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The Rideau River is the lifeblood of Eastern Ontario, nourishing a plethora of jovial towns and activity-rich wilderness areas. At its center is Smith Falls, where the river tips and rushes into the Rideau chain of lakes. The lively water here seems to have created an equally lively community, eager to show off its challenging, rugged golf courses, heritage museums, and feats of engineering. There’s no end to active adventures here, from winter cross-country skiing to kayaking in the summer.

Things to see

The Rideau Canal is an ever-present feature in Smith Falls, and is particularly dramatic as the water cascades down toward the lakes. There’s no better place to understand its physical and cultural significance than at the Rideau Canal Visitor Center. Housed in a Victorian stone mill, and boasting 4 floors of exhibits, there are plenty of displays and artifacts, as well as free activities for children. You’ll also get a birds-eye view of the falls and canal from the higher levels. Why not discover more history out in the fresh air? The Smith Falls Heritage Trail provides a pleasant stroll by the canal. You’ll spot the Bascule Bridge, an early example of a moveable bridge. Keen golfers will be in their element at Smith Falls Golf and Country Club, which will test skills to the max. It’s a favorite of many PGA tour professionals, who keep their game sharp here.

Hotels in Smiths Falls

Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game in Smith Falls, with a choice of family-friendly, budget hotels. It’s not high luxury living, but these discount hotels in Smith Falls do offer a very comfortable stay, with all the amenities you and your family will need. Several of the hotels offer rooms with multiple beds, so it’s easy to accommodate family groups. Nearly all come with well-equipped kitchenettes, allowing you to self-cater. Free WiFi is widely available, and some hotels offer a free breakfast. Several hotels also have outdoor pools, and most can help with organizing leisure activities nearby.

Where to stay

There is a large leisure hotel in the center of Smith Falls, which makes the most of its environment by offering rooms with balconies overlooking the canal. This is an ideal place to stay to have direct access to the town and the canal, where you can enjoy a range of shops, restaurants, and, of course, all those outdoor activities. For a wide choice of hotels, head to nearby Perth, another attractive, heritage town, located about 20 kilometers away. It’s a 15-minute drive from here to Smith Falls, and you’ll have plenty of dining and shopping options within walking distance.

How to get to Smiths Falls

Smith Falls is located about an hour away from the Canadian capital, Ottawa. The easiest option if you’re coming from further afield is to fly to Ottawa International Airport, which benefits from connections all over North America and Western Europe. To reach Smith Falls, it’s best to hire a car, because the region quickly becomes very rural and wild, with little public transport. Several hotels in the area offer free parking. There is also a regular bus service to Smith Falls from Ottawa’s central bus station, though this option takes a good deal longer than driving straight from the airport.