Saturday, September 1

Introduction to Hiking

Always wanted to try hiking? Join walk leader Sarah to learn about how to start, and all the great benefits that come with hiking.

  • Leader: Sarah, Conchita
  • Time: 10:00 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: No

Forest Walk

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

  • Leader: Judy, Valerie
  • 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, September 2

Healthy Mind and Body Walk

Join Walk Leader Andrea for an enjoyable moderately paced walk through Canada’s First National Urban Park.

  • Leader: Andrea, Donna
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Fungi and Mushrooms

Join Richard for a forest walk and enjoy the splendid varieties & abundance of fungi & mushrooms.

  • Leader: Richard, Valerie
  • 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Wednesday, September 5

History Hike

Ever wonder who called the Rouge home before it became a national urban park? Join walk leader Kathy to learn more!

  • Leader: Kathy
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Thursday, September 6

Calling all Rouge Rookies!

New to Canada's first National Urban Park? Join walk leader Markus to learn what the Rouge has to offer and how to discover the magic it has to offer.

  • Leader: Markus
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • 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: No



Saturday, September 8

Reflecting on Forest Sounds

Join walk leader Mike to discover and discuss what we hear when walking in the Forest

  • Leader: Michael, Jane
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 5km - 8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Silent walk in the park

Unplug and join walk leader CK for a silent and slow walk in the Rouge Park enjoying/experiencing the tranquility that the park Rouge offers.

  • Leader: CK, Sheena
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Sunday, September 9

Xplorers (Kids 6 -12)

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

  • Leader: Erik, Anne
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood 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: 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, Peter
  • 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, September 12

Go with the Flow

Follow along parts of the Rouge River with walk leader Geri to learn about the importance of water to the people, plants and animals of the Rouge.

  • Leader: Geri, Donna
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower parking lot
  • Distance: 5km - 8km
  • Degré de difficulté : Facile, terrain plat/asphalté ou légèrement inégal
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Thursday, September 13 [CANCELLED]

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: CANCELLED
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Saturday, September 15

Introductory Birding

Join walk leader Glen to learn about binoculars, birding books and where to look for different species based on habitat.

  • Leader: Glen, Nancy
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Exploring the Outdoors with All Five Senses

See, Smell, Hear, Taste and Feel nature! Learn how to identify species and experience the outdoors more fully by engaging all your senses in this hike with Robin.

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

 

Sunday, September 16

Wild Plants & Flowers

Join Colleen and discover the wild plants & flowers of the season!

  • Leader: Colleen, Betty
  • 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: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Run Forest Run

Come join Ron to run the hogbacks, meadows, & forests of the Rouge & learn of the legacy of human activity in the park.

  • Leader: Ron, Denise, Vandana
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 8km+
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Indigenous: Anishnaabe Teachings of the Seven Directions

Learn what are the Anishnaabe Seven Directions as we walk in the in the four scared directions of the medicine wheel as well as show respect and learn of the other three directions.

  • Leader: Fizul
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1km-5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, September 19

Good for Body and Soul

Come explore the environmental diversity of the Rouge Natural Urban Park

  • Leader: Patricia, Robert
  • 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: Yes


Thursday, September 20

Xplorers

Calling all young explorers and their families! Join Markus for a fun walk through forests and meadows!

  • Leader: Markus
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • 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: No


Come and Enjoy the Rouge!

Join me to discover nature at its finest in the beautiful Rouge Valley, Canada’s first Urban National Park.

  • Leader: Ashley, Cathy
  • Time: 4:30 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: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No



Saturday, September 22

Plant Succession

Join walk leader Rick to learn about the plant communities going from a field to a forest

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

Club Parka: Microworlds

Bring out the young ones (2-6) and explore the colours, shapes, and lifeforms found in small spaces

  • Leader: Stephen, Erin
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

French and English guided walk

Hello, Bonjour! Join walk leader Mehdi on the trail for a bilingual guided walk in Canada's first National Urban Park!

  • Leader: Mehdi
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Sunday, September 23

First Impressions of the Rouge

Join Michael as he leads his first Guided Walk in the only national urban park in Canada

  • Leader: Michael, Susan, Larry
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 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, Douglas
  • 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Wednesday, September 26

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, Peter
  • 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: No

 

Thursday, September 27

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: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Saturday, September 29

History of the Mast Trail

Learn about the fascinating history of the Mast Trail, from the Seneca village of Ganatsekwyagon to the British Navy's search for straight old growth white pine for… ship Masts.

  • Leader: Peter
  • Time: 8:00 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

Forests, First Nations, and Famous Families

As we walk, let's look around for evidence of the river's past: from glacial retreat to human habitation. Hear stories of its people along the way. What are some lessons for future generations?

  • Leader: Katharina, Peter, Michael
  • Time: 10:00 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

Club Parka

Hey kids 3-6 years-old & your families! Join walk leader Marie for a fun adventure in Rouge National Urban Park!

  • Leader: Marie, Chrystal
  • 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: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Sunday, September 30

Hiking for Fun (Moderate)

Join leader Martyn for an outdoors walk surrounded by nature and in the company of friendly co-hikers!

  • Leader: Martyn
  • 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: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

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, 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes