Zoo Road Area
Located adjacent to the Toronto Zoo, off Zoo Road, this area of the park is known for its rare forests, restored wetlands, and stunning fall colours. Popular activities include hiking, bird-watching and fall photography. Winter activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
From May to November, visit Parks Canada’s new Welcome Centre for helpful information and fun kids’ activities. Whether you are seeking a rigorous hike or a scenic stroll, Parks Canada staff are always eager to help you explore!
Four trails begin near Zoo Road: Beare Hill Trail, Cedar Trail, Orchard Trail and Vista Trail. Please refer to the visitor map for trailhead locations.
Parking: A limited number of free parking spots are available from September to May on Zoo Road. Paid parking is available all year at the Toronto Zoo.
Washrooms: Portable toilets are available seasonally at the Parks Canada Welcome Centre and at the Beare Hill Trailhead.
From downtown Toronto (Note: directions start at one of two downtown highways, the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway).
Distance: 35 kilometres (27 minutes without traffic)
Via the Gardiner Expressway/Don Valley Parkway/Highway 401
- - Take Gardiner Expressway East to Don Valley Parkway North
- - Merge onto Don Valley Parkway North
- - Take Don Valley Parkway North to 401 East
- - Merge onto 401 East
- - Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 389 for Meadowvale Road
- - Turn left onto Meadowvale Road
- - Take exit toward Toronto Zoo
- - Turn right onto Zoo Road (follow signs for the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre)
Whether you’re travelling from Toronto, Markham, Pickering, Mississauga or Hamilton, you can use public transit to visit Rouge National Urban Park. Plan your trip to Rouge National Urban Park today at Triplinx.ca
Popular transit RoutesBy Bus/Subway
From Union Station, ride the TTC eastbound Subway (Line 2) to Kennedy Station. Connect to Bus 86A Scarborough towards the Toronto Zoo. Get off at the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Zoo Road. Walk 100 metres to the right down Zoo Road and you will arrive at the Parks Canada Welcome Centre and Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.By Commuter Train/Bus
From Union Station, take the Go Train Lakeshore East to Guildwood GO Station (4 stops). Connect to Bus 86A Scarborough towards the Toronto Zoo. Get off at the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Zoo Road. Walk 100 metres to the right down Zoo Road and you will arrive at the Parks Canada Welcome Centre and Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.
Ride the City.
Note that both the TTC and Go Transit allow you to bring bikes onto their trains and buses or have bike racks, though some restrictions apply at peak travel times. Consult their websites for more information and to help plan your route.CAUTION! Please note that biking to the park and between park areas can involve cycling on busier roads, many of which do not have dedicated cycling lanes. Please exercise caution and cycle safely.