From CP, the easiest route is to drive to Dwyer Hill Road and follow it through Burritts Rapids until you get to the garden centre on your right a few minutes later.
We happened through Burritts Rapids just as they were cranking the bridge to allow a boat to pass under. This seems to happen only about 5X a day according to the guy doing the cranking, so we lucked out. But we didn't completely luck out because when I tried to click the camera, I discovered that I was sans memory card. Blast!
I did have my old old Digital Rebel with its kit lens and tiny LCD screen (don't ask why) which I hauled out once we got to the garden centre. Although I used the camera, purchased in 2003, for 8 years and thought it was fine, after 4 years of using a newer camera with a good LCD screen, it was like using a toy. Ah well.
So anyway ... here is a photo I found on the web of the swing bridge. To swing it, a guy sticks a shaft in a crank and walks around in a circle. It's impressive how easy one person can open a big bridge. Good old fashioned engineering.
Once we arrived at the Rideau Rural Ramble, I was quite impressed and took some pictures with my toy camera.
|The Entrance. No admission fee btw.|
|Pretty lady sitting outside hut with paintings inside|
|The grounds were imperssive with extensive gardens, including woodland paths,|
which we avoided for the most part having no insect repellent.
In addition to the gardens and plant sales areas, there were plenty of sculptures and artwork placed about.
|A lovely pond|
|Benches here and there|
All in all, it was a lovely spot. The day was really heating up, more than we had thought when we set out, so we didn't linger too long, but it is a nice destination and not too far a trip. We had intended to have a nice lunch in Merrickville, but we decided to head to our cool home for the remainder of the day.
It's a daytrip that I would like to do again, with a sidetrip to Merrickville, on a cooler day.
The Rideau Rural Ramble website: http://www.rideauwoodlandramble.com/