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Welcome to the official page for current 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). We also have a brief list of ongoing hazards that may that hikers may encounter while hiking the Rideau Trail.

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

  • Date
  • Status
  • Map
  • Description
  • Nov 20, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 11
  • The Drummond - North Elmsley Community Centre has been sold to a private owner and parking is no longer available at that location (close to point 11C on the July 2016 map)
  • Nov 18, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 16
  • Sections of Bleek's Road between 16D and 16F are flooded and may be impassable with at least 6 inches of water on the trail.  Be prepared to take alternate routes and/or retrace your steps.
  • Nov 18, 2017
  • Update
  • Map 16
  • UPDATE: Most of the Richmond Blue Loops have been reopened. Click on the map link (Map 16) to show the section still closed (red trail) due to construction.  There  are detour signs at both 16BC going south east through the bush & near 16BD parking lot.  The parking lot at 16BD is still open but when going northwest on the blue trail about 30 feet there is a detour sign going west (yellow trail) through the lagoon on a berm to reconnect to the blue trail.
  • Nov 10, 2017
  • Resolved
  • Map 19
  • UPDATE  This section of the trail has been re-opened as repairs were completed in early November 2017.  The detour signs have now been removed.
  • Nov 1, 2017
  • 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.
  • November 8, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 15
  • Sections near Richmond, through the Marlborough Forest - and possibly elsewhere on the Rideau Trail are facing  flood conditions. Hikers may come across sections of trail that are 2 to 3 feet under water. Take caution and be safe.
  • Nov 1, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 9
  • The bridge at the end of Mill Street over the Tay River is closed for construction work until the end of November. When hiking Kingston-bound turn right (Northwest) at the Town Hall and follow Gore Street to the traffic lights.  Turn left onto Foster Street and cross the next set of traffic lights to Peter Street. Follow Peter Street to Rogers Road and turn Left to rejoin the trail one block to the southeast at John Street. When hiking Ottawa-bound follow the trail on John Street to the bridge closed sign and turn left onto Thom Street. In one block turn right onto Peter Street and follow it to the traffic lights.  Continue on to the second set of lights and turn right onto Gore Street.  At the Town Hall, turn left at the RTA sign into the Crystal Palace park and rejoin the trail.
  • September 30, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 14
  • Paden Rd. to Donnelly Rd. (Map point 14C-14B) is temporarily closed due to Hunting (No Entry sign) posted by the landowner. It is expected to reopen December 1, 2017.  During this time follow the detour blue trail which will take you around on Dwyer Hill Rd. to reconnect on the main RT.
  • September 30, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 19
  • Mud Lake (Map point 19C) is temporarily closed until further notice due to damage from a major storm. Please follow the main trail.
  • August 25, 2017
  • Current
  • Map 11
  • The blue trail from the Lower Beveridges Locks to the Beveridges Dam has been extended. Hikers can now cross the dam when water levels are low. Please read the RTA and Parks Canada signs regarding the dangers.  NOTE: The trail does NOT extend beyond the picnic area at this time. Learn more... 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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