Living in the Ottawa Valley, there are many lovely surrounding towns to visit and explore for the day. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city, or to take a ‘stay-cation’ to somewhere right in your area that you’ve never been to. Smith’s Falls, Ontario is one of those hidden gems, and is a great little town to spend the day in! Located 45 minutes west of Ottawa, it’s a quick trip for anyone who wants to check it out. As we’re approaching fall, a drive down through the country will be a great chance to see the autumn trees and beautiful scenery.
I live close to Smith’s Falls as well as Perth – both are great little towns to check out if you’re in the area! You can find my Perth small town spotlight to hear about another lesser-known town. And the best thing is, Perth and Smith’s Falls are less than 25 minutes apart, so why not stop at both if you have the time!
For more details about Smith’s Falls, visit the town’s website here http://www.smithsfalls.ca/
The Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal is a central part of Smith’s Falls. It runs straight through the heart of the town, and is great for tourists and locals alike. During the summer months, the marina is often packed with boats, and the nearby campground attracts many campers with motor homes. Victoria Park is just steps away, with a great children’s playground, swing sets, and curly slide. It also has a splash pad, and the best part is a mounted air plane on display that is great for imagination games. As a kid, I remember begging my mom to stop the car so we could play there!
If you cross the harbour on the locks, you’ll also find lovely fountains, gardens and scenery. This green space is great for a walk and to take in some natural views.
Smith’s Falls Museums
The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is the perfect museum for kids as well as the inner child for you adults. You can explore over 10 railway cars, all of the machinery, and the station platform. Each car has an interesting purpose – the dining cars, the sleeping cars, and the engine. The most interesting one has definitely got to be the dental car, one of the last in North America. You can still see the dentist’s chair and all of the equipment.
The Heritage House Museum is another great place to visit for the day. Right on the edge of the Rideau Canal, it has great views and lots of green space. You can tour the period house, learn how settlers baked bread in the brick oven, and see period artefacts. Harvest season takes place at the museum from September 2 to November 1, with special fall activities for everyone.
Things to do in Smiths Falls
Whether you’re looking to shop or for a great place to eat, Smiths Falls has lots to offer!
One of my favourite second hand stores in Smiths Falls is Vickie’s Specialty Shop. There you can find lots of high quality, brand name clothing for great prices. The selection of new purses and jewelry is impressive, and I always have to restrain myself from buying everything in the store.
Rob Roy’s Pub is a great little eatery overlooking the water. It’s got your traditional pub fare that will please everyone, plus the view is great! I’ve also heard rave reviews about Coffee Culture, so if you need a pick-me-up before heading back to Ottawa, it’s got great coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and salads. If you prefer to stick to the tried and true, Smith’s Falls also has several chain restaurants to stop in for a bite.
All in all, I hope you take the chance to visit Smiths Falls! It’s well worth the drive, and there is a lot to see and do! Stay tuned for more ‘Small Town Spotlights’ and send me any suggestions if you’d like your town to be featured!
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