Community Lands

Community Lands are those lands that the public is invited to use

Use of Rock Dunder Nature Reserve is restricted to supporters of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust and guests who accompany them.  People can become a supporter of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust for as little as $10.  Check our Facebook page (Rock Dunder RWLT) or contact us for further details.

The Land Trust does not charge user or admission fees for its other Community Lands, although visitors are asked to consider making a donation in the donation box found at the trailheads to help the volunteers with the costs of maintaining the trails and parking areas.  We welcome everyone to enjoy our community properties.  We ask that all visitors respect the properties natural features.  In extreme cases, if the natural features of a community property are being harmed or are at risk in any way, then the Land Trust may choose to close the property or an area of the property.

The lands are open sunrise to sunset May 15 to November 15.
They are closed to all visitors at all other times.

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Wonderful Rock Dunder

Rock Dunder is a treasure that lies within the internationally recognized Thousand Islands Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.Rising 275 feet above Morton Bay, with trails leading to one of the highest points of land in the area, Rock Dunder provides breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and woodlands. The trails and vistas are enjoyed seasonally, by both local residents and visitors to the area. For many, childhood memories of hiking trips to Rock Dunder still remain fresh in their minds.In early Spring of 2006, the Rideau Waterway Land Trust, with the help of our members and supporters, raised the funds to purchase a wonderful property known as Rock Dunder. This property was previously a wilderness camp for the Boy Scouts for almost 40 years. Scouts Canada decided this property would be sold and the funds used to upgrade other camps in the area which were better suited to younger campers.

Located at the portage leading to the Gananoque River system and down through the heart of the UN Biosphere, Rock Dunder provides a natural rest for canoeists traveling the Rideau Waterway.

The Land Trust volunteers have been working hard to make improvements to the trails and repairs to the two log cabins which provide a brief rest stop for hikers.

When traveling by car,  Rock Dunder is located just south of Morton.  Take Stanley Lash Lane and go 1200 metres from Hwy #15 to trailhead.

How sweet it is!!

Sweet Sugarbush!

When Sugarbush Island was threatened by development the supporters of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust rallied together and, after a successful community fundraising drive, enabled the Trust to purchase this special place in October 2010. 

This 26 acre island is located near Chaffey’s Locks in Lake Opinicon. Sugarbush Island is an integral part of the 385 acre wetland complex known as the Murphy’s Bay Wetland Complex, a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) and Ministry of Natural Resources Fish Sanctuary. Sugarbush Island, widely regarded as one of the best natural areas in the Rideau Corridor and one of its top botanical sites, is a precious remnant of the region’s original natural landscapes. It is home to many animal species-at-risk including the Northern Map Turtle, Gray Ratsnake and Eastern Ribbon Snake. Its woodland areas provides rare habitat for many uncommon breeding birds, such as rare Common Nighthawk and the spectacular Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The rich woodland nurtures the growth of many deciduous and coniferous trees. Large specimens of Butternut and Bitternut share the island with Sugar Maple and majestic White Pines. The understudy consists of Dogwood and other flowering shrubs while the shoreline vegetation is important to preserving the adjoining wetlands.  As an RWLT protected area, the threat of development has ceased and Sugarbush Island is available to the community for passive recreational use and quiet contemplation. In 2012 a walking trail will be developed leading from Davis Lock Road through the meadow to the short causeway leading to the island. The property will be known as the James H. Fullard Nature Reserve in memory of one of the favourite professors associated with the nearby Queen’s University Biological Station. 

When travelling by car turn west from Hwy #15 at Elgin and proceed 7 km along Davis Lock Road to trailhead.

‘Trilliums’ Delight’ – Nicholson’s Point Woods

Nicholson’s Point Woods

The 137 acre property is located west of Kingston close to the shoreline of Lake Ontario. This property has been enjoyed by generations as a place to take a quiet walk on a summer’s evening or cross country ski in the winter time. It was zoned for development when it was placed up for sale as part of an estate. Moe and Janice Johnson, long time residents in the area, felt the property should be preserved in its natural state for all to enjoy and made a decision to purchase the property and donate it to the Rideau Waterway Land Trust in 2009. As a significant woodland designated in the municipality’s Official Plan, the property supports a mature deciduous forest of sugar maple, oak and hickory hardwood trees as well as a grove of cedar trees along its eastern boundary. It provides habitat for many mammals and birds including the Cerulean Warbler, Wood Thrush. In the early spring the woodland is carpeted with Trilliums, something the neighbouring property owners take great pride in. Today the neighbours continue to work together to preserve the area and maintain the trails for all to enjoy. Due to the foresight of the Johnson’s this special place in our community, close to the hustle and bustle of Kingston is protected in perpetuity for generations to come. description