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
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.
There is a Guidebook of Maps and Trail description which
is available to both members and non-members by mail from the
RTA, some bookstores and outdoor stores.