Wednesday, October 3

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, Cathy, Michael
  • 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, October 4

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: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No


Saturday, October 6

Invasive species

Join walk leader Moaz to learn about invasive species and their impact on the Rouge ecosystem.

  • Leader: Moaz, Sheena
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 5km - 8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Objects may appear closer than they are..

Bring your binoculars and join walk leader Mehdi at the beach in search of some of the different local species

  • Leader: Mehdi, Michael
  • 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: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Memories of the Rouge

Join Chrystal for a social hike through the Rouge, sharing your favourite Rouge (or hiking) memories, while making new ones!

  • Leader: Chrystal, CK
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Lower parking lot
  • Distance: 5km – 8km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes



Sunday, October 7

History Hike

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

  • Leader: Conchita, Glen, Sarah
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • 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


Botany Basics

Curious about how to identify plants and what all this greenspace is? Join Robin to learn about plants and plant identification!

  • Leader: Robin, Michael
  • 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, October 8

Land use past and present

Learn how the land here has been used by humans from Indigenous Peoples, through early settlers and modern farming, to restoration being done by conservation groups and volunteers.

  • Leader: Chantelle, Geri
  • Time: 9:30 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: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No



Wednesday, October 10

Social Hike

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

  • Leader: Betty, Victor
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • 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: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No



Thursday, October 11

Get over it! It's just a hill!

Tired of road/cars? Try trail! Run trail with Ron on hogbacks, meadows & forests. Get high in GTA's largest O2 factory & learn the Rouge's history.

  • Leader: Ron, Denise
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 5km - 8km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No



Wednesday, October 17

Seed Dispersal

How do plants propagate? From wind to animal to projectile, join Peter and learn the variety of methods plants use to disperse their seed.

  • Leader: Peter, Brian, Rick
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Orchard 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: Yes



Thursday, October 18

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: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No



Saturday, October 20

Getting Ready for Winter

What do you do when things get tough? Hide? Leave? Shut down? Adapt? Creatures in the wild are no different. On this walk, let's explore how they respond when winter's coming.

  • Leader: Katharina, Nancy
  • Time: 10:00 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


Nature Jog

Come out for a light jog followed by a stretch and connect with nature every step of the way!

  • Leader: Erin, Erik
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 3km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Sunday, October 21

The flowing water of Little Rouge Creek

Join Peter on the Woodland Trail to explore how the constantly flowing water of Little Rouge Creek continues to shape the land, plants, and animals in this special place.

  • Leader: Peter
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • 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: No


Xplorers: Signs of Autumn

Join Marilyn on a scavenger hunt! Can you spot a nest that’s done its job? See insects bedding down? Identify birds and whether they stay or head south? Your family will enjoy discovering the world around you!

  • Leader: Marilyn, Susan
  • Time: 10:00AM
  • 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


Hiking for Fun (Moderate)

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

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


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: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1km – 5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes


Wednesday, October 24

Walk Back in Time

Journey back in time on this interpretive walk through RNUP which will highlight the areas' natural and cultural history.

  • Leader: Patricia, Kathy, Robert
  • 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: No



Thursday, October 25

Fall Colours

Join walk leader Jane to take in the beauty of fall in the Rouge. Learn the science behind why leaves turn colour.

  • Leader: Jane, Andrea, Ashley
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • 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



Saturday, October 27

Step Into Fall

Join Doug to talk about the health of the rivers and forests and enjoy the beautiful colours of fall.

  • Leader: Doug, Colleen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • 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


Invading Aliens

Join walk leader Larry to learn about invasive species in the park and what the future may bring.

  • Leader: Larry, Stephen
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1km - 5km
  • Difficulty: Challenging: hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes



Sunday, October 28

Fall Colours

Join walk leader Peter and learn about how trees adapt to seasonal change and put on a colourful show for us!

  • Leader: Peter, Marie, Michael
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tallgrass Trek
  • 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

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
  • Time: 2:00PM
  • 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


Welcome to the Rouge!

Rather learn the loop than retrace your steps? Join Anne for a stroll down the Rouge trails.

  • Leader: Anne, Marilyn
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 5km – 8km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No


Out of town

Join walk leader Mehdi for a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Rouge National Urban Park

  • Leader: Mehdi, Michael
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 5km – 8km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes



Wednesday, October 31

The Story of a Trail

Let's go for a walk! Enjoy being outdoors while learning why this trail is where it is. Together we'll look for clues that tell the story of the trail over time.

  • Leader: Anne, Victor
  • 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