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One of the most common questions we get asked is where hikers can spend the night along the trail. The Rideau Trail Association doesn’t offer any camping facilities but certain areas permit camping. There are also several hiker-friendly B&Bs along the way as well.

Camping

Since much of the Rideau Trail lies on private property, it is important to only camp at designated campsites and to obtain permits where required. Respecting the wishes of private landowners and federal, provincial & municipal stakeholders is a very important for the RTA. These organizations and individuals have generously granted access to their properties like provincial parks, conservation areas, and private properties for hiking purposes only. When crossing private property, it is crucial to stay on the trail as shown in the map since our agreements with landowners to not provide access to all their land.

Rideau Canal Lockstations

The Rideau Trail crosses or is near several Rideau Canal lockstations that were each built between 1826 & 1832. Part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Parks Canada permits tent camping at most of them for a small fee. These include Chaffeys, Narrows, Smiths Falls (Detached & Combined), Old Slys, Kilmarnock, Merrickville, Nicholsons. Flush toilets and running potable water is available at each lockstation and no reservations are required. Be sure to review the Rideau Trail maps as certain lockstations may be nearby other services and amenities. More information…

Frontenac Provincial Park & Murphys Point Provincial Park

Managed by Ontario Parks, these two provincial parks offer excellent camping facilities for a fee that will make a multi-day hike a little more comfortable. Frontenac offers year-round backcountry campsites that are equipped with tent pads and fire rings while Murphys Point offers seasonal back country sites as well as front-country sites that provide access to showers & even laundry facilities. Camping is only allowed with a permit and at designated campsites in the parks.

Wesley Clover Parks (formerly Ottawa Municipal Campground)

This urban campsite provides a good option for RT hikers leaving or entering Ottawa. More information…

Lions Club Campsite (Merrickville)

Well-serviced campsite near downtown Merrickville that provides wifi. More information…

Victoria Park (Smiths Falls)

Victoria Park is a municipal park suited to families that includes over 50 serviced campsites near the Rideau Canal’s Combined Lockstation (the deepest on the system) and just steps from downtown Smiths Falls. Camping here provides access to services like laundry and showers. More information…

Last Duel Park (Perth)

Last Duel Campground in located in the town of Perth on the Tay Canal that connects to the Rideau Canal. From here, you are within walking distance from downtown Perth. This historic park is equipped with several amenities suited to trailers, including laundry. More information…

Foley Mountain Conservation Area (near Westport)

Foley Mountain is a favourite location for many Rideau Trail hikers, making it an idyllic campsite. Note: camping is only permitted for one night and by advance reservation. A small fee may be required. More information…

Mosquito Lake

Between map points 06C & 06D (south of Bedford Mills), there is a campsite on the shore of Mosquito Lake owned by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) for the use of canoeists. Small parties of RTA members hiking in the area have permission to use this facility, thanks to the generosity of the private landowners whose property surrounds the CRCA site. Care must be taken to use the private laneway only to gain access to the campsite and to avoid intruding onto these private properties. Open fires are not permitted at the campsite. Be sure to review Map 6 for a better idea of this location.

Skycroft Campground

Located on Opinicon Lake, which is part of the Rideau Canal, Skycroft is a family-run commercial campground with several services on site. Find Skycroft on the Rideau Trail map at point 06A. More information…

Lindsay Lake

Near map point 05G, there is a small opening where camping is permitted. Be sure to review Map 5 for a better idea of this location.

Doe Lake Campsite

Near map point 04G, there is a primitive campsite built and maintained by the RTA for use of RT hikers.

Unity Road Campsite

A primitive campsite is available on private property near hydro lines and the K&P Trail (map point 02D), 2.7 km north of Unity Rd. This campsite is maintained by the RTA for the use of RT through-hikers. Please follow Leave-No-Trace principles.

KOA Campground (Kingston)

There is a KOA campground at 2039 Cordukes Rd, N of Bur Brook Rd, about 1 km from the RT. More information…

Crown Land

Near the Rideau Trail, there are a few sections of unserviced Crown Land that permit camping. Consult the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas to determine a location that may suit your needs. More information…

Roofed accommodations

Leave the tent and sleeping pad at home and travel in style. Here are a few places on or near the Rideau Trail that provide roofed accommodations. We couldn’t begin to list the options in Kingston and Ottawa but we’ll list a few in between. Be sure to check sites like bbcanada.com for more ideas.

Baldachin Inn (Merrickville)

Their rooms offer private bathrooms, cable TV & wifi. Several suites have fireplaces and hot tubs. All rooms are non-smoking and well-behaved dogs are always welcome. They even have bicycles to lend to guests. More information…

Best Western Colonel By Inn (Smiths Falls)

Comfortable chain hotel in Smiths Falls, located across the street from a large grocery store, a Canadian Tire and close to several other shops. In the summer, fruit and vegetable stands are usually nearby as well. More information…

Beveridges Lockstation (Port Elmsley)

In 2015, Beveridges Lockstation installed showers and four permanent tents called oTENTiks that can accommodate up to six people each. These three-season shelters provide an affordable and minimal option for groups. Reservations are required. While at Beveridges, be sure to catch a movie at the Port Elmsley Drive-In. More information…

The Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa (Westport)

This small resort in the heart of Westport, located on the banks of Upper Rideau Lake, offers accommodations, a full service restaurant, spa services and frequent evening entertainment. More information…

Opinicon Lodge (Chaffeys Lock)

Re-opened in 2015, this historic lodge on the Rideau Canal offers accommodations, a full service restaurant and an ice cream parlour. More information…

Desert Lake Family Resort

Located about 5.5km off the Rideau Trail, between Frontenac Provincial Park & Gould Lake Conservation Area, this is a popular summer spot for families. More information…

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