RTA response to COVID-19 (updated 22 March)

15 Mar 2020

(Updated March 22, 2020. Note that the trail is closed where it passes through provincial parks)

All RTA organized events with personal contact (including hikes) are cancelled until the end of April.  An update on cancellations will be sent after the April 18 Board meeting.


  • Visitors should remember that they are responsible for their own safety.
  • Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.
  • What’s open? Much of the Rideau Trail remains open for day use and hiking with close contacts (i.e. spouse or roommates) is likely safe. Follow social distancing protocols and do not carpool with others.
  • What’s closed? The trail portions through Frontenac and Murphy’s Point Provincial Parks and elsewhere are closed until at least April 30, 2020. Please respect any signage on the trail.
  • Camping and visitor services at Rideau Canal lockstations and at Murphy’s Point and Frontenac Provincial Parks and elsewhere are closed until at least April 30, 2020.
  • Stay local. Assume you have the virus. Exploring a section of the Rideau Trail away from your home could spread the virus beyond your region.

This is an evolving situation and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available. If there are any questions or concerns related to the Rideau Trail Association, please contact the RTA’s President, Brian Grant, at president@rideautrail.org .

Should you require additional information on COVID-19, please refer to local, provincial, and federal public health websites.

Brian A. Grant

President, Rideau Trail Association


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