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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
- 23 February 2021
- For March 9th only
- The Rideau Trail is closed to users one day each year. Where the Trail crosses private property, the Trail is closed on March 9, 2021. This is to protect the private property of the landowners who generously let us use their land.
- January 26, 2021
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 28 December 2020
- UPDATE DEC 28, 2020. HIKERS (possibly not RTA) HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE CLOSED SIGNS AND HAVE BEEN CROSSING THIS PROPERTY AREA. NOT ONLY ARE THESE PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES, THEY ARE TRESPASSING AND CAN BE PROSECUTED. IN ORDER TO ENSURE SAFETY, THE LANDOWNER HAS WITHDRAWN CONSENT FOR THE RTA TO CROSS HIS PROPERTY - SO UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THIS PART OF THE TRAIL IS OFF LIMITS! DO NOT GO INTO THAT AREA. Use the Blue Trail that goes along Donnelly Drive, Dwyer Hill Road and Paden Roads instead.
- Nov 22, 2020
- P10, as well as NCC trails 25 and 26 (West of Moodie Drive) have signs posted indicating that they are closed from Nov 2020 until March 2021 so that Wetland Rehabilitation work can be completed (primarily on weekdays).
- August 18, 2020
- Will remain main route until proper repairs can be done.
- 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. In the meantime the trail has been rerouted, with blue marker signage, around the problem areas (from King St W [old Trailhead] all the way to Greenview Dr).
- July 22, 2019
- Map 09
- A major reroute near Narrows Lock Road has removed over 6km of road walking and returned the RT close to its old route from over 10 years ago. The new 3km section of trail runs through the Mica Mines Conservation Reserve, managed by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as private property. The old trail along Narrows Lock Road and Stanley Road will be marked as a blue trail to provide a loop as well as access to parking at the east end of Powers Road and on McLaren Point Road south of Stanley Road. The blue trail from the Powers Road parking to the main trail is approximately 1km and the blue trail from McLaren Point Road to the main trail is approximately 1.5km. Parking is also available at the Tay Valley Works Department on Narrows Lock Road south of Stanley Road. NOTE: There is a tricky beaver dam crossing on the new trail and poles would be useful. We have attempted to leave extra lengths of "beaver sticks" for use as poles but the residents may find other uses for them. Caution!! - there are many old open pit mines in the area - stay on the trail.
- July 20 2019
- Map 18
- There is major road construction on Old Richmond Road from south of Hope Side Road (Point 18A) north to West Hunt Club Road. At waypoint 18A a new intersection / roundabout is being built at Hope Side Road. Hikers should use extreme caution through the construction zone and sidewalks. The completed plan shows sidewalks from south of Hope Side Road up to the entrance to the NCC trails, but the completion date is unknown. At 18C where the RT crosses Old Richmond Road at the NCC parking lot P6, the road is being widened. Again hikers should use extreme caution at this road crossing.