An hour from Ottawa and fifteen minutes south-west of Kemptville on County Rd 18, Bishops Mills is also 15 minutes west of the 416 at the Co Rd 20 exit onto Oxford Station Rd (the "Dogleg Highway").

Contact Aleta Karstad at the Bishops Mills Natural History Centre.

Contact us by phone at (613)258-3107,

or e-mail

about us


Home Place for Doing Natural History

"Weirs House" is a white frame house in the centre of the country village of Bishops Mills. 150 years old with many heritage features. A pellet stove heats the old fashioned livingroom, and a Findlay Oval cookstove in the kitchen cooks, bakes, and provides that cozy radiant heat in winter.

We have owned this house since1981, and have kept the yard and garden without pesticides. Three big Maples supply us with syrup and the yard yields spring salads. A three-roomed shed/barn in the back yard have at times accommodated one or two goats and a small flock of chickens. The small house lot adjoins our 10 acres of thin-soiled limestone parkland to the south and west, with Cedars and wild Apple trees, and at the far end, a deeper-soiled garden plot near the road.

Next door is the cottage which we call "Pipers House", our first residence in Bishops Mills, in which we were tenants from 1978 until 1981, and then purchased as an office/studio in 1988. Its utilities include electricity for lights and computers, wood heat, and a well with a hand pump, and provides work spaces and rustic accommodation for volunteers and visiting scientists.