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August 10, 2016

Monitoring & Reporting

The RVCA collects, monitors and analyses watershed information.

Monitoring environmental conditions helps us see trends over time, focus our actions where they can do the most good, and evaluate the effectiveness of our watershed policies and programs. 

Reporting information ensures the right information is available to municipal and watershed decision makers (including watershed residents).

Use the menu to the right to visit our monitoring and reporting information. You can also access information through our interactive mapping. See below for details on what is currently available. 

Interactive Mapping Tool

Access information through our interactive mapping tool. Choose from these mapping options:

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Access our robust interactive mapping with multiple tools to help you find regulation limits, flood event depths, flood & low water status, landcover, conservation areas and more.
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Streamflow, Water Levels & Weather Stations

See real-time and periodic information from a network of sources from across the watershed.
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Water Quality -
Chemistry Maps

View water quality data collected across the watershed. See where we test and the results.  
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Subwatersheds and
Catchment Area Maps

Explore our subwatershed reports that highlight four indicators of watershed health: water quality, forest cover, wetland cover and riparian cover. 
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Map A Property

Search properties to see if it may be subject to Section 28 — Ontario Regulation 174/06 (Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alternations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation. 



August 10, 2016

Regulations & Planning

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) conserves and protects natural resources in the Rideau River valley for the benefit of everyone. The RVCA believes that sound land use and municipal planning is a critical part of protecting our land and water. It is also essential to preventing the loss of life and property damage due to flooding and erosion.

As part of this mandate, the RVCA:

  • Regulates construction in and along environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands, shorelines and waterways (Ontario Regulation 174/06 — Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation)
  • Reviews development proposals (municipal plan / Planning Act review) within or adjacent to natural areas
  • Administers Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code on behalf of the City of Ottawa and Tay Valley Township by reviewing and issuing Building Permits for construction, enlargement and/or alteration of sewage disposal systems.

Our team of staff work towards clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the watershed.

August 10, 2016

About Us

RVCA is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Under Ontario's Conservation Authorities Act, the RVCA is responsible for furthering the "conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in the watershed." We are responsible for protecting people and property from natural hazards like flooding and erosion.

For over 50 years, the RVCA has worked to protect the health of our watershed and the people who live in it. Through environmental monitoring and reporting, on-the-ground restoration and stewardship, conservation lands and education, development review and approval and flood forecasting and warning working in close partnerships with our member municipalities, other levels of government and academia has made this work possible.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a thriving watershed with clean abundant water, natural shorelines, rich forests and wetlands, diverse habitat and sustainable land use that is valued and protected by all. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to understand, manage, protect, restore and enhance the Rideau watershed through science, stewardship, education, policy and leadership.


RVCA helps improve the quality of water in our streams, lakes, rivers and groundwater reserves. We look to protect and enhance our watershed's natural resources by providing programs that will leave a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations. Programs such as tree planting, landowner incentive programs and shoreline restoration help us achieve our goals. We are delighted work with private landowners, lake associations, NGOs, Friends of groups, businesses, government agencies and the general public to make improvements to the watershed. Working with others, we divide the task and double the success!

This guide provides description of each program. Demand for these programs is high, so it is recommended you book early to avoid disappointment.

Teachers' Program Guide

This guide provides description of each program. Demand for these programs is high, so it is recommended you book early to avoid disappointment.

Teachers' Program Guide

Join our qualified and experienced outdoor educators for some summer fun in the forest! Designed for children aged 6 – 12, we spend our time outside exploring, playing, and learning through experiential, hands-on opportunities. Each themed week is full of nature-based activities that could include discovering creatures that live in the beaver, searching for salamanders, playing Instincts for Survival, learning to build a shelter, crafts, and more! Our ratio of staff to campers is 1:8 and we accept 24 campers per session.

DateProgramAgeCamp Hours Cost
July 10 – 14
Nature Explorers
6-12 9am - 4pm $220/week $195/week for additional children in the same family
July 24 – 28 Forest Fun 6-12 9am - 4pm $220/week $195/week for additional children in the same family
August 14 – 18 Junior Naturalists 6-12 9am - 4pm $220/week $195/week for additional children in the same family
August 28 - Sept 1 Outdoor Adventurers 6-12 9am - 4pm $220/week $195/week for additional children in the same family

To Register

Please complete the registration request form to be added to our registration list or wait list for camps that are currently full.  Upon completion of the form, we will send you a registration package, including the program handbook and other necessary documents. PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form does not necessarily guarantee a space in the program but begins the registration process.

Interested in volunteering?

Looking to get your high school volunteer hours or just add some great experience to your resume? Fill in our volunteer information form at to connect with our camp staff

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 Additional Information

  • Full Week camp: $220 per week/per child or $195 for an additional family membe
  • Qualified and experienced outdoor education and camping staff


Rebecca Whitman
Foley Mountain Area Supervisor and Camp Director
Tel: 613-273- 3255
Fax: 613-692- 0831


July 20, 2016

Baxter Day Camps

MAILING LIST: If you are interested in finding out more information about our Forest School, Day Camp and Canoe Camp programs, and other education programs at Baxter Conservation Area, please fill out the following Google form to be added to our mailing list — click here.


2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp Ages 6-12 | Five-day program | $230 

Baxter’s Forest Explorers Summer Camp gives campers the opportunity to enjoy summer adventures immersed in nature while playing, exploring, and making new friends. Camp will include a number of organized activities like our pond study, insect study, crafts, etc. and unstructured, child-directed time where our camp counsellors will follow the campers’ interests while providing a safe and fun summer camp experience. Campers will enjoy swimming at Baxter beach in the afternoons supervised by two certified lifeguards.

Our Forest Explorers Summer Camp will be offered for 6- to 12-year-old children. We will have a 1:8 ratio with 24 campers and 3 staff each week. One week of camp will run from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. One week of camp costs $230 per camper (tax included). There is a $25 discount for additional family members registered in the same session of camp. We will offer before and after care for summer camp this year, before care ($5/camper/day) is available from 8:00-9:00 am and after care ($5/camper/day) is available from 4:00-5:00 pm. The maximum cost for before and after care is $100 per family.

DateProgramAgeCamp HoursCost  
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only)— July 11 to 15, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only)— July 18 to 22, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only) July 25 to 29, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only) August 8 to 12, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only) August 15 to 19, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $230
CAMP IS FULL (waitlist only) August 22 to 26, 2022 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 6–12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $230

All weeks of our Forest Explorers Summer Camp are now FULL! We are currently taking requests for our waiting list ONLY.  Please complete the Forest Explorers Summer Camp registration request form found here.

PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form DOES NOT guarantee a space in our camp program but begins the registration process. All submissions are date stamped and will be processed accordingly. We will do our best to accommodate your requested week of camp. Families will only be contacted if space is available. If space is available, families will be sent a registration package. Registration packages will not be sent out until sometime the week of April 11th, 2022. 

Wilderness Adventures Camp Camp Ages 11-14 | five-day program | $230 – will not be offered in 2022

 Additional Information

  • Day camp: $25 off additional family members registered in the same camp session
  • Before and After Care is available at an additional fee. - Before Care 8:00-9:00 am - After Care 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Qualified and experienced outdoor education and camping staff
  • Regular camp hours — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Payment:
    • cash
    • cheque (made payable to Rideau Valley Conservation Authority) 
    • credit card (MasterCard or VISA)


Baxter Conservation Area Supervisor
Tel: 613-489-3592
Fax: 613-692- 0831
Location: 7498 Carter Road, Kars, ON
Mailing Addess: PO Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON K4M 1A5


Half Day Program

$175 per group
(maximum 30 students) 
(90 minutes with an RVCA instructor)

Full Day Program

$250 per group
(maximum 30 students) 
(two 90 minutes with an RVCA instructor)


Interested in just visiting the conservation area with your class but not booking a program? The cost is $2.50/person. This does not include the use of buildings other than access to public washrooms. To reserve facilities, contact staff. Staff must still be contacted to book a self-directed visit.

Overnight Tent Camping (accommodations only)

1-15 people - $75/night
16-30 people - $150/night
30+ people - contact for pricing
*Additional buildings also available for rent (link to facility rentals)
Take you class on an overnight adventure to our group camping area!  Plan your own activities or book our education staff to provide programming during your stay (see above for pricing).   

The outdoor environmental education program at Foley Mountain provides students with interactive, experiential, curriculum-based experiences that will help them to understand our natural world and their relationship with it. The Program can accommodate up to 60 students per day and all equipment is provided. All programs are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Descriptions are offered as general guidelines — if there are specific objectives that you would like to accomplish, please let us know. Although grade levels are recommended for each program, these are only guidelines. Please select any desired fields to narrow your search.

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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