Donate to the Rideau Trail

There are many ways to contribute to the Rideau Trail Association, the volunteer-run, charitable organization responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the Rideau Trail, a 387km marked hiking trail linking Ottawa & Kingston through a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To support the trail, you can:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the RTA
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the Rideau Trail Preservation Fund
  • Volunteer your time
  • Become a member
  • Provide access to your land


Volunteer with the Rideau Trail Association

Do you enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors? Do you want to support Eastern Ontario’s longest hiking trail? The Rideau Trail Association is a volunteer run, charitable organization and volunteering with us provides individuals with an appreciation for the outdoors an opportunity to perform & learn a variety of tasks such as:

  • leading hikes
  • maintaining trails
  • website maintenance & social media
  • marketing & communications
  • newsletter design
  • brochure distribution
  • stakeholder relations
  • helping with construction projects
  • serving on the executive
  • data analysis

These volunteering efforts keep hikes interesting, trails and bridges safe and maintain essential partnerships with landowners. Some volunteer opportunities may be ideal for high school & university students.

Interested in volunteering? Awesome! Get in touch!

Rideau Trail Preservation Fund

The Rideau Trail is a contiguous trail from Kingston to Ottawa, thanks to the co-operation of private and public landowners who grant permission to the Association and its members to access their property.

The continuity of the Trail may sometimes be affected by such things as rezoning for development or changes in land ownership with a subsequent denial of access. To help protect the integrity of the Trail, the RTA created the Preservation Fund in July 1986 “to ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the Trail”. This Fund will help the RTA respond to changes and provide a means for growth and improvement of the current Trail via special projects. RTA Members are encouraged to contribute to this Fund, and Canadian Members receive an Income Tax receipt for their gift. Learn more about the Preservation Fund.