Name: Ken Watson
Date: May 02, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Duration: 1.25 hr
Language: English
Start: Burritt's Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville St.
End: same
Area: Burritt's Rapids
Distance: 0.0 km

The community hall, the village, and the trails are accessible. There is an accessible washroom inside the hall. The historic library has two stairs at the entrance and, therefore, is not wheelchair accessible.

Burritt's Rapids: 15,000 BP to 1832



This 'walk' will be a visual presentation, using period maps and images, looking at Burritt's Rapids from the ice age to the landscape changes brought about by the building of the Rideau Canal. The talk is loosely based on the book The Rideau Route - Exploring the Pre-Canal Waterway.

Post-talk, attendees are invited to walk the Tip-to-Tip trail alongside the canal to the Locks and follow a self-guided tour of the village.  For more information on walks and activities in Burritt's Rapids for Jane's Walk Ottawa, please visit the blog:


This is a lecture-style talk and Q&A at the historic Burritt's Rapids Community Hall. Post-talk, participants are invited to walk Parks Canada's 'Tip-to-Tip' trail along the canal and down to the locks (4 km round trip).  A .pdf guide is available at here.

The Community Hall is located at 23 Grenville the village of Burritt's Rapids.

Please note: there is no bank machine or other services in the village.


Ken Watson is a Rideau history enthusiast living alongside the southern part of the Rideau Canal. He volunteers with several heritage organizations and has written a number of books about the Rideau Canal.

Ken's website on the Rideau Canal is one of the most comprehensive sources on the history, building, and visitors' information on this UNESCO World Heritage site..  A list of Ken's books are included there.  You can find the site at