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The RTA’s Ottawa Club Outings are held on the Rideau Trail or at some of the many scenic places around the Ottawa-Gatineau region, including Gatineau Park. These outings are generally held on Saturdays, Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays, and occasionally 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. You can also import them to your mobile device or phone with an iCal link managed by one of our members!

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.

Seasonal outings are described in the quarterly newsletter where additional details may be found. Further details on these hikes are available by telephoning the Ottawa Club’s 24-hour Infoline at (613) 860-2225 or by emailing us at info@rideautrail.org. Please call or email well in advance of any hike you would like to join. RTA members should consult the newsletter and contact the hike leader directly.

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!

Saturday Skiers

As soon as skiing starts, the Saturday Skiers get together each week to enjoy the cross-country trails in Gatineau Park (Level 2 or 3). No dates are listed in the Calendar below; if there's snow, we go. Bring lunch and meet for a prompt 9:30 departure from Tunney's Pasture.

Tuesday Evening Urban Walks

From September 12 to October 31. There may be a refreshment stop after the walk for those interested. Meet at the starting point of the hike as specified in the calendar below at 5:45 to depart at 6 pm.

Thursday-Morning Hikes (Gatineau Park)

These hikes are usually Level 2, 2 hours long and in an area in the Gatineau Hills not far from downtown. Exact location to be determined. For details of when and where, members should watch the weekly e-notice. Bring a snack and water.  You will be home for lunch.  Meet at the NCC parking lot south of the Champlain Bridge for a 9:30 am departure. These hikes will continue until the snow or ice makes hiking impossible.

Gatineau Park Moonlighters

Every Tuesday evening from May to August there will be a short hike in Gatineau Park. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 5:45 pm for a prompt 6 pm departure. Hikes last until sunset. The hikes are level 1 or 2 at approximately 4 km per hour. There may be some hilly, rough or wet terrain. Please bring your own water, snack, bug repellent, flashlight and proper footwear. There is usually a short break during the hike, as decided by the hike leader. Check the listings below for more details

Wednesday Walkers (Hiking & skiing in Gatineau Park)

Every Wednesday all year, the Ottawa Wednesday Walkers meet to hike mostly in Gatineau Park. These are all day hikes (generally 4-5 hours) so participants should pack a lunch. Hikes are are generally level 2 or 3 and are organized on at the meeting place where leaders each have a chance to propose hikes.

During the winter, hikes become snowshoe and back-country skiing or cross-country skiing activities. Meet at 9:15 am for a 9:30 am departure. The meeting place for this group is the parking lot on the east side of Bate Island in Spring, Summer and Fall and at the NCC parking lot at the South East end of the Champlain bridge in the Winter. If you’re unsure of the current meeting place then check your E-Letter or email us at info@rideautrail.org.

Upcoming Outings

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 Gatineau Park XC Ski

Level 2. On groomed and un-groomed trails that can be skied at this time of the winter, hopefully from P7. Meet at Tunney's Pasture for a 10 am departure. Bring a lunch. Gas $3.

Saturday, February 3 Western Gatineau Park Snowshoe Lookouts

Level 2, about 8 km. This scenic snowshoe hike from the Eardley-Masham Road offers peaceful forest and lakes as well as gorgeous views from high points (including those around Monument) but with less than 200 m total ascent. Expect trail-breaking. Outdoor lunch. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 9:15 am. Gas $5.

Saturday, February 3 Level 3 Exploratory Snowshoe

Please check the weekly e-letter for details. Area and destination will be determined by conditions. These outings will typically last about 5 hours and be largely off-trail. Meet at Tunney's Pasture for 9:30 departure.

Sunday, February 4 Snowshoe Mer Bleue Sector

Level 1 Snowshoe about 6 km at a moderate pace. From P20, we will explore Trail 50 and the Dewberry Trail. Meet at Tunney's Pasture at 1 pm. Gas $3.

Saturday, February 10 Snowshoe Gatineau Park, Church Hill

Level 2, about 6 km and 4 h at a leisurely pace from the Eardley-Masham Road. Snowshoe or hike in a remote part of the Park with several spectacular lookouts of the Ottawa River Valley. Expect some trail breaking and elevation gain. Wear good boots and snowshoes or spikes depending on the conditions. Outdoor lunch. Depart Tunney’s Pasture at 9 am. Gas $5.

Saturday, February 10 Level 3 Exploratory Snowshoe

Please check the weekly e-letter for details. Area and destination will be determined by conditions. These outings will typically last about 5 hours and be largely off-trail. Meet at Tunney's Pasture for a prompt 9:30 departure.

Saturday, February 17, 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 Level 3 Exploratory Snowshoe

Please check the weekly e-notice for details. Area and destination will be determined by conditions. These outings will typically last about 5 hours and be largely off-trail. Meet at Tunney's Pasture for a prompt 9:30 departure.

Saturday, February 17 Gatineau Park, XC Ski

Level 3 (because it’s backcountry). See some “Wonderland” off the beaten track on Loppet Saturday. Gaiters, poles with snow baskets, and experience with BC/ungroomed trails (21, 22, etc.) required. Outdoor lunch. Gas $3.

Sunday, February 18 Gatineau Park, Snowshoe to Pink Lake,

Level 2 snowshoe from Rue Marie-Burger to Pink Lake and return. Outdoor lunch. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture for a 9:30 departure.

Saturday, February 24 Marlborough Forest Snowshoe

Level 2, 8.5 km from Rogers Pond to Deliverance Cabin for lunch and return. Depart from Fallowfield Park & Ride at 10 am. Gas $5.

Saturday, February 24 Level 3 Snowshoe

10 km. give or take, hilly with unbroken snow and significant bushwhacking. Exploratory snowshoe in a beautiful hilly area of mixed forest and small lakes north of Buckingham; at some point we will pass by the now boarded up Wallingford-Back mine. This will be a semi-scripted route combining mining/logging roads and bushwhacking. We will aim to have lunch in our (very rustic) cottage so there will be a dry place to sit out of the wind but no power/heat/water and no road access in the winter. Meet @ Tunney's Pasture @ 9:15am for 9:30am departure. Gas $6

Saturday, March 3 Carp Ridge Snowshoe

Level 2. About 8 to 10 km off the Thomas A. Dolan Parkway. We will snowshoe around and over a number of picturesque ponds. Depart from the Baseline Park & Ride by 10 am. Lunch will be outdoors. Gas $3. A pub stop at the Cheshire Cat in Carp after the hike is an option.

Saturday, March 3 XC Ski, Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Level 2, 10+ km. Ski the groomed Park trails over the Tay Valley Loppet course with the Central Club. Indoor lunch, possible late return. Gas $9 plus Park fee. Meet at Tunney’s for a prompt 8 am departure.

Saturday, March 10 Snowshoe Kidder Trail and Lac Monette

Level 2, about 8 km. Starting from the Ramsay pull-off on Eardley-Masham Road, we’ll snowshoe to Kidder Top and beyond, taking in lovely views of Kidder Lake. Outdoor lunch at peaceful lac Monette. The return will be on the lower Kidder trail, crossing over the east end of the lake. About 200 m total ascent. Expect trail-breaking. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 9:15 am. Gas $5.


Meeting Locations

Unless otherwise specified, outings depart from one of the three following locations. Please consult each listing for more detail.

Tunney’s Pasture

Government of Canada parking lot on the west side of Parkdale Avenue, across from Emmerson Street.

Fallowfield Park & Ride

Northwest parking lot at the OC Transpo Fallowfield Park & Ride station located on the south west corner of Fallowfield at Woodroffe. If you travel by car, take the first left after you enter the Park & Ride facility then turn right into the lot. The meeting place is across the parking lot to the far side.

Baseline Park & Ride

Parking lot at the OC Transpo Baseline Park & Ride station is on Woodroffe Avenue, south of Baseline Road. To meet at the west corner of the parking lot, turn left as you enter the facility. Parking is free after 11 a.m. on weekday mornings and all day during weekends and holidays.

Bate Island

In Spring, Summer and Fall, meet on the east side of Bate Island. In the winter, meet in the NCC parking lot at the south east end of Champlain bridge.

NCC Parking Lot

Located at the south east end of Champlain Bridge. Used primarily by the Wednesday Walkers in the winter when Bate Island is closed.

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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