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COVID-19 Update: Trails are open, please practice physical distancing (2 m). Outdoor Centre is currently closed. Please see below for trail conditions and ski/snowshoe rental info.

Trail Conditions

Trails are open and snow covered – a few icy and slushy sections. There is currently not enough snow to groom.  Please view our winter trail map for details on groomed and natural trails.

Info line: 613-546-4228 ext. 501 for recorded message detailing trail conditions and rental office hours.

Rental Office

Rental office is currently closed.

Ski & Snowshoe rentals are not available while we are under a stay at home order.

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Entry Fee

$5 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under, maximum fee of $15 per car (special event pricing may apply). Annual Passes are available for $85. They provide admission to Little Cataraqui Creek for one year.

Hours of Operation

Conservation Area is open during daylight hours only. COVID-19 Update: The Outdoor Centre is currently closed to the public during the lockdown.

Activities & Facilities

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. Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is also headquarters for the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. Our Administration Office and main workshop are located within the Conservation Area as well as the Outdoor Centre, 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.


Hiking Trails
X-Country Skiing
Forest Therapy
Ski Lessons
Picnic Areas
Bird Watching

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 offer cross-country ski lessons. All of our winter activities are weather dependent, please call our info line at 613-546-2338 ext. 501 for details. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trail Map

Trail Map - Winter