Wednesday, April 3

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
  • Time: 9:30 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

Saturday, April 6

Learn-to Hike: Getting Started

If you are a new trail walker/hiker, join us to get started and learn more about making this part of your lifestyle.

  • Leaders: Nancy, Stephen
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Is this Trail Unique?

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

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

Sunday, April 7

What a Trail!

Come to the park and find out some cool trivia about the trail we traverse.

  • Leaders: Marie, Shawn
  • 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

Hiking for Fun

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

  • Leaders: Martyn, Anne W
  • 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: Yes

Abundant Biodiversity

Join Colleen and discover some of the 1700 species of plants and animals who make Rouge National Urban Park their home!

  • Leaders: Colleen, Marilyn
  • 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: No

Wednesday, April 10

Walk Back in Time

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

  • Leaders: Jennifer, Robert
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Saturday, April 13

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, Cathy
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Discover the Rouge

Join walk leader CK for a walk discovering a little bit of the trail's history, geology, landscape, ecosystems, etc.

  • Leaders: C.K., Robin
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Monarch Trail
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 5 km – 8 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Sunday, April 14

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 Susan.

  • Leaders: Susan, Carolyn
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • 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: Yes

Fresh Air and Families

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air while discovering all about nature in the Rouge National Urban Park.

  • Leaders: Donna, Doug
  • 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: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Wednesday, April 17

Agriculture in the Rouge

Join Victor as we find out about the first settlers who have been farming the Rouge since the early 1800s.

  • Leaders: Victor, Peter V
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Saturday, April 20

Grief Walk

Come to the Rouge to breathe and connect to the forest and others who have lost someone. Share your story, or just come for a nice walk.

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

Welcome to the Rouge

Join walk leader Moaz to learn about Canada's first and only national urban park while exploring the park's forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands.

  • Leaders: Moaz, Erik
  • 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: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: No

Sunday, April 21

More than just a walk in the Park

Rejuvenate yourself with a walk in the park while learning about the Rouge and its many events and activities.

  • Leaders: Ronald, Fergus
  • 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: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

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: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Glen Rouge Campground
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Slow
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: No

Wednesday, April 24

Fungi and Mushrooms

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

  • Leaders: Richard, Kathy
  • Time: 9:30 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: Slow
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Saturday, April 27

Spring Awakening

Join walk leader Michael in search of birds returning, frogs emerging, animal tracks, squirrels foraging & more.

  • Leaders: Michael B, Michael S
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Cedar Trail
  • Meeting point: Zoo road
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging, hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Memories of the Rouge

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

  • Leaders: Chrystal, Judy
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Rouge Beach
  • Meeting point: Parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults only
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday, April 28

Spring Ephemerals

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

  • Leaders: Glen, Michael T
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Orchard 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

Explore and Discover!

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

  • Leaders: Erin, Rick
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Meeting point: Twyn Rivers
  • Distance: 2 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Challenging; hills
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes

Signs of Spring

Search for signs of spring, breathe fresh air & listen to the sounds of the Rouge with walk leader Peter!

  • Leaders: Peter Mc, 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: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Family friendly
  • Dog Friendly: Yes