This town marks the halfway point on the Rideau Canal, and was an important early trading centre as well as a railway town. Smith’s Falls has 9,000 residents who earn their living serving the recreational tourist industry based on the 60 lakes within a 60 kilometre radius of the community.
Smiths Falls Attractions
Heritage House Museum
Box 695, 11 Old Slys Rd, K7A 4T6
2 km SE via Jasper Ave
613-283-8560 fax: 613-283-4764
This museum is housed in the 1867 Victorian era home of Truman Ward, a prominent land wealthy local mill owner who lived in the house until 1893. Seven rooms are period furnished, and include local history displays, and travelling art shows. Picnic area adjoins the Victorian garden by the Rideau Canal. Allow 30 minutes. Open May 1 to Dec 19 daily 11 am to 4L30 pm; Jan 2 to April 30, Mon-Fri 11am – 4:30 pm . Admission $$.
Rideau Canal Museum
34 Beckwith St S, Smiths Falls, K8A 2A8
613-284-0505 fax: 613-283-4763
This museum is housed in the historic former Woods Mill, and showcases the history of the Rideau Canal including details of its construction from 1826 to 1832. Connecting Ottawa and Kingston using the Rideau and Cataraqui River systems to avid the St Lawrence Seaway in case of another war with the United States. Displays include artifacts, photos, dioramas, watercolours and multimedia. Allow 30 minutes. Open May 1 to Labour Day daily 9 am to 5 pm; daily 10 am – 4:30 pm until Thanksgiving; rest of year by appointment. Admission $$.
Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
90 William St W, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 5A5
This former 1914 Canadian Northern Railway station contains rolling stock, steam and diesel locomotives, cabooses and a 1947 Cadillac (converted to railway use), and a Wickham track car (which you can ride). Weekend train rides, too. Allow 30 minutes. Open July & August 10 am to 4 pm; rest of year by appointment. Admission $$.