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Smiths Falls, Ontario
The town was founded in 1823 on land owned by United Empire Loyalist Thomas Smyth. With the construction of the canal, Smiths Falls became easily accessible for shipping, and in 1854 it was incorporated as a village.
The town is on the Rideau Canal system for recreational boating, and is served by the Smiths Falls-Montague Airport for general aviation. It is also a major rail junction point, and receives regular passenger service to Ottawa and Toronto from VIA Rail.
Several manufacturers are based in Smiths Falls, perhaps the most well-known being the Canadian operation of Hershey Foods. Its location on the Rideau Canal, with several large lakes in the vicinity, makes it a tourism hot spot.
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