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Smiths Falls

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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.

Where to stay in Smiths Falls

Super 8 by Wyndham Brockville
Super 8 by Wyndham Brockville
2 out of 5
1843 Highway 2 E, Elizabethtown-Kitley, ON
The price is CA $76 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Situated in Elizabethtown-Kitley, this golf motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fulford Place, Brock Trail Head, and Brockville Railroad Tunnel South Entrance. Brockville ...
3.8/5Good! (995 reviews)
"Clean and friendly"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Brockville
Travelodge by Wyndham Brockville
Travelodge by Wyndham Brockville
2 out of 5
7789 Kent Blvd, Brockville, ON
The price is CA $95 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brockville Highland Golf Club and 1000 Islands Mall. Leeds and Grenville County Court ...
3.4/5Good! (940 reviews)
"All good but the place needs renovations badly"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Brockville
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brockville, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brockville, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
7815 Kent Blvd, Brockville, ON
The price is CA $136 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in Brockville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brockville Highland Golf Club and 1000 Islands Mall. Leeds and Grenville County Court House ...
4.2/5Excellent! (640 reviews)
"We enjoyed the overall stay but we really appreciated the staff at the complimentary breakfast, due to Covid they were doing all of the service to take back to room and they did it with a smile and wow did they run around to get things done, great communication between them to make sure everything ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Brockville, an IHG 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.
Luxury APTS Rideau by Simply Comfort
Luxury APTS Rideau by Simply Comfort
3.5 out of 5
20 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls, ON
The price is CA $89 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Big Rideau Lake and Rideau Canal Visitor Information Center. Rideau ...
3.5/5Good! (4 reviews)
"The apartment was nice but horrible customer service. There was a death in the family and they were not accommodating at all (even with changing the dates). When I arrived to the property, it wasn't clear where the lockbox was kept, so we ended up taking 15 minutes trying to find it. Then when I ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2021

Luxury APTS Rideau by Simply Comfort
Doran Bay Resort
Doran Bay Resort
2.5 out of 5
11128 County Road 2, South Dundas, ON
The price is CA $200 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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
The Noble Suites
The Noble Suites
3 out of 5
20 Broad Street, Brockville, ON
The price is CA $159 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in the heart of Brockville, this aparthotel is steps from Brock Trail Head and Brockville Railroad Tunnel South Entrance. Leeds and Grenville County ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (182 reviews)
"Decor is unique and represents times of the past. Rooms are well appointed with many amenities most hotels don't offer such as 2 litres of milk for the many keurig blends offered."

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2021

The Noble Suites
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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