Outings in the Kingston club are generally organized for Saturdays and/or Sundays. On some weekends, multiple activities take place. These events are announced here, in the RTA’s quarterly print newsletter and monthly member e-mail. Outings are held at a defined location on the trail or at some of the many scenic places around the Kingston area.
- Kingston Rideau Trail Club
- P.O. Box 15
- Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V6
If these outings interest you, you are encouraged 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.
Seasonal outings are described in the quarterly newsletter where additional details may be found. Further details on these hikes are available by telephoning the Kingston Club’s 24-hour Infoline at (613) 545-0823 or by consulting the print & email newsletters sent to members.
An active group of hikers - The Wednesday Walkers - meets weekly at 1:30 PM for some healthy, social exercise at an easy pace. The meeting locations change weekly. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday November 12 “Amazing Places” Series - Blue Mountain
Level 2, moderate pace, 12 km. Hike the south side of Charleston Lake Park, where you can see forever! Depart CT at 9 am. Gas $6 . If you can meet the group at CT on behalf of the leader, please call!
Saturday November 18 Parrot Bay Ramble
Level 1, easy pace, 6 km. Enjoy this local park and circumnavigate the bay, followed by refreshment stop. Depart CT at 1:30 pm Gas $2.
Sunday November 26 Mystery Hike
Level 2, moderate pace, 10 km. Come for a surprise outing with the infamous leader Audrey Sanger who will be sure to please you with an interesting adventure. Meet at CT at 9:30 am. Gas $3.
Saturday December 2 Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
Level 2, moderate pace, 10 km. Complete the outside trails and circle the pond to make for a fun afternoon. Refreshment stop after hike. Meet at Canadian Tire at 1 pm. Gas $2 plus park fee.
Thursday December 7, Westport Wassail Walkabout
Level 1, easy pace, 1.5 km. Walk and carol sing in the village of Westport. Get into the spirit of the season by joining our Central Club friends as we sing Christmas carols by the dock in Westport. Optional dinner/refreshments afterwards at The Cove in Westport. 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 carol sheets provided. Depart from Kingston at 5:00 pm. Not meeting as a group at Canadian Tire, so call or e-mail ahead to arrange car-pooling, or meet in front of The Cove at 6 pm.
Sunday December 10 Mystery Hike
Level 2, moderate pace, 10 km. Come for a great outing which will depend on who shows up, their interests, and the weather. Meet at CT at 9:30 am.
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!
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!
We look forward to meeting you hardy types for another challenging RTA Winter E2E!
Related: Rideau Trail Badges - Earn all five!
Unless otherwise specified, outings depart from the Canadian Tire parking lot (59 Bath Road, Kingston, ON K7L 5G3). Please park in the spaces along Bath Road towards the gas station. From the meeting location, 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.
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!