has tools to help you determine the best driving route from your starting point,
and the actual distance and driving time you'll need. This site also lists hotels,
bed and breakfasts, sights and shops of interest in most towns of Ontario.
Much appreciation to
for this map. Check out MapQuest before you travel
anywhere by car. MapQuest has features to help you plan your driving trip. It
will help you map the quickest route between any two points and will tell you
exactly how many kilometers you will be travelling and how long it will take.
Each municipality which is listed in the column at right,
alongside a photo, will have a short write up below. Let's start with Smiths
Smiths Falls (Rideau Heritage Route)
The town of Smiths Falls is at the Heart of the Rideau.
Geographically, it marks the midway point between Ottawa and Kingston of the 202
km Rideau Canal. In Smiths Falls, you have the opportunity to see how the 170-
year-old mechanisms work side-by-side with newer canal technology. Some of the
locks are still operated by hand, and some are controlled electronically. The
Rideau Canal Museum tells the tale of the difficulties encountered by
Lieutenant-Colonel John By as he built the Canal between 1826 and 1832. Explore
five floors of displays, artifacts and multi-media exhibits that trace the steps
of Lieutenant-Colonel By as he struggled to build the canal. Enter the Tunnel of
History, a special exhibit that gives you a glimpse of life as it was 170 years
ago, as well as a spectacular view of the waterfall that rushes by the mill.
Mills were a popular and prosperous industry during the peak
days of the canal. Smiths Falls’ Heritage House Museum is the restored home of
a wealthy mill owner. Visitors can view seven rooms that reflect the period
between 1867 and 1875, including an indoor bake oven. The museum also maintains
a modern gallery with changing exhibitions of artwork and historical artifacts.
Smiths Falls’ Canadian Northern Railway Station has been
maintained as The Smiths Falls Railway Museum. The station was built in 1914 and
established Smiths Falls as a divisional point for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
It now contains several vintage engines, including a 1912 steam engine and a
1957 diesel locomotive. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on an antique Wickham
Smiths Falls is the Chocolate Capital of Ontario. The local
Hershey’s plant offers tours so that people can see the mass manufacturing of
their favourite chocolate bars. Once your taste buds are watering, you can treat
yourself to a shopping spree at the plant’s on-site candy store.
Merrickville (Rideau Heritage Route)
Known as the Jewel of the Rideau, Merrickville is one of the
loveliest villages along the banks of the Rideau Canal. Merrickville celebrates
its artistic character and boating traditions at several festivals throughout
the summer. In June, Merrickville hosts the 1001 Pots Festival. This festival
brings potters together to share trade secrets with each other and with the
public. Each participating potter is called upon to hold a workshop, and there
are many beautiful pieces for sale. In July, residents invite you to join them
in celebrating life along the Rideau with Canalfest. Activities include boat
races, canoeing demonstrations, and musical and theatrical performances. For
treasure seekers, the Annual Indoor/Outdoor Antiques and Collectibles Show &
Sale takes place in August. In the autumn, even more artists’ studios become
open to the public during the annual Fall Studio Tour. This is a unique
opportunity to talk to artists about the process of creation and to experience
the inspirational settings in which they create their works.
Established in 1816, Perth was one of three strategic
defensive outposts created along the Rideau Corridor following the War of 1812.
Upper and Lower Canada were still British Colonies and in a shrewd move the
government gave officers and soldiers land grants according to their rank this
not only settled the area, it also installed a trained reserve force along the
banks of the River Tay in the event of another conflict with the United States.
Not only a destination, Perth is an experience. History
unfurls in an atmosphere of natural beauty and cultural activity. In one day you
could see a top-billed Canadian performer, visit inspiring heritage
architecture, and hike into the past to a restored mica mine. Perhaps you'd
prefer to slow down and relax with a book at a cozy inn or recline on a beach to
catch some sun and fresh air.
There's lots to see and do in and around Perth, visit the
Balderson Cheese Store and Gallery, a little to the north of town, or take in
the wonderful museum of local history. Be sure to stop by the beautiful Scottish
Garden or the unique Garden for the Blind and for a sweet treat head out to a
pancake house or sugar bush. Perth is a great area for shoppers of all kinds,
especially antique hunters. There are many festivals and events throughout the
year, everything from a Festival of the Maples at the end of April, the Stewart
Park Festival in late July, the Autumn Studio Tour in the fall and an Annual
Garlic Festival in August to the traditional fall fair on Labour Day weekend.
Several mapped walking and driving tours are available for those wishing to
investigate the heritage buildings. For hikers, the Rideau Trail passes through
Perth, and for boaters the town is linked to the Rideau Canal system via the Tay
First settled in 1819, Almonte is a peaceful and attractive
community located about 50 km west of Ottawa in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.
Once a thriving textiles center known in its heyday as the "Manchester of
North America" the prosperity of the period is apparent in the many large
Victorian homes and limestone public buildings where large sections of the town
remain essentially unchanged from a hundred years ago.
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum opens for the summer
in mid-May with static and working displays of traditional textile equipment and
processes, with activities and events focusing on the region's heritage, culture
and the role of the textile industry in the development of Canada. The Naismith
Museum & Hall of Fame - now located in the town hall, honors James Naismith,
the inventor of basketball, born in Almonte in 1861. His boyhood home is located
near the Mill of Kintail. Housed in a lovely 1830's-era building set back in the
woods outside Almonte, former summer home to the renowned sculptor Dr. Robert
Tait McKenzie, the Mill of Kintail features an exhibition on McKenzie's early
life and family. The Mill also hosts numerous craft workshops and similar events
throughout the year, and offers a range of cross-country ski trails in winter.
Almonte hosts an exciting schedule of events and festivals
throughout the year including one of the Ottawa Valley's premier summer events,
the North Lanark Highland Games. In spring many events center around the
"sugaring off" of the maple bush. Summer brings Artsfusion, a
celebration of the arts in various modes and venues, the Almonte Farmers' Market
on Saturdays, The Sunset Tattoo, a Highland Gathering at the Fairgrounds, the
Naismith Hoopfest Summer Festival which takes over Bridge Street with the
"Running of the Balls" as a grand finale, and the Celtic Festival, all
usually taking place in July. September brings Mississippi Mills At A Glance and
the North Lanark Agricultural Fair. Christmas season inspires the Light Up the
Night Celebration and Santa Claus Parade in December.
Situated in the heart of beautiful Lanark County, on the
banks of the Mississippi River, Carleton Place has that special quality, a
perfect blend of the old with the new! Located at the intersection of Highways 7
and 15, and close to Highway 417, the town is easily accessible to all of
Ontario, Quebec and the northern United States.
History buffs will find this town a true delight; the
majestic Town Hall, the Victoria School Museum and the authentic Victoria Garden
are all must see attractions. For those wishing to take a walk back in time,
mapped walking tours are available. Carleton Place has 25 acres of parks and
playgrounds, including the charming Riverside Park - on the banks of the
Mississippi River where the safe, navigable water offers recreation for
First settled in 1785 as a Loyalist community, Brockville
was originally named Buell's Bay, after the founder William Buell. The
settlement changed its name to Brockville in 1812 in honor of Sir Isaac Brock, a
hero of the War of 1812. Brockville has the double distinction of being Upper
Canada's first incorporated community (June 1838) and possessing an authentic
coat of arms. Brockville is also one of the very few North American cities with
its own flag.
Explore the rich past of this historical region at the
Brockville Museum where you will find fascinating displays of artifacts
detailing Brockville's heritage. Nearby, during summer months, visitors can tour
Canada's oldest railway tunnel. Then travel down scenic Highway #2 brings you to
Fulford Place, a National Historic site. Tour this magnificent, 22,000 square
foot Edwardian mansion, originally built for Senator George Fulford I,
millionaire and successful marketer of "Pink Pills for Pale People".
Brockville celebrates its sense of community and culture
with countless festivals, events and fun activities throughout the year: truly
something for everyone. Music lovers will enjoy the annual Brockville Jazz
Festival in April and a Multicultural Festival in May highlights fine foods and
traditions from around the world. June offers an annual tribute of Celtic and
Gaelic traditions while the end of June to the start of July brings us to
Riverfest - an annual five-day celebration of life on the river with daily
entertainment on the waterfront. August brings Ribfest -- an annual rib cooking
contest that draws cooks from as far away as Texas and Alabama, the 1000 Island
Poker Run, an Old Fashioned Family Picnic at Hardy Park and the Automotion
Antique Car Show round out the month nicely. Delight in fright nights in October
with Ghost Walk Tours, the 1000 Islands Film Festival in November and events
throughout December including live theatre and concerts - "there is always
something happening in Brockville, City of the Thousand Islands".
Take in the spectacular view of the village and surrounding
lakes from Spy Rock. Mid-way between Ottawa and Kingston, and 90 minutes from
Upper New York State, with several wonderful B&Bs, cottage rentals, a motel
and a country inn, you are sure to find the perfect accommodation to suit your
needs whether for a day, a week or a month.
Hiking enthusiasts enjoying the 300 km Rideau Trail linking
Kingston and Ottawa pass through Foley Mountain Conservation Area. This
conservation area, open year round, features 308 hectares of scenic lookouts,
nature trails, mature pine forest, beaver ponds and shoreline on Upper Rideau
Lake where you can hike, swim, and picnic in summer or cross country ski and
snow shoe in winter.
With its beautiful scenery and excellent facilities,
Westport has much to offer both tourists and residents alike. Thousands of
people from all over the world come to visit Westport each year. One of the most
diverse areas in eastern Ontario, you can boat, canoe or fish in the morning,
golf or hike in the afternoon and dine or dance in the evening. Visit the
Antique Show and the Art Festival in summer, take in the Fall Colours Studio
Tour in October, or come to the Winter Carnival in winter. The Rideau District
Museum on Bedford Street, provides a look at the history of the area and a
self-guided walking tour brochure is available at the museum and from the
Visitor Welcome Centre on Spring Street. This tour provides a glimpse into the
history of the town and takes you to many of the historic buildings still
commonplace in the village.
A small agricultural community, Kemptville is surrounded by
a fertile, pastoral landscape that makes this area ideal for relaxing rural
drives and country walks. Like many other towns and villages in Canada,
Kemptville was originally settled because of its location on the South Branch of
the Rideau River ( known as the Kemptville Creek), the power source for the
first mills in the region. These mills attracted many settlers to the area and
contributed to the development of the community. The Town's strategic location
between the Rideau Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and the Ottawa River, as well
as its proximity to the United States border, makes it easily accessible to the
many visitors who experience Kemptville's hospitality first hand.
Newboro, situated on an isthmus between Newboro and Upper
Rideau Lakes, played an important role in the construction of the Rideau Canal,
as witnessed by the memorial plaque to Army engineers who lost their lives
during its construction. As commercial use of the canal declined Newboro became
known for its great fishing. As a result several fishing lodges arose. One of
the four Rideau Canal blockhouses is located here and today the community offers
food and accommodation to tourists and cottagers along the lake. Newboro also
provides the setting for an American Civil War Battle in August.
When you arrive in Prescott, known as the "Fort
Town", pick up a walking tour map and meander through the heritage shopping
district and the unique homes in this town that was founded in 1810. Along the
route, explore Fort Wellington National Historic Site, an original British fort
with earthen ramparts. Built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence
Frontier, Fort Wellington was used by British soldiers and Canadian militiamen
until 1923. Today, visitors to the site will see what life was like at a British
fort in the mid-1840s. There are furnished period rooms and costumed guides who
provide historical interpretation. Other points of interest include the
Forwarder's Museum, Prescott Golf Club, the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour and factory
Seeley's Bay is a small village approximately 25 miles (40
KM) northeast of Kingston and 100 miles (160 KM) southwest of Ottawa. The
"Bay" was created around 1832 with the flooding of the Cranberry Marsh
during the building of Rideau Canal. The Bay became a regular stop for the
steamwheelers as they traveled up and down the canal. The village was named in
1841 after one of the landholders, Justus Seeley. Easily accessible today by car
or boat, travelers continue to visit Seeley's Bay to enjoy the town and area's
charm and facilities. Vacationers take great pleasure in the fishing (primarily
bass and pike), boating and shopping of Seeley's Bay, nearby Kingston and
Gananoque and the many delights of Cranberry Lake.
|Features On Site
About Acrylic Painting
About Glass Arts
About Oil Painting
About Wood Working
Modern Art Museum
Musee du Louvre
In the centre of downtown Smiths Falls is a 19th-century stone building which once housed a mill. It is now home to the Rideau Canal Museum (above).
The canal, which flows through the centre of town, has shaped the history and the spirit of this pretty community.
Visitors can stroll through the beautiful downtown parkland and observe the boats as they pass through the locks.
Smiths Falls was a divisional point for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The combination of rail and ship traffic made the town a thriving transportation hub. Smiths Falls’ railway history can be explored at The Smiths Falls Railway Museum (above).
Merrickville was founded in 1793 by millwright William Merrick. Since then it has evolved from a major industrial and transportation centre to a village with a distinctive beauty and artistic character. In 1998, Merrickville was named Canada’s Most Beautiful Village by Communities In Bloom. Perhaps the large number of local artists and artisans are responsible for the flair and creativity of the town’s flowers and seasonal decorations.
Perth is a great area for shoppers of all kinds, especially antique hunters. There are many festivals and events throughout the year. Recreational opportunities include fishing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, golf and horseback riding.
Established in 1816, Perth was one of three strategic defensive outposts created along the Rideau Corridor following the War of 1812.
Dropping approximately 65 feet as it passes through the town in a series of dramatic waterfalls and rapids, the Mississippi River's powerful flow was what first attracted millers and other industrialists to the area early in the 19th century and now attracts whitewater enthusiasts from around the world.
The town offers all visitors a charming selection of Inns, B&B's, restaurants and heritage attractions. Almonte is now primarily a bedroom community, with the majority of citizens opting to work in the city while enjoying the lifestyle of a smaller town.
Convenient to Canada's Capital, the City of Ottawa, Carleton Place offers a healthy, happy mix of fishing, boating, camping, sports, shopping, sightseeing and the attractions, events and festivals of the Capital Region.
Situated south of Ottawa, Brockville is located on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
The bell tower of Brockville's historic City Hall.
For historic architecture buffs a visit to Brockville is a treat.
Discover the magic of Westport, a picturesque, quiet village located at the highest point on the Rideau Canal system and nestled on the banks of the Upper Rideau Lake where Foley Mountain provides a majestic backdrop to the village. Hiking enthusiasts enjoying the 300 km Rideau Trail linking Kingston and Ottawa pass through Foley Mountain Conservation Area.
A small agricultural community, Kemptville is surrounded by a fertile, pastoral landscape that makes this area ideal for relaxing rural drives and country walks.
Prescott is known as the "Fort Town".
Pick up a walking tour map and meander through the heritage shopping district and the unique homes of this town, founded in 1810.
The "Bay" was created around 1832 with the flooding of the Cranberry Marsh during the building of Rideau Canal.
As in much of this area of Ontario, maple sugar and syrup are produced in Seeley's Bay.