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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
  • 613-545-0823
  • info@rideautrail.org

Group Outings

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.

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!

Wednesday Walkers

Every Wednesday

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 info@rideautrail.org for more information.

Upcoming Outings

Saturday December 2 First Saturday Winter Hike

Level 1, easy pace, 5-10 km tbd. Enjoy a nice local winter walk with Sharen. Location and details dependent upon the weather and group. Indoor coffee or lunch break. Depart Canadian Tire at 10 am.

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.

Sunday December 3 Evening MoonWalk

Level 1, easy pace, about 4 km. Join in an evening walk to enjoy the ambiance of the bright and romantic December moon. Bring flashlight. Meet at the Pavilion at Lake Ontario Park at 7 pm. and walk to Portsmouth Village. In case of inclement weather, please call leader to confirm outing.

Thursday December 7 Walkabout Westport Wassail

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. RSVP: 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 your provided carol sheets. Depart from Kingston at 5 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.

Sat December 9, Gould Lake Conservation Area

Level 3, moderate to fast pace, 13 km. Hike north on the Mine Loop trail to Point Spur, then bushwhack along some dry ridges skirting a large, lively marsh. Connect with the Rideau Trail and head north along the shoreline to complete the rugged RidgeWalk loop. Depart CT at 8:30. Gas $3 plus park fee. RT map #4.

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. Gas $3.

Sunday December 17 Half Day Winter Stroll

Level 1, easy pace, up to 5 km. Walk to be followed by optional lunch/coffee stop. Meet at former Trailhead parking north off King Street West at Marshlands Conservation Area to depart at 10 am. Depending on weather, route will be north through sheltered woodland or east through Lake Ontario Park.

Saturday, January 6-Sunday, January 7 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Saturday January 6 First Saturday Winter Hike

Level 1, easy pace, 5-10 km. Enjoy a nice local winter walk with Sharen. Location and details dependent upon the weather and group. Depart Canadian Tire at 10 am. Indoor coffee or lunch break.

Saturday January 13 Lemoine Point Hike/Ski/Snowshoe

Level 1, easy pace, 6 km. Join Elgin for a winter outing followed by optional refreshments/lunch. Bring some bird seed to enjoy the chickadees. Meet at North Parking Lot (off Coverdale) for 9:30 am start.

Sunday January 14 Walk the K&P

Level 1, moderate pace, ~10 km. Come join Audrey for a new year outing on the old rail line near Kingston. Depart CT at 10 am. Call Leader for more details and to confirm your participation. Gas $tbd.

Saturday, January 20 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Sunday, January 21 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Saturday January 20 Frontenac Park Doe Lake and Arab Gorge

Level 2, moderate pace, 4 km. Here is your chance to try snowshoes on these beautiful Frontenac Park Trails. Optional second outing on Corridor Trail after lunch at the Trail Centre. Depart CT at 9:30 am. Gas $4 plus share of Park fee.

Saturday January 27 Lemoine Point Ski, Walk, or Snowshoe.

Level 1. easy pace, 8+ km. Depart 10 am at Canadian Tire. Lots of wildlife to see. Bring Lunch. We will have hot or cold drinks in the afternoon. Gas $2.

Wednesday January 31 Evening MoonWalk

Level 1, easy pace, about 4 km. Join in a evening walk to enjoy the ambiance of the bright and romantic winter moon. Meet at the Pavilion at Lake Ontario Park at 7 pm. and walk to Portsmouth Village. Bring flashlight. In case of inclement weather, please call leader to confirm outing.

Friday, February 2 (night hike) Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Saturday February 3 First Saturday Winter Hike

Level 1, easy pace, 5-10 km. Enjoy a nice local winter walk. Location and details dependent upon the weather and group. Depart Canadian Tire at 10 am. Indoor coffee or lunch break.

Sunday February 4 Half Day Winter Stroll

Level 1, easy pace, up to 5 km. Meet at former Trailhead parking north off King Street West at Marshlands Conservation Area to depart at 10 am. Route dependent on the weather. Optional lunch/coffee afterwards.

Saturday February 10 Frontenac Park Salmon Lake Road

Level 2, easy pace, ~8 km. Enjoy a ski or snowshoe out to Big Salmon Lake Landing for lunch and return for Hot Chocolate at the Trail Centre. Check out the animal tracks. Depart CT at 9:30 am. Gas $4 plus park fee. Please call leader for information and to confirm your participation.

Sunday February 11 Lemoine Point Walk

Level 1, moderate pace, ~8 km. Come join Audrey for local outing at the Lemoine Point Conservation Area looking for ice art along the winter shores of Lake Ontario. Depart CT at 10 am. Call Leader for more details and to confirm your participation. Gas $2.

Saturday, February 17 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Sunday, February 18 Winter End-to-End

Learn more! RTA Members can also find details on page 3 of the winter Newsletter. Contact leaders to confirm meeting time and place.

Saturday February 17 Little Cataraqui Conservation Area

Level 1, moderate pace, 10 km. Ski on trail or snowshoe/walk beside trail. Wildlife in the trees. Lunch in a warm building. Enjoy the outdoors, fresh air and friends, old and new. Depart at 10 am. Gas $2 plus Park fee.

Saturday February 24 Half Day Winter Stroll

Level 1, easy pace, up to 5 km. Meet at former Trailhead parking north off King Street West at Marshlands Conservation Area to depart at 1:30 pm. Route dependent on the weather. Optional lunch/coffee afterwards.

Saturday March 3 First Saturday Winter Hike

Level 1, easy pace, 5-10 km. Enjoy a nice local winter walk. Location and details dependent upon the weather and group. Depart Canadian Tire at 10 am. Indoor coffee or lunch break.

Saturday March 10 Cataraqui Conservation Area

Level 2, moderate pace, ~10 km. Come join Audrey for a March Break local outing checking out the spring peepers. Call Leader for more details and to confirm your participation. Depart CT at 10 am. Gas $2. plus Park fee.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 Kingston Club AGM

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Meeting Locations

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.

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!

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