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Smiths Falls

Event information

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After an absence of three years, Doors Open Smiths Falls is set to return this year! Come and explore our historical treasures and innovative businesses for free. From old favorites 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 medical – and soon to be recreational – marijuana at the largest marijuana 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 Ingrid Bron at 613-283-4124, ext. 1127, or by email at ibron@smithsfalls.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 1-888-983-4124
Email: ibron@smithsfalls.ca

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Canopy Growth Corporation (Tweed Inc.) Doors Open Smiths Falls

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Canopy Growth Corporation (Tweed Inc.)

Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, headquartered in Smiths Falls’ former Hershey Chocolate Factory. From its 2013 inception, Canopy Growth has focused on establishing brands, leading the Canadian cannabis sector with integrity, moving the dialogue on cannabis forward and creating something uniquely Canadian. Come and see the brand new Visitor's Centre, now open!

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Contact info

1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-706-2185
Email: hi@tweed.com
www.canopygrowth.com

Architecture

Year built: 1963
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Davidson's Courtyard Doors Open Smiths Falls

Davidson's Courtyard

This site was once the location of Davidson’s Bread, the largest commercial bakery in eastern Ontario. Established in the early 1890s, it was operated by the Davidson family for three generations. The industrial structure has since been transformed into a retail courtyard with four shops and a café – with some original features still present (such as the unique flour elevator).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7 Russell Street West
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Email: davidsonshops@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/davidsoncourtyard

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallipeau Centre Doors Open Smiths Falls

Gallipeau Centre
The Gallipeau Centre, a historical property on 140 hectares (350 acres) of parkland was once an Ontario hospital school. Today, it houses businesses, recreational facilities, an 850-seat theatre and 50 two- or three-bedroom apartments. Tour one of these life-lease units – an attractive alternative to home ownership. Also visit the Two Rivers Commercial Kitchen, an innovative hub for local food producers.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

361 Queen Street
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-284-9916
Email: shannon@gallipeaucentre.com
www.gallipeaucentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1952
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Private residence, Theatre
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lannin Funeral Home and Reception Centre Doors Open Smiths Falls

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Lannin Funeral Home and Reception Centre

This stone building occupied by Lannin Funeral Home Chapel and Reception Centre was built in the 1840s. One of the oldest stone structures in Smiths Falls, apart from the Rideau Canal locks, it operated as a hotel in the 1850s. In 1914, new owners started the funeral home. This beautiful building has been in the community for over 145 years.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

32 Main Street East
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-7225
Email: lanninfuneralhome@bellnet.ca
www.lannin.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lockmaster's House - Home of Le Boat Doors Open Smiths Falls

Lockmaster's House - Home of Le Boat

This two-storey building, with ground-floor walls of rough-faced stone and a clapboarded second storey, dates back to the construction of the Rideau Canal – the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Ontario. Today, it serves as the home of Le Boat – the luxury European canal boat company that opened its North American headquarters in Smiths Falls in 2018.

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  • Parking
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Old Sly's Road
Smiths Falls Ont, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-734-5491
Email: info@leboat.com
www.leboat.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1841
Architect: Bell, Richardson & Co.
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Conservation area, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only

Montague Food and Agriculture Museum Doors Open Smiths Falls

Montague Food and Agriculture Museum

Built with cedar from an 1850 barn, this building is a replica of a mid-19th-century stack-wall machine shed once found throughout Lanark County. It houses approximately 1,000 artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries that relate to food and agriculture. Photographs of 19th-century farm life will also be on display. The site is open by appointment outside of Doors Open.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1112 Matheson Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-5270

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Architect: Bill Dobson
Building type: Food and drink, Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Gate Shop Doors Open Smiths Falls

Parks Canada Rideau Canal Gate Shop

Join us behind the scenes and see how lock gates are built by the talented Parks Canada 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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, cabooses, freight car and visit the only remaining dental car in North America. Handcar rides will be available as well as costumed guides for tours.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours available hourly, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

REAL Deal Store and Environment Centre Doors Open Smiths Falls

REAL Deal Store and Environment Centre

The Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) uses a former Smiths Falls Public Works building to operate the REAL Deal Reuse Store. In addition to ensuring that usable materials do not become waste, REAL uses the adjacent naturalized lot to offer additional environmental services – including an electronics waste depot, rain barrel sales, a community garden and a compost demonstration site.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

85 William Street West
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-7999
Email: info@realaction.ca
www.REALaction.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Building type: Commercial, Green building
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Station Theatre, The Doors Open Smiths Falls

Station Theatre, The

Housed in the former Canadian Pacific Railway station, The Station Theatre opened in April 2010 after more than 11 years of planning, fundraising and construction. The 140-seat facility has become a focus for the performing arts in Smiths Falls, giving locals the experience of live theatre, concerts and films. It is also a sought-after venue for meetings and receptions.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

53 Victoria Avenue
Smiths Falls, Ontario
Telephone: 613-283-0300
Email: thestationtheatre@gmail.com
www.smithsfallstheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1887; conversion in 2010
Architect: Canadian Pacific Railway
Building type: Theatre, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 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
  • Women's history

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 15, 2018
Sunday: Noon to 4 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

301 Highway 29
Smiths Falls, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 15, 2018
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.