Although there are lots of things to see and do in Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) all year round, there is something special about autumn. It inspires us to get outside and explore, and to take in the spectacle of the gorgeous autumn colours.

The best part is that we do not have to drive hours out of the city to get back to nature and discover beautiful fall views: we can enjoy it right in our backyard in the Rouge. Spanning almost 80 km2, there are so many spots in RNUP to see the fall colours.

This year, see more colours than ever from the safety and comfort of your vehicle with our top five fall scenic drives in RNUP. You can follow these roads in the order listed for a fun road trip, or enjoy each road’s views on their own.


  1. 19th Avenue, Markham and Stouffville

    In the north end of RNUP, bordering both Markham and Stouffville, this country road embodies autumn. Take a drive along the rural 19th Avenue and soak in the fall colours while you also enjoy views of the fall harvest happening right before your eyes in the many farmers’ fields that border the road. Stop for a quick photo at our 19th Avenue Day Use Area that overlooks farm fields and even the downtown Toronto skyline, including the CN Tower!


  2. Reesor Road, Markham

    Next up on your trip, head south on Reesor Road. This road runs right through the heart of RNUP and is a great route to see fall colours and the fall harvest in action. Keep an eye out on your right for views of the Toronto city skyline and the CN tower peaking through the plentiful rolling fields.


  3. Old Finch Ave, Scarborough

    A little further south, take your journey to the winding road that borders the Toronto Zoo. Old Finch Ave twists and turns through the Scarborough countryside with large deciduous trees enveloping its every bend. You will be so whisked away by the splendour of colours you’ll forget you’re right beside the zoo!


  4. Glen Eagles Vista, Toronto

    Can you believe you can find views like this in the city of Toronto? Drive alongside the Glen Eagles Vista area of RNUP and keep your eye out for stunning views of the bluffs while you take in the gorgeous fall colours under the beautiful blue sky.


  5. 11th Concession, Markham

    The 11th concession in Markham is breathtaking in the fall. Trees envelope each side of this charming country road, it's easy to forget you’re in the GTA. Taking a drive down this road in the fall will help you remember, that it is not always the destination, but the journey that matters!