A few weekends ago, Lee and I made the hour-long drive from Ottawa to Merrickville, Ontario. Merrickville’s main street (St-Lawrence street) is full of houses/buildings converted into tiny shops most of them filled with vintage, handmade and/or locally made items. You can easily spend half a day to a full day walking down the street going in and out of the different shops, many of which have a second floor.
We started our visit by looking at the Rideau Canal Merrickville Locks which are right near the free parking lot.
Although there were no boats on this chilly fall day, I’ve seen the process of passing a boat through the lock-station from beginning to end, including the swing bridge for bigger boats and it is quite something to see as it is mostly all done by hand.
Next we walked over to the Interpretative center of the Merrickville Ruins which was also closed, but we had fun exploring around enjoying the beauty and stopping for a few pictures.
On the way back across the swing bridge, going towards the shops, we passed Merrickville United Church with its gorgeous bright blue doors, stone and stained glass windows.
We spent the rest of the day walking through the shops, one after the other. Admiring the little details that give this town its charm, from the old gas pumps, to the iron horse head on a bright red railing, to the exquisite ceiling details that must have been a good 12-13 feet high, clearly original to the building.
From the old stone to the flower planters… such a quaint picturesque little street.
We left with quite a few things, including Christmas gifts for both our moms, wax melts from Wick Witch, delicious fudge and a porcelain market-stand berry box from Country Bumpkins, and Matouk’s hot sauce from Chilly Chiles. Lee was especially happy to find this last store as she can now use real Trinidadian hot sauce on her meals.
Do you have a nearby town you like to visit yearly? Whether it is for shopping, exploring, entertainment, etc. we’d love to hear about them.