Rouge beach and marsh
The Lake Ontario area of the park features beautiful lake views at the mouth of the Rouge River on gorgeous Rouge Beach. Spot a variety of aquatic bird species, swim in the lake or paddle in the tranquility of Rouge Marsh.
Popular activities include hiking, cycling along the Waterfront Trail, paddling, fishing (an Ontario licence is required), swimming, and bird-watching.
Location: Corner of Lawrence Avenue East and 195 Rouge Hills Drive, Toronto, Ontario.
Parking: Limited parking available 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM. After hours parking is prohibited. Parking not available in winter.
Washrooms: Open May to Labour Day
From downtown Toronto (Note: directions start at one of two downtown highways, the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway).
Distance: 37 km (30 minutes without traffic)
Via the Gardiner Expressway/Don Valley Parkway/Highway 401
- - Gardiner Expressway East to Don Valley Parkway North
- - Merge onto Don Valley Parkway North
- - Don Valley Parkway North to 401 East
- - Merge onto 401 East
- - Exit on Kingston Road (ON-2 East)
- - Turn left onto Kingston Road
- - Turn right onto Port Union Road
- - Turn left onto Lawrence Avenue
- - Continue straight. Lawrence Avenue becomes Rouge Beach parking lot.
By Public Transit
Whether you’re travelling from Toronto, Markham, Pickering, Mississauga or Hamilton, you can use public transit to visit Rouge National Urban Park. Plan your trip to Rouge National Urban Park today at Triplinx.ca.
Popular Transit Routes:By Bus/Subway
Ride TTC eastbound Subway (Line 2) and get off at Kennedy Station. Connect to Bus 116 eastbound, Morningside Towards Finch. Get off at Morningside Avenue at Lawrence Avenue. Walk 1 minute to Lawrence Avenue East. From Lawrence Avenue East ride Bus 54A on Lawrence Avenue east and get off 20 stops later at Starspray Loop, also on Lawrence Avenue, then walk 2 minutes east to arrive at Rouge Beach.By Commuter Train/Bus
From downtown Union Station, take the GO Train Lakeshore East to Rouge Hill GO Station (5 stops). From Rouge Hill GO Station you can walk 10-15 minutes east along the Waterfront Trail to arrive at Rouge Beach or catch TTC Bus 54A on Lawrence Avenue east and get off 3 stops later at Starspray Loop, also on Lawrence Avenue, then walk 2 minutes east to arrive at Rouge Beach.
From downtown Toronto to the Rouge Beach Area: Approximately 33 km
Note: Both the TTC and Go Transit allow you to bring bikes onto their trains and buses or have bike racks, though some restrictions apply at peak travel times. Consult their websites for more information and to help plan your route.
CAUTION! Please note that biking to the park and between park areas can involve cycling on busy roads, many of which do not have dedicated cycling lanes. Please exercise caution and cycle safely.
Launch your canoe at Glen Rouge Campground and paddle south to Rouge Marsh and Rouge Beach.