About 20 minutes down County Rd 43 from Settlers’ Grant will bring you straight into the heart of one of the most charming towns in Ontario called Merrickville. If you haven’t heard of it before, I can help give you an idea of why its considered to one of the best tourist attractions in the area.
Aside from the beautifully scenic drive up, Merrickville gives off an old town feel, it is littered with buildings from the early 19th and 20th century that have been converted into shops, stores, pubs, restaurants, artisan galleries, hotels and homes. I find that I only intend to spend a small determined of time browsing and shopping but I always end up making it into a day trip. There is just so much to look at and so many friendly people to talk to that you can’t help but stay and hang around.
You will also find that there are numerous events, fairs, and special occasions that happen throughout the year. Most of them center on art, creativity, theater, music, history and township celebrations. This is really great because you can always find something to do whether its with your family, with your friends or on your own.
Merrickville is most active in the summer since it is along the Rideau River and is part of the canal system. This brings out boaters, boat enthusiasts, tourists, observers and the like. The canal is right off the main road which is right beside a nice park where people can get together and have a barbeque or a picnic.
Overall I think it is one of the best places to visit to meet new people, to experience an artisan culture and to enjoy the day!