Revel in the lasting charm of this historic settlement, now a university town, and explore the rolling hills that rise above it.
Since its humble beginnings as a forest settlement on the outskirts of the Oxford Township, Kemptville has grown to be the largest town in the North Grenville area. Today, this historic spot is a bustling university town surrounded by forest on the banks of the Kemptville Creek, just a few miles from the impressive Rideau River.
Visit Kemptville to savor the tranquility of small-town life. With a population of around 3,500, Kemptville is the kind of community where the locals know each other’s names. As a visitor, you’re sure to meet some friendly faces. Stop by one of the restaurants in the center of town for Ontarian hospitality or a pint of local beer. Dining options are varied, ranging from classic Italian to Texan cuisine.
Spend time exploring the sites of Kemptville’s Old Town. Since the beginning of the 19th century, this has been the commercial hub of the area. Take a stroll down Prescott and Streets to discover shopping and dining options. Pick up handmade goods or local produce from one of the many shops on the strip.
Stop by an antique store to find historic pieces, browse the collection at the public library or learn about the local history at the North Grenville Historical Society. See the oldest church in town, theSt James Anglican church located on the corner of Clothier and Harriet Streets.
Hike along one of the many trails that lead from Kemptville. The scenic forested areas that surround the town provide great views across the neighboring farmland. Take a short trek to reach the bank of the Rideau River. Pack a picnic to enjoy an afternoon next to the water.
Kemptville is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Canada’s capital, Ottawa, where you can find the nearest international airport. Reach the town via the Veterans Memorial Highway. Once in Kemptville, you’ll find hotels in the downtown region and plenty of private accommodation in the surrounding areas.