Cataraqui Conservation 2022 Hike Challenge Begins Oct. 1

Witnessing a renewed desire of folks to get outdoors, whether in solitude or with friends and family, Cataraqui Conservation is bringing back its Hike Challenge to take advantage of the cooler autumnal weather and beautiful, colourful landscapes of the Cataraqui region.

In its sixth consecutive year, the Hike Challenge provides an opportunity for individuals, small groups, and families to spend some quality time together in nature, exploring the various trails at Cataraqui Conservation owned conservation areas.

The Hike Challenge runs from 8 a.m., Oct. 1, 2022, to 8 p.m. Nov. 27, 2022, and participants can choose to do the Full Challenge - eight trails, or a Half Challenge where participants complete four trails.

To keep the Challenge as fresh, fun, and interactive as possible, Cataraqui Conservation has tweaked the format so that the process and outcome is more user-friendly, and user driven. This year, we invite participants to register on our website then head out and hike their favourite trails at each of our Conservation Areas, as well as any section of the Cataraqui Trail and take a photo during each of these individual hikes. Photos should demonstrate why you love that trail so much and can include plants, animals, your family, friends, pets or anything else that exemplifies your trail experience.

We encourage new visitors to our trails to go out exploring and to document their experience with their photos, as well as encouraging long-time trail users to perhaps try out a different route.

After completing your sojourn on each trail, upload your photos to Cataraqui Conservation’s Hike Challenge photo contest page to complete your entry. Winners will be chosen by all who visit the page, meaning potentially thousands of area folks will be inspired by your trail experience. Once the photos are uploaded, voting can commence beginning Oct. 1 and run until Dec. 4 with the winners announced during the first week of December.

Prizes will be awarded for the most popular photo from the Full Challenge and one from the Half Challenge. Four annual passes to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area will also be awarded to the second and third favourite photos from each category.

Visit the Hike Challenge website at for further details.

  • Register to take part in the Hike Challenge
  • Take photos on the trails – 8 for the full challenge, 4 for the half challenge
  • Upload your photos to the Hike Challenge Photo Contest Page
  • Vote for your favourite photos
  • Favourite photos from the full and half challenge will win a prize package

For more information, email to