The Trust

In The Beginning

Rideau Waterway Corridor
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In the early 1990’s a group of concerned citizens met to discuss their concerns about the disappearance of natural spaces along the Rideau Waterway and the methods available to preserve these spaces. Out of these early meetings grew the idea to form a land trust.

The Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) was incorporated in the spring of 1996 as a non-profit organization with charitable status. From these humble beginnings, the RWLT grew quickly to become one of the leading community based land trusts in Canada.


The Challenge

With this growth came great successes but also great challenges. With a growing supporter base of 600 families and businesses and a core of active volunteers, the RWLT has been able to preserve 19 significant properties through ownership and conservation easement while expanding its area of interest to include all the communities within the Rideau Corridor from Kingston to Ottawa.

It has become evident that if the RWLT is to meet the expectations placed on it by the community, it has to expand the capacity of the organization to deliver its land preservation programs. The community has demonstrated its willingness to support the organization both in volunteer time and financial donations and in doing so continues to challenge the organization.



Nature has a future because our communities care.



To preserve important natural lands and habitat in the Rideau Corridor and foster a healthy future for our communities.


Guiding Principles

  • We focus on the preservation of important land that supports plants, animals and clean water.
  • Our actions are inclusive and for the benefit of the community.
  • We welcome the participation of those who appreciate the importance of nature.
  • We strive for the right balance between access and the protection of conservation values.
  • We partner with other organizations on mutually beneficial activities.


Long-Term Goals Include

  • All members of the public appreciate the importance of natural areas.
  • Our organization merits the trust placed in it by the community.


Strategic Directions

  1. Carry out strategic acquisitions.
  2. Strengthen our land management program.
  3. Enhance our human resources and skills.
  4. Build a diversified fundraising program.
  5. Build greater public awareness.


The Future

The next two decades will prove to be pivotal in the history of land in the communities in the Rideau Area. Either we will develop the vision and resources to preserve our natural landscapes, or we will lose those places forever. The RWLT is determined to accelerate the pace and quality of land conservation in the Rideau Corridor, and we will develop the policies, tools and training that our organization needs to achieve its conservation goals.