Rouge National Urban Park is home to 1,700 species, including more 1,000 plant species, 247 bird species, 73 fish species, 44 mammal species, and 27 reptile and amphibian species. This tally includes 27 species-at-risk (species classified as endangered, threatened or of special concern) as well as many locally rare plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

The Rouge’s relatively high biodiversity is a result of the park's location and its many variations in topography, micro-climates, soil type and land use. Many types of habitat are found within the park, including forests, thickets, meadows, wetlands, rivers and agricultural fields. The park lies at the northern edge of the Carolinian Life Zone, a type of forest ecosystem that supports a rich diversity of life, including many rare and endangered species.

Environment

Come discover this natural environment for yourself – you’ll see why it was so critical to protect it and why this territory warranted being designated a national park.

Discover unique features

Animals

The park is home to many plant and animal species that are near the northern limits of their range.

Conservation

While more than 75% of the current Rouge Park landscape has been altered or disturbed, Parks Canada is committed to restoring the Rouge’s native ecosystems, including Carolinian forests, marshes and meadows.

Conservation projects

Plants

Many types of habitats are found within the park, including forests, thickets, meadows, wetlands, rivers, and agricultural fields. The park lies at the northern edge of the Carolinian Life Zone, a type of forest ecosystem that supports a rich diversity of life, including many rare and endangered species.