What to see
10 Signature Smiths Falls’ Experiences
Short on time but still looking for the full Smiths Falls’ experience? We’re compiled a list of the best experiences that you’ll want to include in your visit, or plan for your next one. Turn your Smiths Falls’ visit from ordinary to extra-ordinary with this list of 10 signatures Smiths Falls’ experiences!
Visit the Tweed Visitors Centre – Ever wondered how medicinal cannabis is made, how cannabis is produced in the 21st century, or how CBD and THC are different? Visit the Tweed Visitor Centre and have all your questions answered, while you pick up some cool Tweed swag, and maybe just spend some time saying “Hi”, to the folks there. Housed in the former Hershey Chocolate Factory, the Tweed Visitor Centre is even maintaining Smiths Falls’ chocolate tradition, and making delicious chocolate treats right on site!
Get rolling at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario – Did you know Smiths Falls is home to one of the most fascinating museums around? The Smiths Falls Railway Museum is one of the few railway museums in Eastern Ontario, and features a 1940s caboose, an operating hand car, and the only remaining Dental Car in North America! Learn all about Smiths Falls’ railroad history at this super cool National Historic Site!
Take as paddle on the Rideau Canal – As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is definitely something special. Visit the Rideau Canal Visitors Centre to learn all about how this fantastic architectural marvel was built, nearly 3200 years ago! The Rideau Canal played an important role in shaping the community of Smiths Falls, and continues to be a pivotal point for the community. Take to the water in a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard and explore this natural wonder at your leisure!
Explore local architecture – Smiths Falls is home to a number of architectural points of interest. Take a stroll through the downtown and get a closer look at the architectural detail of the former Rideau Hotel, Smiths Falls Public Library, Town Hall, and other buildings along the way. Don’t miss a visit to Heritage House Museum, a good example of Georgian architecture, with picturesque Palladian windows, a unique mirror image façade, and the only two-story indoor privy in Eastern Canada.
Relax on an outdoor patio – When you live in a community surrounded by stunning natural scenery, of course, you are looking for any excuse to spend time outdoors! During your exploration of Smiths Falls, stop for a bite to eat at a local eatery or pub, many of which offer outdoor patios. When in the downtown you can relax in the shade of one of the majestic maple trees that line the streets, or you can find yourself indulging in some delicious tidbits at a waterside patio, surrounded by fantastic views and vistas.
Visit 4 Degrees Brewing – You can learn more about Smiths Falls’ history, not at a museum, but at the local craft brewery! Visit 4 Degrees Brewing and sample delicious, locally crafted brews served in a delightful open-concept space, complete with an outdoor patio. You’ll find 4 Degrees’ brews have unique names like Old Slys ’69, Frost & Wood ’55, or Hill 70 – ask how they came up with their names and immerse yourself in local history and frothy beer at the same time!
Shop downtown – Every community’s downtown says a lot about the history and culture of the area, and Smiths Falls’ is no exception. Downtown Smiths Falls is one of the prettiest downtowns around, with wide streets, historic buildings, and beautiful floral displays. Stroll through downtown Smiths Falls and explore the many shops and boutiques located there for some stellar retail therapy!
Take in a show at Station Theatre – Don’t miss a visit to the Station Theatre, a historic building that was at one time home to the Canadian Pacific Rail Station, and today serves Smiths Falls as a community theatre. Although the building has been transformed into a 140-seat theatre, the original architecture and décor have been maintained, giving the theatre a unique feel, and lending a special atmosphere to the performances that take place there. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the theatre’s many performances, featuring talented local performers.
Swim at the beach – Who doesn’t love spending the day lounging at the beach, building sandcastles, and watching little ones swim and play? In Smiths Falls you can lounge in the shade while overlooking one of Canada’s greatest treasures, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day outdoors, basking in the beauty of the scenery. Play in the clear waters of the river, and relax on a smooth sandy beach to while away the long summer hours. Don’t forget your shovel and buckets (floaties optional).
Hike or cycle a waterside trail – There are few places more beautiful in Eastern Ontario than the canal in Smiths Falls. Take a walk or bike ride on one of the many waterside trails that are found in the community and get a different perspective of the waterway. The Cataraqui Trail and Rideau Trail are both excellent multi-purpose trails found in Smiths Falls, and a good spot for a short – or longer – exploration of the area. See if you can spot some of the region’s elusive bird species and wildlife along the way.