Follow the Raindrop!

Join Jennifer Stelzer from EnviroCentre as she guides you though the life of a raindrop! Using materials and information from the City of Ottawa's RAIN program, we will learn the path that water takes from the time it lands on your property until it reaches the river! We will explore the wonderful world of downspouts, drains, ditches, and debris! Together we will see good examples of rain gardens, permeable driveways and other solutions to managing rainwater where it lands.

Come learn how you can make your home RAIN and river friendly. Slow it Down, Soak it Up, Keep it Clean!


Starting at the underpass at Westboro Beach we will walk through the Westboro Beach Neighbourhood, over the transitway and make our way up Roosevelt to the corner of Princeton and Edison. From there, we will follow Edison to Churchill and make our way back to Westboro Beach.

About the walk leader

Jennifer Stelzer is the Manager of Community Sustainability Programs at EnviroCentre, an Ottawa based environmental non-profit. EnviroCentre's mission is to provide people, communities and organizations with practical solutions to lighten their environmental impact in lasting ways. Jennifer has a BA in Geography with a keen interest in urban landscapes and programs that influence citizen behaviour.  The City of Ottawa and EnviroCentre work collaboratively to provide residents with positive and tangible strategies to improve stormwater management at the residential level.

Julia Robinson is a Project Manager in the City of Ottawa's Climate Change and Resiliency team. She develops and manages long-term environmental strategies and projects related to healthy watercourses and climate change adaptation including the City's Neighbourhood RAIN pilot project. Julia has a BSc in Biology and a Master of Environmental Studies.

Find out more about managing rainwater at

Source for raindrop photo.


Jennifer Stelzer and Julia Robinson

Date:Sat May 4, 2019
Time:1:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
Language: English
Start:Westboro Beach Underpass
End:Westboro Beach
Distance:3.25 kms

The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved pathways.  At the very end of the tour we may go right down on the riverbank to the water's edge.

Follow that raindrop! Rain drops kick up a storm on the water's surface. The sign indicates that this garden has been designed to absorb rain and minimize runoff. Capturing rain in a barrel allows the water to be used where it fell instead  of running off into the storm sewers. The fish design on the grate reminds everyone that water that goes down this drain goes into the river.  Keep it clean! Route of the walk from Westboro Beach up into Westboro and back to the beach (3.25 km).
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