Smiths Falls

Rideau River in Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls is a pleasant small town near Ottawa. Its population is about 10,000.

Get in

By train

Smiths Falls has long been a divisional point on the Canadian Pacific Railway, which operates a single-track mainline through Perth and Smiths Falls for freight between Canada's two largest cities, Montréal and Toronto. The town was once the crossroads for rails radiating in a half-dozen directions (Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Brockville and formerly Carleton Place and Napanee); local streets bear names of key figures like Sir William Cornelius Van Horne (February 3, 1843 - September 11, 1915), the CP line's president.

The historic 1887 CPR passenger station became the Station Theatre in 2010; modern   Via Rail passenger service runs from an unmanned station at 46 Union Street on the rails to Ottawa. Few trains stop in Smiths Falls for passengers today; those that do follow CN's 1856 Grand Trunk line from Toronto to Brockville, then turn north through Smiths Falls to Ottawa. The historic east-west CP main line locally only hauls freight.

VIA reservations and information are available at +1-888-842-7245.

By boat

Smiths Falls serves as midpoint and de-facto headquarters of the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal, which joins Kingston to Ottawa. Built under the direction of Colonel John By after the War of 1812, this waterway allows shipping to bypass the Saint Lawrence River between Kingston and Montréal, whose location directly on the US border leaves it perilously vulnerable to attack. From Ottawa, the Ottawa/Outaouais river is navigable to Montréal.

With the exception of one modern "combined lock" which bypasses three of the original 1800's locks in Smiths Falls itself, all of the locks on the system are original. Their historic integrity has been preserved.

By bus

By motorcar

By car, Highway 15 approximately follows the Rideau Canal from Kingston through Smiths Falls. It meets Highway 7 (to Ottawa) at Carleton Place.

From Brockville, old Highway 29 (401 exit 696) becomes the downtown main street of Smiths Falls after a 50km (30mi) drive northward.

From Kemptville and Merrickville, old Highway 43 extends westward through Smiths Falls to Perth. Access to Smiths Falls from the 416 is also possible from North Gower via Ottawa Regional Road 6 (Lanark 4), which meets Highway 15 in the north end of Smiths Falls.

From Perth take CR 43 (old Highway 43) approximately 20km (12mi) eastward.

By air

There is an airstrip with no scheduled flights. The closest major airport is Ottawa-Uplands (IATA: YOW).

Get around











Wi-fi is also available at McDonald's (81 Lombard St) and at both Tim Horton's locations (76 Beckwith St. and 111 Lombard St.)

Go next

Routes through Smiths Falls

Kingston Brockville  W  E  Ottawa END
Arnprior CR 29 Carleton Place  N  S  Kingston END
Perth CR 43  W  E  CR 43 Merrickville Alexandria

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