Merrickville is a village of 1200 people on the Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario.

The Rideau Canal passing through Merrickville


Merrickville, a village of picturesque Victorian-era stone houses perched along the waters of the Rideau Canal, modestly claims to be Canada’s prettiest village, a claim not without merit. As Merrickville is half an hour from the edge of urban Ottawa, it is a popular destination for summer day trips.

Get in

The nearest passenger rail is in Smiths Falls, Ottawa or Brockville. The nearest airport is Ottawa-Uplands (IATA: YOW), at the southern edge of that city. Merrickville itself is reachable from Ottawa by car or (seasonally) by boat.

By car

From Ottawa, take Highway 416 to Kemptville, then old Highway 43 one town westward to Merrickville.

From Brockville, take Highway 401 east to Maitland (exit 705) then head about half an hour straight north.

By boat

The Rideau Canal passes through the heart of Merrickville on its way from Kingston to Ottawa. Small craft can dock at Aylings Boat Yard or at the canal locks.

Get around

The village itself is small and easily covered by bicycle or on foot; a canoe permits exploration of the local shore and the canal.


The best way to see Merrickville is by walking, popping into shops and admiring the heritage houses.


Walking trails:



Merrickville is filled with small boutiques operated by local artists, artisans and craftspeople.


Goose and Gridiron



Merrickville has many small, charming bed and breakfast establishments. Two (Millisle and Wolford) are among the top 5% of Ontario B&B's as reviewed by Janette Higgins, author of “Best Places to Bed and Breakfast in Ontario”.

Bed and breakfast




An unincorporated village of 3500 people on the Kemptville Creek, a few kilometres south of the Rideau River. Kemptville is the midpoint on the 416 freeway between Prescott and downtown Ottawa. The University of Guelph operates an agricultural campus in the village.


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