by Mary Robinson

Mr. Jack Tannett, the “ Passionate Hiker”
Mr. Jack Tannett, the “ Passionate Hiker”

Calling all hikers, “wanna-be” hikers and nature lovers!  Come out and meet the Central Club of the Rideau Trail Association (RTA) at our Open House on Saturday, March 21, 2 to 4 p.m. at McMartin House, 125 Gore Street, Perth.  Mr. Jack Tannett, the “ Passionate Hiker”, will take us on a photo journey of the entire Rideau Trail which he hiked solo in 2014.

For as long as he can remember, Jack has loved being in the outdoors. He was born and raised in the heart of the Pennine Hills, Northern England, and spent several years as a young engineer living and working in Scotland.  Jack recalls spending every spare moment exploring the Scottish hills and the Western Isles.  Moving to Canada in 1981, Jack settled in Calgary and started a three decade-long love affair with the Canadian Rockies (and with his wife Loree!).  In the five years prior to moving to Perth, Jack racked up some impressive statistics on the trails of the Rockies:  4883 km distance travelled; 381,000 feet elevation gain (or roughly 13 Mt. Everests); and 107 nights under canvas.

Upon retiring to Perth last June, Jack has become an enthusiastic member of the RTA Central Club.  He completed his Rideau Trail end-to-end hike over a four month period, in nineteen legs, reaching the Ottawa Locks in early November.  Jack will share his passion for Eastern Ontario’s premier long-distance trail through his beautiful photos taken all along the Trail.  We will plan for Jack’s presentation to begin around 2:30 p.m. so come early, meet some of the Executive and hike leaders, learn about our organization and upcoming activities and enjoy the show.  There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Rideau Trail Association, future hikes, membership and club information, please visit our website at or contact our Chairperson, Dorothy Hudson at 613-283-0332.