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.
- Ottawa Rideau Trail Club
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
Saturday, March 7, Snowshoe and Ski in Gatineau Park with Central
Level 2 snowshoe about 8 km, and Level 2 XC ski about 12 km. Joint outing with members from Central Club. Snowshoe from Mountain Rd. to Huron. Skiers to go there via Burma Rd. See ‘Inter-club’ page 10. Meet at Tunney’s Pasture 9:15 am to depart at 9:30. Gas $3.
Sunday, March 15, Snowshoe Mer Bleue
Level 1 Meet at Tunney’s Pasture at 1 pm.
Tuesday, March 17, Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue
Meet at the east end of parking lot on east side of building at 5:45 pm for a 6 pm departure. Bring microspikes/ice grips.
Saturday, March 21, Gatineau Park, Lac Philippe at Night
Level 2, 8-9 km. From P19, we snowshoe-hike on trail to Renaud Cabin for a potluck dinner, then star-gazing — it’ll be a near-moonless night! Moderate effort, low to moderate technical challenge. Bring food to share, BYO plate/bowl and cutlery, candles for the cabin, warm clothing for when soaking in the stars, and a whistle and headlamp (mandatory!) for the hike. Microspikes may be needed so please be prepared. Meet at Tunney’s for departure at 4:30 pm. Gas share $6.
Tuesday, March 24, Rockcliffe Park Ramble
Meet on Stanley Ave. at 5:45 pm for a 6 pm departure: New Edinburgh Park Clubhouse near the Rideau River at the end of Stanley Ave.
Saturday, March 28, Gatineau Park Lookout Extravaganza
Level 3, 6-12 km depending on the route and conditions, moderate pace, high effort, high technical challenge. Route TBA, but it will be mostly off trail and include some nice lookouts and significant climbs and descents. Bring snowshoes and spikes. The hike will be cancelled if there is steady rain that day. Departure: 9:30 am from Tunney’s Pasture. Gas: $3 to $5 depending on the destination.
Tuesday, March 31, Greenboro Pathway
Walk approximately 7 km on the west side of the Greenboro Pathway. Meet at the Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive (one block north of Hunt Club Road) for a 6 pm departure. Ample free parking or take bus 98 Hawthorne.
Unless otherwise specified, outings depart from one of the three following locations. Please consult each listing for more detail.
Government of Canada parking lot on the west side of Parkdale Avenue, across from Emmerson Street.
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.
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.
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.
Located at the south east end of Champlain Bridge. Used primarily by the Wednesday Walkers in the winter when Bate Island is closed.
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!