If you've been dreaming about a serious European vacation lately, first of all, you're definitely not alone. I mean, who wouldn't want to be surrounded by cobblestoned streets, open-air cafes, and centuries-old charm? Secondly, you might be surprised to know that you don't even need to leave the province to satisfy all of those travel cravings. That's right, there is a charming little Ontario town that looks like Europe that you can visit on the cheap. In fact, Merrickville, Ontario, located along the Rideau River, might just be one of the cutest little towns in the province, and it's giving us all of the Euro-vibes. 

There are several pretty little Ontario towns that bring a bit of Europe to your (relative) doorstep, but Merrickville is something else.

The streets of the town are lined with enchanting shops, historic buildings, and breathtaking homes. You'll notice brightly-coloured front doors that look like they came straight out of London, along with the classic red phone booth and as much stone as your heart can handle.

In the warmer months, you'll find flowers and greenery on every corner, and in the winter, the entire town of Merrickville feels like one giant European Christmas market. So, what are you waiting for? No matter what the season, a trip to Merrickville needs to be on your bucket list ASAP.

Honestly, you could wander the downtown streets for hours, just window shopping and admiring all of the ivy-covered buildings.

Friendly shop owners and residents really give Merrickville that small-town charm, while the stunning downtown streets make it feel like a real European city.

In addition to excellent shopping opportunities, including tons of antique and craft shops, Merrickville has numerous cafes and restaurants for you to explore, as well.

For a little taste of Italy on your trip, be sure to pop into DiLuCa, an authentic and adorable Italian restaurant. Afterwards, you can head over to the equally cute Downtowne Icecream Shoppe for some sweet gelato (you won't believe how many flavours they have!)

If you happen to be visiting in the winter, you're in for a real treat. Every storefront becomes lined with twinkling lights and winter greenery. It's like something straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

But truthfully, you'll feel that magic in any season with all of the incredible houses, iron gates, and other kisses of Europe sprinkled throughout the town. To get a look inside some of the unique homes, you should plan your visit around the House and Garden Tour.

Merrickville

Price: Free

Address: Merrickville, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can get a little taste of Europe without having to even leave the province. Save time and money without giving up your Euro-vibes.


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