Our Great Big
Colour-Cover Photo Contest
Congratulations to winning photographer Jack Tannett!
Jack took both of the wonderful photos that will appear on the front and back covers of the fall Rideau Trail Newsletter.
to everyone for entering and for voting. And keep shooting! Our next
contest may be looking for wintry photos or shots taken on RTA hikes in
other places that we love to go. You never know when a funny or
wonderful sight will appear!
The Rideau Trail Association is a non-profit organization and a
founding member of Hike Ontario. Its purpose is to preserve and
maintain a hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa. Its registered
trademark is a red-orange isosceles triangle; these triangles are used
to mark the main trail (to distinguish the two directions,
Kingston-bound trail markers carry yellow tips). In addition to the
main trail, there are a number of side trails which are marked by blue
triangles. The total length of cleared and marked trails is 387 km.
The trail itself crosses terrain ranging from
placid farmland to the rugged Canadian shield. It is only intended for
walking (hiking), snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. No part of the
Rideau Trail itself is owned by the Rideau Trail Association; the
continuity of the trail is made possible by the generous permission of
both private and public landowners and is enhanced by the existence of
a special fund called the Rideau
Trail Preservation Fund.
Each of the three hiking clubs of the RTA -
Kingston, Central (Perth), and Ottawa, organize outings in all seasons
of the year. They usually take place on the weekend and comprise an
activity appropriate for the season, such as cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing in winter and hiking in the spring, summer, and fall. Other
activities are scheduled during the week or on some holidays.
Maps and trail descriptions are available free to
both members and non-members on the website. Hard copies are also
available for sale.