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Burritts Rapids Travel Blog

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Looking south at the Burritts Rapids Locks

I left earlier this Saturday and arrived at Burritts Rapids at a relatively decent hour after a drive of a little more than an hour. I nearly drove past it since the signage didn't seem to indicate exactly where it was until I was literally upon it! Once I'd parked my car, I sat at one of the picnic tables and enjoyed the quiet of the area as I finished my Tim Horton's tea. After that I wandered around taking pictures of the locks area, then crossed over one of them to the other side and read the sign that described the Tip-to-Tip trail. I decided to walk it as it's only 4km, and the return trip was clocked at 1.5 hours, and I had more than enough time.

I started off walking through a bit of wooded area for about 15-20 minutes and of course managed to get three mosquito bites along the way! Silly me, I keep forgetting to put on bug spray, the bugs love to nibble on me.

Burritts Rapids Locks

Then you come out to the village of Burritts Rapids itself. As I found out later from the Locks staff, while there were rapids when a Mr. Burritt first settled the area, once Colonel By came through building the canal, the rapids were flooded underwater, so you can't see them anymore. It's a lovely little village with friendly people.

I walked through a bit of the village until I turned toward one of the bridges that joins the island to the mainland. After stopping to take pictures of the bridge, I found the continuation of the trail going off into the woods again. I stopped at a dam that's near the end of the trail, and then it literally ends at the end of the island.

I managed to do the trip one way, with stops for photo-taking, in 45 minutes, exactly half the time they had listed.

Sign at the Burritts Rapids Locks
I wandered back down the trail, stopped at the general store and got some ice cream and more water (I'd only brought one bottle with me on the walk and was almost out). I asked about the rapids in the general store, but I guess the clerk didn't know the history because she thought they were somewhere along the main road (after you crossed over the bridge). At that time I didn't know any better, so I walked back toward the locks along the main roadway, and fortunately no one ran me any further off the road!

Once back at the locks and having found out the truth about the rapids, I got into my car and headed off to my next stop...

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Looking south at the Burritts Rapi…
Looking south at the Burritts Rap…
Burritts Rapids Locks
Burritts Rapids Locks
Sign at the Burritts Rapids Locks
Sign at the Burritts Rapids Locks
Burritts Rapids Locks
Burritts Rapids Locks
Sign at the Burritts Rapids Locks
Sign at the Burritts Rapids Locks
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Looking north at the Burritts Rap…
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Sign at the start of the Tip-to-T…
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
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Tip-to-Tip Pathway toward Burritt…
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Church in Burritts Rapids
Church in Burritts Rapids
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One of the bridges into Burritts …
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Looking back down the waterway to…
Dam in Burritts Rapids
Dam in Burritts Rapids
Dam in Burritts Rapids
Dam in Burritts Rapids
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Looking back down the waterway on…
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End of the Tip-to-Tip pathway
End of the Tip-to-Tip pathway
End of the Tip-to-Tip pathway
End of the Tip-to-Tip pathway
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
Along the Tip-to-Tip pathway
General store in Burritts Rapids
General store in Burritts Rapids
House in Burritts Rapids
House in Burritts Rapids
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Flowers in someone's garden in Bu…
Burritts Rapids
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