Top 10 Virtual Hikes in Rouge National Urban Park
Here is our list of the best virtual hikes and views in the Rouge so you can experience the great outdoors from the comfort of your home. Just open up your computer and look up Google Maps. From there, search for the trail you want to explore. Drag and drop your little explorer (the little yellow person icon) overtop of the blue highlighted trails and you’re off. No hiking gear required!
For an even better virtual hike, download the Rouge App. Using the in app map feature, select the trail you want to explore and take a look at the different icons lining the trail. These icons offer lots of fun facts about what you can keep an eye out for on your digital adventure, from lookout points to conservation information to historical details. This feature will also help you pick where on the trail you’d like to drop your little yellow explorer.
1. Rouge Beach and Waterfront Trail
Discover the largest remaining wetland in the city of Toronto – the Rouge Marsh. Spot fishermen underneath the bridge waiting for a catch. Stroll (or should we scroll) along the trail and take in the views of beautiful Lake Ontario like in this snapshot. We’ll be back to beach days soon! But until then, search “Rouge Beach” in Google Maps to find this trail.
2. Mast Trail
Explore this 200-year-old logging route that delves through rare Carolinian forest ecosystems. Be sure to drag your view down so that you can see all the way up into the trees! Search the “Glen Rouge Campground” and drag the yellow explorer icon over the trails just off to the right of the campground to start your exploration.
3. Orchard Trail
Orchard Trail is a classic Rouge Trail. Catch views of wetlands, forests and the Little Rouge River like you can see in this snapshot. See if you can spot old orchard trees that give this trail its name and shows you some of the park’s agricultural history. Search “Orchard Trail” to find this hike on Google Street View.
4. Vista Trail
Vista Trail is one of the most iconic trails in Rouge National Urban Park. Scroll through meadows and forests under blue skies during this virtual hike. Search “Vista Trail” in Google Maps to head out on your cyber adventure.
5. Glen Eagles Vista
Glen Eagles Vista is a short trail. This trail is perfect if you’re looking for just a short virtual hike, but still want some nice views. Scroll along the trails and take a look at the bluffs at the lookout. Search “Glen Eagles Vista” to find these trails on Google Maps.
6. Beare Wetlands
Scrolling along the paths to get to the Beare Wetlands is the next best thing to hiking along these peaceful trails in real life. Take in the serene views of these restored habitats like you can see in this snapshot. Make sure you take a look at both wetlands! To find the Beare Wetlands, search “Cedar Trail, Rouge National Urban Park” in Google Maps. From the page that you land on, scroll to the right (east) until you see two large blue lake-like shapes. Drag and drop your yellow explorer beside either!
7. Vista Trail
There’s lots to explore along the Cedar Trail. You can take in the views of the mature forest and catch glimpses of the Little Rouge River along your virtual hike like you can see in this snapshot. As with the Beare Wetlands, search “Cedar Trail, Rouge National Urban Park” in Google Maps. From the page that you land on, scroll to the right (east) until you see two large blue lake-like shapes. Drop your yellow explorer icon overtop of the trail surrounding the north lake shape to start on the Cedar Trail.
8. Woodland Trail
There is a variety of different landscapes to take in during your virtual visit to Woodland Trail. See tranquil meadows, mature forests and views overlooking the Little Rouge River like in this snapshot. Search “Woodland Trail, Rouge National Urban Park” to find these trails on Google Street View.
9. Reesor Way/Tanglwood Trail
The Reesor Way and Tanglewood Trails offer lovely views for you to enjoy from home. Scroll through forests and meadows and even take a look over the Little Rouge River right from the picturesque bridge like in this snapshot. To find these trails, search “Bob Hunter Memorial Park” in Google Maps and drop your little explorer over the trails that appear on the west side of Reesor Road.
10. Monarch Trail
Monarch trail has more stunning views of the Little Rouge River for you to enjoy like in this snapshot. You can also expect to see a mix of habitats from rare cedar savannah to farm fields and even a restored stand of white pine. To find this hike, search for “Bob Hunter Memorial Park” in Google Maps and drop your explorer over the trails on the east side of Reesor Road.