Town of Smiths Falls
Smiths Falls is located centrally in a beautiful and historic region of Eastern Ontario, and easily accessed by numerous highways and roads, by bus or rail, by boat, or even private aircraft. The Town’s location also means fast access to major Ontario and Canadian centres, with the city centers of Ottawa and Kingston within an hour’s drive, and Toronto and Montreal within 3-4 hours. For travelers to the United States, several border crossings are within 1-2 hours.
The Town's name is derived from the original owner of the land, Thomas Smyth, and the once-magnificent falls that were diverted in order to create the Rideau Canal and the three lock stations.
The history of Smiths falls dates to the American Revolutionary War between the Americans and the British when land grants were issued to United Empire Loyalists who lost the lands they owned in the United Sates for supporting the crown. The area of Smiths falls was granted to lieutenant Thomas Smyth, who was issued 400 acres of land in 1786. Rights to his land and mill were contested in 1824, and Smyth lost his lands for having defaulted on mortgage payments. The are was then purchases by Abel Russel Ward, a self-proclaimed United Empire Loyalist, in 1825.
Smiths Falls has an appealing selection of housing, from economy to luxury, historic and new, generously spacious or conveniently compact, single homes, semi-detached, townhouses or condominiums. Smiths Falls is served by three retirement homes. A variety of rental options are available.
Smiths Falls and its neighboring areas provide a recreational paradise, featuring an abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities – tennis, squash, curling, hockey, skating, ball, soccer, lawn bowling, boating, fishing, golf, hiking (Cataraqui and Trans Canada Trails), biking, etc. We have scenic in-town walkways and numerous parks throughout the Town. A variety of other structured activities are also available for children and adults.
Service clubs and other groups and a large number of churches mean there’s plenty of opportunity for making friends and being a part of the community. A new activity building for seniors adds to the quality of life for those enjoying their retirement years. A theatre group converted a former railway station into a live theatre and cultural centre. Volunteers are contributing in many other facilities and activities as well, including the three museums located in Town.