Smiths Falls is the friendliest town, and one that serves up big adventures as well.
Tucked between Ottawa and Kingston, this fast-growing waterfront community offers historic architecture, a vibrant downtown and welcoming small-town charm.
From one-of-a-kind accommodations and experiences, to delicious food and unique shops, to waterfront events and recreation, the town’s focus on hospitality makes it easy to enjoy a day, a weekend or an even longer stay in Smiths Falls.
Smiths Falls’ illustrious railway heritage comes to life at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, a National Historic Site.
Visitors can climb up into the cupola of a caboose or inspect the track in a Speeder Car. New exhibits, events and programs take place all season.
History comes to life
The Heritage House Museum is an elegant Victorian dwelling offering a look into the lifestyle of a wealthy mill owner.
The museum offers changing exhibitions, art shows, day camps, educational programs, gift shop, gardens, picnic area and special events throughout the year.
You can also step back in time on a self-guided heritage walking tour showcasing the town’s rich architectural history.
Waterways and trails
Soak up the sights and sounds of the bustling Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Launch your own boat, or rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at Pedal & Paddle, where you’ll also find rental bikes if you’d rather stay on dry land.
If exploring on foot is more your style, Smiths Falls boasts a network of pathways; outside town you can check out the Rideau Trail, the Cataraqui Trail and the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail.
Parks and playgrounds
Scenic Centennial Park – home to the town’s iconic water tower – is ideal for a picnic and a walk along the waterside trail. In summer, enjoy movies under the stars on Thursday evenings.
You’ll find a beach here as well as one at Murphy Park.
Lower Reach Park offers ball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer pitches, beach volleyball, a splash pad and more.
If a golf course is your perfect playground, visit the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club, home course for LPGA major champion Brooke Henderson.
Arts and culture
The former CPR Railway depot is now home to the Station Theatre which offers live shows, musical events and movies throughout the year.
In the summer and early fall, don’t miss the Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries, featuring world-class illusionists who never fail to amaze audiences.
Meet makers and craftspeople at the new Artisan’s hub in downtown Smiths Falls.
Gather with friends in the Old Post Office AirBnB penthouse suite.
Pop into Sip Bistro in the delightful Davidson Courtyard for a snack and a glass of wine or craft beer then head out to collect provisions before spending four days on a luxury Le Boat houseboat cruising the historic Rideau waterway.
In the small town that thinks big, summer is packed with events. In June, savour all the fun of Ribfest at Lower Reach Park.
The Rise at the Falls Car Show is an annual favourite, as is Rideau Paddle Fest, a day-long celebration of the UNESCO Heritage waterway.
Check out all the special programming for Canada Day and don’t miss the Spirit of the Drum Pow Wow, another annual tradition.
- Post Office Cocktail Bar for signature cocktails and small plates
- Sleep in a caboose at the Railway Museum AirBnB
- Russell Street parkette featuring stunning mural by Dominic Laporte
Fun Facts about Smiths Falls
- In 1912 the Smiths Falls Bascule Bridge was built to carry the CN Railway mainline over the Rideau Canal. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1983.
- In 1963, the first Beatles album for the North American market was pressed by RCA in Smiths Falls.
- 18th Century Loyalist Thomas Smythe – for whom Smiths Falls was named – never actually set foot
in the area.
Sample itinerary: Girls’ getaway in Smith Falls
- Indulge in some pampering at the
Blue Door Spa
- Pick up a picnic lunch at C’est Tout Bakery
- Check out The Artisan Village at the Falls
- Visit 4 Degrees Brewing for a pint on their
- Enjoy live music at Bowie’s Café Bar