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Once an industrious town with a busy, working canal, Merrickville today has an air of rustic-chic about it, old warehouses and Victorian-era townhouses transformed into light, contemporary spaces housing galleries and workshops. Artisans of every type, from glassblowers to confectioners make and sell their wares in this enchanting place. Life here is still very much based around the Rideau Canal, and a boat trip is an idyllic way to spend a sunny afternoon in this bijou Ontario town.

Things to see

Merrickville’s key landmark is the Blockhouse Museum, located on the edge of the canal at the top of Main Street. An austere, defensive building, its job was to protect the trade and movements on the Rideau Canal, thereby ensuring the town’s prosperity. Inside, you’ll find all kinds of artifacts, which demonstrate the inner workings of the Blockhouse, as well as giving insights in to the lives of the people living and working in Merrickville in the 1800s. If you’re feeling creative, or just looking for a unique souvenir to take home, then wander the streets of the City Center, which are bursting with craft workshops, galleries and independent boutiques. The Canal offers plenty of adventure, whether you want to hire a canal boat for a long, leisurely excursion, or you can hire a canoe further down the river for some paddling about. If you prefer to stay on dry land, then why not follow the canal path on foot or on a bike to enjoy the scenery?

Hotels in Merrickville

From charming B&Bs to discount brand motels, there’s a good selection of budget hotels in Merrickville and its surrounding area. The B&Bs boast 19th century décor and a cozy atmosphere, with features such as open fireplaces in public spaces and restaurants serving full breakfasts and a la carte dinners. The larger hotels provide all the mod cons you could need, including air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi and some self-catering provision for convenience. Rooms at these hotels are generally spacious, some with family accommodation. Some of the hotels also offer balconies and lake views, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sunset.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a historic atmosphere and a convenient location, then stay in the center of Merrickville. Here, you’ll find a selection of modest but elegant guesthouses, and you’ll be within easy walking distance of the main attractions and shops. There are numerous small towns scattered through this region, all connected by the Rideau Waterway, so you can stay in nearby Smith Falls or Perth, where there are several budget hotels available, and easily travel to Merrickville by road, or by boat. There are also a few independent hotels located in rural, lakeside spots, which provide a wilderness getaway.

How to get to Merrickville

Merrickville is located just a 45-minute drive from Ottawa, so the best way of getting there is to fly to Ottawa International Airport. It receives flights from across Canada, the US, and Mexico, as well as some transatlantic services, so it’s easy to reach. The best option to get from the airport to Merrickville is to hire a car, though if time is no issue, you could spend several days traveling by barge. The best way to get around Merrickville than on foot or on 2 wheels, and there’s plenty of river transport to visit neighboring towns or nature areas.