Parks Canada is pleased to announce that Transport Canada has transferred 21 km2 of lands for Rouge National Urban Park in the Pickering and Uxbridge (Durham region) areas of the park. With this transfer, Parks Canada now manages more than half of the 79.1 km2 of lands identified for the Rouge.

Agreements are in place to transfer the remaining lands from the cities of Toronto, Markham, and Pickering, the Province of Ontario, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. This is the second and final land transfer from Transport Canada to Parks Canada. In 2015, an initial 19 km2 of land were transferred from Transport Canada to Parks Canada in the Markham area of the park. 

Today’s announcement now means that the dream of a national urban park from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine is one very important step closer to completion.