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Smiths FallsCanada

This town is an artifact from 19th-century Ontario, when war with the U.S. was possible, water transport was booming and dentists served rural areas by train.

Smiths Falls is a small town along Ontario’s Rideau Canal. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the still-functional 19th-century waterway connects Ottawa to Kingston on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Smiths Falls is centered on the canal and features antique boat locks, heritage waterfront houses and canal-related museums.

Start by exploring the canal. Five boat locks are spread out along the waterway in the Smiths Falls area; each offers different attractions. Combined Lock, the highest lock in Smiths Falls, is near the town center. Note the antique brick design. The canal was originally opened in the 1830s to help transport supplies in case of war between the U.S. and England.

Learn about the Rideau Canal’s history at the Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre, just north of the Combined Lock. Find out more about its original military purpose and see its actual role in the history of Ontario when the expected Anglo-American war never broke out.

Further history is on display at the southeastern Old Slys Lock, which features the Heritage House Museum. The home of the former mill owner has been preserved in late 19th-century style. Walk through the Victorian home and admire period artifacts.

In addition to the canal, the railroad was central to Smiths Falls’ growth. Detached Lock on the west side of town features an old railway bridge as well as the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario. Walk through the old train cars and even book a night’s stay in an old caboose. Make sure to see the antique Dental Car, a sleeper car that transported a dentist around the Canadian countryside to inspect the teeth of area children.

Explore the Smiths Falls countryside by land or water. Take a paddleboat on the canal into the surrounding forest or rent a bike and ride the 58-mile (93-kilometer) loop.

Smiths Falls is an hour’s drive from Ottawa. However, the most appropriate way to reach the old canal town is via ferry.

Top Hotels in Smiths Falls

Comfort Inn Brockville
Comfort Inn Brockville
2.5 out of 5
7777 Kent Blvd, Brockville, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in the heart of Brockville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brockville Highland Golf Club and 1000 Islands Mall. Leeds and Grenville County ...

4.2/5Excellent! (573 reviews)

"Property was clean, and decently equipped. Staff went out of their way. Only issue, very limited breakfast. Supposedly the order had not come in."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2020

Comfort Inn Brockville
Days Inn by Wyndham Brockville
Days Inn by Wyndham Brockville
2.5 out of 5
160 Stewart Blvd, Brockville, ON
The price is CA $73 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Situated in Brockville, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brockville Highland Golf Club and 1000 Islands Mall. Leeds and Grenville County ...

3.3/5 (935 reviews)
Business Trip Stay

"Very clean room. Had everything I needed for my business trip, computer desk, huge water jet jacuzzi tub for relaxation, right off the highway, and helpful staff. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Brockville
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
3.5 out of 5
7 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, ON
The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in the heart of Carleton Place, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Carleton Place Town Hall and within 12 miles (20 km) of Temple’s Sugar Bush and Mississippi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (107 reviews)

"Super cute and quaint. We were impressed with the service and great atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2020

The Grand 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 Smiths Falls

The Noble Suites
The Noble Suites
3 out of 5
20 Broad Street, Brockville, ON
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in the heart of Brockville, this aparthotel is steps away from Brock Trail Head and Brockville Railroad Tunnel South Entrance. Leeds and Grenville County ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)

"Thank you so much for your wonderful and understanding service."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

The Noble Suites
Doran Bay Resort
Doran Bay Resort
2.5 out of 5
11128 County Road 2, South Dundas, ON
The price is CA $155 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in South Dundas, this beachfront cottage is next to a golf course, 1.3 mi (2 km) from Iroquois Golf Club, and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Iroquois Beach. Crysler ...

3.7/5Good! (17 reviews)

"Quiet cabin. There is no exhaust fan in bathroom."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2018

Doran Bay Resort
Carleton Place Downtown Apt - sleep 5max
Carleton Place Downtown Apt - sleep 5max
3.5 out of 5
242 Bridge St, Carleton Place, ON

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 18 mi (29 km) from Canadian Tire Centre.

4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)

"We stayed one night (December 1, 2019) at this lovely property. The location was perfect, the beds were very comfortable, and the apartment was spotless. The owner gave us very clear check-in instructions, making the whole process very easy and convenient. I would definitely stay here again and would ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Carleton Place Downtown Apt - sleep 5max
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.

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4/5 - Good

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Feb 12, 2020

friendly small but regrowing town.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 7, 2020

Beautiful town. Lots of historical areas to see

3/5 - Okay

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Jan 30, 2020

Fast growing community over the next few years.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 31, 2019

Consdier the Union Street Bar and Grill, a friendly restaurant with very good food.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 24, 2019

A nice town on the Rideau Canal with a wonderful park and a canal and railroad museum ... both of which we enjoyed visiting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 18, 2019

Came for the Blues festival. Most folks i ran into staying there were also going to the festival. Great venue and the town can use events like this.

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