TRIPS BY CAR FROM BARRIE
Barrie’s central location makes us a prime hub to launch car voyages through the warm weather months. Every week through the end of October, we’ll bring a new Ontario destination you can reach in a day by car. And if you’ve got suggestions, we want to hear them!
Road Trippin’ Part 15
Located about four hours east of Toronto, Merrickville is a village along the Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Ottawa all the way to the head of Lake Ontario in Kingston. Merrickville in fact predates the Canal. When the Canal was completed in 1832, the town became a larger, industrious villa settled by Irish, Scottish and French builders of the Canal.
Take a morning walk at the Rideau Woodland Ramble. Declared one of Canada’s top garden destinations, the Ramble is home to Japanese maples and a variety of wildlife and pure woodland.
Head closer into Merrickville and you’ll come face to face with history. Home to over 100 historic and heritage properties, it’s also the lcoation for three locks on the Rideau Canal, and to the Blockhouse, a huge structure built in 1832 to guard against potential American invasion. It’s now a museum open during the summer.
Known around the region for its unique boutiques, the stores are filled with one-of-a-kind items from local artists and artisans. Glass blowers, painters, potters, and other creative spirits make for inventive trinkets to take home. One of the most visited is Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shop, full of nooks and crannies for just about anyone in your family.
When it comes to meal time, a must visit is the Yellow Canoe Cafe. It’s a quaint 20-seat spot with a fresh menu and homemade treats. Foodies who prefer something quicker have plenty of options.