For novice paddlers who want a quick outing, launch above the locks at the Merrickville public beach, and head towards the locks, around Treasure Island, or straight upriver. Explore close to the beach: look for the Osprey nest across the river, glide over 200-year-old tree stumps in the shallows to the left, take a quiet paddle up the approach to the locks, or head for the spillway around Treasure Island. The current is not strong, the water is clear, and the shorelines are generally undeveloped. You don’t have to go far to “get away from it all”.
Exploring this area is a novel way to spend a summer morning, afternoon, or late afternoon. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Everything else you need before and after your rental is available downtown, three blocks away. You can park your car for free at the beach, and we’ll deliver and pick up the boats for free as well. Downtown parking is free, and there is a public restroom downtown.
The Merrickville sunset is beautiful. Evening paddles are unforgettable – quiet waters, loons, and isolation. We’ve more than once rented “romance” packages – couples wanting a quiet, undisturbed time away from everything. However, because of family commitments, these take some advance planning, so call ahead and we’ll do our best to fit you in.The novelty of paddling from Merrickville is memorable.
Our half-day rental rates are here. There is no delivery charge for any rental that starts in Merrickville.
Overnight Tripping on the Rideau
Note: times quoted are approximate, and your times will vary depending upon your conditioning, your boat, and your personality. (These are not times to match or beat.)
Route of The Paddling Divas (Smiths Falls to Kemptville) Friday to Sunday
A group of nurses and social workers, or, in other words, Amazons, start at Edmunds on a Friday, leaving at 10am, to arrive mid-to-late-afternoon at the Lions Club Park in Merrickville, travels from Merrickville to reach lower Burritt’s Saturday afternoon, then ends Sunday afternoon at a public launch site past Rideau River Provincial Park.
This trip maximizes the Merrickville pub experience, gives a quieter night at Burritt’s, then offers some serious tripping on the final day. We named this trip for the self-named Paddling Divas, a great group of fund-raising hell-raisers.
If you’re thinking of a trip for a group, this itinerary is ideal – good down-river tripping, comfortable campsites with nightlife, and lots of memories. References upon request.