CAUTION: Swimming at Rouge Beach is strongly discouraged until lifeguard services can be restored. Storms may cause erosion and rip currents. Water quality is frequently poor near the river outflow, with E. coli approaching levels requiring mandatory closure.

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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. Google Maps
Parking
Limited parking available. Carpool or take transit. The lower parking lot is closed and locked at 9 p.m. for community safety and security and reopens at 7:30 a.m. daily. On weekends, the lower parking lot often reaches full capacity by noon and is closed until space becomes available. Check RougeNOW for current parking availability.
Washrooms
Available seasonally May to October. Washrooms are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May to September and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from September until October 31. Closed in winter.
Hours
Open May to October. No services in winter.

Activities 

Please keep in mind that some activities are prohibited at Rouge Beach including barbecues, open fires, alcohol, fireworks, littering and crayfishing. This is to prevent the spread of invasive species and ensure that Rouge Beach remains a clean, safe and welcoming place for all visitors.

Swimming at Rouge Beach is strongly discouraged until lifeguard services can be restored.

Trails

Directions

By Car

From downtown Toronto 

Distance: Approximately 35 km east of downtown Toronto. Plan your route using Google Maps.

 
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.

By Bike

From downtown Toronto to the Rouge Beach Area: Approximately 33 km

Plan your route using Google Maps cycling directions or OpenStreetMap or the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

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.

By Water

Launch your watercraft at Glen Rouge Campground and paddle south to Rouge Marsh and Rouge Beach.


Please note: Barbecues are now prohibited at Rouge Beach and open fires will remain prohibited throughout the park to better align with City of Toronto parks. This is to reduce littering and encourage respectful use at night to ensure that Rouge National Urban Park remains a safe and welcoming place for all visitors.