It has been a long-term goal of Cataraqui Conservation to acquire the floodplain and wetland areas along Little Cataraqui Creek in the City of Kingston. Over the past five decades, land has been bought as it becomes available on the open market, creating what is now termed the Marshlands Conservation Area. The purpose is to protect the floodplain and the provincially significant wetland from being developed, as it provides wildlife habitat, flood storage and green space in the middle of an urban area – all of which are important to the region’s biodiversity and sustainability.
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The trailhead provides the main Kingston access to the Rideau Trail which has 387 km of cleared and marked trails between Kingston, Perth and Ottawa. The Rideau Trail is maintained by volunteers from the Rideau Trail Association with support from Cataraqui Conservation who maintains the parking lot and surrounding area at the trailhead.
Marshlands has been known by various names over the years including Little Cataraqui Creek Valley Lands, Cataraqui Marhslands Environmental Protection Area and Cataraqui Bay Marshlands Conservation Area. The name was changed to Marhlands Conservation Area to avoid confusion with Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of Highway 401.
Protecting Floodplains & Wetlands
Flora and Fauna
Activities & Facilities
help us protect Marshlands and make sure all visitors have an enjoyable experience
Please stay on the marked trails, off trail use is not permitted.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times for the safety of your pet and courtesy to other visitors. Please stoop and scoop.
wetlands, woods, and shoreline areas provide many opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Pack In & Pack Out
Please do not litter. Leave only footprints and take only photos.
Sights at Marshlands Conservation Area
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