Enjoy the rich wildlife at the Beare Wetlands on the southern part of this trail, then head north into mature forests with views of the Little Rouge River. Guided walks for the Cedar Trail or Beare Wetland Loop meet in front of the Parks Canada Visitor Welcome Area, behind the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre off Zoo Road. Note that sections of the trail may be slippery in the winter or after rainfall. Watch your step and hike carefully.

Location Bottom of Zoo Road (across the road from the portable toilet)
Lat: 43.822472, Long: -79.166639
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Difficulty Moderate 
Distance 4.5 km round trip (full trail) or 2 km loop (Beare Wetlands only)
Time 1 hour (full trail) or 30 minutes (Beare Wetlands Loop)
Washrooms A portable washroom is seasonally available across the road from the trailhead at the bottom of Zoo Road
Parking Free parking near 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. Parking near the north end of the trail on Meadowvale Road is not allowed due to a City of Toronto bylaw. Cars parking on Meadowvale Road may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.

Trail Features

  • River views – At times, the trail runs parallel to Little Rouge Creek. Watch for signs of beavers, shorebirds and songbirds.
  • Stunning landscapes – The cedar canopy offers the perfect backdrop for your hike. The elevation changes take you through the majestic ravine valleys and hill top forests that are characteristic of the Rouge Valley. When the leaf canopy is gone, southward views from the highest points of the trail give a sense of the expanse of the park.
  • Biodiversity – The extensive Beare Wetland complex is home to and supports songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians, mammals and many aquatic invertebrates. Watch for snapping turtles in this area.
  • A heart healthy challenge – Steep sections provide a good cardio challenge throughout the hike.