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The Rideau Trail Association is a non-profit organization and a founding member of Hike Ontario. Its purpose is to preserve and maintain a hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa. Its registered trademark is a red-orange isosceles triangle; these triangles are used to mark the main trail (to distinguish the two directions, Kingston-bound trail markers carry yellow tips). In addition to the main trail, there are a number of side trails which are marked by blue triangles. The total length of cleared and marked trails is 387 km.

The trail itself crosses terrain ranging from placid farmland to the rugged Canadian shield. It is only intended for walking (hiking), snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. No part of the Rideau Trail itself is owned by the Rideau Trail Association; the continuity of the trail is made possible by the generous permission of both private and public landowners and is enhanced by the existence of a special fund called the Rideau Trail Preservation Fund.

Each of the three hiking clubs of the RTA - Kingston, Central (Perth), and Ottawa, organize outings in all seasons of the year. They usually take place on the weekend and comprise an activity appropriate for the season, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter and hiking in the spring, summer, and fall. Other activities are scheduled during the week or on some holidays.

Maps and trail descriptions are available free to both members and non-members on the website. Hard copies are also available for sale.

Hike Ontario Hike Leaders' Training Course, Saturday, April 26
The RTA Central Club is offering a training course for hike leaders in conjunction with Hike Ontario. The training will take place at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area in Westport on Saturday, April 26 starting at 10 a.m. The course is open to all members and is designed to train you to lead day hikes.
The training is funded by the RTA on the understanding that participants will lead at least one hike for the RTA before next fall and continue to lead outings throughout their tenure as a hike leader.
For further details and registration, please contact Margaret Lafrance @ 613 264-0057
Introduction to Hiking
Saturday, May 3
Walter Baker Sports Centre, Barrhaven
This full-day course is for new hikers and those interested in tips to make hiking safe and enjoyable. Topics include hike planning, preparation, packing, outfitting and on-trail procedures, plus an orientation to hiking with a guided group. The day will wrap up with a short hike to practice your new skills. Fee is $50 for RTA members, $75 for nonmembers (includes a one-year RTA membership, value $25). To register or for information phone the Ottawa Club at 613-860-2225 or e-mail training@rideautrail.org
IT'S MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME AGAIN! All annual memberships in the RTA will expire on March 31st. Please help us cut costs by renewing early. You can now renew for 2 years if you wish! Membership forms are available on our Website and in our Newsletter. And don't forget, you can also purchase your membership online.
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