Rouge Park

Rouge Park is a huge wilderness nature park that stretches north from Lake Ontario in the eastern portion of Toronto

Rouge Park near Twyn Rivers
Rouge Park near Twyn Rivers cc licensed photo by jbcurio

Rouge Park was established by the Province of Ontario in 1995 and covers a huge area of almost 50 square kilometers, making it the largest natural park inside of a metropolitan area in North America. It is situated in the eastern portion of the City of Toronto as well as portions of neighbouring Markham and Pickering.

From late in the 1800s until the 1950s the park lands were home to many resorts and cottages. A prominent feature of the Park is the Rouge River which flows into Lake Ontario. The park is also home to over 225 different species of birds making it a great spot for bird watching.

The southern most portion of the park at Lake Ontario features a sandy beach along the lake and marshlands with a pathway and boardwalk for wildlife viewing. Farther north, you will find the Toronto Zoo and numerous walking/hiking trails with interpretive exhibits.

For some great views try the 1.6 kilometer Vista Trail or make your way to Glen Eagles Vista. For detailed information about the park see their official website above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: 1749 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 5W8, Canada

Phone: (416) 264-2020

Official Website: Rouge Park

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor DanforthKennedy Station0 Minutes
Sheppard LineDon Mills Station0 Minutes
Scarborough RTLawrence East Station3 Minutes

How to get to Rouge Park by TTC Subway

To go to the central area of the park or the Toronto Zoo--From Don Mills Station on the Sheppard Line take either the #85A Sheppard East via Toronto Zoo or #85B Sheppard East to Toronto Zoo bus to the Toronto Zoo Loop. (Operates Saturday, Sunday and holidays only)

From Bay 9 at Kennedy Station on the Bloor-Danforth Linetake the #86A Scarborough to Toronto Zoo bus to the Toronto Zoo Loop (Operates daily during the summer--weekdays only after Labour Day)

To go to the southern portion of the park by Rouge Beach go to Lawrence East Station on the Scarborough RT and catch the #54A Lawrence East to Starspray bus on Lawrence Avenue and ride to Starspray Loop at Lawrence Avenue East. Walk east into the Park.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating An excellent place to explore the cultural, ecological and agricultural heritage of the GTA. Tens of kilometres of trails available to hike, and a diverse landscape of restored ecosystems all within Canada's first National Urban Park, and the largest urban park in North America!

Ian Blainey - 25 days ago

3 Star Rating Hiked Woodland trail - one unmarked trail along the river bank that goes almost all the way to Cedar start (was stopped by the river). It is very beautiful and not too many people. The marked portion is not fun - I think they overdid it but making it too accessible (too wide) and putting huge stones to mark the trail. Thanks god they did not put LED lights. And be aware of ticks. My wife had to go to emergency to remove one right after the hike.

Max Petrenko - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to go for a walk. There are lots of trails to explore and it is open all year around. I love going to this place in the summer, there are lots of people there and it is very untouched

Bryan Singh - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating Rouge Park is very clean, and most of the people you'll encounter there are very friendly. Good for taking photos. Not too many people to spoil your photos. Would be nice if there are more parking areas, or maybe I just haven't been able to find them. Relatively few bugs flying around, so that's a plus.

Stephen Ho - 8 months ago

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Enjoy this time lapse video taken in various locations throughout Rouge Park

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