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Rideau Watershed, March 17, 2020 — The health, safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority. RVCA is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following changes in operations and programming effective immediately:

  • The RVCA Administrative Centre (3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick) is closed to the general public.
  • Meetings and events scheduled at the RVCA Administrative Centre are cancelled.
  • Education programming and rentals at Baxter and Foley Mountain Conservation Areas are cancelled.
  • Interpretive centres and privies at RVCA Conservation Areas are closed to the general public. The trails remain open for physical and mental health benefits and will be available free of charge until April 6, 2020.
  • All essential services including RVCA’s flood forecasting and warning operations and planning and permitting remain active.

Staff will continue to provide service over the phone and through email. Please call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 or search online at for a directory of services and contact information. Permits and other hard copy documents can be dropped off in our drop box at RVCA Administrative office or emailed to the appropriate staff member. Payment can be taken over the phone at 613-692-3571 ext. 1100.

Theses decisions are in response to recent measures implemented across the province. As of today, we plan to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available. Please check the RVCA website and social media platforms for updates. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

RVCA’s outdoor facilities at our developed Conservation Area will remain open for public use; only the interpretive centres and privies will be closed. The public are invited to use our outdoor trails and boardwalks free of charge until April 6, 2020. Visit for a complete listing of locations and amenities.

OTTAWA, JAN. 11, 2020 – We know that outdoor spaces matter right now more than ever: your mental and physical health depend on them. That's why we are proud to keep our 11 conservation areas and 42 km of trails open for you during this time.

When visiting our sites, your safety and the safety of others is our top priority. Please remember:

  • Stay 2 metres from people outside your household, or wear a mask if that’s not possible;
  • Follow all directional signs on trails (many are now one-way loops to limit passing);
  • No more than 25 people in gathering areas like parking lots, trailheads, viewing areas and toboggan hills;
  • Mask required when congregating at parking lots, trailheads, viewing areas and toboggan hills;
  • If the park looks busy, be prepared to come back another time;
  • Stay on the trails and park only in designated areas;
  • Keep dogs on leash at all times;
  • Ice conditions are not monitored and may be unsafe;
  • All conservation areas close at dusk.

Please note that parking fees apply in some parks. Annual passes are also available at (code 5222).

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy.

Happy trails!


For more information:
Chelsey Ellis
Conservation Lands Planner


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