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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Days Inn by Wyndham Brockville
Days Inn by Wyndham Brockville
2.5 out of 5
160 Stewart Blvd, Brockville, ON
The price is $59 per night

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 (918 reviews)

"It's easy to get to. Staff are pleasant. Parking is great and many options"…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

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The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
3.5 out of 5
7 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, ON
The price is $81 per night

Located in the heart of Carleton Place, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Carleton Place Town Hall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mississippi Valley Textile Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (96 reviews)

"Fantastic staff and service food was amazing everyone made ours stay perfect highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

The Grand Hotel
Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel
2.5 out of 5
88 Lombard Street, Smiths Falls, ON
The price is $86 per night

Situated in Smiths Falls, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smiths Falls Bascule Bridge, Rideau Canal Visitor Information Center, and Railway Museum of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (288 reviews)

"Was quiet and the back side of the property has a nice scene."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Best Western Smiths Falls Hotel

Top things to do in Smiths Falls

Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour
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Private Boldt Castle Helicopter Tour

$468
Per adult
4-Day DC+NiagaraFalls Tour (NYC departure) DN4 (summer)
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4-Day DC+NiagaraFalls Tour (NYC departure) DN4 (summer)

$558
Per adult
Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour
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Private 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour

$286
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