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 5

5 Star Rating Beautiful place with great long hikes and beautiful views! Friendly and helpful park staff that are happy to help you pick the best route for you and talk about all the future developments in store.

Matthew Neill - 13 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice to have a park in the city but you have to get into the valley to see the fauna. Can be hot if sunny as no tree cover in parts

ACE POS Solutions - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating A national park close to Toronto! Very friendly Park staff who greeted us, gave us a map and made recommendations on which trails to follow. There are several trail options so you can continue on if you want to walk further or head back to the start if you have had enough. The hiking was not difficult and the trails were marked with standard blazes on trees. There were a few junctions where we were unsure which way to go but figured out the way based on the map. Make sure to pick one up before heading out! We went on a windy and rainy day so parking was available near the zoo. We had a bit of adventure as we walked under a grove of walnut trees. The wind was so strong, it blew the large walnuts down and we had to run for cover.

Daniel Nurgitz - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Nice park with easy, family friendly trails. Surprising to realize you're still in the city and sometimes you lose yourself as if you were in nature a couple hours away. That said, parking is a bit disappointing, and quite a bit of areas cordoned off for renovations/maintenance.

Ed Poon - 2 months 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 - 4 months ago

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

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