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Shops, Signs, Windows, Doors & Locks of Merrickville

The Rideau Canal system provides an inland waterway for transport of goods and people from Kingston to Ottawa, Ontario(from Canada's original confederation capitol to the current capitol). The Rideau Canal Waterway was constructed following the War of 1812 to insure the ability to transport goods from LAKE at Kingston to Ottawa as a logistical precaution in the event of another war. As much as possible, the canal system utilized existing rivers (primarily the Rideau and Cataraqui Rivers) and lakes, joining them as needed to construct the continuous waterway between the two cities. It took Lt. Col. John By, a British Army Officer and Royal Engineer, seven years to complete the project. The 125 mile long watereway was completed in 1832. Along the route there are 45 locks at 24 stations. The locks in this "oldest continuously operating canal system in North America" are still worked by hand with lockmasters closing and opening the gates and valves that raise and lower the boats traversing the length of the Waterway.

Merrickville sits on the Waterway at Locks #21 - #23. It is about a 1 hour drive along the canal from Ottawa. Merrickville was founded by William Mirick (later changed to Merrick) who received a grant to open a saw mill utilizing the hydropower from the local falls on the Rideau River. The settlement flourished, adding a shingle and a grist mill as well as a foundry and a blacksmith shop. The opening of the Rideau Canal Waterway in 1832 gave the community a period of further growth that lasted until 1860. Growth slowed to a halt when the railroad was not routed through Merrickville. The co mmunity awoke from its slumber in the 1960s as groups began promoting and exploiting the Canal and the towns robust heritage.

This photo tour starts with a look at the locks and their operation, then a walking tour showing some of the shops, signs, windows, doors and buildings of Merrickville and finally a brief look at the ruins of the "Industrial Complex," the site of the original mills on the Rideau River.
Welcome to Merrickville
Welcome to Merrickville
The Block House, circa 1832
The Block House, circa 1832
The First Boat Enters the Upper Lock #23, ...
The First Boat Enters the Upper Lock #23, ...
... Followed by Others ....
... Followed by Others ....
... Until ...
... Until ...
... the Lock is Full.
... the Lock is Full.
Opereated by Hand, as It Has since 1832 ...
Opereated by Hand, as It Has since 1832 ...
...the Lockmaster Closes the Big Gates...
...the Lockmaster Closes the Big Gates...
...to Create a Seal ...
...to Create a Seal ...
...to Allow the Water in to Raise the Boats to the Next Level.
...to Allow the Water in to Raise the Boats to the Next Level.
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Winch
Lock Gate Mechanism
Lock Gate Mechanism
Tie-down Hook for Lock Operations
Tie-down Hook for Lock Operations
The Exit Gate Holds Back the High-water Beyond
The Exit Gate Holds Back the High-water Beyond
The Boats Await the Rising Waters
The Boats Await the Rising Waters
The Valves Are Opened and Water Flows In
The Valves Are Opened and Water Flows In
The Craft Start Their Eight Foot Upward Journey
The Craft Start Their Eight Foot Upward Journey
With Equal Levels, the Upper Gates Are Opened ...
With Equal Levels, the Upper Gates Are Opened ...
...So the Awaiting Boats Can proceed Towards Kingston.
...So the Awaiting Boats Can proceed Towards Kingston.
Sam Jakes Inn
Sam Jakes Inn
Porch Entrance Door at Sam Jakes, circa 1861
Porch Entrance Door at Sam Jakes, circa 1861
Another Kind Of Lock
Another Kind Of Lock
Ornate Dentals and Scrolls ...
Ornate Dentals and Scrolls ...
...Adorn the Inn's Exterior
...Adorn the Inn's Exterior
A View Through Porch Woodwork
A View Through Porch Woodwork
The Pearson House
The Pearson House
Pearson House Peak
Pearson House Peak
Pearson House Dormer
Pearson House Dormer
Pearson House Dormer
Pearson House Dormer
The Percival House
The Percival House
Baldichen Restaurant at Main and St. Lawrence Streets
Baldichen Restaurant at Main and St. Lawrence Streets
Baldachin Inn Entrance
Baldachin Inn Entrance
Relaxing Courtyard at Baldichen Inn
Relaxing Courtyard at Baldichen Inn
Psychics Sign at Baldichen Inn
Psychics Sign at Baldichen Inn
Knock Knock Shoppe
Knock Knock Shoppe
Can You Bear It ?
"Can You Bear It ?"
Kato's with Knight Guardian
Kato's with Knight Guardian
Ice Cream Anyone ...
Ice Cream Anyone ...
...Or, Perhaps You're thirsty...
...Or, Perhaps You're thirsty...
...Or Hungary, or Both.
...Or Hungary, or Both.
The Goose & Gridiron Offers...
The Goose & Gridiron Offers...
...Both Food and Beverages.
...Both Food and Beverages.
Windsor's Courtyard
Windsor's Courtyard
Antique and Craft Shops Abound
Antique and Craft Shops Abound
Vintage Trends
Vintage Trends
Miller's of Merrickville
Miller's of Merrickville
Miller's of Merrickville
Miller's of Merrickville
Miller's of Merrickville
Miller's of Merrickville
The Tyndall House on Lewis Street, circa 1855
The Tyndall House on Lewis Street, circa 1855
A Quaint Cottage Door
A Quaint Cottage Door
The Grotto, an Art Gallery
The Grotto, an Art Gallery
Artiques, a Christmas Shop
Artiques, a Christmas Shop
Flower Petals & Gifts
Flower Petals & Gifts
What a Girl Wants, a Tastefully Naughty Shop
What a Girl Wants, a Tastefully Naughty Shop
David's Glass Blowing
David's Glass Blowing
Dickens' Gad's Hill Place
Dickens' Gad's Hill Place
Country Bumpkins, the Name Says It All
Country Bumpkins, the Name Says It All
Stone House Gallery
Stone House Gallery
Miricks Landing, Named for the Village's Founder
Miricks Landing, Named for the Village's Founder
The United Church across Main Street
The United Church across Main Street
United Church Across St. Lawrenece Street
United Church Across St. Lawrenece Street
United Church Peak
United Church Peak
United Church Rose Window
United Church Rose Window
United Church Windows
United Church Windows
Remains of the Inductrial Complex Mills
Remains of the Inductrial Complex Mills
Industrial Complex Ruins
Industrial Complex Ruins
Old Storage Tank - Industrial Complex
Old Storage Tank - Industrial Complex
Tank Support Bracket - Industrial Complex
Tank Support Bracket - Industrial Complex
Abandoned Piece of Mill Machinery - Industrial Complex
Abandoned Piece of Mill Machinery - Industrial Complex
A Fond Farewell to the Village of Merrickville, Ontario, Canada
A Fond Farewell to the Village of Merrickville, Ontario, Canada