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!

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.

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.

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.

Saturday Trail Runs - New for 2017!

Every Saturday on some of the best trails in Gatineau Park, Stony Swamp, Marlborough Forest, South March Highlands & elsewhere. Level 2, casual no-drop, 8 to 15 km. No dates are listed in the calendar below. We run rain or shine. Bring water and a snack. Meet to leave promptly at 8 am from Tunney's Pasture. Gas: $3.

September 30 - Special 13km Fall Rhapsody run from Pink Lake back to the city. We get to Pink Lake using a free shuttle bus! Meet @ 8:45 in Hull at the bus stop on the corner of St-Rédempteur & Allard. (map)

Regular Outings

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Walk

Depart from Ottawa City Hall, Lisgar Street entrance, at 6 pm. Please wear a costume to make it a fun evening. Optional stop at a pub afterwards.

Saturday, November 4 Both Sides of the Ottawa River

Long Level 1, about 12 km (some will count toward the 150-km Rideau Trail challenge). We will walk across the Champlain Bridge and along the Sentier des Voyageurs, past the old Eddy paper mill and Chaudière Falls, with a visit to the new Holocaust Memorial and an afternoon refreshment stop at the National War Museum. Bring a lunch. Depart from Tunney’s Pasture at 10 am.

Thursday, November 2 Gatineau Park

Level 2. 2 hour hike of about 8 km. Hike in an area in the Gatineau Hills not far from downtown. Exact location to be determined. Bring along 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. Gas $2.

Saturday, November 4 Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre to St. Stephen's Church Fall Food Fair and back

Level 1. Leaving from south east corner of Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre through open fields and residential area to St. Stephen's Church Fall Food Fair for lunch (or bring our own lunch) and back. Meet in the southeast corner of Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre parking lot at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 4 Avion Fur Farm, Gatineau Park

Level 2. Leaving from P16 we will explore the site of the old Avion Fur Farm and learn a little bit about the history behind it. Some off-trail work. Lunch at Herridge or Healey cabin. Approx. 12 km. Meet at Tunney’s by 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure. Gas $4.

Saturday, November 11 Remembrance Day: Vorlage Hill and Maclaren Cemetery, Wakefield

Level 2, 10 km, 3+ hours. From Wakefield public parking lot (behind Chez Eric). Village walk and hike up Vorlage ski hill (200 m), taking a prolonged stop at the Maclaren Cemetery (Information about the Canadian cultural and political luminaries interred there is welcome and to be shared). Clockwise/counterclockwise direction negotiable. Meet at Tunney's Pasture at 9:15 am for departure at 9:30. Gas $5.

Saturday, November 18 Ghost Town

Level 1, about 8 km and 2 hours. Hike in the area of Nicholson’s Locks, exploring the old pioneer cemetery, the ghost town, stone homes built along the canal and other historical items that predate Confederation. Bring a lunch. Meet at Fallowfield Park & Ride to leave by 9:30 am. Gas $6.

Saturday, November 18 Tree Identification

Level 1. 8km. A slow-paced RTA-Rambler hike in the Herridge/Healey area to identify some common trees of Gatineau Park and their ecology. Leaves will be mostly on the ground, so the shape of trees and bark will be prominent. A chance to better acquaint ourselves with our rooted hiking companions. Bring a tree field guide if you have one. Lunch at one of the cabins. Meet at the Supreme Court at 9:a.m. for a 9:20 a.m. departure.

Saturday, November 18 Shark Lake

Level 3, about 15 km. Hike into Two Turtles, then unnamed ponds in the Shark Lake area. Rugged hiking on and off trail. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 9 am. Gas $4.

Saturday, November 25 Ottawa’s Industrial History: Urban Hike & Pub Crawl

Level 2, about 14 km or 9 if busing it back to Tunney’s (some will count toward the 150-km Rideau Trail challenge). Walk from Tunney’s Pasture by Ottawa’s industrial past: the log chute, old water treatment plant, former sites of the Grand Railway station, the Eddy Shunt Railway, Ottawa Electric Railway, and J.R. Booth’s lumber cribs. Several stops at pubs to warm up and refresh along the way. Lunch will be in a pub. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 9 am.

Saturday, December 2 Lime Kiln Blue Loop, Greenbelt

Level 2, about 9 km and 3½ h at a leisurely pace on flat terrain. Snowshoe or hike the Jack Pine and Chipmunk trails from P11 on West Hunt Club Road. This will count, totally or in part, toward the 150-km Rideau Trail challenge: the route can easily be shortened if desired. Outdoor lunch at the historic Flood Lime Kiln. Wear good boots and snowshoes or spikes depending on the conditions. Depart Baseline Park & Ride at 9:30 am. Gas $2.

Saturday, December 2 Mountain Road to Relais de Plein Aire via Pink Lake

Level 3 hike involving a car shuttle. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 9:20 to carpool and depart. Gas $2.

Saturday, December 9 Gatineau Park, Historic Healey Cabin

Level 2, about 9.5 km at a leisurely pace from P15 to Healey cabin and back on trail 70; some gentle climbing. Lunch at Healey. Wear good boots, crampons and/or snowshoes, depending on the conditions. Depart from Tunney’s Pasture at 9:30 am. Gas $4. 

Saturday, December 16 Rideau Trail: Marlborough Forest

Level 2, hike 14 km or snowshoe 8.5 km. Roger’s Pond, Earth Star loop or Deliverance cabin. Depart Fallowfield Park & Ride at 9:30 am. Gas $5.

Saturday, December 23 Trails 65 and 66, Gatineau Park

Level 2 snowshoe or hike, about 9 km, 3½ h at a leisurely pace from Relais Plein Air (P2). Some climbing. Wear good boots and snowshoes or spikes depending on the conditions. Depart Tunney’s Pasture at 9:30 am. Gas $2.

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

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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