DRIVEN: Top 5 Day-trip Destinations

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Almonte:Almonte is a scenic mill town on the Mississippi River, near Ottawa. Their 19th-century main street offers galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Excellent restaurants and specialty shops make Almonte a foodie haven, offering lovely inns and B&Bs, some in historic homes along the river. There's lots to see and do, including a thriving arts community and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Merrickville:Having officially been dubbed Canada's Most Beautiful Village by Communities in Bloom, and with more designated heritage buildings than any other Ontario community of like-size, Merrickville is a unique and vibrant Victorian village on the Rideau Canal. Less than an hour's drive from both Ottawa and the U.S.-Canada border, the Village of Merrickville and the surrounding rural area of Wolford love to celebrate their history and culture. Join in and enjoy its heritage, natural attractions, delightful restaurants and shops, small town hospitality, and its all-round, year-round enchantment.

Perth:When you first visit Perth, Ontario, you just might fall in love with it. Whether you stroll through the beautifully landscaped Stewart Park, sit riverside on a restaurant patio or shop in the downtown heritage core, you'll feel it. You'll look up. And around. And soak it all in. That's when you realize you've arrived in a magical little town that you didn't even know you loved. Until now.

Chelsea:The gateway to Gatineau Park, the rural municipality of Chelsea prides itself on its culture and picturesque setting. The town's art galleries, boutiques, cafés, restaurants and other gourmet stops give the area an incomparable charm that is felt year round. The municipality is also proud of its heritage, having designated two cemeteries as historic sites and developed the Meech Creek Valley Route.

Wakefield:Wakefield offers a warm welcome with a variety of cafés, pubs, galleries and boutiques. For the outdoor enthusiast, Wakefield is a four-season playground. Located on the northern edge of Gatineau Park, one can cross-country ski or snowshoe through over 200km of some of the finest trails in Eastern Ontario or Western Quebec in the winter, or hike or mountain bike those same Gatineau Park trails during Spring, Summer and Fall. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for the day and paddle the Gatineau River, or experience dogsledding, horseback riding or other guided adventures only a short drive from the village.

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