Welcome to Merrickville
Tiny Merrickville can thank the Canadian Railroad for never laying tracks through town. Had the wee burg become a stop on the line, it would have swapped its stone structures for industrial eyesores. Instead, today's day-tripper from Ottawa can take a canal-side stroll back in time – to when the area was a Loyalist stronghold ready to defend the Crown against the rebellious Americans. Merrickville was such a desirable locale that Colonel By, master planner of the Rideau Canal, built his summer home here, and Benedict Arnold's sons were given land nearby in return for his betrayal of the Americans.
History buffs will enjoy the grand 19th-century buildings alongside the Rideau Canal, and boutique-browsers will love the numerous artisan workshops.