Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 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.
Stay tuned! We will unveil our roster of participating sites in July!
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.