The Vista Trail’s two-level viewing platform is one of the best places to view Toronto’s autumn colours and spectacular valley views. Guided walks depart from Parks Canada’s Visitor Welcome Area, next to the main trailhead and the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre. Parks Canada’s Visitor Welcome Area is staffed from May to October.
|Distance||1.5 kilometres (one way)
Add Orchard Trail to complete a 3.5 km loop. To complete the loop, turn left at Twyn Rivers Drive and walk 200 metres up the road (careful, there’s no sidewalk), then continue on the 2 km Orchard Trail, which loops back to the wetlands at the bottom of Zoo Road.
|Time||1 to 2 hours|
|Washrooms||Seasonally available near the Parks Canada Welcome Area|
|Parking||Free parking near the north trailhead (along Zoo Road) is available on weekdays from May to September and every day during the rest of the year. Paid parking is available all year across the street at the Toronto Zoo. At the south trailhead, free parking is available all year off Twyn Rivers Drive.|
- Fall colours and viewing platform – A two-level viewing deck built in collaboration with Ontario Power Generation, near the Parks Canada Welcome Area, is one of the best places to see fall colours in Toronto. The lookout provides spectacular views of the Little Rouge Creek and Rouge River valleys throughout the year.
- Beare Hill – From the viewing platform you can see Beare Hill to the north. Once a landfill (it was decommissioned in 1983), today the hill is one of the highest points of land in the City of Toronto.
- Ridge walks and forest diversity – Tree diversity and microclimates are a prominent feature along the trail’s forest ridge just past the viewing deck and hydro corridor. Here, maple and oak trees dot the warm southern slopes, while shady hemlock groves cover the cool northern aspects.