Straddling the Rideau River, this haven for artists and musicians is a picturesque town surrounded by natural beauty.
Spread across both banks of the Rideau River, Merrickville boasts a prospering arts and cultural community. Merrickville dates back to the late 1700s but took the name of Merrickville-Wolford in 1998 after the two villages were incorporated. The small town has had a recent tourist boom and offers many restaurants, hotels and historic sites.
Merrickville is a picturesque Victorian village with many historic architectural sites on both sides of the Rideau River. It was voted by locals as the most beautiful town in the area and is considered by some historians to be the most well-preserved 19th-century town in the nation. Throughout the year the charming town greets visitors with open arms; its town center is always a hub of activity.
Enjoy a day in craft stores, featuring artist wares from the region. Indulge in local hospitality at a Merrickville restaurant and meet some of the locals. Join the regulars at one of the traditional British pubs that line the main street.
Stroll along the Rideau Canal to see some of the natural beauty that surrounds the town. Merrickville’s prosperity and much of its history center upon the canal. Visit the historic locks that allowed goods to be transported through the village. Explore the Old Blockhouse, today a museum operated by Parks Canada and a popular tourist site for the town.
Outside Merrickville you’ll find a rural landscape that has enticed artists, photographers and artists for years. Spend a relaxing day exploring the farmland, riverbanks and pine forests of the region. The thriving artist community is home to many studios, galleries and workshops. Visit in September or October to see them all on the Merrickville Artists Guild Studio Tour.
Located just north of the U.S. border, and less than an hour south of Ottawa, Merrickville is easily reached via Canada’s network of highways. A bus route also serves the town. Once you arrive you will find plenty of accommodation choices in the center of town.