Smiths Falls Heritage Trail

This was a magical Spring-like day in March 2024, March 12th to be exact.

I was in Smiths Falls for work, but I came out over an hour early. I decided to explore the Smiths Falls Heritage Trail.

It connects with part of the Rideau Trail, and also the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada and Victoria Park.

I walked over 10,000 steps on this sunny afternoon. I took video of the water moving through the new locks, and read all about the history of the old locks in Smiths Falls.

There are plenty of gravel and paved trails all along this area.

I parked on the side of the road at the address for the Heritage Park trail at 8 River Street.

I walked all the way down to the yellow airplane in Victoria Park.

You can easily bike most of this path, or push a stroller. There are sections with many steps along the river that would make this tricky.

The best part of my day was feeling the water as I watched it move through the area around the locks.

Locks in Smiths Falls within the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

I give this sunny Spring day a 5/5, and the walking trails and parks a 4/5.

Rideau River Provincial Park

Yesterday, I drove by the closed gate of this Provincial Park and vowed to stop the next time I passed by.

On my way back home, I decided to stop. The address is: 2680 Donnelly Drive, in Kemptville, ON.

Once I snuck through the gate on foot, I headed for the water.

It was a +16C day, but there was still ice to avoid on the pavement and trails.

The grass around the picnic area was very soggy. But the view was worth it!

I found the Shoreline Trail which curves its way along the bank of the river. It leaves the park boundary and continues on to a boat ramp, playground and beyond.

I’m sure this park is very busy in the Summer months. It was nice to see it in the off season.

You can see the park on the Ontario Parks website here: