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  Welcome to Baxter — 68 hectares of outdoor fun! Follow over five kilometres of trails through wetlands, conifer plantations, mixed forest, alder thickets, nut groves and a solar energy display. The trails are perfect for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy a peaceful view of the scenic Rideau River from the trail or splash and play at the sandy beach.

View Baxter Trail Map — Click here Our map is georeferenced! Visit: Avenza Systms Inc. to download the App


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Contact Baxter
Conservation Area

Andrea Wood —
Baxter Manager and
Camp Director
613-489-3592 or
fax: 613-489-3440
e-mail: andrea.wood@rvca.ca

Location: 7498 Carter Road,
Kars, O

Mailing Address:
P.O. Pox 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON, K4M 1A5

Day Pass $6/vehicle (pay at entrance and display on dash board)

Annual Pass
— Pay Machines accept coin or credit card

Annual Passes can be
purchased at:
— Interpretive Centre (where applicable)
— Pay Machine (receipt can be redeemed for permanent pass)
Rideau Valley Conservation Centre (3889 Rideau Valley Dr. Manotick, ON K4M 1A5)

For information on our Annual Pass — click here

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  • gate fee or annual pass
  • open daily, year round
  • picnic tables and barbecues
  • covered picnic shelter
  • sandy beach
  • change huts and privies

  • self-guided nature trail
  • marsh boardwalk
  • weekend programs
  • school programs
  • public workshops
  • day camps
  • McManus Conservation Centre
  • F.R. Park Nut Grove featuring over 30 nut and bean trees, some rarely seen in Eastern Ontario
  • natural flood plain forest of silver maple, cedars and many more native plant
  Outdoor Education Programs at Baxter

We offer programs in the summer, fall and winter. If you are interested in booking for another season, you can either follow the link above to start the online booking process or contact Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592 or andrea.wood@rvca.ca.

Education at Baxter
School Programs — Where fun, adventure and learning come naturally

We are now taking bookings for education programs for WINTER 2015, and SPRING 2015. We are almost full for May and June 2015. You can either follow the link above to start the online booking process or contact Andrea Wood at andrea.wood@rvca.ca or 613-489-3592.

Baxter Naturalist, Andrea Wood offers a variety of outdoor education programs. JK to senior classes are welcome. Start off at the McManus Education Centre for instructions and then move outdoors for hands on experience in Mother Nature's Wonderland. Each season offers its own special programs. New boardwalks help you over the wet spots.


  • $150 per class (maximum 30 students) for one program
  • $225 per class (maximum 30 students) for two program

Call Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592 to reserve your visit!



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Education Flyer
  Day Camps
at Baxter

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  2015 Summer
Day Camp

July 6–10, 2015
July 13–17, 2015
July 20–24, 2015
August 10–14, 2015
August 17–21, 2015

$180/ week

Kids bored? Spending too much time inside? Need some outdoor excitement? Get up and go to the Baxter Conservation Area's Day Camp. Lots of fun for kids 6 to 12 years old — games, hikes, crafts, swimming, overnights and more. Andrea Wood, Baxter Naturalist, hosts this special fun camp.

  2015 Canoe Camp

July 20–24, 2015
August 17–21, 2015


For 10 to 14-year olds looking for a challenge, try the Canoe Camp! Over five days, campers will learn and improve tandem canoe strokes, safety skills, and overnight camping practices.

Call for details 613-489-3592.

  Active•Outdoor•Life Series of Events

  Visit www.ottawa-outdoor-education.ca to learn how OECO connects K–12 students and community members to outdoor and experiential learning in Ottawa.