Wednesday, August 1

Shining Water

Enjoy a relaxing stroll in fresh air with Jennifer and explore the natural environment along Lake Ontario’s shoreline.

  • Leader: Jennifer
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Saturday, August 4

Explore Your Senses

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

  • Leader: Peter, Colleen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tallgrass Trek
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Experiencing Evolution in the Rouge

Join Robin to see examples of plants and animals that resemble their ancient ancestors - and those that don't!

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


Sunday, August 5

2H & 1O – Water

The RNUP contains many meandering waterways and a high water table. Trees draw water from roots to leaves. Discover the necessity of a continuous water supply with Anne.

  • Leader: Anne, Richard
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

There's An App for That!

Wondering if there’s a place for technology in the wild? Can it enhance your visit to the Park? Explore "The Rouge" app and find out!

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


Monday, August 6

Pay Attention!

Join Katharina as we explore the mindful, moment by moment activity of walking. Focus on the sights and sounds of the park, and the feelings and sensations in the body as we experience the ups and downs of the trail together.

  • Leader: Katharina
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Tuesday, August 7

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: 9:30 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, August 8

The Tough life of a Turtle

Join Peter as we look at the turtle life cycle and all the hazards a baby turtle faces when they're just born, including getting food and traversing roads.

  • Leader: Peter, Michael
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo Rd
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Thursday, August 9

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: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Saturday, August 11

Learn-to Hike

Join walk leader Glen & learn the basics of hiking. Topics include proper footwear, clothing & what to bring (water, snacks, etc).

  • Leader: Glen
  • 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: Slow
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

"Snap" into photography

Are you a photography novice? Join walk leader Larry & learn to "wow" your friends with a few simple techniques.

  • Leader: Larry
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, August 12

Forest of Trees

Join walk leader Martyn for a stroll through the forest and stop to admire and identify trees along the trail.

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

Kids in Nature

Children love nature! Jon walk leader Vandana & discover the Rouge's trees, flowers, hills, forests, water, animals & birds.

  • Leader: Vandana
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Orchard 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


Wednesday, August 15

Ecosystems; Everything depends on Everything

How would the Rouge be different if there weren't any coyotes? What if the bugs or the fungi disappeared? Let's learn about life's interdependence as we hike among the flora and fauna of the Rouge, and how to preserve it!

  • Leader: Katharina
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Reesor Way
  • 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: Yes


Thursday, August 16

Welcome to RNUP

Get to know Canada's first national urban park! There's more than you expect and we never know what we'll see!

  • Leader: Nancy
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Saturday, August 18

Human Footprints

Become an archeological detective with walk leader Michael and look for signs of past human occupation and land use in the park.

  • Leader: Michael, Erin
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Forest for the Trees

Join Judy and learn more about trees found in Rouge National Urban Park and how they are valuable to us in our everyday lives!

  • Leader: Judy
  • 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: Yes


Sunday, August 19

Club Parka (for Little Hikers)

Hey parents with kids ages 3 to 6! Join walk leader Erik in search of signs of wildlife and get fresh air.

  • Leader: Erik
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

The Ecological Edge

Walk leader Shawn explores of the concept of "ecological edge" with examples from Rouge National Urban Park.

  • Leader: Shawn
  • 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


Tuesday, Aug 21

Shining water

Enjoy a relaxing stroll in fresh air with Doug and explore the natural environment along Lake Ontario’s shoreline.

  • Leader: Doug
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, August 22

Family Fitness

Hiking is a fun & healthy way to spend family time together. Join walk leader Kathy for a fun Rouge outing!

  • Leader: Kathy
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Thursday, August 23

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: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Reesor Way
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No



Saturday, August 25

Discovery Walk

Bring your camera and binoculars and join walk leader Brian in search of the Rouge’s incredibly diverse flora and fauna.

  • Leader: Brian, Stephen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 6km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Introduction to RNUP

Welcome to Rouge National Urban Park! Join Peter on the Cedar Trail as we explore and learn about Canada's first National Urban Park, what it has to offer, and its importance to people, plants and animals alike.

  • Leader: Peter, Andrea
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, August 26

People and the River

Explore how the river influenced the indigenous people and settlers along the Rouge

  • Leader: Jane, Susan
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 4km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Rouge in Bloom

Rouge flowers are a sight to behold! Join Marie to appreciate showy asters, elegant lilies & marvelous mustards!

  • Leader: Marie
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, August 29

Social Hike

Join Emily for a social hike. Meet new people, share park stories and identify plants and wildlife together!

  • Leader: Emily
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • 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: Yes