Sep 09, 2008 — With leaf-peeper season coming up, this can be a great time to spend a few hours tromping amidst natural splendor. One option is the Rideau Trail, the longest in Eastern Ontario, crossing terrain known as the Canadian Shield. It's over 180 miles long and includes field, forest, bog and lake country. This unconventional trail even runs right through towns along the way. Douglas Knapp proposed the Kingston-to-Ottawa foot trail in 1971. Amazingly, it was completed in less than a year, after a small group of university students secured a summer grant to cut and mark the way. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin spoke with two of the many volunteers who help keep the trail open today: Jim Fox and Jessie Hunter.