While time travel has yet to become a reality, sometimes a road trip to a small village can feel like a trip back in time. In Ontario, one of those villages is Merrickville. Described as one of the only authentic preserved 19th-century villages in the province, and it’s also one of the “most beautiful.”

The Victorian village is located in eastern Ontario on the banks of the Rideau Canal, just one hour outside of Ottawa.

Known as the “Jewel of the Rideau”, it was also named Canada’s most beautiful village by the organization Communities in Bloom, according to Merrickville’s website.

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“You won’t find any parking meters or traffic lights here but you might find the Town Crier and very friendly villagers,” says the village chamber’s website.

The community has more designated heritage buildings than any other of similar size in Ontario — we’re talking over 100!

Merrickville also boasts “heritage, natural attractions, delightful restaurants and shops,” as well as “small town hospitality and “year-round enchantment.”

There is so much to see and do, like exploring the old stone homes and structures, antique shopping, and visiting the artist studios and artisan shops.

You can also go paddling and boating on the Rideau Canal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town also hosts an abundance of festivals, including The Rideau Woodland Ramble for gardening lovers, according to the Leeds Grenville Economic Development. It also add that the surrounding region of Wolford is picturesque in itself, with dairy farms dominating the landscape.

So, if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway that will make you forget all about your modern-day worries, head on down to Merrickville… and take us with you!