toll road)

Continue on QEW, take exit 38 for Glendale Ave/County Rd-89 toward Niagara-on-the-lake

Turn left at Glendale Ave and turn left at Merritt St and you will arrive at Lybster Mill


The Mill changed ownership many time housing both Lincoln Paper Mills and Howards Smith Paper Mills. IN 1961, Domtar Paper Mills finally bought the mill and it became the site of their Glendale Plant until its closing in 2002.

On the East of the building, the remnants of the Second Canal including a number of locks, weirs and sluices. These weirs were developed to control the flow beside a mill. They used sluices to increase the flow of water to their waterwheels by either opening or shutting them. The pond connected a flume to two water wheels which provided power to the cotton mills. During the decline in the milling industry, sluices were used to help enhance fishing practices. In the summer the sluices can infact be lowered to impound water at times of low flow. During the time engineering works made rivers uniform and other artificial structures were introduced to vary flows and habitats.

Land Uses

Residental housing

Mountain Locks Plaza


Lybster Mill
On the corner of Glendale and Merritt.
St. Catharines, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: 43.136929
Longitude: -79.214537
UTM easting: 645208.13
UTM northing: 4777567.9