Niknaks Paddle Shack was created by Nicola Thomson, former Coordinator of the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) and her husband, Chris Thomson. The couple was inspired to create a venture that would provide visitors and residents with the unforgettable experience of locking-through the Rideau Canal’s historic locks.

“We are so fortunate to have the Rideau Canal right in our own backyard, yet many locals have yet to truly experience it.” – Nicola Thomson, Director

Through Niknaks, Nicola and Chris are living their dreams: providing an affordable, family-friendly activity that encourages health and wellness in their community.