Zoo Road Area
The Zoo Road Welcome Area is closed for the season. It will re-open in May 2019.
Located adjacent to the Toronto Zoo, off Zoo Road, this area of the park is known for its rare forests, restored wetlands, and stunning fall colours. Popular activities include hiking, bird-watching and fall photography. Winter activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
From May to November, visit the Parks Canada Welcome Area for helpful information and fun kids’ activities. Whether you are seeking a rigorous hike or a scenic stroll, Parks Canada staff are always eager to help you explore!
Location: Zoo Road (adjacent to the Toronto Zoo). The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is located right next to Parks Canada’s Welcome Area.
Parking: A limited number of free parking spots on Zoo Road are available on weekdays from May to September and every day during the rest of the year. Paid parking is available all year across the street at the Toronto Zoo.
Washrooms: Portable toilets are available seasonally at the Parks Canada Welcome Area and at the bottom of Zoo Road.
From downtown Toronto (Note: directions start at one of two downtown highways, the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway).
Distance: 35 km (27 minutes without traffic)
Via the Gardiner Expressway/Don Valley Parkway/Highway 401
- - Take Gardiner Expressway East to Don Valley Parkway North
- - Merge onto Don Valley Parkway North
- - Take Don Valley Parkway North to 401 East
- - Merge onto 401 East
- - Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 389 for Meadowvale Road
- - Turn left onto Meadowvale Road
- - Take exit toward Toronto Zoo
- - Turn right onto Zoo Road (follow signs for the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre)
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:
From Union Station, ride the TTC eastbound Subway (Line 2) to Kennedy Station. Connect to Bus 86A Scarborough towards the Toronto Zoo. Get off at the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Zoo Road. Walk 100 metres to the right down Zoo Road and you will arrive at the Parks Canada Welcome Centre and Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.
By Commuter Train/Bus
From Union Station, take the Go Train Lakeshore East to Guildwood GO Station (4 stops). Connect to Bus 86A Scarborough towards the Toronto Zoo. Get off at the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Zoo Road. Walk 100 metres to the right down Zoo Road and you will arrive at the Parks Canada Welcome Centre and Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.
Distance from downtown Toronto to the Zoo Road Area: Approximately 37 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.