It's not a co-incidence they call Smiths Falls a chocolate town. Many of the local residents are employed by the Hershey Chocolate factory. The recently expanded facility which includes the planters Nuts facility covers over 450,000 square feet on a 39 acre site in the town of Smiths Falls.The Chocolate Shoppe is every chocolate lover's dream. So...more
Besides the Rideau River and Canal Smiths Falls also has A RAILWAY MUSEUM ( it was always a divisional pont on the Canadian Pacific Railway) My father worked for the CPR.There is a HERSHY CHOCOLATE FACTORY AS WELLIn my young days there was a huge farm instrument foundery and plant called FROST and WOODS long since closed.There also was a BUTTON...more
The Rideau Canal Museum is located in a 19-th century stone building which was once a mill. It's not all stone anymore, since they renovated it with concrete. The Woods Mills Complex, Inside, high-technology displays and a variety of artifacts bring to life the history of the canal - its construction from 1826 to 1832, its role throughout history,...more
The Chocolate Town Cafe serves Coffee of course and other yummy food and drinks. The name of this restaurant is originating from the Hershey Chocolate factory, since the restaurant is located down the road between the factory the centre town.
Favorite Dish: There is another pizza place located in the same building called: Pick a Pizza. The two places have the same owner. How do I know that? When I was photographing the place, the owner came out and greeted me, plus he explained to us how to get to the Rideau Canal Museum.
If you piled your self up with a few pounds of sweets from the Chocolate Shoppe, you are probably done with the shopping in Smiths Falls. If not, than you can find many more, smaller stores in town, selling arts, crafts and other gifts.
What to buy: You can buy chocolate and non chocolate related items, like Canadian flags, maps, pens, T-sirts, books, key-chains, etc.
What to pay: Not much. I got an Ontario travel map for free. :)
There are beautiful parks found in Smiths Falls and around the Rideau Canal locks. This is near by the Museum.
I just had to take a shot of these flowers. Since I love nature and all kinds of plants, I couldn't miss this flower bed. The combination of the colors are very vibrant. Please enlarge image for a better view. Enjoy.
Luggage and bags:
No Luggage other than your snacks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Umbrella. You also need sunglasses and sun-screen lotion for your skin.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available in the local stores. I would still bring dental floss with me.
Photo Equipment: Camera, film, batteries
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rain coat. As you see on this photo, it was just about to rain in Smiths Falls.
Miscellaneous: They supply you with plastic bags in the Chocolate Shoppe. :)
Ok, maybe this plane is not so big, but it is huge in little children's eyes. It is located besides the Rideau Canal locks in a middle of a park where children play and bath in a kiddy pool. The plane is a memorial for the people who learned flying and fought the wars with these planes.more
The Rideau Canal and the Rideau River are very important to OTTAWA. the following pictures were taken near Ottawa at the RIDEAU FERRY and SMITHS FALLS Ontario ( where I was born in 1922 and lived until 1935 but returned in the summer months until 1941 as my father had a cottage there). I visited several times over the years.Lets go for a boat ridemore
Ok, we only have one, but here is my advise. If you are approaching Smiths Falls from Ottawa, (highway #15) try visiting the Railway Museum first. Than go to see the Rideau Canal Museum and leave the chocolate factory to the end. We did it almost like this and it was a very good idea.
On the picture you can see a huge painting of two tigers on the wall of a store, called Giant Tigre. It's a family, budget store. Almost like Target. The quality of the goods in this store is often questionable but the prices are very reasonable.
Fondest memory: Kids have a tendency to be hyper active when filled with sweets! :D Unless you want the kids jumping up & down on you all the step of the way while visiting, go to the Hershey place last.