Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Connect with nature at this 394 hectare site in all seasons. There are areas of marsh, field, and forest habitat for nature appreciation, education and outdoor recreation facilities. Located just north of Highway 401 and Division Street Kingston.

Entry Fee

$5.50 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, maximum fee of 14 per car. Annual passes are available for $80. They provide admission to Little Cataraqui Creek and Gould Lake Conservation Areas.

Hours of Operation

7:30 AM to dusk daily.

Outdoor Centre – 9 AM to 4 PM Monday to Friday (other times available by appointment).

Equipment Rentals

The CRCA has cross-country skis and snowshoes available for rent during winter months, when conditions permit. For prices visit our equipment rental page.

Trail Info Line

For up to date trail conditions and the availability of equipment rentals please call our trail information line at 613-546-4228 ext. 501.

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area Trail Map PDF – Regular | Winter

Activities & Facilities

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is also headquarters for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. Our Administration Office and main workshop are located there and the Outdoor Centre is the base of operations for our education programs.  Nature and environmental programs are offered on weekends during the fall, winter and spring. Visit our event calendar for further information.

Seasonal Activities

Winter is the most popular time of year at Little Cataraqui Creek. We have facilities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Equipment is available for rent at the Outdoor Centre. We event offer cross-country ski lessons.

In early spring we operate a demonstration sugar bush. Maple Madness is one of our most popular programs It takes place during March/April each year. For details visit our Maple Madness page.

In the summer, we operate a summer day camp with a focus on nature and outdoor skills for children age 6 to 11. Visit our Nature Explorers Camp page for details and registration.

Fall activities include a Fall Colours Weekend each Thanksgiving as well as other nature and outdoor recreation type programs.

Cross-Country Skiing

13 KM of trails are groomed when conditions permit; please follow proper skiers’ etiquette. Trails 1 to 4 are groomed and track-set and are for classic style cross-country skiing only. These track-set trails are a unique feature in our area and are very time consuming to produce and keep in good shape. Please respect the trails and the time and effort we put into them by not walking, snowshoeing, skate skiing or walking your dog on the track-set trails.

Maple Madness

In early spring, learn about the process of sugaring off from sap to syrup. Special activities like puppet shows and guided tours are available. Tractor-drawn wagon rides take you back to the sugar bush. Pancakes and maple syrup are all part of a recipe for a good time. Maple Madness is held each March/April. Visit our event calendar or the Maple Madness page for event details.

Outdoor Centre

The Outdoor Centre is the base for CRCA outdoor and conservation education programs and summer day camps. Facilities include a snack bar, observation tower, washrooms, equipment rentals and two meeting rooms. The facility is available for rent. For more information or to make a booking call 613-546-4228 ext. 222.