The establishment of North America’s largest urban park has taken a giant leap forward.

On Oct. 21, 2017, the Government of Ontario transferred and released its interest in 22.8 km2 of lands to Parks Canada to help complete Rouge National Urban Park.

As part of this announcement, Ontario will immediately transfer 6.5 km2 of land, as well as the provincial interest in 15.2 km2 of land managed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and 1.1 km2 of land managed by the City of Markham.

Parks Canada now directly manages or has an interest in nearly 80 per cent (62.9 km2) of the 79.1 km2 of lands identified for Rouge National Urban Park by all levels of government. The remaining land transfers with neighbouring jurisdictions are expected to take place in the coming months.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario marked this significant milestone with a celebration in the Bob Hunter area of Rouge National Urban Park.

For more information, please read the full press release.