This town was founded in 1793 by millwright John Merrick. Merrickville is on the Rideau Canal and is about 75 km southwest of Ottawa. The mills’ ruins grace the centre of this very pretty village, which now houses antique stores, craft and specialty stores, restaurants and a country inn.
Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site & Museum
279 St Lawrence St, Merrickville, ON K0G 1N0
(St Lawrence St, at the lock station<)
This building was originally a fort to protect the Rideau Canal, built in 1826 – 1832, complete with a moat and drawbridge. Now serves as a museum of the early days of the district. Open daily mid-May to mid-October.