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Smiths Falls

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for another exciting Doors Open Smiths Falls event and explore our historical treasures and innovative businesses for free. From old favourites to new adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Smiths Falls.

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Community information

Nestled in the heart of the historical Rideau Canal, Smiths Falls has long been the crossroads of eastern Ontario. But the history of our region dates back centuries with the presence of Haudenosaunee to the south and Algonquin to the north.

European settlement in Smiths Falls began with a land grant to United Empire Loyalist Thomas Smyth, and was established with the vision of early Americans Abel Russell Ward and James Simpson, engineer for the canal in Smiths Falls. From the canal-building years of the 1820s and the waves of immigrants who arrived by boat, to the advent of the railways in the 19th and 20th centuries, Smiths Falls has been shaped architecturally and culturally by these important routes for trade, immigration and transportation.

Over the decades, Smiths Falls has evolved in step with iconic industries from the early mills to Frost and Woods and Hershey’s Chocolate Factory. Today, we see the continued evolution of the community as new opportunities arise with the production of cannibis at the largest cannibis producer in the world, Canopy Growth Corp. (Tweed). And the canal continues to play a central role in the community’s development – now as a recreational destination – as we host the North American headquarters of Le Boat, Europe’s number one boating vacation company.

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Become a volunteer

For those looking to get involved with this exciting event, contact Becky Allen at 613-283-4124 or by email at ballen@smithsfalls.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 1-888-983-4124

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10 sites found

Collegiate Court Doors Open Smiths Falls

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Collegiate Court

Built in 2013 on the site of the old Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), Collegiate Court is a series of apartments and office spaces for businesses. The old archway of the school remains standing on the site. During Doors Open, tour some of the luxurious apartments – an attractive alternative to home ownership.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

2 Gould Street
Smiths Falls, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Heritage House Museum Doors Open Smiths Falls

Heritage House Museum

Heritage House Museum is housed in this Victorian home. Period rooms depict the lifestyle of a mill owner's family living in Smiths Falls in the 1860s. Situated on a picturesque portion of the Rideau Canal, the museum features a unique mirror-image façade, a two-storey privy, exhibition galleries, spacious gardens and a picnic area. Demonstrations and special guests throughout the day.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

11 Old Sly's Road
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-6311
Email: heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca
www.facebook.com/heritagehousemuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1861
Architect: Joshua Bates
Architectural style: Georgian, Victorian
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Gate Shop Doors Open Smiths Falls

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Gate Shop

Join Parks Canada behind the scenes and see how lock gates are built by their talented craftsmen. Learn how these examples of 19th-century engineering are created to withstand the test of time. Find out how their designs are still relevant today, and learn how Parks Canada plays a leadership role in the protection of Canada's treasured places.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

49 Centre Street
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-5170, ext. 205
Email: RideauCanal.Info@pc.gc.ca
www.pc.gc.ca/Rideau

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario Doors Open Smiths Falls

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is a National Historic Site that is located in a former Canadian Northern Railway station, which remained in service until 1979. During Doors Open, explore the train engines and freight cars, and visit the only remaining dental car in North America. Handcar rides will be available as well as costumed guides for tours.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

90 William Street West
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-5696
www.rmeo.org

Architecture

Year built: 1912
Architect: Canadian Northern Railway
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; tours available hourly, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Smiths Falls Public Library Doors Open Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls Public Library
This library, built in 1903 and designated as a heritage building in 1984, occupies a commanding site overlooking downtown Smiths Falls. The beautiful building is the only local example of the beaux arts style. Built with financial help from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, it is one of the first of the Carnegie libraries in Canada that he actually visited.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

81 Beckwith Street North
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-2911
www.smithsfallslibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: Andrew Carnegie
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Smiths Falls Town Hall Doors Open Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls Town Hall
This unique site features two heritage buildings – Lanark County’s first town hall and the old Central School – that were joined together in 1984 by a post-modern arch, creating a grand public entrance to the new municipal offices. Both buildings were designated in 1977. Today, the old schoolhouse is the site of a new Welcome Centre, which opened in August 2018.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

77 Beckwith Street North
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-4124
www.smithsfalls.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1859; 1871
Architect: Ezekiel Shipman (town hall); Richard Locke (school)
Architectural style: Neoclassical

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Francis Masonic Lodge 24 Doors Open Smiths Falls

St. Francis Masonic Lodge 24

In October 1839, some Masonic brethren from the village of St. Francis (later incorporated as the Town of Smiths Falls) opened a new lodge, initially using various locations in the village. In 1954, the lodge moved to its present site, formerly the Johnston Public School. Tours will showcase the symbolism of the Masonic order and its history in Smiths Falls.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

46 Russell Street West
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-4230

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trinity United Church Doors Open Smiths Falls

Trinity United Church

Built in 1885, this beautiful church seats up to 350 people and still features much of its original Gothic design – including ornate marble pillars and magnificent archways. Thanks to renovations in recent years, the 16 outstanding stained-glass windows have been lovingly restored. And, with the installation of an elevator, the church is now fully accessible.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

41 Market Street North (at the corner of Russell and Market streets)
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-4444
Email: minister@trinityunitedsf.ca
www.trinityunitedsf.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Sunday: Noon to 3 p.m.

Tweed Visitor Centre Doors Open Smiths Falls

Tweed Visitor Centre

Located in an abandoned Hershey’s factory, the Tweed Visitor Centre allows you to explore the history, science and culture of cannabis. An educational theatre experience challenges pre-conceptions and highlights society’s changing relationship with cannabis. Finish your tour with a coffee or visit the gift shop. This behind-the-scenes tour should broaden your understanding of cannabis and inspire new perspectives.

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Contact info

1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-706-3088
Email: visit@tweed.com
www.tweed.com/vc

Architecture

Year built: 1963
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wood Mausoleum Doors Open Smiths Falls

Wood Mausoleum

Originally the private burial site of prominent citizen Alexander Wood of the once-famous Frost and Wood Company, this intimate cemetery on the outskirts of Smiths Falls is the site of a beautiful mausoleum. Discover the interesting story of the Wood family, as well as the history of this impressive 19th-century stone vault.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

301 Highway 29
Smiths Falls, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 14, 2019
Saturday: Noon to 3 p.m.