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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.

Group 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!

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

Snowshoeing the Rideau Trail through fields blanketed with fresh snow, over frozen beaver dams, and up icy trails? What a concept! Who would have guessed, almost 10 years ago when the first group of hardy hikers ventured from Kingston to Ottawa, that the Winter End-to-End would become an annual RTA tradition.

This challenge is a vigorous way to enjoy our Canadian high winter. Thanks to veteran hike leader Bill Murdoch’s influence, the Winter End-to-End now takes three seasons to cover the entire Trail. Lunching outdoors in the silent beauty (and sometimes misery) of winter, only helps to generate the camaraderie that develops among the participants. Staying in hotels, motels and B&Bs along the way is an option that gives us a fresh start each day.

Join us and hike the Ottawa section of the Rideau Trail 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.

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!

Upcoming Outings

Saturday, February 24 Mill Pond Conservation Area

Level 2, 6 km. Moderate pace. Enjoy the looping trails in this lovely conservation area with views over the frozen lake. Gas $3 Depart Conlon Farm 9:30 am.

Saturday, March 3 XC Ski @ Murphys Point

Level 2, 10 km. Moderate pace. Ski the Loppet trail as it winds through the park. Gas $2 Park fee Depart Conlon Farm 9:30 am.

Sunday, March 4 Rideau Trail: Narrows Lock to Miners Pt. Rd.

Level 2, 10 km. Moderate pace. Snowshoe/hike along the Trail overlooking Big Rideau Lake. Gas $3 Car shuttle Depart Conlon Farm 9:30 am.

Sunday, March 11 Tetsmine Loop, Frontenac Park

Level 2, 12 km. Moderate pace. Enjoy this familiar trail in a winter setting. Snowshoes or icers required. Gas $5 Depart Conlon Farm 9:00 am.

Sunday, March 18 Wheeler's Sugar Bush

Level 1, 6-8 km. Moderate pace. Snowshoe/hike around the trails at Wheelers where the maple syrup production may be in full swing. Stay for pancakes afterwards (RSVP required). Gas $4 Depart Conlon Farm 9:30 am

Saturday, March 24 Trans Canada Trail

Level 1, 10 km. Moderate pace. Ski or hike from Wemyss to Maberley Station along this old rail trail. Gas $3 Car shuttle Depart Conlon Farm 9:30 am.


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