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Merrickville
Travel Guide

Merrickville showing street scenes

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.

Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
2.5 out of 5
88 Lombard Street, Smiths Falls, ON
The price is CA $113 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Situated in Smiths Falls, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smiths Falls Bascule Bridge and Big Rideau Lake. Rideau Canal Visitor Information ...
4.3/5Excellent! (327 reviews)
"Wish there was an elevator"

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
4 out of 5
223 Main Street West, Merrickville-Wolford, ON
The price is CA $130 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in the heart of Merrickville, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Blockhouse Museum.
4.8/5Exceptional! (90 reviews)
"We needed a get away for the weekend and this spot was perfect. The hosts were amazing, room was brand new and very clean. Merrickville is the cutest little Hallmark town!!! Will definitely stay here again"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
Merrickville Guest Suites
Merrickville Guest Suites
4 out of 5
159 St. Lawrence Street, PO Box 386, Merrickville-Wolford, ON
The price is CA $170 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated in Merrickville, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Blockhouse Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Rideau Canal and Heritage House Museum. Rideau ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
"The place was exactly as advertised. Clean and spacious suite located in the heart of this small town. Check in process was seamless all done via email. Safe and convenient parking spot is included. Lots of nice touches by the owner including complimentary teas and healthy snacks. Would definitely ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Merrickville Guest Suites
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Abbott Road Suites
Abbott Road Suites
3.5 out of 5
2204 Abbott Road, North Grenville, ON
The price is CA $169 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) from Blockhouse Museum.
4.6/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"This was a lovely, quiet get away and very helpful for us traveling with a dog. Cozy, super clean and well provisioned. Thank you for such good communication and professionalism during this difficult time."

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Abbott Road Suites
Panoramic Views on Mississippi Lake
Panoramic Views on Mississippi Lake
Drummond-North Elmsley, ON
This family-friendly Drummond-North Elmsley vacation home is located on the waterfront, 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Mississippi Lake, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Temple’s ...
Panoramic Views on Mississippi Lake
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