The Cataraqui Trail

The Cataraqui Trail is a year-round, shared-use recreation trail. In spring, summer and fall it welcomes everyone from hikers to cyclists. In winter it is open to snowmobilers bearing a current Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail permit. Cross-country skiers are welcome to share the trail. We encourage all users to purchase an annual (Jan to Dec) $25 membership.
The Friends of the Cataraqui Trail advocates for the sustainability, enjoyment and stewardship of the Cataraqui Trail. The Friends group supports the public use of the Trail, promotes the Cataraqui Trail and assists the Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority (CRCA) as a volunteer work force for light maintenance and to monitor and report trail hazards and maintenance issues to the CRCA.

Trail Alert

Over the next couple weeks there will be work on the trail around County Rd. 5 heading east. Users will experience an uneven and rough surface in this area until the work is completed. Staff will also be out mowing during this time. Please obey safety signs and directions from work crews.

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Next Friends of the Cataraqui Trail Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of the Cataraqui Trail will be held via a Zoom meeting on Thursday June 24th at 7pm.  Details will be sent via email to all members.  All members are welcome to attend and participate.  Participation using the Webex application is encouraged but access is also available by phone.  If you are not a member but would still like to attend please send a message via the Contact Us section of this website.

Please note that 2021 Memberships are now due.  Please purchase a membership prior to this meeting.

Memberships may be purchased online.

Cataraqui Trail Maintenance Day

On July 25th, 2020 maintenance work was done on 50 km of the Cataraqui Trail between Strathcona and Smith Falls. Over 35 volunteers were involved. Activities included:
  • Mowing
  • Brush cutting
  • Checking Bridges, Signs, Gates & barriers
  • Identifying sites for benches
  • Reporting erosion, trail surface & evidence of prohibited use
  • Removing obstructing trees & branches, plus a beaver dam
  • Removing garbage - very little reported
  • Filling holes
  • Pulling Hogweed & Wild Parsnip + reporting where some needs removed
Thank you everyone for your work!