This project features a revitalization of the Beach Day Use Area, one of the most visited areas in Rouge National Urban Park; a new  trail that will provide an in-park connection from Rouge Beach to the existing Mast trail; and a revitalization of the existing Mast Trailhead, which will be the northern limit of this new trail. This project will enhance and further protect the natural and cultural integrity of the area and foster meaningful connections to its beauty and rich history.


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What’s next?

Phase 1  – Emergency repairs to mitigate climate change, flooding and erosion
Flooding at Rouge Beach

Phase 1 is works associated with the revitalization of Rouge Beach that will address climate change, flooding and erosion mitigation and update failing or decaying infrastructure. Improvements to the Rouge Beach day use area include renovation of the beach washroom facility, replacement of the sanitary lift station & line, addition of a pedestrian plaza and boardwalk pier, decommissioning and restoring the lower beach parking lot, the redesign of the Rouge Beach upper parking lot to compensate for lost parking and improve traffic flow, and relocating the primary canoe/kayak launch zone closer to the upper parking lot. Public engagement on Phase 1 began in February 2020 and has been extended to May 2021. Restoration and emergency repairs work are expected to commence in the fall 2021, with a targeted completion in summer 2022. Intermittent beach closures are expected while work is underway, and notices of closure will be clearly communicated and posted throughout neighbouring communities.

Phase 2  – Trail, ecological and safety enhancements, including formalizing existing trails and adding boardwalk and bridge components as required
Rouge Beach Boardwalk

Phase 2 is works associated with more detailed ecological restoration, formalizing existing trail connections and adding boardwalk and bridge connections as required. The ecological and safety enhancements to the areas where the boardwalk trail and bridges will be added include restoration work, tree planting, invasive species removal, habitat creation for species-at-risk, litter and contamination removal and clean-up, the addition of wildlife crossings and passages, and safety features of the boardwalk trail and bridges. Phase 2 engagement began in February 2020 and has been extended to May 2021. Restoration and project work is expected to commence in the summer 2022, with a targeted completion of fall 2023. Intermittent beach and area closures are expected while work is underway, and notices of closure will be clearly communicated and posted throughout neighbouring communities.



Current project status: Engagement stage

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Key milestones to date:

  • June 2019 - Transfer of 18.5 km² of lands from the TRCA to Rouge National Urban Park
  • December 2019 - Completion of Beach and Boardwalk Technical Feasibility Report
  • February 2020 - West Rouge Community Site Tours

The Rouge Beach Improvements Project features:

A Revitalization of the Rouge Beach Day Use Area

One of the most visited areas in Rouge National Urban Park


Infrastructure enhancements will improve the natural environment—addressing climate change, flooding, erosion, species-at-risk, invasive species, and ecological restoration —and provide safe visitor access to the waterfront and Mast Trail areas.


A Formalized Trail & Boardwalk Connection

Connecting Rouge Beach to the rest of Rouge National Urban Park


The proposed new trail and raised boardwalk will connect Rouge Beach to the rest of the park at large, leading up to the Twyn Rivers day use area and, eventually, the future park visitor centre near the Toronto Zoo. The trail will also provide visitors with a low-impact, more respectful experience of this ecologically sensitive area than existing routes.


A Revitalization of the Existing Mast Trailhead

The junction of the park’s northern trail network and the new signature trail to the south


The Mast trailhead will feature a new washroom facility, more parking spots, improved visitor safety, Low Impact Design, and enhanced landscaping, with an increase in native plantings, pollinator gardens, permeable paving, EV charging stations, improved security and wayfinding.





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