Date: Oct. 3-9
Location: Various locations

Experience the natural colours of the fall season with the 2017 Fall Walks Festival in Rouge National Urban Park.

In collaboration with OPG Biodiversity, and Toronto and Region Conservation, join us for a full week of fun and fascinating outings with our guided walk leaders and guest educators. Learn more about biodiversity and cultural and agricultural heritage right here in the GTA. The event also includes walks tailored to families with small children ages 3 to 12. One walk each morning at 10 a.m. from Tuesday Oct. 3 to Friday Oct. 6, and eight walks per day at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. over the Thanksgiving long weekend. There will also be a special bonus walk on Sunday Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2017 Fall Walks Festival in Rouge National Urban Park is generously supported by OPG’s Biodiversity program

 

Coming from downtown Toronto or Pickering? Park Bus service will be running a free shuttle service to Rouge National Urban Park for the 2017 Fall Walk Festival over Thanksgiving weekend, October 7-9th:

 

2017 Fall Walk Schedule


October 3rd
  • 10:00-12:00 PM  Markham History with guest expert Lorne (Bob Hunter Memorial Park)

    Farming has played a key role throughout Markham's history, starting with the early settlers who arrived over 200 years ago and continuing to the present. Join historian Lorne Smith to learn all about Markham's history and how it has shaped what you see today.
October 4th
  • 10:00-12:00 PM  Turtles with guest expert Crystal (Zoo Road Area)

    Learn all about the Rouge's amazing turtles, including the threatened Blanding's turtle with Crystal Robertson from the Adopt-a-Pond program at the Toronto Zoo.
October 5th
  • 10:00-12:00 PM  First Nations Nature Walk with guest expert Caleb (Woodland)

    This walk will focus on the traditional knowledge of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg regarding our plant relatives. Instructor Caleb Musgrave has nearly twenty years of botanical study under his belt, focusing primarily on Anishinaabe worldview of ethnobotany.
October 6th
  • 10:00-12:00 PM  Farming with guest expert Kim (Bob Hunter Memorial Park)

    Did you know that the Rouge has some of the last working farms in Toronto? Take a walk with a local farmer to learn more about agricultural then and now in the Rouge.
October 7th
  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Club Parka with walk leader Marie, ages 3-6 (Zoo Road Area)

    Parka is an eager beaver waiting to introduce your child to the wonder and awe of Parks Canada places through a wilderness hike right here in the Rouge.
  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Leeches and Worms with guest expert Sebastian (Zoo Road Area)

    Leeches and worms, Gon' Fishing!? Definitely not, learn more about these fascinating creatures with Sebastian Kvist, an invertebrate expert joining us from the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Plants and Scarborough History with guest expert Larry (Zoo Road Area)

    Join walk leaders Larry and Jan to witness and examine fall plants and the changing colours of the trees. Also discover interesting historical facts about the Rouge Valley, from pioneer times to now.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Invasive Species with guest expert Stuart (Zoo Road Area)

    The spread of invasive plants poses a major threat for the conservation of native biodiversity. Learn about these problematic species that are spreading throughout the region with Stuart Livingstone, a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto-Scarborough.



  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Xplorers with walk leader Kaileigh, ages 6-12 (Zoo Road Area)

    Aimed for kids 6 to 12, join us for an educational scavenger hunt and adventure in the Rouge!

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Leeches and Worms with guest expert Sebastian (Zoo Road Area)

    Leeches and worms, Gon' Fishing!? Definitely not, learn more about these fascinating creatures with Sebastian Kvist, an invertebrate expert joining us from the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Plants and Scarborough History with guest expert Larry (Zoo Road Area)

    Join walk leaders Larry and Jan to witness and examine fall plants and the changing colours of trees. Also discover interesting historical facts about the Rouge Valley, from pioneer times to now.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Invasive Species with guest expert Stuart (Zoo Road Area)

    The spread of invasive plants poses a major threat for the conservation of native biodiversity. Learn about these problematic species that are spreading throughout the region with Stuart Livingstone, a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto-Scarborough.
October 8th
  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Club Parka with walk leader Marilyn, ages 3-6 (Zoo Road Area)

    Parka is an eager beaver waiting to introduce your child to the wonder and awe of Parks Canada places through a wilderness hike right here in the Rouge.
  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Mushrooms with guest expert Kathy (Zoo Road Area)

    Join Kathy Vatcher, local mushroom expert, on a treasure hunt for kids and adults to find and identity fall’s cornucopia of fungi in Rouge National Urban Park. From the microscopic to huge, find out what’s growing on our trees and parkland’s floor.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Mushrooms with guest expert Richard (Zoo Road Area)

    Are you a fun guy? Well then come learn about fungi! Discover the hidden world of mushrooms in the Rouge with Richard Schwarz of the Mycological Society of Toronto.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Wild Bees with guest expert Charlotte (Zoo Road Area)

    We know more about our wild bees in Toronto then almost any city in the world. Come and learn how and why the Rouge plays a significant role in conserving native wild bees.



  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Xplorers with walk leader Carol, ages 6-12 (Zoo Road Area)

    Aimed for kids 6 to 12, join us for an educational scavenger hunt and adventure in the Rouge!

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Mushrooms with guest expert Kathy (Zoo Road Area)

    Join Kathy Vatcher, local mushroom expert, on a treasure hunt for kids and adults to find and identity fall’s cornucopia of fungi in Rouge National Urban Park. From the microscopic to huge, find out what’s growing on our trees and parkland’s floor.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Mushrooms with guest expert Richard (Zoo Road Area)

    Are you a fun guy? Well then come learn about fungi! Discover the hidden world of mushrooms in the Rouge with Richard Schwarz of the Mycological Society of Toronto.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Wild Bees with guest expert Charlotte (Zoo Road Area)

    We know more about our wild bees in Toronto then almost any city in the world. Come and learn how and why the Rouge plays a significant role in conserving native wild bees.



  • 6:30-8:30 PM  Bats with guest expert Cylita (Zoo Road Area)

    Join our visiting bat expert, Cylita Guy, to learn about the wonderful and mysterious world of bats in the Rouge on this special evening walk. You may even get to see one up close!
October 9th
  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Club Parka with walk leader Marie, ages 3-6 (Zoo Road Area)

    Parka is an eager beaver waiting to introduce your child to the wonder and awe of Parks Canada places through a wilderness hike right here in the Rouge. 

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Birds with guest expert Mark (Zoo Road Area)

    Did you know the Rouge is home to over 250 species of birds? Learn all about and observe our feathered friends with Mark Peck from the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Birds with guest expert Emily (Zoo Road Area)

    Did you know the Rouge is home to over 250 species of birds? Learn all about and observe our feathered friends with Emily Rondel from the Toronto Ornithological Club.

  • 9:30-11:30 AM  Changing Seasons with guest expert Chris (Zoo Road Area)

    How do animals adapt to the changing season? Some species migrate, some hibernate and some stay active even during the cold winter months. How animals do this, and why, is a fascinating topic that showcases how incredible nature truly is!



  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Xplorers with walk leader Marilyn, ages 6-12 (Zoo Road Area)

    Aimed for kids 6 to 12, join us for an educational scavenger hunt and adventure in the Rouge!

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Birds with guest expert Mark (Zoo Road Area)

    Did you know the Rouge is home to over 250 species of birds? Learn all about and observe our feathered friends with Mark Peck from the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Birds with guest expert Emily (Zoo Road Area)

    Did you know the Rouge is home to over 250 species of birds? Learn all about and observe our feathered friends with Emily Rondel from the Toronto Ornithological Club.

  • 12:30-2:30 PM  Changing Seasons with guest expert Chris (Zoo Road Area)

    How do animals adapt to the changing season? Some species migrate, some hibernate and some stay active even during the cold winter months. How animals do this, and why, is a fascinating topic that showcases how incredible nature truly is!

 

Enter to win the Rouge National Urban Park #RougeWalks2017 Photography Giveaway!

By using the hashtag #RougeWalks2017 on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, your photo will be entered into the #RougeWalks2017 draw. There are 1 of 3 prizes to be won, including: a paddle board set, camping kit, and a GoPro Camera. Be sure to set your post to public so we can see it! The deadline to enter is 12 PM Tuesday, October 31.

 

All walks are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.