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Burritt's Rapids Lock

Burritts Rapids LockIn 1793, a United Empire Loyalist family (the Burritts) made their home along this stretch of the Rideau, building sawmill, bridge and school, a store, tavern and several homes opposite the rapids. Bypassed by the railway shortly after the turn of the century, the thriving village settled down to become a quiet hamlet. Colonel By created an island to house the lock station when building the Canal back in 1830, and today, a trail on this site, the Tip to Tip Trail, provides a delightful 2-hour stroll giving visitors a chance to stretch their legs as they pass through woodlands, to observe marshes abounding with frogs, beaver and muskrat, and to take in historic homes in the village. Self-guide brochures are available at the Lock station.

The last weekend in July is the usual date of the Around-the-Island Canoe Race and community picnic.

Burritts Back ChannelThere is excellent tie-up space at the floating docks in the back channel (Burritt's Inlet). Further up Burritt's Inlet is good anchorage and swimming. A restaurant with laundry facilities is located across the road and a small convenience store in the village (a short walk over the swing bridge and onto the main street) provides the usual last minute food and gift items.

NavigationNavigation notes
  • About 3 miles (5 km) downstream at N210-209 (not 210/2) boaters can choose to take the main channel or take a short detour around "The Catchall", a quiet, pretty spot with depths greater than in the main channel and offering good, sheltered anchorages.

  • Libby Island has a public park at the east end which is accessed from River Road. Anchorage is possible around the southern tip of the Island in 6 feet (2m) of water.

  • The tranquil 8 mile (12 km) stretch of river between Burritt's Rapids and the bridge just east of Beckett's Landing is narrow and winds in a NE'ly direction. The recommended track is well marked and passes by many historic farmsteads, Loyalist graveyards and today's working farms.

Watch Your Wake
A Wake up call!   

Boat wakes can upset canoes and small boats, damage moored vessels and erode shoreline banks. Although not all areas are posted, boaters operating in narrow channels, around busy or congested areas and near marinas are cautioned that failing to keep their boat wake to a minimum can result in a ticket and substantial fine. Learn the water speed which your vessel can cruise at without making a damaging wake.
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