hike challenge participants

Once again, Cataraqui Conservation presents the Hike CRCA Challenge, an opportunity to get out in the fresh late summer air, enjoy some exercise and ‘Vitamin N’, replenish and recharge for the busy autumn to come. Oh, and you can also win some cool prizes!

In its fifth consecutive year, the hike challenge provides an opportunity for individuals, small groups, and families to spend some quality (physically distanced) time together in nature, exploring the various trails at Cataraqui Conservation owned conservation areas.

The #HikeCRCA challenge runs from 8 a.m., Sept. 1, 2021, to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, 2021, and participants can choose to do the full challenge - seven trails, or the family challenge where there are four trails to complete. A list of challenge trails and rules can be found at www.crca.ca/hikecrca which features a simple, three-step process.

First, hike the designated ‘challenge trail’ at each conservation area (or four trails for the family version) and find the special challenge signs. The second step is to take a photo or ‘selfie’ with each of the signs and post it to social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – and include the hashtag #HikeCRCA. If you are not on social media, upload your photos to the challenge submission form on our website to be entered.  

Finally, once you have hiked all the designated trails and posted your photos, fill out the challenge form to enter our grand prize draw. All eligible entries as of the closing of the contest will be put into a random draw for prizes.

There are two changes to the 2021 Challenge, the Cataraqui Trail is not part of the festivities, as it has its own, similar event The Cataraqui Trail Quest, which runs until Sept. 17. Secondly, because of the boardwalk being closed, the Marshlands Conservation Area in Kingston is also not part of the 2021 edition of #HikeCRCA. That still leaves trails to explore at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, Little Cataraqui Creek, Lemoine Point, Parrott’s Bay, Gould Lake, Lyn Valley and Marble Rock Conservation Areas.

Please stay safe on the trails. Cataraqui Conservation is asking that all recommendations from public health officials related to the Covid-19 pandemic be adhered to when visiting our properties, regardless of your vaccination status. Help keep are trails safe and enjoyable for all users.

Safe Trail Checklist:

  • Plan your trip. Cataraqui Conservation washroom/privy facilities are currently closed. Visit www.crca.ca/coronavirus for updates.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Bring water and hand sanitizer.
  • Clean hands regularly.
  • Keep two metres apart.
  • Allow others to pass on the trail safely.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please stoop and scoop.
  • Avoid gathering in groups.
  • Pack in and pack out – take only photos, leave only footprints.
  • Respect trail etiquette and other users.