The Central Club section of the Rideau Trail begins at Murphys Point Provincial Park and ends at Rosedale, just north of Smiths Falls. The area is very scenic with rivers, lakes and rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield. It encompasses the historic towns of Perth and Smiths Falls as well as portions of the Rideau Canal. Hikes are organized on most weekends throughout the year as well as more leisurely walks on Wednesday mornings.

Upcoming Outings

If these outings interest you, you may wish to become a member of the Rideau Trail Association. As a member you will receive a quarterly newsletter containing a list of all the hikes, social activities, news from each club and other interesting articles.

Organized outings commence with all participants gathering at the meeting location. From there, those without transportation or those who wish to do so, carpool to the starting point of the outing. Times displayed for each outing are departure times from the meeting place and are strictly adhered to.

Our quarterly newsletter contains details on outings with contact information for the leaders. If you have questions or concerns, RTA members can call or email the leader well in advance of any hike they’d would like to join. Not an RTA member? Join today! For more information please call the Central Club at 613-267-5756 or email the RTA at info@rideautrail.org.

It’s important to arrive properly prepared for the outing, so please consult the leader if you have questions. Descriptions of the levels of difficulty are available on our Trail Behaviour page.

Note: Outings which require RSVP are not listed on the website. For information on these and more, you may wish to become a member of the RTA!

Regular Outings

Saturday, November 4 Rideau Trail and Murphys Point Park

Level 2,11km. Loop around the park, starting and ending at Lally Homestead. Part of the route travels along the Rideau Trail for those of you wanting to complete your 150 badge. Gas $2 Depart Conlon Farm 9am.

Saturday, November 11 Maintenance Morning

The final work party of the year. Come and help out before the snow flies. Bring work gloves, loppers and snips. Depart Conlon Farm 9am. 5

Sunday, November 12 Foley Mountain

Level 2,8km. Moderate pace. There is so much to see and such great trails to explore in this conservation area. Depart Conlon Farm 9am. Park fee, gas $2

Saturday, November 18 Charleston Lake Provincial Park

Level 2,12km. Moderate pace. The Tallow Rock Bay trail leads into the remote areas of the park with scenic lookouts and a floating bridge across Slim Bay. Depart Conlon Farm 8:30am. Gas $6

Sunday, November 26 Rideau Trail Port Elmsley to Poonamalie Rd.

Level 1,10km. Moderate pace. An interesting mixture of country roads, fields and bush. Gas $2 Depart Conlon Farm 9am

Sunday, December 3 Rideau Trail Mackler/Ferrier Loop

Level 2,10km. Moderate pace. Enjoy a ramble through woods, across fields and along a board walk before returning to the start via quiet country roads. Gas $2 Depart 9am.

Thursday December 7 Westport Wassail Walkabout

Level 1- Easy Pace 1.5km walk and carol sing in the village of Westport. Get into the spirit of the season by joining our Kingston Club friends as we sing Christmas carols by the dock. Optional dinner/refreshments afterwards at The Cove Inn. The Cove requires a reservation so contact the leaders by December 5th if you plan to attend. Bring a flashlight so that you can read the carol sheets that will be provided. Meet in front of The Cove , Westport at 6:00PM.

Saturday, December 9 Round Lake Loop

Level 2, 13 km. A scenic hike/snowshoe through bush and along trails in Murphys Point Park. This outing will add a few kilometers to your 150 badge. Depart Conlon Farm 9am. Gas $2 Park fee if the ski trails are open.

Saturday, December 16 Rideau Trail Long Lake Rd. To Lally Homestead

Level 1,6km. Moderate pace. This short, pre-Christmas social hike/snowshoe is ideal for your holiday visitors to join you in exploring one of the prettiest parts of the Rideau Trail and then join you for the social. This trip allows one final chance for you to gain your coveted 150 badge. Car shuttle, gas $2 Depart Conlon Farm 9am.

Saturday, December 16 Christmas Social and Dinner

Please join us for our annual Christmas get together which will be at Gerbo’s Restaurant, 11 Beckwith St., Smiths Falls Social at 5:30pm. Dinner at 6:30pm. RSVP before December 1 required. For more information, please contact info@rideautrail.org.

Winter End-to-End 2018 (Merrickville to Ottawa)

Why not see the Rideau Trail in winter? In 2018, two groups will be traversing the northern end of the trail from Merrickville to Ottawa. The Core Group will travel about 12 - 15 km per day. The Extra Length Group, will travel 15 - 20 km per day. Also, should there be sufficient interest, a group may start from Kingston. The following are the proposed dates, not yet set in stone but the carving has started!

Our dates:

Weekend 1 - Saturday, January 6 & Sunday, January 7
Weekend 2 - Saturday, January  20 & Sunday, January  21
Weekend 3 - Friday, February 2 (moonlight Hike), Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4
Weekend 4 - Saturday, February 17 & Sunday, February 18

Be prepared for winter weather and get your snowshoes out!

Have any questions? Email us at info@rideautrail.org! Members can also check the Winter 2016-2016 edition of the Rideau Trail Newsletter.

We look forward to meeting you hardy types for another challenging RTA Winter E2E!

Related: Rideau Trail Badges - Earn all five!

Meeting Locations

Outings depart at 9:00 a.m. from Conlon Farm (127 Smith Drive @ Conlon Drive Perth, ON K7H 3N1) – unless otherwise specified.

Outing Preparation

It’s important to arrive properly prepared for the outing, so please contact the leader if you have any questions. Descriptions of the levels of difficulty are available on our Trail Behaviour page.

Note: Outings which require RSVP are not listed on the website. For information on these and more, you may wish to become a member of the RTA!

Central Club