Baxter Conservation Area is located along the shores of the Rideau River. It is located 5 minutes south of Kars and North Gower, ON and is owned and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.
Baxter Conservation Area features 5 km of hiking trails through forests, meadows and wetland habitats, picnic areas, a sandy beach for swimming, scenic lookouts, environmental education programs, summer and winter day camp programs, facility rentals and an Interpretive Centre
In the summer, go for a swim in the Rideau River at Baxter's sandy beach or a hike on the trails. In the winter, come snowshoeing on one of our forest trails.
We also offer outdoor environmental education programs for schools (Kinders to grade 12), community groups (Scouting, Guiding, etc.) and day cares/camps. During the summer we run week long nature-themed day camp programs. During the winter we run PD day camps. Rental facilities are also available onsite. Call or e-mail us for more details about our programs.
A valid day or annual pass must be displayed in the park. A day pass is $6/vehicle and an annual pass is $45. Both can be purchased on site at our pay machine or using our new "pay by phone" system. For more information about "pay by phone", visit http://rvca.ca/careas/paybyphone/index.html.
Our park is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk, all year round. Check here for updates on trails, the beach, day camps, events, education programs and more at Baxter Conservation Area in Kars, Ontario.
Baxter Conservation Area is owed and operated by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). The RVCA is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. We are a community based environmental protection agency that works closely with municipal, provincial and federal government partners, landowners and community groups to maintain and improve the natural resources in the Rideau watershed. The RVCA promotes an integrated watershed approach — one that balances human, environmental and economic needs. Our success is based on local initiative, watershed jurisdiction and partnerships in resource management. We aim to improve water quality, protect water supplies, reduce flood risk, improve watershed habitats erosion hazard and increase conservation lands.
The park itself is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk, all year round. The Interpretive Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, all throughout the year.
A valid day or annual pass must be displayed in the park. A day pass is $6/v