Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Rouge National Urban Park
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Current situation in Rouge National Urban Park
Updated: June 1, 2020
As of Monday, June 1, 2020, park trails and most parking lots will reopen throughout the national park for self-guided use with physical distancing.
A limited number of public washrooms will also reopen in the coming weeks.
Please check our website and social media channels for more details about these openings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 resuming 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.
As the park trails and most parking lots reopen on June 1, all in-park visitor services remain indefinitely suspended, including our Zoo Road welcome area, as well as educational programming, Learn-to Camp events and guided walks. All special events, like Rouge After Dark, are cancelled for the 2020 season and 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 email@example.com.
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.