Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Rouge National Urban Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Current situation in Rouge National Urban Park
Updated: November 20, 2020
Park trails and most parking lots remain open throughout the park for self-guided use with physical distancing. During the fall and winter seasons, trails are not maintained and there may be limited access to parking lots.
The park is busiest from 10am until 4pm on weekends, and parking lots are often full. Consider exploring different parts of the park and visiting outside of peak times.
All in-park visitor services and educational programming remain suspended until further notice.
A limited number of washroom facilities are open. Please plan ahead before you visit.
Please check our important bulletins and social media channels for more details on recent closures.
Be Prepared! What You Need to Know Before Your Visit
Spending time outdoors is a great way to support and maintain health and wellness, especially at times like these.
However, we still have a responsibility to ensure this need doesn’t outweigh the safety of our park visitors and staff.
Visitors to Rouge National Urban Park should be well prepared and self-sufficient. Currently there are no in-park visitor services and amenities throughout the park are greatly reduced, including a limited availability of washrooms and limited search and rescue capacity.
Here’s what you need to know before your visit to safely enjoy your self-guided experience:
- Practice 2-metres (or 6-feet) of physical distancing from others at all times.
- Keep your Rouge trip short and consider visiting outside of peak weekend times.
- Consider using the washroom before your visit.
- Have a back-up plan in case your preferred park location is too busy or overcrowded.
- Pack extra hygiene supplies like sanitizer and wipes, and bring your own water, food, first-aid and sun protection.
- Park only in designated areas and abide by all existing traffic signs.
- Bring your own face mask for use when physical distancing is not possible.
- Pack out everything you bring into the park.
- Download or print maps and other visitor info ahead of time. Or download our free app before your visit, available in English, French and Simplified Chinese. After the initial download, no cell signal, data or WIFI connection is required.
- Visitor services are available through the Rouge information line at 416-264-2020 or via email at email@example.com
2020 Season Update for Rouge National Urban Park
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada is following the advice and guidance of public health experts in facilitating visitor access. We ask the public to please recreate safely and responsibly in Rouge National Urban Park. Parks Canada staff will continue to monitor the park and will take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
During the fall and winter seasons, park trails remain open but are not maintained, there is limited availability of public washrooms and there may be limited access to parking lots. On weekends, parking lots are extremely busy and often full from mid-morning until late afternoon. All in-park visitor services and special events remain indefinitely suspended, as well as all educational programming, including guided walks. The Glen Rouge Campground remains closed until 2022 for critical repairs and upgrades.
Parks Canada staff will continue to monitor the park and provide visitor services remotely. You can reach us at 416-264-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks Canada continues to ask for the public’s help to curb and report illegal dumping in Rouge National Urban Park. If you witness incidents of illegal dumping in the park, we want to hear from you. Please contact 416-282-1019 with any information. Tips may be left anonymously.
Stay connected with your park! Experience the park from the comfort of your own home. Try out our top 10 virtual hikes and our do-it-yourself colouring pages, as well as browse our virtual photo gallery of the park.