When In Merrickville...
Experience The Beautiful Rideau Canal
Dubbed 'the Jewel of the Rideau', Merrickville has become a favourite weekend getaway spot on the gorgeous Kingston-Ottawa Rideau Heritage Route. Located near the mid-point of the Rideau Canal system, Merrickville evokes fond memories of times gone by. You won't find any parking meters or traffic lights here but you might find the Town Crier and very friendly villagers.
The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region.
Take In The Arts
Merrickville is home to a variety of artists: glassblowers, potters, painters, sculpture, metalsmith, jewellery makers and much more. Many artists open their studios daily for the visitors' enjoyment. Others Merrickville artists chose to display their work in a local gallery or artists' cooperative shop.
Merrickville is renowned for its boutiques, which are filled with one-of-a-kind items made by local artists and artisans. Their unique talents are on display at studios where craftsmen demonstrate their trade as well as sell their wares. Glassblowing, leatherworking and baking are just a few of the skills you can witness firsthand. You can buy the creations made before your eyes. The village streets are lined with shops carrying such things as home & gardening accessories, locally-made products, specialty foods, antiques, furniture, collector's items, art of all kinds and more.
Get Active, Get Outdoors
When visiting Merrickville, you can find a myriad of activities to enjoy, whether you want a relaxing vacation or one filled with new adventures. Merrickville has something for everyone with activities such as: fishing, canoeing & kayaking, cycling, hiking & walking, birdwatching, skating, cross country skiing & snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more.Take a walk down the marvellous Dam Trail or Rideau Walking Trail, visit the Rideau Bird Sanctuary, canoe or kayak along the Rideau, skate on the village ice rink, and enjoy the wondrous outdoors that Merrickville has to offer.
These great outdoor amenities are perfect for your furry four-legged friends as well! Merrickville is a great place to bring your whole family, including the pets! We have pet friendly accommodations and shops and we ask that you please remember to poop and scoop.