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Make your visit a safe one!

Going "Wild in the City" in Rouge Park means you will be in a wilderness area. Visitors use the Park and trails at their own risk.

For your own safety and enjoyment, please review the Park Visitors' and Trail Users' Code, and plan ahead.


Visiting with children

  • Keep your children within sight at all times.
  • Poison ivy is common in the park. What does the plant look like?
  • Beware of dogs - some people do not leash their dog as required by municipal by-laws.
  • Be aware of strangers on the trails and in the parking areas.
  • Do not feed or approach wildlife. This Park is their home. Wild animals may display aggressive behaviour when feeling threatened. Feeding wild animals alters their diets and threatens the natural instincts and abilities they depend on for survival throughout the year.
  • Do not remove or damage vegetation or other features in the Park. It is illegal to remove anything from a public park. Plants provide food and shelter for wild animals who rely on Rouge Park for habitat. Rocks, trees, and other features also serve a purpose in the natural environment. Please respect the sensitivity of these natural ecosystems.
  • Use caution when crossing roads, visibility is limited and traffic is not restricted in the Park.
  • Help your children stay safe and learn to be responsible visitors.
  • Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.


Seasonal hazards
    Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • There is no drinking water available in the Park. Please ensure you carry enough water with you to stay properly hydrated.
  • Wear protective clothing or sunscreen as required. People tolerate the heat and sun differently. Plan ahead for your energy and heat tolerance to finish your hike safely.
  • Many trails have steep sections and steps. Trail conditions vary with weather; muddy or wet sections may be slippery and require extra caution. Know your limit.
  • Poison ivy is common in the park, other plants may be irritants to skin or people with allergies, be prepared for a rustic outdoor experience.
  • You will be in a natural area, please take precautions against mosquitoes, black flies, etc. Wear protective clothing and/or apply insect repellent.
  • There are no amenities on trails or at trail heads.

    Winter
    Learn more about winter walking in Rouge Park
  • There is no drinking water available in the Park. Please ensure you carry enough water with you to stay properly hydrated.
  • There is no winter maintenance on trails in Rouge Park.
  • Many trails have steep sections and steps. Trail conditions vary with weather; icy or wet sections will be slippery and require extra caution. Know your limit.
  • Wear protective clothing, including suitable footwear. People tolerate the cold differently. Plan ahead for your energy and cold tolerance to finish your hike safely.
  • There are no amenities on trails or at trail heads.

Don't Get Lost
Rouge Park is a large, natural park. It is easy to get lost if you ignore the rules.
  • Not all Park lands are open for public access. Stay on marked trails and observe trail closure signs.
  • Do not make side trails or take shortcuts. Help prevent the erosion and damage to sensitive areas caused by unofficial trails and trail widening.
  • Follow the white blazes and pay attention to directional signage in case of emergency.
  • Do not trespass on private land.
  • Hike with a friend for increased safety.
  • Keep your children or hiking buddy within sight at all times.
  • Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
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