A Scenic Hike to the Beach
Rouge National Urban Park
About this Trip
Take a guided walk in Canada’s first National Urban Park through a peaceful trail then settle in at Rouge Beach for a picnic on the sandy shores with views of the lake and marsh.
Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) is the first of its kind in Canada. RNUP is home to an amazing combination of nature, history and agriculture. The park features 1,700 species of plants and animals, 10,000 years of human history and some of the rarest and best remaining wetlands, forests and agricultural lands in the Greater Toronto Area.
Select a meeting destination for your group and plan to arrive at Rouge National Urban Park between 10 – 11 a.m. The Parks Canada Zoo Road Welcome Area is located about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto and Markham. We suggest arriving by public transit or hopping on a bus from downtown Toronto with Parkbus.
Parkbus, a local bus company which connects city dwellers to National and Provincial Parks in Canada! Please check their website for the most up to date departure information for busses going from downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park.
The Parks Canada Zoo Road Welcome Area is located off Meadowvale Road on Zoo Road. Paid and free parking is available all year round, but please call for the most current parking information.
*Make sure to check the map at the bottom of this page as the address is not always correctly interpreted by GPS units.
Begin the day at the Parks Canada visitor welcome area and learn about Rouge National Urban Park and other Parks Canada sites across the country. Parks Canada staff have colouring sheets and kids activity booklets to give out – so definitely stop by and say hello. Next, enjoy a self guided 3.5km hike through a meadow followed by scenes of the forest, river and wetlands. You may even spot a turtle basking on a log! Trail maps are available at the visitor centre.
Depending on how adventurous you are, you may like to hike to Rouge Beach via the Vista Trail and Mast Trail for a picnic or barbecue. You may also access Rouge Beach via car or public transit.
After lunch at the beach, enjoy a swim, relax on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario beach and take in the scenic views of the largest marsh in Toronto.
Please note that lifeguards are on duty in the summer months at selected times only.
Contacts, Fees & Reservations
Zoo Road Welcome Area 2018 Hours of Operation:
Spring: (Fri May 18-Mon June 11) Wed-Sun 9:00am – 5:30pm
Summer: (Tues June 12 – Mon Sept 3) 7 days a week 9:00am – 6:00pm
Fall: (Wed Sept 5-Sun Oct 28) Wed-Sun 9:00am -6:00pm
Reservations are not required, but if you have questions about enjoying the park with a larger group, please call 416-264-2020.
Admission to the park is free.
Hours of Operation
The Park is open 7 days a week, all day. Visitor centre hours vary, please call ahead.