Local Attractions: Merrickville

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.

https://i0.wp.com/www.augusta.uk.com/Images/merrickville1.jpgMerrickville 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!

Local Attractions: Burritts Rapids

I’ve lived in the area for the better part of 10 years or so and I’ve been lucky enough to be in an area that offers so much to do on any given day. Settlers’ Grant is very central to a multitude of different things to keep you and your family occupied in the community and surrounding area. One of my absolute favorite nearby destinations to go to is Burritts Rapids.


Walking trails are pretty prevalent here in town, but there are still some hidden gems that no one really knows about that I can’t believe aren’t used more. One of my favorites is located in Burritts Rapids which is about a 15 minutes drive south from here. The trail

starts at the locks and continues into the little town of Burritts Rapids and then continues to a peninsula. The trail follows the Rideau River and is extremely scenic and a great way to spend time outside. In the summer you can wave to passing boaters as you take a little hike or you can talk to tourists and locals that you meet along the way. Its a very friendly atmosphere which makes it a fun place to go to and visit.

If you want to go for a meal or a drink you can make your way to Lock 17 which is a bar and grill located directly across from the locks. They offer a great menu, patio seats and a friendly atmosphere. I like going here in the summer because its always full of people who want to chat about where they are from, boat facts, local facts and general conversation.

The best thing about this little town is the view, you can’t look in any direction without something catching your eye between the river, the trees, the animals, the people, the buildings and so on.