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
Address: 50 Bloomington Road, Aurora, ON
Official Website: Rouge Park
Accommodations near 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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