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!

Carte indiquant le point de départ

Starting at the recreational pathway underpass at Westboro Beach, we will walk through the Westboro Beach neighbourhood to the transitway overpass.  We'll turn south on Workman Ave. to Atlantis Ave., and then go east on Atlantis, heading back to the beach.  (See the route map in the photo gallery below.)

Au sujet du guide

Jennifer Stelzer is the Manager of Community Sustainability Programs at EnviroCentre, an Ottawa based environmental not-for-profit firm. 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 and 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.

Karine Bertrand is a Project Engineer within the City of Ottawa’s Stormwater Management Branch. She manages the delivery of renewal and rehabilitation projects for the City’s numerous stormwater facilities, as well as green infrastructure pilot projects that test new methods for treating polluted stormwater runoff at the source. Karine has a BASc in Civil Engineering and is an avid gardener.

Find out more about managing rainwater at

Source for raindrop photo.


Jennifer Stelzer et Karine Bertrand

Date:mer 2 oct., 2019
Durée: 1 heure
Langue: anglais
Début:Westboro Beach Underpass
Fin:return to the beach
Quartier:Westboro/Westboro Beach
Distance:1.5 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.

Galerie d'images
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 that we will take to 'Follow the Raindrop!'