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Rouge National Urban Park

Upcoming Events

WinterRouge, February 19


Date: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park, 7277 14th Ave, Markham, Ont. L6B 1A8
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Celebrate Rouge National Urban Park’s official Canada 150 launch! It’s cold, and that means the weather is right for a winter celebration.

Get outside this Family Day weekend at WinterRouge, a family friendly, choose-your-own wintertime adventure experience. Join half-hour guided outings for kids 3-6 and 6-12. Try our self-guided photo scavenger hunt, tackle our tracking bingo game, take a break at the colouring table, and learn more about Rouge wildlife at the ‘touch table’. Play our Dress the Hiker game.

Guests are reminded to dress warm, bring along a reusable thermal mug for hot chocolate and pack some snacks. Come for a little while or stay for the day. Pick up a free Parks Canada Discovery Pass for free entry at more than 200 Parks Canada sites in 2017.

 “Encounters with the Sublime Exhibition”
Kluane National Park Exhibit in Toronto, Feb. 8 - March 4

Encounters with the Sublime Exhibition

Date: Opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition runs until Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Location: Alliance française de Toronto, Pierre Léon Gallery, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ont. M5R 2S7
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Explore the mountains of the Yukon right here in Toronto at “Encounters with the Sublime”, a photography exhibition featuring Kluane National Park’s high mountain country. The exhibition celebrates the work of two internationally renowned photographers, Sebastião Salgado, a contemporary photojournalist from Brazil, and the late Bradford Washburn, a pioneering American mountaineer and geographer. Join Parks Canada Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m., for the opening reception. The exhibition runs until March 4 at Alliance française de Toronto - Pierre Léon Gallery.

Rouge in the News

The latest issue of the Rouge Review newsletter is now available on our website. Printed copies will also be available at our various upcoming park and community events. Happy reading! 

Weekly Guided Walks

Weekly Guided Walks - Volunteers 

Did you know that Parks Canada runs free guided walks in the Rouge all year-long? These award-winning walks are mostly led by our amazing Rouge National Urban Park volunteers and cover topics as wide-ranging as birds, healthy living, cultural heritage, park history, native plants, agricultural heritage, wildlife, photography, water, and so much more. For a complete list of February 2017 guided walks, please visit: Guided Adventures in Rouge National Urban Park

Canada 150: Join the Celebration with Parks Canada

Canada 150

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and we invite you to celebrate with Parks Canada! Take advantage of free admission to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the entire year.

Get curious about Canada’s unique natural treasures, hear stories about Indigenous cultures, learn to camp and paddle and celebrate the centennial of Canada’s national historic sites with us. Find adventure, fun for the whole family or a short break from the everyday in more than 200 special places across the country.

How to get your free Parks Canada Discovery Pass!

The Government of Canada is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canadians and visitors from around the world can obtain their free 2017 Discovery Pass online at

Discovery Passes will be available free of charge throughout the whole year. They will also be available at Parks Canada entry gates and visitor centres across the country. As in the past, our many partners, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and others, will also be distributing passes for Parks Canada. Please visit our website and follow us on social media to start planning your next Parks Canada experience!

Park Safety: Dress for the Weather

Layering helps manage your body’s temperature when you’re out in the Rouge in winter. Use this 3-layer system for a warm, dry and enjoyable outing – Base/Wicking Layer, Mid/Insulated Layer, Outer/Waterproof Layer. Also, avoid cotton, even jeans, since it absorbs moisture (sweat, rain, snow) and will chill your skin, making you work harder to keep warm. For more info, visit: Top 10 Winter and Fall Hiking Tips!