Please note: Traction cleats are suggested due to possible icy trail conditions.

 

Saturday, December 1

Breathe In…

And breath out. Join Anne and immerse your senses in the forest sights, sounds and smells.

  • Leaders: Anne, Stephen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Strolling

Join walk leader Michael for a fun stroll through the woods and meadows of Rouge National Urban Park. No experience required.

  • Leaders: Michael
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Secret Lives

Join Doug to explore different bird and wildlife habitat and learn how they live and survive through all the seasons of the year.

  • Leader: Doug
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Sunday, December 2

Cedar Trail Habitats

Join Richard & learn about several wildlife habitat zones. There will be plenty of interesting things to see & talk about!

  • Leader: Richard
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Where does your food come from?

Join Colleen and learn about why it is so important to protect Toronto's very last farms and class 1 soils - the rarest and richest soil in Canada!

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

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.

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

 

Wednesday, December 5

Rouge Watershed

Join Victor as we learn why maintaining our local nature is so important in our daily lives

  • Leaders: Victor, Jennifer
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

 

Saturday, December 8

Run Forest Run

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

  • Leaders: Denise, Ron
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 8 km+
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Explore and Discover!

Come out and explore Rouge National Urban Park and see what nature mysteries we can solve!

  • Leaders: Erin, Emmylou
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 2 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 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.

  • Leaders: Larry, Peter
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Sunday, December 9

Winter, Wildlife & the Colour Red

Join Marie to discover why the colour ‘red’ is very important for our wildlife in winter.

  • Leaders: Marie, Michael
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Is this Trail Unique?

Learn what makes this trail unique. Which trees, plants, birds, landforms make it interesting? Are there signs of wildlife? How does today's season and weather add to the picture?

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

Welcome to the Rouge

Join walk leader Peter to learn about Canada's first national urban park & get in touch with wilderness close to home!

  • Leader: Peter
  • Time: 2:00 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

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
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Wednesday, December 12

Just for the love of Hiking

Come join us for a fast pace walk through the Rouge Valley

  • Leaders: Patricia, Donna
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 5 km - 8 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Saturday, December 15

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.

  • Leaders: Ron, Denise
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 8 km+
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Fast
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Memorial Park

This is more than a memorial to one man. It is also about what he saw as important and the volunteers who shared the vision. Come outside and see for yourself the importance of Bob Hunter and his vision.

  • Leaders: Chantelle, Martyn
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5 km - 8 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Winter Wonderland

Join walk leader Conchita and experience the beauty of the Rouge in winter.

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

 

Sunday, December 16

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.

  • Leaders: Sarah, Marie
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Xplorers (Kids 6 -12)

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

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

History Hike

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

  • Leaders: Susan, Michael
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Wednesday, December 19

Holiday Traditions

Holidays have many different traditions. Share & celebrate your traditions on a tour of the Rouge with walk leader Kathy.

  • Leaders: Kathy, Brian
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Tanglewood Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

 

Saturday, December 22

Budding Naturalist

Join walk leader Martyn and get outdoors to explore the natural environment.

  • Leader: Martyn
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km - 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Solstice Reflections

Plants and animals adapt to short days and long nights this time of year. Learn about the challenges of adapting to darkness and celebrations of winter solstice as we look for the light on our path.

  • Leader: Katharina
  • 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: Yes

Out of town

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

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

 

Sunday, December 23

Discovery Walk

Stop, look and listen to discover the changes that occur day by day and season by season to plants, animals and the river

  • Leader: Jane
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 3 km - 4 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Fitness Hike

Join walk leader Moaz for an aerobic workout while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature in the Rouge National Urban Park.

  • Leader: Moaz
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 8 km+
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Welcome to the Rouge

Join walk leader Judy and discover the Rouge’s panoramic views, beautiful forests, meadows and wetlands!

  • Leader: Judy
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Woodland Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5 km - 6 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes