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.

Google Maps

Location: Corner of Lawrence Avenue East and 195 Rouge Hills Drive, Toronto, Ontario.
Parking: Limited parking available. The parking lot will be closed and locked at 9 p.m. daily for community safety and security. Lots will reopen between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. daily. Parking not available in winter.
Washrooms: Open May to Labour Day



By Car

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

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.

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 Canoe

Launch your canoe 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.