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.
Hikers, especially leaders, are advised to wear "hunter orange" hats and garments and to proceed with caution when venturing into areas where hunting could be taking place