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May 31, 2016

Outdoor Education

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March 04, 2016


RVCA is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. We are a community based environmental protection agency that works closely with municipal, provincial and federal government partners, landowners and community groups to maintain and improve the natural resources in the Rideau watershed.

January 28, 2016

Admission Fees

Day Pass - $6 / vehicle

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How to Purchase an  Day Pass

From Pay Machines located at park entrances

Annual Pass - $45 / year

2016 Annual Pass

Where to Purchase an Annual Pass
  • Interpretive Centre (where applicable)
  • Pay Machines located at the park entrance (receipt can be redeemed for permanent pass)
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Centre (3889 Rideau Valley Dr. Manotick, ON K4M 1A5)

7498 Carter Rd,
Kars, Ontario
Phone: 613-489-3592

Open year round
Dawn to dusk
subject to winter conditions

Effective March 28, 2020: Baxter Conservation Area gates will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Gates will be closed and locked outside these hours.

Activities and Amenities

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Situated on 80 hectares along the shores of the Rideau River, Baxter is a beautiful example of river floodplain. Explore, year-round, the mixed hardwood forests, meadows and wetlands over the 5 km of trails and visit the unique Filmore Park Nut Grove with its many species of nut and bean trees and shrubs. Join in the excellent environmental education programs, summer day camps and seasonal community group camping. Baxter boasts a large number of picnicking areas and large covered shelter adjacent to one of the cleanest and most attractive beaches on the Rideau. Visit the Patrick McManus Interpretive Centre which hosts the many programs and is available to groups for workshops, weekend rentals and social events.
Parking costs $7/vehicle. Annual passes are also available for $50. Parking passes can be purchased at our pay machine as you enter the park OR through our Pay-By-Phone system. Our pay machine takes coins and credit only. More information on the “Pay-By-Phone” system, visit the "Purchase a Pass" link to the right.


Are dogs allowed on the beach? No, dogs are not allowed on the beach; even when no one is there we want to keep our beach clean and healthy. Thank you.
Is there a place dogs can swim? Yes. If you are standing in front of the beach, facing the water, there is a small area to the left of beach that is open to the water’s edge where dogs can swim downstream from the beach.
Can dogs be off leash at Baxter? No. Dogs must be on leash at all times on Baxter property.
Is there a lifeguard? There are no lifeguards. Swim at your own risk.

Trails: 5 km

pdfBaxter Conservation Area Trail Map

Special Features

Watch the Videos

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Contact Us

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504



Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario