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 ParkMap of nearby accommodations:
|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
If you like hiking and live in Toronto, this’s probably the best place to start your adventure. My family and I planned to go hiking on a mild spring day. We had completed 3 trails after 4 hours since we’ve a kid tagged along with us. Anyway I was pretty satisfied with our short journey on the day. The rivers and the trails aren’t difficult for beginners, we just need to follow the signs. Other than that, the view from top of the hill was extremely gorgeous as I couldn’t stop my phone from taking the best angle of it. Now guess what, the best part was when I bumped into 2 water snakes. It wasn’t terrifying, they might stare at you, stay calm and you’ll be fine. I’ve been hiking in Rouge Park for more than 3 times and on the whole, they’re by far one of the best places I would definitely recommend to a friend or family member who enjoys hiking or biking just like me. P - Nov 20, 2018
Pheebs Wong - 1 month ago
Hmm, I went here today (Sunday) with a friend. The park office wasn't open, and there were no portable washrooms for the public either. It's pretty far out east in Scarborough next to the Toronto Zoo. Just prepare yourself before you get there.
V Powerline - 2 months ago
Beautiful spot! I was already coming to the zoo so left a little early to check this spot that's right across from the zoo out. Definitely worth the short hike for spectacular views, you can even catch the CN rail train going through the hills as I did today. Also seemed to be a great spot to capture birds and different types of wildlife that were in and around the hills.
Tyler Sarry - 2 months ago
This beautiful urban park is located not too far from the city core. It is bus accessible and there are many parking spots for those coming by car. The park itself has a lot of different trails that lead to open spaces where you can relax and take in the scenery. Beware or bug bites and sunburn so come prepared with a lot of bug repellent as well as sunscreen.
David Vi Truong - 4 months ago
This forest has been an integral part of my life. It offers a relaxing escape from the rushed lives we tend to live. It doesn't take long after entering to forget completely just how close to the city you are. It's upgrade to a National Urban Park enhances visitor experience through new and constant programs administered by passionate staff and volunteers. An afternoon here is sure to leave you planning your next visit.
ryan hart - 5 months ago