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Rouge National Urban Park


Snowshoeing on trail
© Parks Canada Rob Stimpson

On Sunday, Feb. 28 Parks Canada will host the first-ever WinterRouge event in Rouge Park.

The free outdoor event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is designed to be a choose-your-own-adventure wintertime experience with something for everyone. Please RSVP.

WinterRouge will feature a mix of five timed activities, every 30 minutes beginning at 11:30 a.m., and five ongoing drop-in activities, beginning at 11 a.m., dispersed throughout the day.

One example is a “treecaching” activity organised by ACER, which involves looking for tagged trees along the trails of the park and identifying them with your mobile device. Other examples include:

  • Winter nature crafts and an outdoor warming fire at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre
  • “Navigation 101 – Which Way Am I Going?” co-ordinated by MEC
  • “Dress the hiker” and “Hug a Tree” learning workshops offered by Parks Canada
  • “The Science of Snow” activities presented by the Markham Museum
  • The WinterRouge event hub will be located at Park's Canada's Zoo Road Welcome Area where visitors can fill up on hot chocolate, meet the Parks Canada team and try a self-guided winter nature photo scavenger hunt in the park.

Also, as part of the day’s schedule, Parks Canada’s regularly-scheduled Guided Walk program will also be offering winter-themed outings throughout the park, including “Wildlife in Winter” at 9:30 a.m., “Embrace Winter” at 11 a.m., “Poetry in Motion” at 12:30 p.m. and “Making our Own Prediction of Spring” at 2 p.m.

Guests are reminded to dress warm, bring along a reusable thermal mug for hot chocolate and pack some snacks.