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

Address: Zoo Rd, Toronto, 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 4.5 out of 5Rouge National Urban Park Star Rating

4 Star Rating Nice walk/hike. Salmon rush. Salmon swimming upstream. Cool. Need more directional signs. Good staff on site.

seen meataku - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating A great place to hike. The trails were easy and they had some fun activities for kids at the Welcome Center too! Not to mention, it was just an hour away from Toronto. :)

Giselle Battad - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating Rouge National Urban Park covers a relatively large area in the outskirts of Toronto. It’s certainly not the first thing one would recommend to visit. The word “urban” in Rouge National Urban Park is descriptively appropriate to this particular park. The southern part of Rouge National Urban Park features a small sandy beach; no BBQs allowed. There’s a phone number posted on the beach that you can call to verify the water quality. If you look at the East of the beach, far away you’ll notice a large factory. There are also two bridges in the area: one for pedestrians, the other for trains. The Rouge Hill Go Train station is a 5 minute west of the beach. From the beach, you can see and hear Go Trains (and the occasional VIA train) passing by every 5-10 minutes. The Southern part of the Rouge National Urban Park also includes a medium to large size busy parking lot. North of the parking lot is a marsh and short board walk where people like to fish, walk, and take photos.

Snowy Owl Travel & Entertainment Group Toronto - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating 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 - 2 months ago

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

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