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Welcome to the official page for current and recently resolved Rideau Trail trail alerts. Remember to always check this page before hiking on the Rideau Trail. This page is maintained by by RTA trail maintenance volunteers and relies on contributions from hikers like you. Take part in maintaining the Rideau Trail and report a hazard by emailing us at info@rideautrail.org or by phoning us at 1-613-545-0823.

Alerts are listed in reverse chronological order, the most recent first, with their latest status (e.g. Current or Resolved).

Important: Closure information is not always actively updated on weekends.

  • Date
  • Status
  • Map
  • Description
  • June 25, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 8
  • The Rideau Trail in Murphys Point Provincial Park (Lally Homestead - map point 09B) and near the St. Anthony's Monastery (near 08G) on Miners Point Road is experiencing flooding due to the beaver dams in the area. Best route: From Miners Point Road (400m west of 08G), turn left on Miners Point Road, turn right on Narrows Lock Road and right on Lally Road and walk to 09B.
  • June 22, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 19
  • Due to heavy flood damage along the Ottawa River Pathway, the Rideau Trail from 19H to 19G (Richmond Landing/Portage Bridge) will be closed until the fall of 2018. Best route (Kingston-bound): Start at 19H and walk up the hill beside the locks for 300m. Go up the stairs beside the Lockmaster's Office and head west on Wellington Street for 1.2km. Turn right onto the Trans-Canada Trail beside Library & Archives and follow the trail to Richmond Landing (19G). Follow the Rideau Trail normally from there. Reverse the directions for Ottawa-bound hiking. View a map of the suggested detour.
  • June 25, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 1
  • The boardwalk between map points O1B (King Street) and 01C (Bath Road) is flooded. Reroute: From 01B, turn right on King Street, left on Portsmouth and left on Bath Road to 01C.
  • October 6, 2016
  • Current
  • All
  • Hikers are advised to wear "hunter orange" hats and clothing in any situation in or near which hunting may be taking place.  Dates should be confirmed by checking the hunting information at the Ministry of Natural Resources' Website. Some hunting and trapping takes place year-round but November is the primary hunting season in the area of the Rideau Trail (Wildlife Management Units 64 and 67). Some landowners close their section during hunting season and post signage to this affect.  Please adhere to these signs.
  • September 25, 2016
  • Current
  • Map 16
  • Richmond Blue Loop [Map point 16BD (including parking lot) to King St.]. is temporarily closed due to construction.  During this time follow the detour blue trail.  The blue trail from McBean St. to King St. can still be used to see the parkland of the Richmond Conservation Area but you will have to return to McBean St.  Also the intersection of Shea Rd & Perth St. to 16BD can be used but you will have to return to Shea Rd & Perth St.
  • August 31, 2016
  • Current
  • Map 7
  • The Rideau Trail has been re-routed near North Shore Road at the request of a private landowner. Southbound, the Trail now continues a little further along North Shore Road past a driveway before turning Left and rising through forest to rejoin the former Trail route. Heading North on the Trail, it now turns Left just before a rocky outcrop, then bends Right and descends slightly to a Left turn to North Shore Road, where it turns Right.
  • July 6, 2016
  • Current
  • Map 5
  • A bear was spotted near Garter Lake where the Rideau Trail turns off the Cataraqui Trail and could still be in the vicinity. Remember that bears are a part of the natural environment and are not a nuisance. Bears should be respected: never purposely feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them. For more information on preventing conflicts with bears visit the Government of Ontario's Bear Wise Webpage.
  • June 6, 2016
  • Current
  • Map 3
  • The trail has been rerouted between Alton Rd. And Freeman Rd.
    Heading north from Sydneham, the trail will now turn east (right) on Alton Road Follow Alton Road, until Rosedale Road. Turn north (left) on Rosedale Road and follow until Freeman Road. Turn west (left) and follow Freeman Road until where the RT meets Freeman Road at the parking area at point 04A.
  • July 1, 2015
  • Current
  • Map 15
  • There is an existing Alert closing the trail between Points 15E and 15F on Map 15. In the same area, including the existing reroute, a mother bear and cub has been spotted under the main hydro line in this area. Remember that bears are a part of the natural environment and are not a nuisance. Bears should be respected: never purposely feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them. For more information on preventing conflicts with bears visit the Government of Ontario's Bear Wise Webpage.

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