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 VisitFee: No
Address: Zoo Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5W8, Canada
Phone: (416) 264-2020
Official Website: Rouge Park
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor Danforth||Kennedy Station||0 Minutes|
|Sheppard Line||Don Mills Station||0 Minutes|
|Scarborough RT||Lawrence East Station||3 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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Ratedout of 5
Beautiful urban park. Just wear light colours so you can spot the ticks. I wouldn't walk my dog here. It must be the proximity to the zoo and the abundance of deer and other wildlife but there are a lot of ticks.
O K - 18 days ago
Very good park for hiking for casual hikers! Trails are easy and park is beautiful. Free parking and easy to find.
Casey Park - 1 month ago
Beautiful place to escape the city without having to travel too far. Great in all seasons too. There are a number of trails to do, a lot of which can be done in a day. Friendly and helpful staff at the visitor centre. If you can, recommend that you take Parkbus from downtown Toronto to get there.
Stewart Slaymaker - 1 month ago
Located adjacent to Toronto Zoo, Rouge National Park presents a rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes right in the city. Hikers can enjoy the autumn colors by going onto Vista Trail, which also has a two-level viewing platform that offers some of the most spectacular valley views. Park volunteers offer guided walks and tell visitors about the Park’s culture and biodiversity. To learn more about the guided walks schedule visit Parks Canada official website. Tere are 8 trails for visitors to enjoy the nature in Rouge Park, so during each visit you can choose a different adventure.
Ontario 360 - 2 months ago
Amazing and scenic views of the natural beauty that is Ontario. The trail is very close to the Toronto Zoo and is located in the country side area of Scarborough. Ultimately, this place is perfect in the Summer and Fall/Autumn seasons due to the warm weather or the changing colours of the trees, shrubs and plant life surrounding this gorgeous gem. Perfect for short strolls with the family to a long walk for dates with a significant other. During the day it can get a bit busy and hard to find a good parking spot. I would not suggest going during G the night time unless you are very familiar with the area and the trails.
Danny Kim - 5 months ago