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Historic Blue Loop - Burritts Rapids - Rideau Trail


The trail turns left on Highway #43 to the William Merick House, built in 1821 by the founder of Merrickville, stands above the Rideau River to the left. The trail crosses the bridge over the Rideau River. The Merrick Tavern built in 1830 by the sons of the founder, stands on the rightside of the northern approach.

Burritts Rapids: The trail turns left onto a road crossing the bridge over Rideau River south channel. Burritts Rapids is named after Colonel Stephen Burritt, a United Empire Loyalist who arrived in 1793 with his wife and built a log cabin on the north bank The trail continues along Dwyer Hill Road, passing Paden Road after 1.4 km and reaching its junction with the main Trail after a further 2km.

Information provided by the Rideau Trail guidebook.


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