Let's explore Rouge National Urban Park, Canada's first national park within a city. Located in Scarborough, this urban park is a wildlife and nature refuge right here in our city's "backyard". Starting from Meadowvale Rd. - near the Toronto Zoo - we will hike four different trails alongside the Rouge River and the Little Rouge Creek.
The hike is challenging with lots of steep hills, so this hike will be for intermediate to advanced-level hikers. Not suitable for first time hikers. We will go at a moderate pace and take small breaks about once an hour. Length: 14 km.
DATE: Sat, August 25
TIME: 8:30 AM
PLACE: OUTSIDE the Starbucks at College Subway Stn (NW corner of Yonge St and College St.), Toronto
PRICE: $8 (Incl. round-trip bus ride)
All proceeds will be donated to The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund. Learn more HERE
VIDEO: The Rouge Park
HIKING GUIDE: See Hike L04 on TorontoHiking
EVENT CATEGORY: Summer Hike, Scenic
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate -- Recent experience hiking 12 km or more required.
WHAT TO BRING: Water (at least 2 L), lunch, snacks, appropriate clothing and footwear, hat, camera, cell phone, cash for bus fare and/or donation to TorontoHiking, driving directions, enthusiasm.
POST-EVENT: When we return to Toronto, we may head to a Downtown pub or restaurant for a drink and/or a bite to eat (OPTIONAL). Venue to be determined.
WEATHER POLICY: In the event of harsh weather, this hike will be cancelled. The hike leader will monitor the weather forecast and notify all registered members at least 24 hours in advance to confirm or cancel the event.
TOTAL HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours hiking including lunch and stops, depending on overall group pace.
MORE INFO: See ToHi Group Hikes Blog
Meet your hike leader, Walter, at 8:30 am OUTSIDE the Starbucks at College Subway Stn (NW corner of Yonge St and College St.). You will read and sign a waiver form. Then we will head to the shuttle-bus pick-up location and board the bus at 8:45 AM. We will return to College Stn by 5:30 PM by shuttle bus.
How to find Walter: Look for a TALL, middle-aged man with a backpack and a baseball cap. I will hold up a paper sign that says “Hiking”.
PRICE: $8 +Paypal Fee
- Round-trip transport from Toronto aboard a school-bus vehicle
- Guided hike with an experienced TorontoHiking hike leader
- Charitable donation to the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund.
RSVP Deadline: Wed, Aug 15
Transportation provided by PARKBUS, a Toronto-based company which offers day trips and weekend adventure trips around Canada, established in 2010.
Disclaimer: Our hikes are planned and operated by volunteers. Most group hikes on TorontoHiking are led by volunteers with several years of experience as hike leaders. However, we make no claims of being professional guides, and take no responsibility for the outcome of any of our activities.