Need a road trip idea this summer? Consider Merrickville, one of Ontario's prettiest towns.

Known as the 'Jewel of the Rideau,' Merrickville is full of  historic flair. The town is lined with original stone and masonry buildings from decades past, making it one of the best preserved 19th-century villages in Ontario. With over 100 heritage sites in the area, the town exhibits an old world charm that's similar to what you get in several European cities.

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The main attraction of Merrickville is the iconic Blockhouse, which was built in 1832 by the Rideau Canal. The two-storey stone building was designed with classic military engineering and was intended to be a defensive stronghold, where local militia would go for provisions, munisions and arms. Today, the Blockhouse operates as a musuem, with interesting artifacts and remnants of history to discover.

Aside from the Blockhouse, there are several other places to check out in Merrickville, including parks, trails, annual festivals, fine-dining restaurants and a shopping district with charming boutiques. The best part? All of these are within walking distance from each other in the town.

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The best time to visit Merrickville is during the summer months, when you can take advantage of the warm weather to explore the town by foot. Merrickville is an hour away from Ottawa and 3.5 hours away from Toronto, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend adventure.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Merrickville today! For more information, visit