There are many ways for visitors to experience nature in Rouge Park: sights, sounds and scents.
Trained "Guide Dogs" are welcome in the Park.
Many areas of the Park are accessible by public transit.
Please note that there are no washrooms or drinking water facilities in Rouge Park in Toronto unless otherwise noted.
Groups of 25 or more people must have a permit for any activities in the Park: contact Toronto Parks.
Emergency service in Toronto: dial 9-1-1
Facilities in Rouge Park in Toronto which are easy to access for wheelchairs, strollers and mobility aids:
- pathway with view:
Start at northern trail head, near the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, and follow a 1.5 km loop route to avoid soft surfaces and steep sections. Please note: Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is not operated by Rouge Park.
What would you like to experience?
- All group picnic areas are accessible, and located in York Region.
- Forest birds are often most active in the spring. Meadow birds and insects are usually buzzing with activity in summer.
- Listen for the wind rustling tree leaves in spring, summer and early sutumn.
- Frogs are heard most often in late spring and all summer.
Here are some birds you may hear in the Park:
Areas to hear animals:
- Rouge Beach - Canada Geese, Gulls, and (if you are lucky) a Trumpeter Swan in the marshes.
- Cedar Trail - Wetlands area at south trail head. Spring Peepers and Grey Tree Frogs are also active in early morning and early evenings.
- Woodland Area - Forest species, including Red Squirrels and Chickadees.
Areas to hear water:
- In windy weather you can hear the waves of Lake Ontario at Rouge Beach.
- Forest vegetation is most fragrant in spring.
- Meadows are most fragrant in summer.
- Forest wild flowers are often most colourful, and forest birds are often most active in the spring.
- Meadow birds and insects are usually buzzing with activity, and meadow wildflowers are most colourful in summer.
- Scenic outlooks
If you have questions about Park accessibility, please contact us.