Dust off your hiking boots


Step Into Nature at a CRCA Conservation Area! We are challenging you, your family and friends to hike CRCA trails for a chance to win some awesome prizes. The #HikeCRCA challenge starts on September 1, 2019 and runs until October 31, 2019. Follow the rules below and enter to win some great prizes!

Challenge Rules:

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Full Challenge: Hike the designated “challenge trail” at each of our Conservation Areas and one “designated section” of the Cataraqui Trail and find the special challenge sign with the #HikeCRCA logo. Family-Friendly Challenge: Hike four out of the nine designated trails. See the list of Conservation Areas and designated trails below.


Take a selfie with each of our challenge signs and post it to social media – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Your post must include the hashtag #HikeCRCA and your location – the Conservation Area you are in.

Not on social media, no worries. When participants have completed the challenge you will be asked to upload your photos when you fill out the entry form. Put N/A on the social media questions and upload your photos to be entered.


Once you have completed the 9 designated trails for the Full Challenge or the 4 trails for the Family Challenge fill out the Entry Form by clicking the button below to be entered to win some great prizes. Good luck and happy trails!

Challenge Trails

 1.7 km loop, wilderness trail, moderate/hard with some steep rugged sections

From the main parking lot head left across the open field area past the privies to access the trail.

2.3 km loop, easy terrain

From the South Parking Lot – Head west (left) on trail 5.

5.5 km loop, easy to moderate terrain

Access Trail 4 at the CRCA Admin Office parking lot. Once you go pass by the gate house at the entrance, keep straight until you see the parking lot.  You can loop via the Service Rd (purple) or via Trail 4 (yellow) across from the Admin Office trailer.

Trail 1: 837 M long, easy terrain

Lyn Valley Conservation Area Map - Hike CRCA Challenge

3.1 km loop, easy/moderate terrain

From the Debruge Road parking lot take Trail 1 past the nature centre.

West Section (left side): 4 KM (return) Wilderness trail, moderate/hard, steep and rugged sections

Helen A. Henderson Loop: 1.7 KM easy terrain, Rideau Trail

You can access the trail off of Queen Mary Road or Grenville Cres.

Trail 4: 884 M, easy terrain

4 Designated Sections – Railway Trail, easy/moderate terrain

Strathcona to Camden East: 7.10 KM, easy terrain.
Harrowsmith to Sydenham: 6.55 KM, easy terrain.
Chaffey’s Lock to Hwy. 15 (Elgin): 7.5 KM, easy terrain.
Lombardy to Smiths Falls: 9 KM, easy terrain.

The Cataraqui Trail is 104 KM end to end

Cataraqui Trail Map - Hike Challenge

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Employees and Board Members of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and their immediate family, members of Friends Groups and Conservation Foundation are not eligible for challenge prizes. By entering the challenge, the entrant consents to the release of his/her name. The entrant declares to have complied with the challenge rules.

Contest Period
All entries must be submitted between September 1 and October 31, 2019. The contest opens 8:00 am on September 1 and closes October 31 at 8:00 pm.

Prizes not refundable nor transferable. Documents once issued in the name of the winner are not transferable or refundable. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and no cash equivalent is available. A random draw will be executed by the CRCA for prizes from all eligible entries received before the closing date. The prize winners will be contact via email or phone. After three attempts to notify the winner without success another draw will take place.

The CRCA reserves the right to use shared photos/visuals in post-contest materials without notification of the entrant.

Thank you to our prize sponsors!

County of Frontenac
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County of Lennox & Addington