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.
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 August 26th 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.
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!