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Welcome to the official page for current Rideau Trail trail alerts. Remember to always check this page before hiking on the Rideau Trail. This page is maintained by by RTA trail maintenance volunteers and relies on contributions from hikers like you. Take part in maintaining the Rideau Trail and report a hazard by emailing us at info@rideautrail.org or by phoning us at (613) 817-7295.

The first alerts listed are the Most Recent ones, ie ones that have been posted within the last 30 days.  Remaining alerts are listed in reverse chronological order within map number, with their latest status (e.g. Current or Resolved). Scroll down the list of alerts to find the section of trail that you are interested in for the most recent changes.   We also have a brief list of ongoing hazards that may that hikers may encounter while hiking the Rideau Trail.

Important: Closure information is updated as frequently as possible but may not be fully up to date.

RTA POLICY ON HIKING DURING HUNTING SEASON

During the various hunting seasons that take place in Ontario between Oct 1st and Dec 31st, it is preferred that hikes be conducted in Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas, and public areas. However, hikes may continue in other areas as long as hike leaders/hikers do the following:

  • – Check the Trail Alerts portion of the RTA website to ensure that where you plan on hiking has not been officially closed.
  • – Wear bright/easily visible clothing.
  • – Look for any signs indicating that an area is closed or that hunting is ongoing AND DO NOT PROCEED IF THERE ARE SIGNS!
  • – Look for any evidence that hunters are in the area and leave that area if there is such evidence.
  • – Do not bushwack or leave the trail.

If you do find areas where hunting is taking place that are not covered in the Trail Alerts, then please advise the RTA Trail Coordinator at trailcoordinator@rideautrail.org

  • Date
  • Status
  • Map
  • Description
  • June 16, 2022
  • current
  • Map 19 
  • The NCC is doing repairs in the section of the trail between 19G and 19H.  There are reroute signs and it is still possible to do this section by following the reroute signs that are in place.  It is expected that work will continue in this area up until Nov or Dec 2022.  The diagram below shows the current reroute.  As work continues this may change. Ottawa River Pathway closing 2022-06
  • May 31, 2022
  • Current information
  • RT 16 and RT 18 
  • As the recent storm brought down a very significant number of trees, there are many areas where it is very difficult to hike along the trail.  Specific areas that are known to be very difficult are:
    • 16D - 16F
    • 18A - 18C
    • 18C -18E (alert already posted)
    Caution should be taken in attempting these areas.  We will continue to gather information and attempt to provide a map of unusable areas.  Additional information can be provided to trailcoordinator@rideautrail.org or into your local club executive.
  • May 29 2022
  • current
  • RT 18 
  • As a result of last week's storm, there are a considerable number of trees across the trail between 18C and 18E.  Caution is to be used.  Look for any signs of clearance efforts and do not go through if marked as closed.
  • May 7, 2022
  • New information
  • 14 
  • The main trail has been rerouted between Dwyer Hill Rd and Paden Road.  This route does come very close to the Stone Steps on the West side of the creek.  It is still possible to take a Blue Rte from Donnelly Drive North to the Stone Steps on the East side of the creek (the old main trail) and then to come back the to Donnelly Rd on the same route.  The new map has been posted to the maps page and is also linked below.
  • 5 April 2022
  • current
  • 07 
  • The Apr 2022 version of Map 07 has been updated as there were errors in the April 2021 version.  Please ensure that you use the latest version.
  • March 8, 2022
  • RT 01 
  • The City of Kingston is putting in a new sewer line that will temporarily affect the RTA main trail.  The trail between Queen Mary Rd (South end) and the junction of Parkway Rd and Princess Street (North end)  will be closed while this work is ongoing.  Once the new sewer line is in place the surface will be improved to a multi-use trail and the RTA will revert back to normal use. In the meantime, the reroute will use Queen Mary Rd to Portsmouth (South end), and Portsmouth Rd to the junction of Princess Street (North End).  The bypass route is shown in blue on the image. Kingston sewer constr reroute There are signs at the start and finish of the reroute, as well as indicators when there are turns.  It is not expected that all of the work will be done until late fall 2022.
  • Aug 4, 2021
  • current
  • Map 09 
  • A bypass to the beaver dam that is located between RT 09E and RT10A (just North of the Mica Mines boundary, closer to RT09E) has been built by Central Club and all the signage is now up.
  •  
  • Most Recent Alerts
  • March 25, 2021
  • This is now the main route.
  • RTA 01 
  • The area around the wetlands, with the extensive area of boardwalks, is  not usable.  The boardwalks are in very poor condition and not considered safe.  Discussions have been initiated with CRCA and the City of Kingston for a long term fix, but there is no expectation of a quick fix.  Accordingly the modified route has been marked with main trail orange blazes and is now the Main Trail.  Map 1 has been amended and the newer one is available on the Maps page.  The RT kml and gpx files have also been updated.
  •  
  • Alerts By Map Number
  • January 26, 2021
  • Current
  • RT 05 and RT 06 
  • Where to park when wishing to hike the Skycroft Access Trail is always an issue.  RT maps (both map 05 and 06) indicate that there is some parking available.  There is very limited, three-season-only, parking on the North side of Opinicon Rd, right at the official entrance of the trail (at best, 3 vehicles from the same group).  The problem is that the area South of Opinicon Rd belongs to Skycroft Campground Resort.  The access to their property from Opinicon Rd is Split Rail Lane (opposite an unofficial entrance into Skycroft Access Trail).  The Skycroft Campground Resort owners have made it clear that NO PARKING IS AUTHORIZED that blocks the Split Rail Lane, or on any part of their property that is South of Opinicon Road. An image is below to assist with understanding.  If there are any questions please contact trailcoordinator@rideautrail.org Grpahic of Skycroft Access area
  • April 5, 2021
  • new
  • Map 07 
  • A new routing has been completed.  Trail markers are in place and Map 07 has been amended.

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