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.
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Redecking of the Chaffey’s Lock Bridge
Cataraqui Conservation is advising users of the Cataraqui Trail that the section of trail at Chaffey’s Lock is closed in order to complete maintenance work on the bridge. The construction work began on Monday, Nov. 22 and will be completed by Friday, Dec. 3.
The bridge is being ‘re-decked’ to provide a more consistent and safer surface for trail users. This will mean that the Cataraqui Trail will be inaccessible from Indian Lake Road to Marina Road. The following map outlines the detour route, which essentially starts at Indian Lake Road and shifts onto Opinicon Road, over the locks where it changes to Chaffey’s Lock Road, left onto Marina Road where it will meet the Cat Trail again.
There will also be appropriate signage and barricades to help guide trail users around the construction site. Please abide by them and any instructions given by the work crew. Users are advised to use extra caution on the detour as the route goes along a busier roadway.
Cataraqui Trail Merchandise Clearance
Good quality sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats and tote bags available at bargain prices.
Volunteers Doug, Jen and Gleb clear wild parsnip near County Road 4.
Cat Trail by drone
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 January 27th at 7pm. Details will be sent via email to all members. All members are welcome to attend and participate. Participation using the Zoom 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 purchase your 2022 Friends of the Cataraqui Trail Membership prior to the meeting. Note that memberships follow the calendar year.
From May 1st through to June 5th, 2021 over 45 volunteers helped maintain over 75km of the Cataraqui Trail between Strathcona and Smith Falls. Activities included:
Checking bridges, signs, gates & barriers
Reporting on erosion, trail surface & evidence of prohibited use
Filling holes with gravel
Cleaning up picnic areas
Removing a siphon tube
Removing garbage - very little reported
Pulling and reporting on invasive species
Thank you everyone for helping to keep the trail safe and beautiful!