Walking the Island
Burritts Rapids Travel Blog› entry 6 of 29 › view all entries
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.
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.
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...