I stepped back in time, thanks to a trek with friends around the village of Burritts Rapids. The hamlet, wedged ’twixt the Rideau River and Rideau Canal, was one I’d only passed through before; it was time to stay a spell. An Internet search uncovered two self-guided walking tours promising insight into both the canal’s history and communion with a pretty part of the North Grenville countryside.
One is a hike across the island on which Burritts Rapids sits. I soaked up the peaceful environment while learning a little about the canal’s construction and how it altered its surroundings. The other tour winds through village streets graced by beautiful old houses. The streetscape probably hasn’t changed much in 150 years. Together, the tours take a leisurely couple of hours.Peter Johansen, Ottawa Citizen, 2012