|Burritts Rapids - Lock 17
photo by: Ken W. Watson
|A single lock provides 10.5 feet (3.2 m) of lift. This quiet lockstation marks the southern end of the "Long Reach", the longest section of the Rideau Canal uninterrupted by locks. The next lock to the north is Long Island, 40 km (25 mi) away.
The island on which much of Burritts Rapids sits today was formed by the building of the Rideau Canal. The lock sits at the bottom of a ravine, an old flood channel. A dam in the Rideau River near the head (south end) of the island provides a navigation depth of water in this ravine.
For a full history of the Burritts Rapids Lock see: History of the Burritts Rapids Lock
|Press your BACK button to return to the originating page or ...||Photo Gallery|