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MerrickvilleCanada

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.

Top Hotels in 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 $155 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Situated in Merrickville, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Blockhouse Museum and within 12 miles (20 km) of Rideau Canal and Heritage House Museum. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (58 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
1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
4 out of 5
223 Main Street West, Merrickville-Wolford, ON

Located in the heart of Merrickville, this bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Blockhouse Museum.

4.8/5Exceptional! (86 reviews)

"This property is exceptional. It is completely renovated and everything new. Rooms were large, super clean, beautifully furnished. The old schoolhouse in front was a beautiful comfortable place to eat the great hot breakfast they served from a menu with several choices. Would highly recommend as ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2020

1840 Guest House B&B Merrickville
Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
2.5 out of 5
88 Lombard Street, Smiths Falls, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $118 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Smiths Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smiths Falls Bascule Bridge and Big Rideau Lake. Rideau Canal Visitor Information Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (301 reviews)

"Very clean place. We will definitely come back good location 👍"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Merrickville

Abbott Road Suites
Abbott Road Suites
3.5 out of 5
2204 Abbott Road, North Grenville, ON
The price is CA $149 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated near the airport, this apartment building 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
Quaint Fishing Cottage
Quaint Fishing Cottage
1070 Old Highway 15, Rideau Lakes, ON

Situated on a lake, this cottage is 6 mi (9.6 km) from Big Rideau Lake and within 12 miles (20 km) of Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club and Smiths Falls Bascule ...

4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
Comfortable Cozy Cabin

"We stayed in the cabin for one week. The cabin was quite close to the water which unfortunately was quite shallow close to shore and somewhat weedy. Since we stayed at the end of August, it didn't matter because it wasn't really hot enough to want to swim. We spent an enjoyable week canoeing (our ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2020

Quaint Fishing Cottage
Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming
Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming
16 R3 Road, Rideau Lakes, ON

Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Big Rideau Lake and within 9 miles (15 km) of Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club and Smiths ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely two weeks

"We had a terrific time at this property. A very cottage-y cottage right on the water. My daughter enjoyed jumping off the dock, though it was too shallow to dive. You are close to neighbours, but they were quiet and kept to themselves. The area is full of fun junk shops and farm produce. Lovely drives ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2020

Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Merrickville

Heritage House Museum
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Heritage House Museum

With eight period rooms and many exhibits, this museum offers a great glimpse into early European life in eastern Canada.

Top things to do in Merrickville

Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour
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Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour

CA $119
Per adult
Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour
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Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour

CA $191
Per adult

Reviews of Merrickville

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Jun 2, 2019

Merrickville is a wonderful small town, quaint little shops and friendly residents. Very relaxing atmosphere.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2019

Some of the interesting shops have limited hours in the winter...

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