Hiker with child in a backpack on a trail in the woods

Step Into Nature at one of our Conservation Areas or the Cataraqui Trail! We are challenging you, your family and friends to hike your favourite trails for a chance to win some great prizes. The Hike Challenge starts on Oct. 1 and runs until Nov. 27 with photo contest voting until Dec. 4, 2023. Follow the rules below and enter to win some great prizes!

To keep the challenge fresh, fun and interactive we have continued with the 2022 Hike Challenge format to be more user-driven. We invite participants to 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. Don't have a favourite trail yet? Discover a new one and post a photo of what you found interesting along your journey.

After completing each trail, upload your photos to Cataraqui Conservation’s Hike Challenge photo contest page to complete your entry - links provided below. 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.

Challenge Rules:

1. Fill Out the Registration Form
Fill out the Registration Form below with your name and contact info and what challenge you will be taking part in: Full Challenge: 8 trails or the Half Challenge: 4 trails.

2. Hike Our Trails and Take Photos
Hike your favourite trail, or discover a new one, at our Conservation Areas or your favourite section of the Cataraqui Trail (lists below). Take a photo along the trail illustrating what you love about that trail. Photos can include plants, animals, your family, friends, pets (on leash please), or anything else that exemplifies your trail experience.

3. Enter the Photo Contest and Vote on a Winner
Once you have completed your hikes and photos (8 for the Full Challenge & 4 for the Half Challenge) upload you photos to the Hike Challenge Photo Contest Page with your name and the name of the Conservation Area you took the photo at. Voting will take place while the challenge is running and ends on Dec. 4. The winning photo from the Full Challenge and the Half Challenge will win a prize pack. The 2nd and 3rd place photos in each category will win an annual pass to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.

Conservation Areas in the Challenge:

For maps of each Area visit our Trail Maps Page, our trails are also on Google Maps.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Employees and Board Members of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and their immediate family, members of Friends Groups and Conservation Foundation are not eligible for challenge prizes. By entering the challenge, the entrant consents to the release of his/her name. The entrant declares to have complied with the challenge rules.

Contest Period
All entries must be submitted between October 1 and November 27, 2023. Voting starts October 1 and ends December 4, 2023.

Prizes are not refundable. Documents once issued in the name of the winner are not transferable or refundable. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and no cash equivalent is available. Winners will be chosen as voted by the public on the Hike Challenge Photo Contest Page. The prize winners will be contact via email or phone. After three attempts to notify the winner without success another draw will take place.

Cataraqui Conservation reserves the right to use any uploaded photo in post-contest marketing materials without notification of the entrant. This may include using photos on Cataraqui Conservation websites, social media accounts and publications.