Burnstown is a picturesque village nestled in the heart of the Ottawa Valley and home to world-renowned artists, unique galleries, shops, and eateries, all housed in heritage buildings.
You are invited to take time to Discover, Linger, and Rejuvenate as you sample the many tastes and flavours of art, fine coffee and food, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and our seasonal farmers' market. Burnstown is a destination to return to over and over.
Burnstown was first settled around 1825. Situated on the rugged north shore of the Madawaska River, about half- way between Calabogie and Arnprior, it lies at a corner of McNab Township in Renfrew County. Bagot Township starts about one mile west and Horton Township about four miles north. At that time, the village was also about half-way along 16 miles of treacherous rapids on the Madawaska, known as the Long Rapids. It was originally named Johnston's Rock after a huge boulder in the Madawaska where a Mr. Johnston was supposedly drowned.
The early settlers were predominantly of Scottish origin, many of whom came as a result of Laird McNab. A number of Bagot settlers were previously in McNab Township but crossed the line to be out of the Laird's reach. Burnstown United Church (1849)
Burnstown is n amed after Scotland's favourite son and poet Robbie Burns. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Burns