A visit to Heritage House includes a tour of 8 period rooms furnished to depict the lifestyle of the times. The Museum’s unique mirror-image facades, indoor brick bake oven and two-story privy preserve an atmosphere of the past in the once derelict house. Enjoy a picnic near our gardens or take a short stroll through parkland to the Rideau Canal and Old Sly’s Lockstation. Presented year round are changing exhibitions and art shows, a variety of special events, workshops and school and children’s programs. Also available are meeting space rentals, gift shop and a Victorian setting for wedding ceremonies and photographs.
See the website for admission rates and hours of operation.
The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is the premier hands-on railway museum in the region.
The museum is housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station, a designated National Historic Site. Besides the station, our 11 acre site features a Roadmaster’s house, Flag Station and of course, lots of trains. Our collection includes a steam locomotive, deisel electric locomotive, boxcars, cabooses spanning 50 years, a dental car and our newest acquisition – a 1935 CN snowplow.
The museum is located in Smiths Falls and is operated by the Smiths Falls Railway Museum Corporation.
For hours of operation and admission rates, see the Railway Museum’s website at rmeo.org.
The historic 19th Century Woods Mill is an iconic stone structure in the Town of Smiths Falls. In addition to the Rideau Canal Museum, the mill has served as the headquarters for Parks Canada in Eastern Ontario.
Recently, Parks Canada assumed direction of the Rideau Canal Museum and has re-branded it as the Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre. The evolution of this space is considered a natural next step as Parks Canada looks to establish a renewed approach to visitor services at the historic Woods Mill building.
The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce has witnessed many phases of development and change in our community. Throughout the years, the Chamber has continuously strived to help create a harmonious balance between tourism and merchant trade.
The Chamber actually began as the Smiths Falls Board of Trade in 1889. Hands written minutes from meetings in the 1920′s reveal a great deal of interesting history. Membership dues were $3.00 per year and the fees helped the Board of Trade to play a key role in fixing up the main market building in Town. At the urging of the local Council of Women, the Board even arranged for a civic restroom for women installed in the Market. In 1929, the Board of Trade became a corporation and from that point on, was called the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.
The new Chamber dealt with a large variety of issues including signage, attracting industry to Town, beautification, and tourism among other topics. The social welfare of the community was an important concern for the Chamber. Housing became a key concern in the post war era and was noted on many occasions in the minutes. The Chamber played an active role in advocating for the Town Council to request, from the Wartime Housing Committee, an additional 75 houses to be built in the area for returning soldiers and their families. Minutes also refer to repeated donations of financial aid to causes such as the Salvation Army, the Welfare Association and the Red Cross to help provide meals to children in times of great need.
The Chamber fought for a number of issues that we take for granted these days. At one point the Directors lobbied the province to keep the highway between Smiths Falls and Carleton Place open by way of Franktown. Closing the road during the winter months was reported to have caused a great inconvenience to private and commercial traffic that had to travel through Perth. Chamber Directors also arranged for a speaker from the Wartime Prices Committee to speak at a gathering in Town Hall. The topic of discussion was to ensure that Smiths Falls residents and merchants understood the necessity for introducing special pricing initiatives.
The persistence of the Chamber to encourage economic development, improve trade and create a positive climate in the community has not waned. The current Chamber of Commerce continues to represent the membership at community meetings and advocates for a pro-business community wherever decisions and strategic plans for Town development are being made. We are eager to work with all levels of government for the betterment of the community by being “The Voice of Commerce” in Smiths Falls.
The voice of business in Smiths Falls since 1889.
The Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce co-manages Victoria Park Campground with the Town. Reservations for the campground can be made through the Chamber in the off-season at 613-283-1334, or through the campground at 613-283-5112 in season.
We continue to be a nut-free facility and have the same hand-cut, carefully prepared fries. We have a large number of new menu items and many that are gluten-free.
We are about bringing our passion for good food and the desire to share it with as many people as possible. During the season, we will be open every day except Monday’s. Any changes get posted on our Facebook page & Twitter feed (you can find both on our website).
Robert Firlotte was raised in Smiths Falls but left in the spring of 1996 to make his way to Alberta. He worked at the Banff Springs Hotel for three years and learned a ton working in various parts of the hotel – including experience with one of the hotels Executive Chefs. Prior to that he had worked at Rob Roy’s in Smiths Falls for a few years. His career in media as a cameraman for 16 years was an interesting one, but after being laid off, decided to return to his hometown and pursue his passion for food.
Robert’s partner, Laurel, also brings restaurant experience – as well as an extensive marketing and customer service background to T’s Chips …and more. Laurel was born & raised in Calgary but don’t hold that against her. Her family emmigrated from Ireland in 1823 to Scarborough, and have lived in Ontario & Alberta, since. Her family roots are those in farming, which influences her in terms of high-quality, healthy ingredients.
A lot of the inspiration for the menu come from the kids (10 and 13) because the question always arises – what are we going to eat? Their palates aren’t as sophisticated (yet) so coming up with simple, healthy food they will happily eat, is a little more challenging. We believe it’s good to involve them with cooking so they learn how to make things for themselves, expand their food tastes and work on their reading & math skills.