The Rouge Marsh Trail offers a short hike with stunning views of the largest remaining wetland in the City of Toronto. Connecting with the Waterfront Trail and Pan Am Path at Lake Ontario, the trail provides pedestrian and cycling connections with Toronto and Pickering. Parks Canada’s guided walks meet next to the Rouge River pedestrian bridge in the lower parking lot. If the lower parking lot is closed, meet at the corner of Rouge Hills Drive and Lawrence Avenue East at the upper parking lot.

Location Corner of Lawrence Avenue East and 195 Rouge Hills Drive, Toronto
Lat: 43.794111, Long: -79.118944
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Difficulty Easy 
Distance 500 meters (one way)
Time 15 minutes 
Washrooms Open May to Labour Day
Parking Free but extremely limited. Parking not available in winter.

Trail Features

  • Water – Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Rouge River from the pedestrian bridge that traverses the river.
  • Urban biodiversity – Observe elegant barn swallows and their unique blue and cinnamon-red colours flying above the boardwalk. Hundreds of cliff swallow nests can also be seen underneath the Rouge River pedestrian bridge.
  • Wetlands – A rich diversity of wetland and shoreline plants dot the largest remaining marsh and wetland in the City of Toronto.
  • Paddling – The area provides opportunities to canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the river and in the marsh.
  • Cycling and walking – The area acts as an access point to the Waterfront Trail and Pan Am Path, connecting the east-side of Toronto and west-side of Pickering with the park.
  • Swimming – The beach is open seasonally and is monitored for water quality by Toronto Public Health daily from June to August. Lifeguards are on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from mid-May to Labour Day.