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Baxter Location Code: 5200

 Conservation Areas
Beach Water Qualtiiy Baxter

Contact Baxter
Conservation Area

Andrea Wood —
Baxter Manager and
Camp Director
613-489-3592 or
fax: 613-489-3440
e-mail: andrea.wood@rvca.ca

Location: 7498 Carter Road,
Kars, O

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Mailing Address
ox 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON, K4M 1A5

Day Pass $6/vehicle
(pay at entrance and display
on dash board)

Annual Pass
— Pay Machines accept coin
or credit card

For information on our
Annual Pass
— click here



Parking costs $6/vehicle. Annual passes are also available for $45. Parking passes can be purchased at our pay machine as you enter the park OR through our Pay-By-Phone system. Our pay machine takes coins and credit only. More information on the “Pay-By-Phone” system can be found here.


  1. Are dogs allowed on the beach? No, dogs are not allowed on the beach; even when no one is there we want to keep our beach clean and healthy. Thank you.
  2. Is there a place dogs can swim? Yes. If you are standing in front of the beach, facing the water, there is a small area to the left of beach that is open to the water’s edge where dogs can swim downstream from the beach.
  3. Can dogs be off leash at Baxter? No. Dogs must be on leash at all times on Baxter property.
  4. Is there a lifeguard? There are no lifeguards. Swim at your own risk.

Explore the many trails through mixed forest, wetlands, conifer plantations, alder thickets, nut groves, meadows and an alternative energy display. In the summer, take a refreshing dip in the Rideau at the Baxter beach. Join in our excellent outdoor education programs. Call for details about educational programs, day camps and rental program.

Trails — 5 kilometres

Special Features

  • sandy beach
  • Patrick J. McManus Conservation Centre
  • hiking and snowshoeing trails
  • education programs and summer day camps
  • Fillmore R. Park Nut Grove
  • energy displays
  • river cabin
  • facility rental
  • group camping

map View Baxter Trail Map — Click here. Our map is georeferenced! Visit: Avenza Systms Inc. to download the App


Click here to see the Baxter Video
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For Teachers — Outdoor Education Programs at Baxter

Education at Baxter
School Programs — Where fun, adventure and learning come naturally

Download Baxter
Education Flyer

We are now taking bookings for education programs for SUMMER and FALL 2015.You can either follow the link above to start the online booking process or contact Andrea Wood at andrea.wood@rvca.ca or 613-489-3592.

Baxter Naturalist, Andrea Wood offers a variety of outdoor education programs. JK to senior classes are welcome. Start off at the McManus Education Centre for instructions and then move outdoors for hands on experience in Mother Nature's Wonderland. Each season offers its own special programs. New boardwalks help you over the wet spots.


  • $150 per class (maximum 30 students) for one program
  • $225 per class (maximum 30 students) for two program

Call Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592 to reserve your visit!


For Families

2017 Winter Adventures P.D. Day Camps
  Fill up those PD days with winter fun!

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Programs are geared for kids aged six to twelve and are hosted by our knowledgeable RVCA interpreters. Learn how to snowshoe, put up a shelter, build campfires and cook outdoors! The fun will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40/child and $35 for additional children in the same family. Each session can accommodate up to 25 children. Pre-Registration is required.

Additional Winter Day Camp added! February 17, 2017! Click the brochure button to the left to learn more!


2017 Summer Day Camps

New this Summer! 

Baxter is offering family programming. Children and parents can experience nature hands-on, as a family, in one of our exciting educational programs. Come to a program and spend the rest of the day at the beach, or do two programs and stay for the day. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic lunch! 

Cost is $5 per person per program with a maximum charge of $20 per family per program. Children under five are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Pre-registration is required

Download a poster of our new family summer programs!


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2017 Summer Camp Dates:

Day Camp #1 – July 10 to 14, 2017
FULL Day Camp #2 – July 17 to 21, 2017
Day Camp #3 – July 31 to August 4, 2017
FULL Day Camp #4 – August 14 to 18, 2017
Day Camp #5 – August 21 to 25, 2017

2017 Canoe Camp Dates:
FULL Canoe Camp #1– July 17 to 21, 2017
FULL Canoe Camp #2 – August 14 to 18, 2017

Before and After Care:

$10/day/camper (Maximum $100 per family)
Fax Number: 613-692-0831

Kids bored? Spending too much time inside? Need some outdoor excitement? Get up and go to the Baxter Conservation Area's Day Camp. Lots of fun for kids 6 to 12 years old — games, hikes, crafts, swimming, overnights and more. Andrea Wood, Baxter Naturalist, hosts this special fun camp.

For 10 to 14-year olds looking for a challenge, try the Canoe Camp! Over five days, campers will learn and improve tandem canoe strokes, safety skills, and overnight camping practices.

Call for details 613-489-3592.

FAMILY PROGRAMING: 10:00am to 12:00pm/1:00pm to 3:00pm. Cost is $5/person; $20/family.

NATURE EXPLORERS DAY CAMP: (Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm) Cost is $190 per child with a $25 discount for each additional family member. For children aged 6-12.

CANOE CAMP: (Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm) Cost is $245 per child with a $25 discount for each additional family member. For children aged 10-14.


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Renting Facilities at Baxter


Facility Rentals at RVCA
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Download our facility rentals
brochure — click here

Whether you are planning a meeting, seminar, company picnic, youth group camping trip, family gathering or wedding, Baxter offers unique options for your event. We have a variety of facilities and natural areas that provide a beautiful backdrop for a range of occasions. Please note that we recommend making reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment.

There are several different types of facilities available for reservation:

  • Interpretive Centre — An indoor building which features a large common room as well as full kitchens and flush toilets. They are available for meetings, social gatherings, and community group overnight bookings.
  • Group camping — We have a group camp site available to organized groups such as Guiding, Scouting, schools, church groups and other associations.
  • River Cabin — An additional building can be rented along with group camping areas for extra shelter.s
  • Picnic shelter — Our shelter is located near the beach and features a roof for protection from bad weather as well as space for approximately 12 picnic tables with extra tables spread out in the area around the shelter. The picnic shelter is a perfect setting for a family reunion or corporate picnic.
  • How to book — Please contact Andrea Wood at Baxter Conservation Area: 613-489-3592 or andrea.wood@rvca.ca or click the link below to start the online booking process.