The Rogers' Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

town of Arnprior

Ideallic view

Mississippi River

town of Carleton Place

Fishing in Rideau Canal behind the motorhome

Rideau Canal in Smiths Falls

Water tower in Smiths Falls

Frog in the parkinglot of Hershey's Factory

going into Hershey's factory & chocolate shop

After the tour with our free O Henry bar

Sunshine & blue skies today! The red in the trees is becoming more and more evident and even the ground cover in places is red. We follow the Trans Canada along the Ottawa River, close to the Quebec border to the town of Arnprior where we turn south on Hwy 15 to Smiths Falls. Now we are coming into the older part of Ontario, most houses here are made out of brick and we see some 'mansions' in this area. We are only about 80 km from Ottawa, so these are bedroom communities for the big city. Once we turn south, we actually follow the Mississippi river for a while, and come to Smiths Falls.

Smiths Falls is a town that has been around since the early 1700's. Back then, this area was known as Upper Canada, and the US Army would give acreage to their soldiers who had served for a certain amount of time. A soldier by the name of Smyth received 400 acres and started a saw mill and over time the area grew, and the post office was named Smiths Falls when it opened in the early 1800's.

In 1826, the US Army led by Lt. Colonel By was commissioned to build the Rideau Canal and it was finished in 1832, 175 years ago.

The canal stretches from Kingston to Ottawa, about 200 km, and was built to provide safe passage for soldiers and supplies during war time. It links lakes and rivers, and remains North America's largest operating canal. There are 47 locks, most of them hand operated, that help the boats navigate the canal. The canal nowadays is for pleasure craft only, about 200 boats a day will pass through Smiths Falls in the summer months! The locks are only operational in the summer, Oct 15 is the last day for the locks.

We stayed at the Victoria Park Campground, which is run by the city. It closed on Oct 10, so we were there in the nick of time. It was a beautiful spot, very peaceful and scenic.

We visited the Hershey factory, where you could take a self-guided tour (no camera's allowed!) which dropped you back in the chocolate shop. This factory only produces the O Henry bar, and is one of 5 plants that Hershey owns, most of them being in Pennsylvania.

We bought some bulk O Henry bars and get 4 free O Henry bars at the till! This is the kind of tour we like!

We return to the campground, walk with Hudson and the boys fish the canal.

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