Merrickville-Wolford, Ontario – Jewel of the Rideau
The Village of Merrickville – Wolford is a small, yet dynamic community that spans the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an hour southwest of Canada’s Capital.This Municipality encompasses the quaint Village of Merrickville and the rural area of Wolford Ward.
The Village of Merrickville has a streetscape reminiscent of the era of Queen Victoria’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee and has blossomed into a favoured tourist destination.
The enterprising community of Merrickville flourished with the opening of the Rideau Canal Waterway in 1832. What was built as a defensive route through Upper Canada was soon a busy transportation route for growing numbers of businesses and settlers arriving in the area. The Block House close to the locks the largest of 4 defensive forts built along the canal is now a wonderful Museum.
The oldest operating metal Foundry in Canada is situated on the north side of the Rideau River in Merrickville as a production foundry for artistic and functional metal work. This stone building reflects the construction style of 1835 as can be noted from viewing the Merrickville’s Ruins adjacent. These ruins are the preserved remains of a grist mill and woollen mill that once made trade on the river.
Many historic century homes have been lovingly refurbished and maintained. The Village has a vibrant mix of artists, craftspeople, restaurants and small unique shops that make it a popular day trip for many in eastern Ontario and western Quebec and abroad. The citizens of Merrickville – Wolford are proud of, and seek to maintain, the historic significance of their beautiful village as well as enjoying the bucolic agricultural rural setting.
“We are excited to share our pride in our small, historic piece of Canada with the rest of the nation in 2017.”