Wednesday, May 2

Wild Interdependence

Join Peter to explore how plants and animals work together to prosper in their environment. What would happen if one disappeared?

  • Leader: Peter
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Saturday May 5

Xplorers (Kids 6 -12)

Bring the kids and join walk leader Erik to venture through the woods completing tasks and activities.

  • Leaders: Erik
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tallgrass Trek
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Field to Forest Succession

Join Shawn in exploring some of the park's many examples of ecological succession, and consider how the park's forests may change in the future.

  • Leader: Shawn
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, May 6

Turtles - Nature's Ninjas!

Families will enjoy exploring the Rouge to learn about the habits and habitats of one of the Park's elusive residents.

  • Leader: Marilyn
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Wednesday, May 9

Early Morning Birds

 Join John and bird expert Terry on an early morning walk through Beare Wetlands and Cedar Trail as we watch and hear for some birds who have just come back from migration

  • Leader: John
  • Time: 6:30 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No 

Birds and Beasts

Join walk leader Al to find out about all the different species living in the Rouge River Valley.

  • Leader: Al
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Saturday, May 12

Fitness in the Forest

Join walk leader Vandana for a hike to get your heart rate up while appreciating nature in the Rouge!

  • Leader: Vandana
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 10km+
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Spring Flowers

Join walk leader Larry as he shares his "secret" stash of spring wildflowers and great park stories.

  • Leader: Larry
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking Lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, May 13

From Farmland to Wetland

Join Marilyn to explore and learn more about the importance of both land forms—and others—within Rouge National Urban Park.

  • Leader: Marilyn
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Exploring Biodiversity

Did you know that there are over 1700 species of flora and fauna in the Park? Join leader Michael to learn how they work together to sustain the biodiversity within the Park’s ecosystem.

  • Leader: Michael
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Reesor way
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, May 16

Songbirds

The Rouge is home to 247 bird species, though some are in decline. Bring your binoculars and join walk leader Brian to learn more about the threats facing birds and what is being done to help them.

  • Leader: Brian
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo Road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Thursday, May 17

Mom and Baby Walk

Ready to enjoy warm weather and let your little one explore the outdoors? Come join Sheryl for a hike in the Rouge with baby in tow. Please have a carrier (no strollers), infants 3-12 months old.

  • Leader: Sheryl
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

     

Saturday, May 19

Longer days

Join Doug to learn about spring in the Rouge, including the first flowers, insects emerging from winter, and bird activity.

  • Leader: Doug
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Wildflowers

Join walk leader Kirushanth and search for the many different wildflowers that can be found in Rouge National Urban Park!

  • Leader: Kirushanth
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, May 20

Spring Ephemerals

Spring what? These are the first spring flowers to bloom. Join Glen and search for trout lilies, blood root and many more!

  • Leader: Glen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Reesor way
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Explore your Senses

Join walk leader Geri and explore your senses and the natural environment of Canada's first national urban park.

  • Leader: Geri, CK
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Monday May 21

Turtles - Nature's Ninjas!

Families will enjoy exploring the Rouge to learn about the habits and habitats of one of the Park's elusive residents.

  • Leaders: Diana
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Beare Wetland
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Wonderful Wetlands

Join walk leader Diana to learn about the Beare Wetlands, where habitat has been created for birds, turtles & other wildlife.

  • Leader: Diana
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, May 23

Flowers

Discover this season’s floral displays on a guided wildflower walk with Kathy!

  • Leader: Kathy
  • Time: 9:30 PM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Reesor way
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Saturday, May 26

Flora

A diversity of plants, flowers and ferns await your discovery with walk leader Martyn!

  • Leader: Martyn
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Xplorers!

Calling all junior hikers ages 6 to 12 and their families! Join Marie for a fun walk through forests and meadows!

  • Leader: Marie
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Sunday, May 27

Spiders 101

Join walk leader Richard in search of spiders & webs. Learn about the role of spiders in the park's ecology.

  • Leader: Richard
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Agriculture Past and Present

Rich in agricultural heritage, farms still operate in the Rouge today. Join Judy for a walk about farming past & present.

  • Leader: Judy
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, May 30

Forest Walk

Join walk leader Judy on the trail and discover nature at your doorstep in Rouge National Urban Park!

  • Leader: Judy
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Thursday, May 31

Mom and Baby Walk

Ready to enjoy warm weather and let your little one explore the outdoors? Come join Sheryl for a hike in the Rouge with baby in tow.
Please have a carrier (no strollers), infants 3-12 months old.

  • Leader: Sheryl
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No