Baxter Conservation Area

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

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7498 Carter Road
Ottawa, Ontario.
Canada ,K0A 1W0
+1 613-489-3592

COVID-19 Notice: Conservation Areas

During the first stage of reopening, Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than five people outside of your current household. This applies to all public use of our conservation areas.  In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres – six feet –  is required.

We are opening our amenities as staff and time permit. Please note the below:


  • Trails are open at all RVCA Conservation Areas.
  • Fees are no longer being waived. Day Passes and Annual Passes are avilable at
  • Foley Mountain Conservation Area gates will be open from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. Gates will be closed and locked outside these hours.
  • Baxter Conservation Area is open from dawn to dusk. 
  • Interpretive centres, washrooms and changerooms remain closed. Plan your visit accordingly and bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.
  • Picnic tables and railings are not cleaned on a regular basis. Bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.
  • Sites are not being maintained. Visitors are asked to carry any garbage or pet waste out with them. Please do not leave pet waste.
  • We are sure many people will be keen to get out and enjoy conservation area trails and boat launches. Please be prepared to make the necessary decision to turn around if the parking lots look busy or full and come another time!

 Please follow Conservation Area rules:

  • General Covid Sign Social Media V3STAY HOME if you are self-isolating, under quarantine, have recently returned from any travel outside of the area or are showing any signs of illness.
  • If you are going to a Conservation Area, you should be going alone or with your household unit.
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines and remain more than six feet from others.
  • Follow directional signs on posted on trails at specific Conservation Areas.
  • Yield to oncoming trail users when necessary (crossing bridges, climbing viewing platforms)
  • Keep dogs on leash.
  • Trash-in, trash-out! Please take your trash with you.
  • Do not congregate in a Conservation Area.

Boat Launches:

  • RVCA boat launches are open.


  • Beaches are open at Baxter and Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Areas. The beach at Foley Mountain remains closed. Please note that Interpretive centres, washrooms and changerooms remain closed. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Interpretive Centres, Washrooms and Changerooms

  • Interpretive centres, washrooms and changerooms remain closed. Bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.

Benches, picnic tables, shelters, lookouts

  • Amenities, including benches, picnic tables, shelters and lookouts, are open. These amenities are not cleaned regularly. Bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available. Please plan your trip accordingly. 

Play Fields

  • Play fields are available for casual use only, respecting physical distancing measures and groups of no more than five people.

Summer Day Camps, Conservation Education Programs and Interpretive Centres

  • Summer day camp programs (Baxter and Foley Mountain) are cancelled. We made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution and to protect the healthy and safety of our campers and staff.  
  • Interpretive centres and at RVCA Conservation Areas are closed to the general public.
  • Education programming and rentals at Baxter and Foley Mountain Conservation Areas are cancelled.

For more details on how the RVCA is responding to COVID-19 at

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