Canadian hiking organizations

Hike Ontario – A coordinating body for hiking trails in Ontario.

Ontario Trails Council – Promoting the creation, preservation, management and use of an integrated recreational trail network for the public.

Trans Canada Trail – An on-going project funded by individual donors as well as government and corporate sponsors across Canada. When completed, the trail will be 15,000 km in length.

Sites with information about hiking & camping along the Rideau Canal

Rideau Heritage Route
Tay River Watershed – A magnificent tributary of the Rideau River system in Eastern Ontario
Rideau Canal National Historic Site – Parks Canada’s official site for the Rideau Canal
Cataraqui Trail
Friends of the Rideau
Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
Frontenac Provincial Park

Ottawa Area Hiking information

Gatineau Park – The National Capital Commission’s official site about the park.
National Capital Greenbelt – The National Capital Commission’s official site about The Greenbelt.
Friends of Gatineau Park
Ottawa Rambling Club

Trails in Central Ontario

The Bruce Trail
The Oak Ridges Trail Association
The Ganaraska Hiking Trail
Waterfront Trail – 1400km trail along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers.

Information on Common Outdoor Hazards

Outdoor Health (Lyme disease/ticks, West Nile Virus/mosquitoes, bee & insect stings and rabies) – Government of Ontario
Noxious Weeds in Ontario (Government of Ontario)
Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System (Government of Canada)
Bear Wise (Government of Ontario)

Hiking equipment stores – Ottawa

Bushtukah (RTA members receive a 10% discount – Join today!)
Trailhead Paddleshack (RTA members receive a 10% discount– Join today!)
Great Escape Outfitters (RTA members receive a 10% discount– Join today!)
MEC (formerly Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Hiking equipment stores – Central

Vamos Outdoors – Almonte

Hiking equipment stores – Kingston

Smith Army Surplus (RTA members receive a 10% discount– Join today!)
Trailhead Kingston