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Rouge Park Guided Walks
January 2013

Hit the trail with Rouge Park's Guided Walks in our 4th year of adventure and discovery. Thanks to TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment for their support of the program.

Now is the time to restart the clock and make your plans to walk into a healthy 2013! Put your best foot forward, and keep on going. Join a walk to discover nature and wildlife with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders! Dress for the weather, we walk rain or shine!

As snow is hopefully piling up on the trails, think about adding boot traction to your trail gear to be ready for anything - we like Microspikes.

Learn more about hiking in Rouge Park, to request a park map and to download our Visitor Guide.

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When would you like to walk with us?
  • Tuesday January 1
  • Wednesday January 2
  • Saturday January 5
  • Sunday January 6
  • Wednesday January 9
  • Saturday January 12
  • Sunday January 13
  • Wednesday January 16
  • Saturday January 19
  • Sunday January 20
  • Wednesday January 23
  • Saturday January 26
  • Sunday January 27
  • Wednesday January 30
  • Check our online schedule in case of updates ahead of the day you wish to join us.

    Meeting Points, TTC and Parking Information

    Get Ready for Your Walk
    Bring at least 1 litre of water (try a reusable bottle) and a snack. Bringing a hot drink? Try a thermal mug instead of a disposable cup (it will stay hot longer too!).

    Trails are natural surface and could be muddy and damp, with steep grades - wear boots made for trails; leave your running shoes at home. Dress for the weather - we walk snow, rain or shine.

    Be ready for snow, rain and wind with a waterproof or water-repellant jacket. Don't forget a warm layers, a hat and gloves as it gets colder!

    It's also a good idea to start carrying a small backpack to carry things and stay hands-free.

    Do you have an allergy or asthma? Whatever your sensitivity, please plan ahead, bring your appropriate medication, and have it easily accessible.

    Click here to get totally ready to walk year-round!

    Group Outings
    Groups of up to 15: We welcome groups up to 15 people to a scheduled walk. But before you come out, contact us so we can discuss your needs. Groups of 15 or more: We can organize a private walk for your group of 15 or more for a nominal per person contribution. Click here to plan your special outing! Drop a line to hike@rougepark.com or call 905 713 3184. We can get back to you between Monday and Thursday.

    Be a Trail Volunteer! If you are interested in being a trail volunteer, let us know at hike@rougepark.com or call 905 713 3184.

    Still have a question? Drop us a line at hike@rougepark.com or call 905 713 3184. We can get back to you between Monday and Thursday.

    Donate to Rouge Park and our Guided Walks: Do you enjoy coming out with us on the trail? Your support keeps us going! Show your appreciation.

    How's the weather?
    Tuesday January 1
    11:00am Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The Wild Year Ahead
    Leader: Mikal
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Gather up the kids and kick off 2013 with us in Rouge Park. This family friendly walk will help you learn what to expect as each season arrives. Starting with winter, there's still lots to show you, so grab your boots and warm layers. You will earn that hot drink you've been thinking of after some good walking!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    1:30pm Orchard and Vista
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Happy New Year!
    Leader: Tove
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: What better way to ring in 2013 than with a walk in the great outdoors! We'll keep an eye out for wildlife, and signs of it, while enjoying the wintry landscape and crisp temperatures.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Wednesday January 2
    9:30am Orchard and Vista
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Walking to a Healthy 2013
    Leader: Laura
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Make your resolution now to make trail walking a regular part 2013. We make it easy. Start today! Get out and greet the new season with Laura. While on the trail we will help you get ready for winter walking so you will have no excuses to hide away when you can come to Rouge Park all winter to play!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Saturday January 5
    9:30am Orchard and Vista
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Who's Out And About In The Forest In Winter?
    Leader: Judy
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Some animals migrate, some hibernate and some (like people) stay around all year. We'll talk about the different approaches we and other animals take to surviving winter. Be sure to check the tips for walking in any weather below.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 8 and older welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Vista and immediate area
    up to 5km
    Meeting Point and Parking info
    Winter Photography
    Leader: Christine
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Join Christine and make sure you bundle up to learn and practice winter photo skills. View the Little Rouge Creek, forest and meadows and photograph the beauty of the park as fall turns to winter, as you start your photgraphic journal for 2013. Please bring your camera, even phone cameras are OK!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Adults only.
    Dog Friendly?: Please bring your dog on another walk.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Beare Wetlands and area
    up to 4km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The Wild Year Ahead
    Leader: Chana
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Gather up the kids on the last weekend of the holiday break for a wild walk! This family friendly walk will help you learn what to expect as each season arrives. Starting with Winter, there's still lots to show you, so grab your boots and warm layers. You will earn that hot drink you've been thinking of after some good walking!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome. Please, no strollers.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Sunday January 6
    9:30am Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Chickadee-dee-dee!
    Leader: Glen
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: We will keep an eye out for one of the Park's most visible and audible winter residents, the Chickadee. Let's talk about and look for the kinds of food and shelter sources chickadees need through the winter. How does this tiny chirper make it through these cold days and nights?
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 10+ on foot welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis)
    Leader: Martyn
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: "All summer long they forage for nuts
    Burying them here, there and everywhere
    When it comes time to dig them up..."
    Join us on today's hike as we learn whether or not these remarkable animals locate their hidden fare. Today we discuss the life of one of Rouge Park's most common mammals. We will be on the lookout for signs and tracks of these familiar park inhabitants. And who knows if we are lucky enough we may even catch a glimpse of one in action.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Squirrel friendly dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The White Tailed Deer
    Leader: Brian
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Rouge Park has lots of White-tailed deer, and there's plenty of room for them to roam, so a sighting is pretty special. Brian will lead the way to see if the Park's deer have been sharing the trail, even before we've arrived. How? We will be looking for tracks, rubs, scat and deer themselves. Oh and here's a great thing about snow; it's much easier to see deer in the winter! Brian will help you become a better tracker on this outing! Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Please bring your dog on another walk today.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Wednesday January 9
    9:30am Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Winter Hiking
    Leader: Kathy
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Hiking is a great way to stay active during the winter months. Especially important after all those holiday treats! If you are new to winter hiking, appropriate dress is the key to comfort and safety on the trails. Check out "Learn how to prepare for walking year round!" on our Rouge Park Guided Walks webpage. See you on the trails!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Saturday January 12
    9:30am Orchard and Vista
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Bundle Up and Come on Out!
    Leader: Rob/Jenna
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Bundle up and come enjoy the park with us. Let's see what we find on this brisk walk of the picturesque Rouge Forest. Enjoy some physical activity while we take in all the sights that the Rouge has to offer this time of year. Hopefully we'll be able to spot some tracks. Remember to dress appropriately and bring enough water and snacks to keep you ready to move!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids ready for a faster pace on foot and smaller kids in carriers welcome. Please no strollers.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The Post Holiday Shakedown
    Leader: Urmilla
    Challenge: Moderate (stairs)
    Pace: Moderate/Fast
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Join us on a crisp, winter wonderland walk and inhale some freshness to carry you through your week. It will be fast pace cardio workout to get you back on track after all the holiday treats. Boots are a must, no running shoes please.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 10 and older welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Mast
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    A Winter Wander Looking for Wildlife
    Leader: Darlene
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Take some time to enjoy the shelter of the woods, and look for signs of forest life. Animal tracks and discussions of winter habitat for birds and mammals will be discussed.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 10 and older or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Sunday January 13
    Sorry, our 10am walk has reached capacity. Please join another walk today to explore other parts of the park with Barb or Chris.
    12:00pm Vista and Orchard
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Winter Fresh
    Leader: Barb
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Winter time is in full swing, let's enjoy this season with an afternoon on the trail. We will explore a great Rouge Park trail 'loop' offering different habitats and viewpoints and note what trees and wildlife we can spot.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Mast
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Resolutions For the New Year? Start With a Rouge Park Hike!
    Leader: Chris
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: What better way is there to exercise than getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air. After this introductory hike, you will be an expert hiker (or at least a bit more "in the know"). Surrounded by trees, we will hike along the historical Mast trail to Twyn Rivers road and back. No experience needed, just a good pair of hiking boots and warm socks. Another tip: layer your clothing and keep the cotton at home!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Adults only.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Wednesday January 16
    9:30am Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    The White Tailed Deer
    Leader: Brian
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Rouge Park has lots of White-tailed deer, and there's plenty of room for them to roam, so a sighting is pretty special. Brian will lead the way to see if the Park's deer have been sharing the trail, even before we've arrived. How? We will be looking for tracks, rubs, scat and deer themselves. Oh and here's a great thing about snow; it's much easier to see deer in the winter! Brian will help you become a better tracker on this outing! Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Please bring your dog on another walk today.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Saturday January 19
    9:30am Mast
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Caffeine Kick Start
    Leader: Daniel
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: The 2 best things to start your day off are always a caffeine kick start or a walk. Coffee and tea drinkers unite as we bring these together and hit the trails with reusable mugs in hand and walking feet ready to go.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids ready for hills on foot or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Let's Enjoy Winter!
    Leader: Lindsay
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (2 sets of stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Come and explore Rouge Park on our Cedar Trail and enjoy the beauty of Rouge Park in the winter. Please prepare for trails that are not maintained.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot or in carriers welcome; please note there are stairs on the trail, so strollers are not advised.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Broken New Year's Resolution Already? Let's Fix It!
    Leader: Bruce
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: If you promised yourself that you would get outside and exercise more we are now three weeks into the New Year. Come out and enjoy a 2-hour hike, which will begin with some warm up exercises. There are still many species of birds in the park that we can look out for, so bring your cameras and binoculars.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Due to inclement weather, the January 20 hikes are cancelled.

    Sunday January 20
    9:30am Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Walking to a Healthy 2013
    Leader: Vicki
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: If you missed yesterday's resolution walk, or you want to completely commit your resolve, join Vicki and stick to it. This will be a little faster than yesterday and the terrain more challenging but no to worry, resolutions are best kept when we moderate effort for best results! This is code for we will stop or slow down when we see something worth looking at.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot ready for hills or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Mast
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Sticks and Stones
    Leader: Sherry
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (hills)
    Pace:Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: As the forest nestles down for its winter's nap, visitors get a different view of the landscape. Join Sherry as we take a look through at the forest through the trees, absent of their leaves.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids comfortable around dogs welcome; little ones in carriers, no strollers please.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Vista and Orchard
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Rouge Park's "Rocky History"
    Leader: Mikal
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect:The geological history of Rouge Park is simply fascinating. The Wisconsin glacier retreated somewhere between 12,000 and 13,000 years ago depositing the Halton Till which covers much of the Rouge Park. It is a mixture of sand and limestone interspersed with large boulders brought down from the Canadian Shield. Today, we will attempt to find evidence of this glacial upheaval, and walk where we would once be underwater!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids aged 5 and up welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Wednesday January 23
    9:30am Rouge Hill GO Station to Rouge Beach
    4-5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    New Territory!
    Leader: Brian
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Meet Brian at the Rouge Hill GO Station and explore the newly opened section of the Waterfront trail eastbound to Rouge Beach. This new stretch offers as close a view of our area's famous 'bluffs' as you can get, to examine its fragile but strong composition. Binoculars are a must to see what wintering waterfowl are out on the lake. Once at the beach, see what's up in the marsh, take a winter beach moment and head back to the GO station.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids age 10 and up welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Saturday January 26
    9:30am Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Winter Nature Tracking
    Leader: Lindsay
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: We will be looking for animal tracks and evidence of wildlife. The woods are filled with animals all year round and winter provides us with an easier method of tracking animals with the presence of snow. We will be stopping often to look for tracks an listen for birds and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and or camera. Wear warm boots and clothing. Expect the unexpected.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 10 and older welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Brisk Winter Walk to Warm Up
    Leader: Giselle
    Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (stairs)
    Pace: Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Yes, it's easier to stay inside but... get your outdoor layers working, dress warm and come enjoy an outdoor adventure. Then, you will have earned that 'special drink' you were planning to have anyway! This will be a brisk walk with moderate speed. If you have boot traction and/or hiking poles please bring them for extra grip on the trail.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Adults only.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Orchard and Vista
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Intro to Winter Hiking
    Leader: Erik
    Challenge: Easy/Moderate
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Rouge Park isn't just for the spring, summer, and fall--there's a whole new world to explore in the winter, from animals that brave the snow to beautiful vistas. This introductory hike will take you on two of the Rouge's trails. Along the way, we'll discuss some of the ideal clothes and tools that make winter walks better and safer, along with general tips for cold-weather activities and an overview of what the Rouge Valley has to offer. Keep in mind conditions might be cold, snowy, and icy, and dress appropriately.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids aged 10 and up welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Sunday January 27
    9:30am Cedar
    5km
    Meeting Point and Parking info
    Who Are the People in Your Neighbourhood?
    Leader: Marie
    Challenge: Moderate/Challening (hills)
    Pace: Easy/Moderate
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Find out about some the people who lived for generations in what is now called Rouge Park. Perhaps your family also lives or lived in or near the Rouge Park. Maybe you have a story to share; we would love to hear it. Find out which people called the park their home.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids 10 and up welcome, infants in carriers welcome as well.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    12:00pm Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Winter Wonderland
    Leader: Radmila
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Nothing compares to the winter landscape out in the wild. Let the whiteness of the landscape and the silence of the sleeping forest entice your reflection on the new beginning as we enter in a new year.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot or in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!
    2:00pm Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    Family Walk
    Leader: Linda
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: Bring your family, your relatives, your friend or even your neighbour !! This walk is to inspire you to spend time outside and with people who are special to you but you haven't been able to connect with because life is so busy. So why not even call this a Reunion Walk ! So come out for this guided walk and some casual chit-chat with whomever and about whatever !!
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly:Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!

    Wednesday January 30
    9:30am Woodland
    5km
    Meeting Point TTC and Parking info
    It's Really Winter Now But Don't Hide!
    Leader: Brian
    Challenge: Easy
    Pace: Easy
    Duration: 2 hours
    What to expect: As we turn the corner to February, instead of saying 'enough of winter' let's jump in with both feet and enjoy it together. Brian will lead the way as we say to goodbye to January and hello to the last full month of winter.
    Please RSVP
    Family Friendly: Kids on foot and in carriers welcome.
    Dog Friendly?: Dogs on leash welcome.
    Get Ready for the Trail: Tips for walking in any weather!


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